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January 12th, 2013

Technology used to pray; cat helps prisoner

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Escaping the “real” news of the world, your writer ventures into the arena of light-hearted stories and comments.
Electronic prayer?
Quite often many of us solicit prayer from friends, church-goers, persons of faith and family. We might make the request fervently or without a lot of thought. Then on the giving end we might offer to pray for a person, a cure or other compelling reasons. Is there now a new way to request prayer requests?

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Smallest businesses may benefit from 401(k)

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Is an individual 401(k) plan right for you?
If you can answer “yes” to either of the following questions, then maybe it is: “Are you the sole employee of your business?” or “Does your business employ only you, your co-owners and spouses?” Chances are — even if you did answer “yes” — you’ve never considered establishing a 401(k) plan to save for retirement because you think they’re strictly for corporations. They’re not. Tax law changes have made 401(k) plans attractive for the very smallest businesses — especially if you’re looking to make substantial contributions.
An Individual 401(k) is a unique retirement savings opportunity designed for corporations, partnerships and sole proprietorships that employ only owners, their spouses and certain family members. If you’re an independent consultant, real estate agent or accountant, an Individual 401(k) may be a good retirement plan option for you.

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Investing is a marathon — not a sprint

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Investors sometimes may get frustrated with their investments because those investments don’t seem to produce quick results. Perhaps that’s understandable in our fast-paced society, in which we’ve grown accustomed to instant gratification. But investing is, by nature, a long-term activity. If you look at it in terms of an athletic event, it’s not a sprint, in which you must pull out all the stops to quickly get where you’re going. Instead, it’s more like the 26.2-mile race known as a marathon.

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Estate planning lessons from ‘The Queen of Mean’

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Question: I need to make out a will. I love all my children, but some are more responsible than others. Is there anything I can do to make sure they don’t waste whatever I leave them without making them hate me when I am gone?

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Copeland earns IOM certification

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Judy Copeland, operations manager for the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, has graduated from the Institute for Organization Management, a four-year nonprofit leadership training program at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
This professional development program of the U.S. Chamber is a comprehensive course of study consisting of four annual sessions focusing on professional growth and development for association, chamber and other nonprofit professionals.

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Ribbon cutting held for Orange Leaf

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Small business training offered through Operation JumpStart

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Twelve-week course planned at GSU and in Jonesboro

he 12-week course, Operation JumpStart: First Step, is a nationally-recognized training model delivered to individuals considering starting or expanding a small business.
The Operation JumpStart: First Step curriculum teaches participants small business planning and preparation skills with practical hands-on training. The course will be offered concurrently at Greater North Louisiana Community Development Corporation’s (GNLCDC) H. Simmons Small Business Learning Center (SBLC) on Tuesday evenings and on the campus of Grambling State University, Jacob T. Stewart, Room 342 on Thursday evenings.

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Freedom Award nominees sought

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Guardsmen, reservists may nominate civilian employers

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense agency, is encouraging guardsmen and reservists to nominate their civilian employers for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award before the Jan. 21 deadline. The Freedom Award is the nation’s highest recognition for employers supporting guard and reserve members. Employers of every size and industry are eligible to receive the honor. Guard and Reserve members, or a family member acting on their behalf, may nominate their employers at www.FreedomAward.mil.

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High schoolers spend a ‘Day with the Doctors’

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Carley Bowman, Katie Howard, Corey Moss and Taylor Witten, Chizitara Akoma, Landon Sims, Caleb White, Morgan Winstead, and Anna Claire Wyatt all spent Jan. 9 at the LSU Health Shreveport - School of Medicine to participate in the Day with the Doctors program.
These students were among 33 students from North Louisiana chosen to spend an entire day with medical staff and students at LSU Health Shreveport- School of Medicine.

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SCHOOL NEWS: HILLCREST ELEMENTARY

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Most respectful
Most respectful students at Hillcrest for the second six weeks were honored with special treats and being able to sit at a special table for lunch. We are proud of these students and how they treat other students, teachers, all adults and our school property. Students honored as most respectful were: kindergarten — Logan Kimbell, Paige Gipson, Madisyn Williams, Talan Billberry, Brittany Gutierrez, Jonathan Martinez, Arianna Wesley, Joh’Maal Houston, Nolan Martin, Jayla Monroe, Axel Ayala and Jackson Frederick; first grade — Jude Keen, Kadence Nugent, Chadyn Rhone-Thompson, Xhane Williams, Lainey Mercer, Kamryn Bradley, Ella Quarles, Jaylon Richmond, Alaina Fredericks, Katelyn Large, Koy Tolar, MiKayla Bowen, Paige Taunton and Kemyra Queen; second grade — Emily Lynch, Nicolas Gassant, Audrey Gutierrez, Matthew Lassiter, Jessica Sanchez, Kaleb Holland, Hannah Reeder, Raymanero Owens, R. J. Brown, TiAnna Murray, Raylien Richardson and Justin Szymanski.

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