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February 9th, 2013

It was like yesterday and today

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John Lane Sheehan posted something on Facebook a short while back that brought back some very painful memories for me:
“Forty-five years ago, Dubach lost Vance Lewis in a car accident. I remember that Sunday night just like it was last night. We had sat together at First Baptist Church that night. He left after church and I never saw him alive again. Vance was a dear friend who loved life and was always laughing and smiling. A day doesn’t go by that I don’t think about him. Most of you on this page are probably too young to remember Vance, but for those of you that do, I just didn’t want us to forget him.”

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Grandparent 'Bill of Rights'

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We often refer to “rights” in our country and justifiably so. One of our seminal documents is the Declaration of Independence, which refers to rights. Then 15 years later our Constitution was almost immediately amended to include the “Bill of Rights.” In hospitals and nursing homes we see signs referring to the rights of patients. Many businesses ostensibly mention a focus on the rights of customers.

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Kicking off to a life of reading

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Jane Watson, with Lincoln Parish Schools Pupil Appraisal, helped with the district’s early grades reading initiative “Kick-Off Event” recently held at Hillcrest Elementary School. Watson facilitated a session for a packed room of parents and community volunteers that focused on how to help students more effectively engage in reading both in and out of the classroom. The event was part of an ongoing partnership between Lincoln ACHIEVE and United Way of Northeast Louisiana that currently has more than 80 community volunteers involved with reading to second grade students at both Hillcrest and Glen View Elementary schools. Following a similar kickoff event at Glen View, the reading project officially rolled out on Jan. 28, and will continue through the second week of May as reading volunteers, parents and teachers join forces to help all students become proficient, on-level readers by the third grade.

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MCH’s Howard School recognized for ‘Top Gains’

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The Lorraine Nobles Howard Education Center, affectionately known as Howard School, is a state-licensed alternative school on the campus of Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home in Ruston.

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Career fair matches students, jobs

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All majors welcome. All opportunities open. All at Louisiana Tech University.
At Louisiana Tech’s spring career fair, nearly 800 students and 112 companies from across the South met together Thursday to see if a match could be made.
Ron Cathey, director of the Counseling and Career Services, which hosts the Career Fair, said the event has been growing in the numbers of participating students and companies in recent years.
“My job is not hard,” Cathey said. “I have the best product in the world — Tech students. If the companies hire one, they will come back.”

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Teach your IRA beneficiaries to stretch

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Americans saving for retirement are well aware of the tax benefits that individual retirement accounts (IRAs) confer on account holders. Fewer are familiar with the rules that offer tax savings to IRA heirs. These special “stretch” distribution rules can help you transfer wealth across one or perhaps two generations.

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Change is the only sure thing to be counted on

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Question: Do you think things will change much in the second Obama administration?
Answer: Count on it.
Not because one political party vs. another will control the White House or the Congress.
No, things are going to change because things always change.
One of the major mistakes I see people make in their financial lives is the often unconscious assumption that things will stay the same from now on. But life isn’t like that, is it? Life is really a matter of constant change, much of it unanticipated.

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Don’t forget financial gifts for longtime valentines

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Love is in the air this week, as Valentine’s Day rolls around again. During the course of your life, you’ve probably sent your share of flowers and candy. But if your valentine is also your spouse — and, in particular, your long-time spouse — you may want to go beyond roses and chocolates this year to give a gift that can help lead to financial security.
You can choose to make financial gifts in a number of ways, of course, and some of them could provide an immediate financial impact. But you may want to look even further down the road and consider what you can do for your spouse in the areas of insurance planning and estate considerations.

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IRS offering enhanced products, services for tax season

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The Internal Revenue Service recently opened the 2013 filing season by announcing a variety of enhanced products and services to help taxpayers prepare and file their tax returns by the April 15 deadline.
New and expanded services for taxpayers this year include a redesigned IRS.gov website that’s easier to navigate and improved service options, including more video-conferencing assistance sites and additional social media tools. In addition, the IRS has stepped up its enforcement efforts to protect taxpayers from refund fraud and identity theft.

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Hough completes training

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Mark Hough, center, the Customer Service Manager at The Cleaners of Ruston, recently completed Introductory and Advanced Dry Cleaning courses at the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute (DLI) in Laurel, Maryland. DLI has been a premier international trade association for garment care professionals since 1883. The Cleaners of Ruston is proud to announce it now has three graduates of the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute as owner Jim Shepherd, left, and Becky Reagan, past graduates of DLI, posed for the picture while congratulating Hough on his recent graduation.

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