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March 2nd, 2013

Smoke detectors help save lives

Of the 69 people who died in house fires in Louisiana last year, only four perished in structures that had working smoke detectors.
While the loss of those four lives is tragic, what may be equally devastating are the fire deaths that occur in homes with no smoke detectors — deaths that in many cases, perhaps even in most cases, are preventable. The Louisiana Fire Marshal’s office estimates that 95 percent of fire deaths statewide occur in residences without operable smoke alarms.

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Reader discusses views on combat

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What is meant by the term: serving in combat? Military service in Vietnam during that twelve-year war was considered being in combat.
However, approximately thirty present of the troops in country actually fought in combat with the chance of being killed every day. The remaining seventy percent were service troops. They were involved in transporting supplies, repairing equipment, or assigned to medical duties. Most of those troops never heard a shot fired in anger.

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School diversity sound of success

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There’s a room in our house where I’ve rehabbed after each surgery and kept my legs under me in between. You’ll find basic exercise equipment and accessories plus a therapy table. But you’ll also find what is probably the most important piece of my therapy equation — music. And because music inspires and motivates me more than anything else, the exercise room also doubles as a music room. Upon first glance one would probably think it was inhabited by someone with multiple personality disorder. But maybe it’s more accurate to say I suffer from “diversity disorder.”

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History quietly made

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A quite historical event occurred in Louisiana on February 1. The event did not receive a great deal of publicity in North Louisiana. This was the swearing-in of the newest Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court, Bernette Joshua Johnson. Thereafter a formal ceremony was held in New Orleans on this past Thursday. It was lovely and dignified, just as the new “Chief” is as a person.

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Make sure to avoid high credit card fees

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Question: I was late making my payment to my credit card company last month and I think I was charged a fee for being just one week late. Can they do that?
Answer: They can, they did and they may do it again.
It’s bad enough that you have to pay high interest rates on credit card debt; but if you make the wrong moves, additional high credit card fees can really add to your financial pain.
It sounds like you have been charged a good, old-fashioned “late fee” by your credit card company. The fee was probably somewhere between $15 and $39.

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Take advantage of higher IRA contribution limits

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For the first time since 2008, contribution limits have risen for one of the most popular retirement savings vehicles available: the IRA. This means you’ve got a greater opportunity to put more money away for your “golden years.”
Effective earlier this year, you can now put in up to $5,500 (up from $5,000 in 2012) to a traditional or Roth IRA when you make your 2013 contribution. And if you’re 50 or older, you can put in an additional $1,000 above the new contribution limit.

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It’s crucial to understand language of investing

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Stocks and bonds could probably be considered the basic building blocks of an investment portfolio, and you’ve most likely heard of them before. But beyond just these two basic terms there is a whole world of investment opportunities, and sometimes the financial world seems to have a language of its own. Fortunately though, there are many resources available to help you understand what it all means.
To get you started, let’s discuss a few of the most common terms you might hear and what they mean to you.

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SCHOOL NEWS - SIMSBORO

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Kindergarten
We are very busy in kindergarten as we learn so many cool things each week.  
In math, we are continuing to learn about two and three-dimensional shapes and in
our reading groups we are working hard to become better readers each day.

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SCHOOL NEWS - RUSTON HIGH

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Now wrapping up its sixth year of financial support for Ruston High School teachers through its Mini-Grant Program, the RHS PTA is proud to announce that the initiative provided $5,968.08 in funding during the 2012-13 academic year.

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SCHOOL NEWS: RUSTON JUNIOR HIGH

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Eighth grade donation
The eighth grade social studies department recently received donations from Insurance Professionals of Northeast Louisiana, The Cleaners of Ruston, Hi-Tech Computers and The Visual Difference for the purchase of a new novel to read. Through their contributions, the eighth graders are currently reading “Twelve Years a Slave,” the story of a free man from New York who was kidnapped and brought to work as a slave in Louisiana for 12 years preceding the Civil War. We are very grateful for their help in purchasing this new book and all students are enjoying it.

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