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Celebrating 50 years of business

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Mayor Dan Hollingsworth presents Cliff and Velma Woodall, of Woodall’s Furniture, with a proclamation as they celebrate 50 years of business in Ruston.

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Locals earn business awards

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Pictured are the winners of the 2012 Ruston-Lincoln Parish business awards. The annual Business Awards Breakfast was held Friday at the Louisiana Tech University Student Center. From left to right are Don Robertson, Jim Taylor Ford, Business of the Year; Richard Raue, Hi-Tech Computers, Small Business of the Year; Ashley Johnson, Young Businessperson; and James Davison, Small Business Champion. The awards program is a joint effort of the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and Tech’s College of Business.

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Coffee campaign launched in La.

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Twenty-five years ago, Community Coffee Company was named the State Coffee of Louisiana™ by its customers. To commemorate this quarter-century milestone, the company is giving Louisiana residents the opportunity to vote for their favorite Community® coffee blend during its State Coffee Campaign. Community Coffee Company will announce the winning blend on Nov. 3, a day before the presidential election.

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Ribbon cutting held for Smoky Hollow BBQ Joint

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Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held Sept. 27 for Smoky Hollow BBQ Joint, located at 2537 Louisiana Highway in Ruston. Smoky Hollow offers dine-in, take-out and catering. The ribbon cutting was sponsored by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

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CTB gives to blind center

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Pam Allen, executive director for Louisiana Center for the Blind, accepts a donation from Community Trust Bank representatives David Darland and Shelia Grayson. Pictured from left to right are Allen, Darland and Grayson.

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ExxonMobil awards grants to La. Tech

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ion recently awarded Louisiana Tech University and its College of Engineering and Science $23,000 in academic grants, as part of their nationwide Departmental Grants Program.
Tech’s civil engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering programs will each benefit from the funding provided by ExxonMobil. 
This year, ExxonMobil has awarded $2 million in academic grants to 83 colleges and universities. During the last 10 years, ExxonMobil has provided more than $20 million to higher education institutions.

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Southwest MCH 1st to achieve new license

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Methodist Children’s Home of Southwest Louisiana has the distinction of being Louisiana’s first licensed psychiatric residential treatment facility (PRTF).
On Oct. 3, Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) surveyors conducted a site visit to study the facilities and treatment program. On Oct. 4, license “001” was issued by the Health Standards Section of DHH.

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Fred’s Pharmacy honors local pharmacist

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As part of its celebration of American Pharmacists Month in October, fred’s Pharmacy, a chain of more than 340 pharmacies, is honoring Brian Baldwin, fred’s pharmacist in Ruston.
Fred’s American Pharmacists Month Recognition Program invited fred’s Pharmacy patients to vote online during the month of August for their favorite hometown pharmacists. A total of 198 fred’s pharmacists in 11 different states were recognized, with nearly 700 votes from their patients.
“American Pharmacists Month provides our patients with the unique opportunity to acknowledge the pharmacists that they’ve come to know and appreciate,” said Josh Russell, pharmacy marketing manager for fred’s Pharmacy.

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Building a financial foundation

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Investors are like fingerprints: each one is different. But if there’s something every investor wants, it’s a sound financial foundation. When your finances are in order, so many other things seem to fall into place.
How can you create a sound financial foundation?
• Create a plan of attack. Every plan begins with specific investment goals. Know what you want your money to do for you. Decide whether you need current income today or long‑term growth for the future. Once you know where you’re going, you can start putting the building blocks in place.

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Procrastination costs more than it delivers

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Question: I have a very bad habit of putting off dealing with our family’s financial situation. My husband tells me I am lazy, but I don’t think I am. I just don’t know where to begin. We need to get out of debt and start saving money, but I get so overwhelmed that I just put it off. What can I do?

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