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February 28th, 2015

The Renaissance Man, Doug McGuire

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Renaissance Man is a marvelous description said of few. It is defined: “a person with many talents or areas of knowledge.” Such was Doug McGuire.
On Tuesday, the funeral was held for this man of many talents and areas of knowledge. Passing at age 93, he had touched multitudes with his warmth, teaching and example.  My sadness with his death is overcome with gratitude for his impacting my life. At the moment, I know that his family hurts; yet they know that his legacy will live for many generations.

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No foil to cover up the PARCC tests

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I made back-to-back trips through Shreveport last week and both days I found myself doing what I always do when I’m traveling west on Interstate 20. It’s almost like a reflex even though I always have the exact same thought every single time I hit the exact same spot.

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The hidden cost of technology

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Most days I spend my commute listening to audiobooks. But, every once in awhile, I listen to whatever is on the radio, and I’ve become quite fond of a group of morning DJs. The music can be hit or miss, but I enjoy spending a few minutes each morning listening to their conversations.
Like many morning DJs, between songs they do random games, tell people the latest news or celebrity gossip and discuss a variety of life topics. Recently, they started discussing an experience of one of the male DJs.

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Grambling High: Math teachers present a lesson to parents

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Christmas Celebrations
During the Christmas season, Grambling High School students were busy with many events.
On Dec. 17, the student council sponsored a Christmas program in which students from Grambling High School and Grambling Middle School were able to showcase their talents. The GHS band performed many Christmas musical selections.
The Spanish classes at GHS helped decorate the school by creating ornaments with Spanish themes and using those ornaments to decorate a large Christmas tree at the entrance of the school.

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Ouachita Baptist: Locals make dean’s list at OBU

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ARKADELPHIA, Arkansas — A total of 377 students at Ouachita Baptist University were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2014 semester. The students will receive a certificate of recognition from Ouachita and will be included in the “National Dean’s List” for 2014-15.
To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must compile at least a 3.5 grade point average and be classified as a full-time student, with a minimum of 12 academic hours.

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LPECC goes red for heart health

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The Lincoln Parish Early Childhood Center was proud to support the Louisiana Pediatric Cardiology Foundation in wearing red on Feb. 13, Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day. They raised $400 in one day.
The school was deeply touched recently by the birth of Stella Graham, daughter of Maggie, an LPECC teacher, and Thomas Graham. Stella, like so many other babies, was born with a congenital heart defect.

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Get ready for the ‘What-ifs’ in finances

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The future holds many uncertainties, and your retirement is no exception: “What age should I retire?” “How long will I live in retirement?” “When should I start taking Social Security?” “How will rising medical costs affect me?” That’s why planning is so critical, and a good plan will take into account many of the possible uncertainties. In the process of developing your personal retirement plan, it’s important to map out these “what-ifs” — the scenarios, priorities and choices that you’ll build into your strategy.

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How should you respond to higher interest rates?

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If the Federal Reserve (Fed) raises short-term interest rates this year, as many financial professionals predict, what will it mean to you? As a consumer, you might experience the “ripple” effects if long-term interest rates eventually follow suit, affecting mortgages and other loans. But as an investor, you might quickly feel the impact of a move by the Fed — especially if you own bonds.

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Don’t confuse symbolism for substance with money

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Question: I have been trying to save money but I am having a hard time. It doesn’t make sense for me to sell my house, my car is nearly paid for and I have cut way back on my impulsive shopping (you have no idea how bad I was!). But I am still not making much progress. Any suggestions?
Answer: Get serious.
You are working on this equation from the wrong end.

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Bank of Ruston announces new board members

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Bank of Ruston is pleased to announce the appointment of its new chairman of the board in addition to three new board members.
Dan Reneau, president emeritus of Louisiana Tech University, has been named Bank of Ruston’s chairman of the board. Reneau takes the place of Judge Tommy Rogers who has served as chairman of the board for many years and has resigned from the Board upon his recent election as district judge. Bank of Ruston has also elected three new members to serve on its Board: Mike Coyle, Bart Dugdale, and Jeff McGehee.

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