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April 6th, 2013

RocketFast ribbon cutting

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Ribbon cutting ceremonies were held Feb. 7 for RocketFast Car Wash, located at 1822 Northpoint Lane in Ruston. The ceremony was sponsored by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

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Weyerhaeuser holds diaper drive

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Weyerhaeuser recently held “Operation Diaper Drive” in which Arcadia 058 associates collected a total of 11,123 diapers of all sizes and donated them to two local nonprofit organizations, Life Choices of North Central Louisiana and Christian Community Action. Weyerhaeuser’s cellulose fibers business uses a renewable resource to producebiodegradable fluff pulp that is used in many of the diapers sold today. Pictured from left to right are Mark Huffman, Tammy Mattox (Diaper Drive coordinator), Jonathan Hood, Natasha Murders, Kay Church (Life Choices), Curtis Rhodes (plant manager) and Stephanie Y. Mitchell (Christian Community Action).

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Financial steps for first-time parents

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Question: My husband and I are expecting our first baby in the summer. What financial things should we be doing to prepare?
Answer: Sometimes it feels like Melinda and I had our first child about, oh, a year or two ago. We now have two college grads, one in college and the last one graduating high school in about a month.
Gee, that was fast.

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Discover the value of dollar cost averaging

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Whether you’re a novice investor or you’ve been following the market for years, one thing you know is true: the market is constantly changing.
The never-ending ups and downs can make it hard to determine when would be a good time to buy. Fortunately, there is an investment strategy that can help compensate for swings in the market and make the decision a little less troublesome for you.

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Ways to help yourself reduce investment stress

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You probably aren’t too worried about it, but April is Stress Awareness Month. Each year, the Health Resource Network sponsors this “month” to inform people about the dangers of stress and to share successful coping strategies. Obviously, it’s important to reduce stress in all walks of life — including your investment activities. How can you cut down on the various stresses associated with investing?

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Lagniappe ribbon cutting

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Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held Feb. 28 for Lagniappe Auto Title, located at 1406 Farmerville Hwy. in Ruston. The ceremony was sponsored by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

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Roma ribbon cutting

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Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held March 27 for Roma Italian Bistro, located at 102 North Monroe St. in downtown Ruston. The ceremony was hosted by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

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Mulkey’s been through some tough losses

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For members of the coaching profession, every loss is tough.
One point, 10 points or by whatever differential, getting beat is the pits.
But some losses are much tougher than others.
They enter into altogether different realm than others that a coach goes through in a lifetime.
If anyone could qualify as an unofficial “expert” on such low times in the job, it is Kim Mulkey.
For sure, I can name two such situations involving the former Louisiana Tech University Lady Techsters’ backcourt star.

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Dean camp gives back

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Willie Roaf wasn’t about to miss the Fred Dean “Hall of Fame Pro Day” on Saturday, even though it meant overcoming some logistical nightmares.
In less than 24 hours, the former Louisiana Tech University All-American and 11-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman in the NFL was on the road driving from Destin, Fla., then over to New Orleans and finally up to Ruston for the ninth edition of the football youth instructional camp that was being hosted by the Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana.
He didn’t arrive to North Louisiana until the late hours of Friday night.

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Tech defense plays tough

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Louisiana Tech University’s defense showed its ability to make plays and prove that the group is improved from last season as it dominated in Tech’s second spring scrimmage Saturday morning at Joe Aillet Stadium.
The team scrimmaged for just over two hours and ran around 150 plays in all. Overall, the defense created 10 turnovers in 26 drives overall and had two touchdowns on the day with a pick-6 and a fumble returned for a touchdown. Overall, the offense scored 27 points to the defense’s 14.

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