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April 26th, 2014

Downsville Charter School

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The pre-K and kindergarten students at Downsville Charter School took part in their first annual Parent Teacher Organization Circus on March 28. The students dressed as animals, clowns, ballerinas and magicians. It was great to see our circus return after many years. We look forward to seeing it for many years to come. Thank you to our teachers, parents and PTO for making this happen. Our children enjoyed performing for their parents, grandparents and friends.

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Business After Hours hosted by Kelly Moore Bag

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The Ruston Lincoln Chamber of Commerce March Business After Hours was hosted by Kelly Moore Bag, located at 204 North Vienna Street, on March 18 in downtown Ruston.
The evening began with a ribbon cutting for the newly renovated 100 year old downtown building that now houses the first Kelly Moore Bag retail store and is the headquarters of the corporation. Kelly’s bags are selling on Amazon, Ebay and more online sites.

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SOA post-retirement risks— part two

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Question: As I approach retirement, I know there is a lot I need to protect myself and my wife against. I don’t want to be Chicken Little and run around scared all the time. But I also don’t want to be foolish and leave myself unprotected if I can do something about it. Do you have any advice about where I can start?
Answer: Last week we started the process of looking at the most commonly identified financial risks faced by retirees.

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Five steps to help in creating an estate plan

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When it comes to estate planning, procrastinating is easy. The task of getting your house in order can seem daunting and the topic uncomfortable. In fact, while the majority of Americans believe that all adults should have an estate plan, only 44 percent have actually created one, according to a 2011 LexisNexis survey.*
Unplanned estates may be left to wind their way through probate court, leaving state law to determine the disposition of your assets.

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Turning a retirement ‘vision’ into a reality

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Retirement can be an exciting, active time of your life. But if you’re going to get the full benefits from your retirement years — which could last two, or even three, decades — you’ll need to have a vision for what you want to do. And to transform this vision into reality, you’ll need to take a “holistic” approach — one that involves a financial strategy, clear communications with family members and an awareness of the challenges that may stand in your way.
To articulate and achieve your vision, ask yourself a series of questions, such as the following:

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April 25th

Pogue: Challenges to opportunities

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Outgoing GSU president reflects on ‘dream job’ at HBCU
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Frank G. Pogue delivered his last spring convocation address in T.H. Harris Auditorium this week, reminding an audience about the many accomplishments achieved during his tenure as Grambling State University’s president.
For about an hour, Pogue highlighted some of the institution’s more notable challenges as well as some lesser known issues, saying that those challenges were made opportunities for success.
“Grambling has always had challenges, but even with those challenges GSU is doing fine,” said Pogue.

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Activities planned for all ages

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The Ruston Farmers Market will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, in the public parking lot on the corner of Louisiana Avenue and South Monroe Street in downtown Ruston, provided courtesy of the city of Ruston.

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LaTech to hold ‘Top 20’

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Business and community leaders, technology entrepreneurs and leaders in innovation throughout north Louisiana will gather at Louisiana Tech University, Tuesday for the second annual I-20 Top 20 Regional Showcase.
On display at the event will be innovative entrepreneurs, products and services developed through the I-20 Corridor Regional Accelerator as well as a variety of new start-up companies and cutting edge technology development projects emerging from Louisiana Tech and their private partners.

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Running for hope set for Saturday

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Second annual 5k to benefit autism research at parish park

On Saturday area residents will have a chance to show their support for others during the Hope for Autism 5k, set to be held at Lincoln Parish Park.
Registration for the second annual run has been ongoing, but those interested can still register the day of the race.
Tiffany White, an event coordinator, said the Centers for Disease Control released a statement that autism has risen 30 percent from 1in 88 to 1 in 68 children diagnosed with autism. 

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Art Crawl set in Downtown Ruston

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Next Friday night there will be several facets of our artistic community on display simultaneously, which will make for a wonderful weekend. We have such a rich artistic environment in our region, with a wealth of professional artists as well as student artists. We are lucky to be a “university town” with such great programs in the arts. Theatre, music, visual arts, architecture, and literature each add considerable depth, beauty and warmth to our cultural landscape.

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