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July 30th

‘Ready, Set, Learn’ offers lessons for life

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The Alma J. Brown Summer Enrichment program held June 6-30 was considered a huge success by those who conducted it. In the “Ready, Set, Learn” Program, students in kindergarten through fifth grade were exposed to a variety of academic, cultural and recreational activities. Students discovered that school is still cool in the summer, even with a rigorous class schedule.

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Remember to retire to, and not from, something

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Question: I’m in my early 50s and have only recently become very interested in my retirement. Like Moses, I had to wander for almost 40 years in the wilderness before I found my calling. I have the option of paying about $15,000 into a retirement system and “buying” a few years so I can retire early. My work is intense and I’m on the verge of burnout. I like my profession, but I feel pressed to decide soon. How do I know if paying the $15,000 a good idea?

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Time to re-examine your retirement plans?

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As a nation, we appear to be getting nervous about retirement. We aren’t sure if we’ll have enough money, and we don’t know if we’ll be able to retire when we had originally planned. That’s why you may want to review your financial strategy both before and during retirement. Before we look at some actions you might take, let’s get a sense of how concerned many Americans are about their future:

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Learn to handle changes

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Life can be uncertain, especially in regard to managing your personal financial affairs. Some investors find themselves overwhelmed with information and conflicting advice. Others don’t have the time or interest to manage their personal assets and liabilities with discipline.

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Suddenlink launches video on demand

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Suddenlink Communications has launched its new Video on Demand (VOD) service in Ruston. 
Suddenlink customers with advanced digital TV can now access VOD services by going to Channel 1.

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NFL is back, but fans still in a bind

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Grabbing some sports notes here ‘n there while squeezing in some vacation time:
• Isn’t it nice to finally be reading something about the NFL that doesn’t involve lawyers, contract clauses, disbursement of revenues and pension/health plans?

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‘Mailman’ to deliver on USO tour

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Admiral Mike Mullen will wrap up his four-year appointment as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff by leading a star-studded, eclectic group of celebrities on his final USO entertainment tour overseas this summer.

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Tech offense eager to continue progress

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As Louisiana Tech enters the second year under the explosive offense orchestrated by head coach Sonny Dykes and offensive coordinator Tony Franklin, expect to see continued progress with an offense that hit its stride midway through the 2010 season.

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World Series performance

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Ivan Wilson is representing the Ruston Bearcats baseball team this weekend as he plays in the Texas Showcase League World Series in Fort Worth, Texas. Wilson and his NOLA Prospect team based out of Louisiana and Texas have played a busy travel schedule this summer

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Hundreds run in Peach Fest races

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Daniel Mutai and Kelly Worthey were the overall male and female winners of the 2011 Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival 5K.

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