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June 8th, 2013

Stevens enjoyed successful career on GSU coaching staff

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GRAMBLING — Ed Stevens, a former head track and field coach at Grambling State University as well as a former assistant football coach under legendary Tigers’ Head Coach Eddie Robinson, passed away earlier this week following a battle with esophageal cancer.
Stevens, who is a California native, was the head coach of the track and field team during the late 1960s and early 70s. He also served as an assistant coach on the football staff of the late Tigers’ legend, Eddie Robinson.

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Envy – financial comparison among friends

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Question: I have some friends that I have had since high school, twenty years ago. Since then, some of us have made more money than others. I can tell it is starting to be an issue with one of my buddies. He is always commenting about some aspect of my money. What can I do to make this less of an issue?
Answer: Give him half your income.
Or you could consider Plan B.
Anyone who has taken an Economics 101 class knows that limited resources (how much you have) are always chasing unlimited wants (how much you do not have — yet!).
Translation: we always want more than we have.

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Find ways to let your portfolio work for you

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It takes time and effort to build an investment strategy that fits your goals. But several factors can disrupt even the best-crafted plan. The simple day-to-day movements of the financial markets can pose a real threat to the health of your portfolio.
Here’s why: As stock and bond markets fluctuate, your asset allocation — the mixture of stocks, bonds and short-term cash investments in your portfolio — can also change. If the markets’ moves are left unchecked, your portfolio’s investment mix can deviate significantly from its original allocation.

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Will your finances allow you to retire when you want?

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Despite the soaring stock market of the past few years, some Americans are nervous about their ability to retire comfortably — or even retire at all.
Consider these somewhat sobering statistics:
Almost half of American workers report being “not too confident” or “not at all confident” about being able to afford a comfortable retirement, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s 2013 Retirement Confidence Survey. The 28 percent who say they are “not at all” confident is the highest level recorded in the 23 years of this survey.

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Meeting a ‘Duck Dynasty’ sidekick

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It had to have been at least 20 years ago when attending a meeting of the Louisiana Tech Wildlife Club that I first met Phil Robertson who was guest speaker at the event.
As he talked about his up-and-coming duck call business, I recall him, sporting a full beard even then and telling the gathering that he had become such a part of nature that he didn’t even own a watch.

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Sparta Shoot's a success

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Another late spring and another highly successful Sparta Shoot staged by the Sparta Foundation.
That was the situation surrounding the 2013 edition of the competition that was held at the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office Shooting Range in West Monroe.
A total of 18 five-member teams were participants in the event, from which proceeds will be used to fund future WaterFest activities throughout north Louisiana.

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June 7th

Five generations together

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Five generations were recently photographed together. Pictured are Raymon “Doc” Hammons, Bobby Hammons, Michael Hammons, Mason Hammons and Benson Hammons.

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Students experience ‘Art without walls’

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For the the fourth year, Lincoln ACHIEVE and The Rawle Enterprise Center at Louisiana Tech University teamed up to present its Art Without Walls exhibit. An outgrowth of the AC/DC Art Project, the partnership also featured special collaborations within the School of Art at Louisiana Tech University.

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Milstead to remain at RHS

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LPSB moves to delay search for new principal until next year
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Ruston High Principal Mike Milstead will remain in his current position for at least another school year.
During this week’s Lincoln Parish School Board meeting it was announced that a search committee looking for Milstead’s replacement decided to recommend neither of two candidates interviewed on May 28 — the second round of interviews for the position.

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‘Above and beyond’

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The Betty Robbins Volunteer of the Year Award is given annually to a person who volunteers their time and talents to the people of Lincoln Parish, making this a better place to live, work and raise families.
The award is named for Betty Robbins who gave so willingly during her lifetime. Robbins was a charter member of Junior Auxiliary of Ruston and served the chapter in just about every capacity there was, as well as serving as the national president from 1992-93.

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