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January 28th

Basketball tournaments to bounce up

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Get ready. In the event that you have missed the story announced some time ago, Ruston will be hosting both the girls and boys state championship basketball tournament. It may sound a little early to be commenting on this, as the dates are March 8-10. The tournaments start on Thursday and end Saturday. The reason I mention this here, though, is to remind people of the pride in our community and the tremendous impact this will have here and elsewhere.
I know that it is dangerous and difficult to single out any one person. But I do want to mention one name, Kyle Edmiston, who is the current president and CEO of the Ruston-Lincoln Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau. I have received very good indication that Kyle was actively involved in seeking and landing this tournament, as were many others. But with any great idea, there is often a point person driving the project.

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Hott wins Louisiana Associate of the Year

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Ruston business owner Ralph Lawrence “Larry” Hott recently attended the Louisiana Home Builders Association Board of Directors Installation and Awards Banquet in Lafayette, where he was the recipient of the “Associate of the Year” for the Louisiana Home Builders Association for 2011. Upon completion of his term of the state associate vice president, he became a state life director.
Hott followed in his father’s footsteps, working in the homebuilding industry. He began as an associate in the cabinet business in Shreveport, becoming an active local member of the Northwest Louisiana Home Builders Association in 1989. He served on the local board as a state director and was elected as Associate of the Year in 1992.

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IRS launches EITC campaign

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WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service and community partners nationwide have launched their annual outreach campaign aimed at helping millions of Americans who earned $49,078 or less take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
Last week, on Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day, local officials and community organizations across the nation held news conferences and sponsored other events highlighting the benefits of this key work incentive for low-and moderate-income workers and working families.

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What is the formula for investment success?

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Question: What does the average person have to do to make some money in their investments these days? It seems that I have the gift of making every mistake in the book, and I’m still not sure what to do!
 
Answer: We all want to believe the ads that say youth can be regained, health can be retained and hair can be restored … “guaranteed.”

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More investing tips and tricks for everyone

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Editor’s note: This is the final of a three-part series on the basics of investing money.
• Reinvestment risk — The yield-to-maturity calculation assumes reinvestment of semi-annual income at the stated or coupon rate. A zero-coupon bond is exempt from reinvestment risk, because it is structured to compound at the stated rate of return. (More on zero-coupon bonds below.)

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Investors can learn much from Super Bowl teams

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It’s Super Bowl time again. And whether you’re a sports fan or not, you can probably learn something from the Super Bowl teams that you can apply to other endeavors — such as investing.  What might these lessons be? Take a look:
• Pick players carefully — Super Bowl teams don’t usually get there out of luck; they’ve made it in part because they have carefully chosen their players. And to potentially achieve success as an investor, you, too, need carefully chosen “players” — investments that are chosen for your individual situation.

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Devon makes Fortune’s top 100 places to work

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Devon Energy Corporation announced recently it has again made Fortune magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For.” This marks Devon’s fifth straight year to be included on the prestigious list.
Devon is ranked No. 28, up from No. 41 last year. With 3,286 U.S. employees and 5,000 including Canada, Devon ranks No. 12 among midsize companies on the Fortune list.

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January 27th

One big, happy family to be together in Heaven

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It’s strange. As old as I am, I keep having brand new adventures. My latest has to do with the most unusual memorial service I’ve ever attended. It was for the young woman, Debbie O’Neal, who died and whom I’ve been talking about.
I promise I won’t write about it again. However, it has deeply impacted my life to stand by and see this valiant young woman fight and lose her battle to live.

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Zero is important; Beta officers installed

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Kindergarten news
The kindergarten at Choudrant Elementary has had a very special visitor every 10th day of school.
Zero the Hero brings us the zeros we need when counting our days in school and helps us learn about the importance of zeros in numbers. With his help we will be reaching our 100th day of school Feb. 6 and are really excited to celebrate being 100 days smarter with Zero the Hero.

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CEDAR CREEK SCHOOL

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Congratulations to the Cedar Creek fourth and fifth graders who qualified to participate in the highly selective Duke University Talent Identification Program fourth/fifth grade talent search based on their excellent performance on their standardized test. Way to go!

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