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Friends remember O’Neal

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A former Community Trust Bank board chair and area leader is remembered fondly by friends and associates.
Daniel Eldon O’Neal Jr., 86, passed away on Friday at his home in Ruston.
Community Trust Bank President/CEO Drake Mills described O’Neal as a “gracious individual” who was a great father and friend to everyone.

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Juneteenth features parade, car show, fun

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GRAMBLING — The heat from the sun may have been beaming down on everyone present, but that didn’t stop people from having a good time Friday and Saturday during the first two days of Grambling’s annual Juneteenth Heritage Festival.
The festivities kicked off with a flag ceremony followed by a pageant on Friday, and then continued with a sea of events on Saturday.
Between parades, car shows and fun-filled events in the park, those attending the festival had plenty of ways to pass the time.

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Grand marshal named

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ynne Gnemi has been selected as the 2012 Peach Festival Grand Marshal.
Gnemi, a financial consultant and Ruston resident for 26 years, has held leadership roles in several civic and community organizations.
Ruston Jaycees President and Parade Chair Timothy Bush said Gnemi was a logical choice, since she was the 2011 winner of the Robert E. Russ Award.

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Hunting for $500 treasure

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If Ruston residents see some strange activity downtown this week, they shouldn’t be worried that their fellow neighbors have been driven batty by the heat.
Instead, anyone seen examining statues or the underside of park benches is probably someone participating in the annual Louisiana Peach Festival Peach Treasure Hunt.

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Look out for early autism signs

Some children are very social whereas others keep more to themselves.
In a few youth, however, failure to communicate with others is to the extreme that they are diagnosed with autism, a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life.

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Being thankful for fathers

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According to www.usa.gov, the United States government’s official website, Father’s Day began a little over a century ago while Sonora Dodd, of Spokane, Wash., was listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Her father, William Smart, a Civil War veteran and widower, raised six children on his farm by himself. The next year, Spokane’s mayor declared June 17 as the first Father’s Day, choosing the month of June to honor Smart’s birthday.

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Defining sustainable communities

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Dear EarthTalk: The term “sustainable communities” gets bantered around quite a bit today. Could you define it for me?
— Holly Parker,
Mechanicsburg, Penn.

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Taking care of yourself while caring for another

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Caregiving is seldom easy — it involves providing financial, physical, emotional and spiritual support to someone who is unable to live independently.
According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, approximately 44 million unpaid individuals (mostly family members) provide care each year to ill or disabled loved ones who are age 18 or older.
If you’re a caregiver, no one has to tell you about competing demands for your time. You may feel the emotional drain of caring for a loved one whose condition may not improve.

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Consider these financial moves when you are looking to relocate

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Almost everyone would agree:  Moving is a hassle. In addition to selling your current home and finding a new one, you may need to deal with a new school for your kids, a new doctor, a new dentist — the list goes on and on. But you’ll also need to consider the financial aspects of your move — specifically, your investments, insurance, taxes and even your estate plans.
How can you help make sure that your move doesn’t slow your progress toward your financial goals? Consider the following relocation checklist:

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Don’t delay family business succession plans

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Question: My wife’s father owns a business that he plans to leave to his children. His only son works with him in the business.
My wife and her sisters have no involvement in the business. I am worried that my father-in-law’s plan to leave the business to his children will create significant friction between the siblings. Surely this has happened before. What can we do?

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