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December 9th

Christmas concert to be held at Dixie

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Lawrence Gibbs and the Russ-Town Band will present their annual “Christmas at the Dixie” benefit program at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Dixie Center for the Arts.
“This is an annual concert that we have done since 1994 with the Russ-Town Band,” said Gibbs, conductor of the band. “We did this before the restoration in the late ’90s.”
Back in 1994, Gibbs and his wife organized the band, usually consisting of around 50 to 60 volunteers, and they have been presenting these concerts annually since then. 

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Tech opens Cyber Center in Bossier City

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday at the National Cyber Research Park in Bossier City commemorated Louisiana Tech’s most recent step toward delivering both greater college and career opportunities to Shreveport-Bossier, and greater cyber support and training to both the area’s students and the nation’s military.
In a ceremony attended by Gov. John Bel Edwards, state and local dignitaries, and several members of the University’s administration, the Louisiana Tech Academic Success Center officially opened in a building the University shares with Bossier Parish Community College.

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Feelings of others felt during the holiday season

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Ebenezer Scrooge, Charles Dickens’ creation, was not isolated in having a different perspective about the holidays. The “Bah humbug” pronouncement might have been over the top, but his portrayed lack of enthusiasm was not unique.

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Louisiana Tech becoming cyber world giant

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Louisiana Tech has already put itself in position as one of Louisiana’s leading universities.
But now Tech is going national.
At a Thursday ceremony attended by Gov. John Bel Edwards, state and local dignitaries, along with members of the University’s administration, the Louisiana Tech Academic Success Center officially opened in a building the University shares with Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City.

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Schools need enhanced calendar

Long summer breaks may be a thing of the past after the Lincoln Parish School Board took the first step to creating an Enhanced School calendar beginning in summer 2018.
The board approved the calendar, which will extend the 2018-19 school year by 30 days for more than 500 families living in the schools’ districts, during the board’s monthly board meeting Tuesday.

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Time to review your investment strategy for the year

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As the year draws to a close, it’s a good time to review your progress toward your financial goals. But on what areas should you focus your attention?

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How to figure out if you’re too fraud friendly

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Question: My mother has a “friend” whose minister is trying to get her to invest in some land deal connected with his church. He is promising to make her lots of money and whenever she asks a question about it, he tells her to trust God and believe that she will “reap the blessings of the Lord for the seed she has sown.” I think this guy is totally full of it, but my mom likes him. What can I do?
Answer: Sounds like it’s time for someone to turn the lights on for your mother.

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How much life insurance is enough?

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If something were to happen to you, would your family have enough life insurance to continue living the way they do today? Experts say many families need 70-90 percent of their current gross income if something were to happen to the breadwinner. It’s not a fun topic, but one that is very important and can help your family in a time of need:
Check your life insurance needs as your financial situation changes. Examples include:
• Family grows
• Education funding
• Career advancement
• Salary increases
• Change in mortgage expenses
What you need to consider

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December 8th

NCLAC announces billboard winner

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What fun we’re having with the arts activities going on throughout downtown Ruston.
Last weekend was North Central Louisiana Art Council’s Holiday Arts Tour and Ruston Community Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol, the Musical.”
Earlier this week was Bank of Ruston’s “Mapping out a Future for the Arts” exhibition reception.
Next week is Ruston Cultural District’s “A Tuna Christmas,” and Russ-Town Band’s Annual Christmas Concert.

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Sifting through the rubble to get to the truth

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On the outside chance that even one person will read and understand and accept this as it’s offered — to clear up apparent confusion — here we go.
Regardless of what you read or hear otherwise, this is the truth. And no, I’m not saying it’s infallible just because I said so but because it’s backed up with facts and figures and law.
As I was heading toward Marion to deliver papers last week, I stopped and took a photo of Doc Elliott Stadium. More precisely, I took a photo of what was left of Doc Elliott Stadium.

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