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June 29th, 2013

Changing interest rates could affect investments

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Even if you didn’t take Economics 101 in college, just navigating through the past several years has given you hands-on experience with one of the course’s most valuable lessons: The rise and fall of interest rates is one of the biggest factors influencing global economies, financial markets and our daily lives.

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Consider the different stages of your fiscal life

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Question: My wife and I are still young, but we’ve started trying to do some things for our financial future. When is it time to get really serious about financial stuff? After all, we really don’t have much money now.
Answer: Most of us fall into roughly four stages in our financial lives.
Unfortunately for most Americans, each of these stages tends to last about 10 years. And that’s far too long! First, here are the stages:

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Hall of Fame museum: it’s finally a reality

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NATCHITOCHES — That loud thud you might have heard Friday night could have been any number of Louisiana Sports Writers Association members falling to their knees on brick-paved Front Street.
No, some of the aforementioned representatives of the state’s sports scribing organization had not consumed too much brew at the pub adjacent to the building that was causing all of the commotion.

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Jones: A special honor

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NATCHITOCHES — Any Hall of Fame induction is significant, but when your own state is doing the honoring ... well, it’s especially significant.
That’s how James “Jimmy” Jones views his enshrinement into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, which held 2013 ceremonies before sold out crowd (just over 600 tickets purchased by mid-week) at the Natchitoches Events Center on Saturday night.

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‘Shaq-mania’ strikes in Natchitoches

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NATCHITOCHES — No, Shaquille O’Neal wasn’t the only member of the 2013 induction class for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame this weekend.
It just seemed that way.
No sooner had his 7-1 frame stepped out of the mega-Buick SUV at 800 Front Street at 6:37 p.m. on Friday night, it was Shaq Time.

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RPAP PHOTO GALLERY

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McGee leads way in Festival 5k run

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Results for the 2013 Louisiana Peach Festival 5k run:

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Bow fishing: Off-season fun

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Deer hunters who like to go after their venison with stick and string had to put their bows and arrows away after season ended with January. The long wait until early October when bow hunters can do it again can seem like an eternity. However, folks who can’t seem to get enough of shooting their bows have a fun activity right here at their finger tips. They can enjoy the exciting sport of bowfishing.
Downsville’s Brad Doughty is bow hunter who doesn’t get down in the dumps once archery season for deer ends. He switches from the bow he uses for deer hunting to one he uses to go after alligator gar.

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NLMC awarded accredidation by Joint Commission

Northern Louisiana Medical Center (NLMC) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes Northern Louisiana Medical Center’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

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NCLAC announces $5,000 winner

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On Sunday, June 16, the North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) held its Grand Prize drawing for $5000, which concluded the annual Keep the Arts Afloat fundraiser. A total of 250 donations were received at $100 each from arts supporters across the region, raising $20,000 to support NCLAC and its programs.
The drawing was held during the opening reception for NCLAC’s 26th Annual Peach Festival Art Exhibit and confirmed Judge Robert James of Monroe as the lucky winner.
James made one donation to the fundraiser and was surprised to learn his name had been drawn. He and his wife Laurie said they intend to use the winnings on art.
NCLAC extends a hearty thank you to all those who donated for this year’s campaign.
Pictured above from left to right are: Judge Robert James, Laurie Whitten James, Jessica Slaughter, NCLAC executive director, and Peter Jones, NCLAC board president.

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