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November 24th, 2012

Wellness benefits OK’d by LPSB

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Lincoln Parish School employees might notice some changes in coming months as benefits discussions were on the table during the Nov. 13 regular school board meeting.
School board members unanimously — with the exception of Bobby Dowling and Debbie Abrahm who were both absent — approved a proposal to include several wellness benefits free of charge to school system employees at the meeting earlier this month.

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GSU examines anti-hazing policy

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NEW ORLEANS — All university students would sign an anti-hazing commitment if a proactive hazing solution idea is implemented.
During a two-hour, afternoon 2012 Empowerment Exchange: Historically Black Colleges and Universities Institute session, the president of Grambling State University and the President of Southern University System discussed a variety of issues involving student hazing rituals with nationally known analyst and commentator Roland Martin. Both universities have marching bands mandating that members sign such pledges.

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Passing for Tigers

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Quarterback D.J. Williams gets ready to follow through on a pass for Grambling State University in Saturday afternoon’s 38-33 Bayou Classic loss to rival Southern University in New Orleans. The loss ended the G-Men’s season with records of 1-10 overall and 0-9 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

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GSU, Southern ‘break bread’ before big game

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On Saturday, Grambling State University and Southern University came together for the annual Bayou Classic Coaches’ Luncheon to talk a little trash before the big game, but more to recognize top performers.
The U.S. Marine Corps honors one outstanding student athlete from Grambling State and one from Southern each year. Recipients must exemplify the Corps’ 14 leadership traits, including respect, confidence and loyal cooperation.
Fabian Carter, Grambling’s senior punter, and Christopher Browne, Southern’s left tackle, were recognized with the “Excellence in Leadership” award.

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Toys for Tots Drive has begun

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The Ruston Jaycees Annual Toys for Tots drive has begun. Boxes have been placed at various places around the city, including several Community Trust Bank locations, both Walgreens stores, all three Dollar General locations, Super 1 Foods and many other places. Pictured, from left to right, are Laura Jones, Shane Grubb, Timothy Bush, Brandon Sutherland, Callie Grubb, Billy Lowe and Elizabeth DeGrie Killeen, Jaycees members who were on hand to help wrap boxes for the drive.

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Help from the Weyerhaeuser Foundation

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Contribution to LifeShare aids in protecting rare blood cell collection
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Weyerhaeuser Foundation was recognized by LifeShare Blood Centers for their $20,000 contribution to protect and preserve one of the world’s largest collections of rare red blood cell samples. LifeShare Blood Centers is the steward of the rare collection that it uses in blood compatibility testing for hospitals and blood centers worldwide.

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Past events make for optimistic future

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Question: Our country’s federal deficit is larger than ever. Social Security and Medicare are broke. Our politicians are too busy fighting each other to fix anything. Does it seem like our economic problems are just getting worse and worse?
 
Answer: Let me make an unsolicited plug for the school teachers in our communities. Go hug a history teacher!
A working knowledge of history will help you get over your fears. It isn’t that the problems you’ve outlined aren’t real. Of course they are real.
But let’s back up a moment and look at the big picture.

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Learn about advantages of mutual fund investing

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In basic terms, a mutual fund is a company whose main objective is to professionally invest a pool of money in securities and earn a positive return for shareholders. In this way, these companies allow you to “mutually” share the rewards and risks of investing, hence their name.

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Don’t take a ‘holiday’ from financial goals

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We’re well into the holiday season now. And while the holidays are joyous, they can also be expensive. In fact, at this time of year, many people make spending decisions they end up regretting. But you can enjoy the holidays and still stay on track toward your financial goals by following a few simple guidelines, including the following:

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La. Tech journalism students gain mentoring experience through project

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Louisiana Tech students in a sophomore-level journalism class this fall got the opportunity not only to learn how to be better editors, but to also put those skills into practice by mentoring high school students.
In Journalism 220: Copy Editing, students are taught to be effective editors in the workplace, and they created short how-to videos explaining journalistic writing and editing for students at Farmerville High School.

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