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November 17th, 2012

Devon Energy helps WaterFest

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Devon Energy presented a $1,000 check to be the title sponsor of Lincoln WaterFest. From left to right: Pictured are Michelle Gantt and Amie Skipper with Devon Energy and Lindsay Gouedy, Sparta Commission educator. The children pictured above were among the hundreds of fifth graders who participated in the two-day WaterFest at Lincoln Parish Park. The effort is designed to teach children about water issues, such as conservation, to help save the depleting Sparta Aquifer.

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Boost local revenue with Black Friday

Friday is slated to be the biggest shopping day of the year. The day after Thanksgiving frequently offers deals that drag people out of their turkey-induced comas during the early morning hours to scour local stores for the best deals available.

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Many collaborated for success

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Consider this renowned quote by the great Greek epic poet, Homer: “Light is the task where many share the toil.”
Homer’s words give us reason to reflect on what were not mere simple occurrences bringing our public school district to the level of achievement highlighted during the recent release of the School and District Performance Scores. Many, many dedicated educators as well as school leaders contributed to this success through their tireless efforts. They collaborated to align curriculum, prepared challenging lessons, developed rigorous assessments and established higher student expectations helping propel student achievement to a much higher level. Through analysis of data-driven programs, educators applied, modified and implemented those ideas that made the difference in achieving higher academic gains.

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Trees and global warming

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Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that cutting and burning trees adds more global warming pollution to the atmosphere than all the cars and trucks in the world combined?
— Mitchell Vale, Houston, Texas
By most accounts, deforestation in tropical rainforests adds more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than the sum total of cars and trucks on the world’s roads. According to the World Carfree Network (WCN), cars and trucks account for about 14 percent of global carbon emissions, while most analysts attribute upwards of 15 percent to deforestation.

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A few Turkey Day facts

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Giving thanks is something we could regularly do, and we focus on giving thanks next Thursday. This year, Thanksgiving comes a little earlier, noting that it is on the fourth, not last, Thursday of November.
There is so much that your writer gives thanks for that I could write for days.  Yet some of you knowing my “bent” for history, I thought I’d share some historical trivia that might be of interest.  You know, the type of stuff that you can throw around in conversation this week with a “did you know” lead in.

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Designing retirement: the new reality

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A new grandchild arrives. Your son moves across the country for his new job. The family home requires more maintenance than your travel-intensive lifestyle allows. A health challenge arises. Whatever the reason, expenses that significantly affect your long-term finances should trigger a meeting with your financial advisor.
What to expect from a financial checkup

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Battle low rates with three types of income

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If you depend on fixed-income investments for at least part of your income, you probably haven’t been too happy in recent years, as interest rates have hit historic lows. Nonetheless, even in a low-rate environment, you can broaden the income-producing potential of your investment portfolio.

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Synergy planning priority No. 5

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This is the fifth and final installment in a series examining the priorities involved in building an effective financial plan.
 
Question: I am trying to put together a financial plan, and I am realizing how much there is to think about! Is one thing more important than another? Where should I start?

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Employee Giving Campaign

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Roseburg Forest Products has a long tradition of giving back to the communities in which it operates. The company has manufacturing plants in Oregon (home to its headquarters in Dillard, Ore.), Montana, California, Mississippi and Simsboro.
Simsboro’s 133 employees make up six percent of the company’s employee base.
Each year, they hold an Employee Giving Campaign, encouraging employees to give to United Way agencies and other local charities. In turn, the company matches 75 percent of those donations to the various organizations the employees choose.

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Students recognized for national honor

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The Lincoln Parish School Board recognized six students who have been honored on the national level.
Lincoln Parish has four students, all from Ruston High School, who have achieved semifinalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Additionally, the parish has two students, who also attend RHS, who have achieved semifinalist status in the National Achievement Scholarship Program, which honors outstanding Black American high school students.
The National Merit Semifinalists are as follows:

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