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June 22nd, 2013

Young girls rule during Diaper Derby

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For more than five years area youngsters have came together to compete in the Diaper Derby as part of the Louisiana Peach Festival.
Faye Barnes, co-owner of Barnes Portraiture, said this year’s numbers were a bit down.
“We had about 30 less participants than we had in previous years,” she said. “Which is surprising since I always hear how this is peoples favorite part of the Peach Festival.”
Participant numbers may have been down, but as for the crowd Trinity United Methodist Church was still a packed house.

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Water summit brings ideas from Australia

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It’s no secret that water conservation and the future of supply levels are a concern here in Lincoln Parish.
But many people don’t realize how widespread the problem is and how many people are working to try and help ease the problem.
That was the reasoning behind a worldwide meeting of the minds Thursday at Lomax Hall on the Louisiana Tech University campus to come up with ways to handle the ever-increasing problem of water scarcity.

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Water help from ‘Down Under’

Sharing knowledge and ideas is often beneficial, especially if the transfer comes from across the world.
That’s what Downsville Mayor Reggie Skains hopes.
Skains, who works with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, organized a Water Management Roundtable Discussion at Louisiana Tech University last week with panels consisting of scholars from Australia and four Louisiana water experts.
“The Australians are on a 45-day world tour where they’re sharing and gathering information along with American counterparts,” said discussion organizer Reggie Skains with the National Association of Resource Conservation and Development. “They do a great job of water management in Australia, and with the problems we have with the Sparta Aquifer being slowly depleted, I think there’s a lot we can learn from.”

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Reader concerned about schools

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This letter is to alert parents that the Common Core Standards are coming into you schools. This is a complete takeover of your children and of their education.
Teaching your children what they, the federal government, wants them to know and to learn. It’s control of all minds. This is the federal government taking over education through the back door.

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Report estimated for supply, demand

The June World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report released last week by the USDA reflects the slow corn planting season across much of the Corn Belt due to snow, rain and cool weather, according to analysis by the American Farm Bureau Federation.
Louisiana has all of its corn in the ground and only a few acres of soybeans unplanted.
Nationally, 95 percent of this year’s corn crop was planted as of June 9 but later-planted corn faces the risk of pollination during seasonally warmer temperatures and drier weather expected in late July, which could reduce the yield.

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Remeber our Independence

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Peach Festival
Despite some problems with the local peach crop, there is still an abundance of peaches available. Please check with our local, loyal and dedicated growers.
The annual Peach Festival brings many people into our community. We enjoy the festival as do they. Whether the event is a diaper derby, beauty pageant, parade or shopping with some of the many vendors, please safely enjoy yourselves. Also, take the role of ambassador for our wonderful community. Ruston and Lincoln Parish are great places to call home. Some of the people visiting might decide that this should be their home.

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Tips for setting, pursuing financial goals

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You can get lucky by finding a parking meter with time left on it. You can “luck out” by having nice weather on your vacation. You can even be lucky at love. But when it comes to financial matters, you’re better off not counting on Lady Luck — and focusing instead on setting and pursuing goals.

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Of bulls, bears and cowardly lions

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Question: Do you think it is possible that the stock market could just go flat for a long time? If so, what alternatives do we have?
Answer: It seems like predicting the direction of the stock market ought to be easy.
After all, the stock market is simply a mechanism for investors to buy and sell slices of ownership of a particular company (or companies). Most investors would have to admit they are buying a company either because of the cash dividend it pays (I want income now) or because of the prospects it has for earning money in the future (I want growth). Or some combination of both.

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Can managing money be too much of a good thing?

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Often investors find that a significant portion of their assets may have accumulated in one particular stock. Perhaps you have a long career working for the same company, or you may have acquired stock through inheritance. If this is the case, it is easy to reach the point where this single holding is sizable enough that you may want to evaluate your situation and consider a range of strategies around the stock.

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Ribbon cutting held for Beyond Nice

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Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held June 13 for Beyond Nice, located at 1102 S. Vienna St. The event was sponsored by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

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