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February 25th

Hall of Fame Pro Day on the horizon

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The Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana are at it again.
On March 31, the club will host the 2012 Fred Dean’s Hall of Fame Pro Day.
“Last year, we were able to give out five scholarships totaling more than $3,000,” Eldonta Osborne, executive director of the club, said. “This year we are hoping to give out between $6,000 and $12,000 worth of scholarships to at-risk students.”

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Merger of Tech, LSU-S advantageous

With the recent release of a study in the Bossier-Shreveport area regarding how to best serve the needs of the underserved in that area, the Ruston community has had a lot to ponder over the past week.
The results of the study by higher education consultants Eva Klein and Associates came back with their recommendation being a merger between Louisiana State University-Shreveport and Louisiana Tech University into one college with two campuses. This one college would be Louisiana Tech, not LSU-S.

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Man questions local tax proposals

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I see from the informative column that Nancy Bergeron wrote recently in the Ruston Daily Leader that we voters of Lincoln Parish will be facing millage and sales tax proposals on April 21.
Most people locally recognize the importance of public safety and public education and appreciate the good leadership that we have generally enjoyed. However, citizens are also aware that government can and will consume all the revenue it can acquire.

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Readying for new curriculum

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By now teachers at every school in Lincoln Parish know that the Common Core curriculum is coming. They know the first assessments on the new standards will take place in 2014-15. Also, they know the national standards aim to prepare Lincoln Parish students to be both college and career ready. But right now nobody has all the answers about the Common Core State Standards, and they are better off viewing the national reform as traveling on the interstate with all traffic flow merging in a new direction — a direction never traveled before by our educators and students.

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Reflections on Easter, Mardi Gras

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Have any plans the next six weeks? Toward the end of that time, you will probably be preparing for Easter, together with finery, chocolate and egg hunts. For the sports fans, there is the basketball mania at the NCAA level as well as high school; remember the state championships of girls and boys will both be here in Ruston. It may well be that there is enough in school or work schedules to keep you occupied. Yet there are some other points of focus that may help some of us.

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Mayor comments on construction

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On behalf of the City of Ruston, I should like to thank our citizens for their patience and understanding during the past several months while we have been busy working on a drainage project on North Trenton Street that will alleviate a long-standing drainage problem, while at the same time add a right turn lane at Vienna and Georgia to make it more traffic friendly.

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Thanks given for cupcake event

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The Fourth Annual “Kupcakes for the Kids” fundraiser to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was held recently at Community Trust Bank.
I would like to express my sincere thanks to everyone who helped to make this event a huge success once again.

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Be sure to sell investments for the right reasons

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It’s important to understand which investments to own, and when to buy them. But you should also know when it’s time to sell an investment — and why.
 
Unfortunately, many people sell investments for the wrong reasons. Some people want the money to purchase so-called “hot” investments, even if these new investments aren’t appropriate for their needs.

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‘Babe Ruth Effect’ measures frequency, magnitude

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Question: My father is constantly nagging at my mother about her spending habits. She does tend to buy some frivolous stuff, but it is also pretty cheap. Dad, on the other hand, will store up his spending spree for a new four wheeler he doesn’t really need or some other big boy toy. Which is worse?
Answer: You may need to ask Babe Ruth.

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Municipal bonds may be good for your portfolio

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If your investment portfolio consists of only equities, you may want to diversify. 
Stocks and other equity securities are an important part of your investment mix, but you may also want to consider some fixed income investments like municipal bonds.
Income is generally free from federal taxes and state taxes for residents of the issuing state, however capital gains, if any, will be subject to taxes.
Income for some investors may be subject to the federal Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT).
When you purchase a new-issue municipal bond, you actually make a loan to the issuer, which may be a city, township or school district, for example.

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