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December 1st

Thoughts on Christmas

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This is my favorite time of year. Although we alluded to Christmas last week, now that it is December, may I be one of the first to wish you and your families the most blessed and wonderful Christmas. During the next few weeks, I wish to mention some of the history and wonder of this marvelous time of year that is so much a part of our way of life. I might add a few points of commentary along the way.

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Chamber helps spread word

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce offers several options to businesses and community organizations to help get out the word about events that are open to the public.
More than 1,000 people receive The Chamber Checklist, the chamber’s email newsletter that goes out each Friday. The Checklist includes information about upcoming chamber events such as ribbon cuttings, Business After Hours and workshops, as well as information about community events ranging from sports to theater to special programs.

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School News: BETHEL CHRISTIAN

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Bethel Christian School Homecoming Court will be presented at 6 p.m. Dec. 14. 
Above: The high school court pictured left to right are Lauren Hines, Jocelin Jackson, Mckenzi Rodgers, Shannon Bosch, Whitney Ingram, Rachel Brinkman, Sara Liner, Tera Hinton, Samantha Moak and Ceara Morehead.

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Students recognized for service

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Henry Futch, eighth grade, and Will Rudnicki, 12th grade, were named the Cedar Creek School Volunteers of the Year in The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program recently.
In addition, Audrey Miller, sixth grade, received a Certificate of Merit for her volunteer community service.

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School News: Glenview Elementary

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Students learn about animals, celebrate holiday

Kindergarten
There’s not a thing in the world more exciting than hearing about kindergarteners learning and having fun all at the same time. Glen View Elementary strongly believes these two factors go hand in hand.
GVE kindergarten students enjoyed a fun-filled day at Papa Simpson’s Farm. The children learned about various farm animals and how to care for them.

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La. Tech announces fall quarter honor lists

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Louisiana Tech University has announced the names of students on its fall quarter President’s and Dean’s honor lists.
Students whose names are followed by an asterisk earned recognition as members of the President’s Honor List. That distinction signifies achievement of at least a 3.8 academic GPA on a minimum of nine semester hours completed, with no grade lower than a B.
To be eligible for the Dean’s Honor List, a student is required to earn at least a 3.5 academic grade point average with no grade lower than a C on a minimum of nine semester hours completed (100-level or higher).

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Search yields three finalists for Delta Community chancellor

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BATON ROUGE — After a nationwide search process, the finalist pool for the next chancellor of Louisiana Delta Community College has been narrowed down to three candidates.
The finalists, in alphabetical order, are Rodney Ellis, Barbara Hanson and Jerry Ryan.
Each finalist has been invited to participate in a series of interviews with the Louisiana Delta Community College search committee on Wednesday at the college’s main campus located at 7500 Millhaven Road.

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Financial strategies for female investors

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Today, women are playing an ever-increasing role in making important financial decisions — whether for themselves or for their families. While many of the basic rules of investing hold true for all investors, some life events will affect women differently than they will men, and these can also have an impact on investment decisions. Following are a few areas of special consideration for women investors:

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Time for year-end review of financial strategy?

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Now that 2012 is drawing to a close, you may want to review the progress you’ve made this past year in many areas of your life — including your financial situation. By going over your investment portfolio and other key areas related to your finances, you can learn what moves you may need to make in 2013 to stay on track toward your important objectives, such as college for your children, a comfortable retirement and the ability to leave the type of legacy you desire.

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College education — What is the true cost?

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Question: I plan to start college this fall. I’ve got the grades to get TOPS in Louisiana. But I have also been accepted by a private college. If I go to the private college, I will have to take out a lot of student loans. Is it worth it?
 
Answer: That depends on your objective.

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