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April 28th

A Boston-baked redneck

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Note: Fenway Park in Boston is now 100 years old. This is a piece I wrote some time ago about my visit there.
In 1991, my job had taken me to temporary quarters in a company-owned gray stone apartment in the historic Back Bay of Boston, Mass. I might as well have landed on Mars.
Before I went there, what I knew about New England couldn’t fill a crawdad hole. This was the home of Harvard, MIT, the Charles River, John, Bobby and Teddy Kennedy, for gosh sakes. I was about as far out of my element as any Southern boy could be.

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Today in history — the Civil War

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Previously we shared some stories about the Civil War, this being the 150th anniversary of the war that took so many American lives. The events leading up to the war, its cost and the remnants that remain in some circles cause your writer to share stories of that time. Today, April 29, is the anniversary of a couple of major events.
Recall that there were in succession several Southern states that seceded; eventually there were 11. Louisiana was the sixth of the first seven, seceding on Jan. 26, 1861. It was not until April 17, some two and a half months later, that Virginia seceded. This event was major. Many of the major battles of the Civil War occurred there, and the Southern capital of Richmond was there. Virginia borders the District of Columbia, and the two capitals of Eichmond and Washington were very close. Washington was in a perilous location, but it was still safe.  Safe, that is, if Maryland did not secede.

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HICO ELEMENTARY - SCHOOL NEWS

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Field trips taken to see ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ alligators

Kindergarten news
Mrs. Wagner’s kindergarten class is learning about how homes help us
survive and enjoy life. We are reading a variety of stories about homes around the world, animal homes, and tools needed to build homes. 
We are very proud that we have learned all 40 of our sight words and letters and sounds. We
are “showing what we know” everyday in the classroom.

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RUSTON HIGH - SCHOOL NEWS

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For the third straight year, Ruston High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) walked away as the top school in the state in victories at the FBLA State Leadership Conference in Baton Rouge.
This year, the chapter was officially recognized by the state as the best FBLA chapter in the state by their selection as the winner of the Gold Seal Chapter of Merit, the first time that RHS FBLA has ever been selected the winner.

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LPECC - SCHOOL NEWS

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Students hunt eggs

The preschoolers at Lincoln Parish Early Childhood Center had an amazing April. Each class participated in their very own exciting Easter Egg Hunt and party. This led into a wonderful week off for spring break when the children spent some quality time with their friends and family.
A book fair held by the Parent Teacher Organization also took place this month. The children purchased books and other learning materials that will help them become even more brilliant than they are already.

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RUSTON JUNIOR HIGH - SCHOOL NEWS

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FBLA places three teams in Top 10

Ruston Junior High School (RJHS) started a new chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America, with high hopes of learning FBLA procedures and events to assist students and prepare them for their future as members of Ruston High High FBLA. In their first year of competition, they exceeded their goals and placed three teams in the Top 10 at the Louisiana State FBLA Leadership Conference.

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SIMSBORO SCHOOL HONOR ROLL

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Simsboro School has released their honor roll for the fifth six weeks grading period. Students are listed by grade and achievement level.

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What to do with a 401(k) when leaving a job?

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In the past, many people stayed at one job, or at least one company, for almost their entire working lives. When they retired, they could typically count on a pension, the value of which was based on their years of service and earnings.
But today, workers can expect to hold several different jobs in their lifetime, and to a great extent, pensions have been replaced by 401(k) plans, which place much of the funding responsibility on employees.
So, assuming you will change jobs at some point, and you do have a 401(k), what should you do with it?

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Trusts — what are they and do I need them?

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Answer:  In very simple terms, a trust is an arrangement for someone else to carry out your wishes.
 If you want a fuller legal definition, try this one I got off that fount of legal wisdom, the Internet: “In common law legal systems, a trust is a relationship in which a person or entity (the trustee) has legal control over certain property (the trust property or trust corpus), but is bound by fiduciary duty to exercise that legal control for the benefit of someone else (the beneficiary), according to the terms of the trust and the law.”
 Makes you want to go out and hug a lawyer, doesn’t it?

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How to start getting back to the basics of investing

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In the world of investments today, there seems to be an endless array of strategies and game plans designed to help you make the most of your investment dollars. 
With all the options available, you could very easily become overwhelmed. Interestingly, however, while there are always new ideas to consider, it’s often better to stick to the basics when seeking consistent results.
Just as with other things we do, it often seems as though once we feel we’ve got a handle on the fundamentals it’s easy to forget the simple things that got us started and instead chase after newer, more complicated ideas.

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