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December 3rd

VFW Post expresses appreciation

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The VFW Parnell-Burt Post 3615 wishes to thank all of the veterans and spouses who came out to the Veterans Day program that was held at the 527th Engineering Battalion here in Ruston.
We also want to thank all of the following for their co-operation: the 527th Engineering Battalion for use of their building; the AFROTC for the flag program they put on; Chris Turner from Super 1 Foods and Bill Cox for jointly cooking the meal; all the employees from Super 1 that served the veterans; Jerry Begale and Blue Bell for the ice cream; Coco-Cola for the drinks; and the three speakers. They speakers were Mayor Dan Hollingsworth of Ruston, Major Brad Kendall from the 527th Engineering Battalion and Karl Malone. All three were exceptional.

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About 3,500 pancake tickets sold

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The Ruston Kiwanis Club extends thanks to the Ruston-Lincoln Parish community for the support you gave our club by participating in our 60th Annual Pancake Day fundraiser held on Nov. 11.
There were approximately 3,500 tickets sold. Once our expenses are paid, all of the remaining funds will be used to fund projects to help children in particular and the community in general. The project funds are used to fulfill the Kiwanis defining statement: “Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.”

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Do you hear what I hear?

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It should have been a typical holiday church service.
We had gathered before church to prepare for the early service at Temple Baptist. A simpler and abbreviated service, it usually featured our minister of music providing a solo as the special music as I accompanied. There were seldom any hiccups, at least until that typical holiday service.

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Local artist encourages sixth-grade art students

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At I. A. Lewis School, the week before Thanksgiving brought more than preparations for a big holiday break.  Art Teacher Nancy Waldron and her gifted art students spent a day preparing canvases as part of a full-day workshop with local artist Frank Kelley Jr. 
Sponsored by Lincoln ACHIEVE, the workshop provided an opportunity for students to learn about various artistic styles from an artist with whom they share a similar background.  For Waldron, this was an important part of the message.

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RUSTON ELEMENTARY HONOR ROLL

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The following students have achieved the honor roll for the second six weeks grading period.
Principal’s List-All A’s
First Grade — Joshua Anding, Omarrion Brantley, A’Rial Collins, Christian Davis, Dyson Fields, Kaleb Holland, Ta’kevia Jenkins, Duquavion Jones, Kendrick Jones, Rodolfo Landaverde, Kylen Mamon, Mackenzie Markay, Gary Perry, Rhagen Shallowhorn, Asia Stringfellow, Ransom Tah, Toriana Traylor and Kemyra Wright

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Patriotic awards

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Lincoln ACHIEVE recently sponsored several competitions in partnership with the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post. 
Students across the district were invited to participate in patriotic-themed contests that included an elementary coloring event, middle grades “Patriot’s Pen” essay competition and high school “Voice of Democracy” speech/essay opportunity. 
Winners at the middle grade and high school levels won cash prizes from ACHIEVE for their outstanding efforts. 
Above, left: Celebrating their top entries in the “Patriot’s Pen” where (left to right) I. A. Lewis students Timarie Delony (third place, $25), Jalen Garrison (second place, $50) and Madison Ray (first place, $100) with their teacher Bobbi Connor. 
Bottom, left: Taking top honors in the “Voice of Democracy” competition were New Tech @ Ruston students (left to right) Henry Thompson (first place, $100), Garrett Allen (third place, $25), and Chandler Haddox (second place, $50). 
The group now awaits the results of the next level of competition in hopes of advancing to state and nationals.

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Don’t vacation from monitoring your investments

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Now that the holiday season is in full swing, you’ll probably be enjoying time off, if you haven’t already.
One of the last things that’s likely to be on your mind this time of year is your investment portfolio. But after you get some well-deserved rest, you might want to take some time to make sure your investments are working harder than ever to meet your financial goals

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Steps to help retirement to avoid the ‘fearful 50s’

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Question: My wife and I are coming up on 50. Our kids are almost finished with college and we find ourselves poorly prepared for the prospect of retirement.
We are paying for five cars and have a bunch of credit card debt. I am not sure where to turn or what to do to get started.
 
Answer: The fearful, frenzied 50s.

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Manage your money with care this Christmas season

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As you know, the holiday season can be joyous, hectic, celebratory — and expensive. And while you certainly enjoy hosting family gatherings and giving presents to your loved ones, you’ll find these things even more pleasurable if they don’t add a lot more weight to your debt load.
And that’s why you’ll want to follow some smart money-management techniques over the next few weeks.
To begin with, try to establish realistic budgets for both your entertaining and your gift giving. When you host family and friends, don’t go overboard on your expenditures.
Your guests will still appreciate your efforts, which, with a little creativity, can create a welcoming and fun experience for everyone.

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CenturyLink employees among first to graduate

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Twenty CenturyLink employees were among the first group of Louisiana Tech University students to receive a graduate certificate in communications systems during a recognition ceremony Wednesday at CenturyLink headquarters in Monroe.
The certificate program was developed by Tech specifically for CenturyLink employees and consists of five courses, totaling 15 semester credit hours.  It is designed for CenturyLink employees with general responsibilities and interests in telecommunications engineering, information technology or information systems.

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