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January 11th, 2014

Player on Nashville scene has area roots

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The memory of Ron Tyler is stashed away in the archives of my memory. Ron — we called him Ronny Joe — grew up a few miles from me, I in Goldonna, and he in the Natchitoches Parish hamlet of Readhimer.
As I was growing up, I began playing the guitar. Ronny Joe, a disc jockey on a Jonesboro radio station, was high on my list as somebody who could flat-out pick and sing. He died some 20 years ago, leaving among survivors, his son, Tim.

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Firefighters deserving of our thanks

Considering the number of incidents we have had thus far in 2014, residents of Ruston and Lincoln Parish should take a moment today to say a prayer and to thank both local volunteer and fulltime firefighters for their efforts in 2013.
In total, local fire departments responded to upwards of 3,000 calls. Of those calls, more than 350 were actual fires.
This means those men and women responding were putting their lives on the line to serve their community. They did not worry about what time the call came out or if they were in the middle of an important event.

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Heating a genuine concern

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Regarding the Jan. 9 story “GSU: Lab Schools Do Have Heaters,” I would like to respond to the comments of Will Sutton, director of public relations at Grambling State University — since his statements, taken verbatim from the comments section of the KNOE website, comprised the majority of the article.

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Famous words of a former governor

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“I need your help. Won’t you help me?”
Some remember that famous campaign slogan of former Gov. John J. McKeithen when he ran for office. He pronounced the second “help” as “hep.” One of my resolutions in my small world of journalism is to seek humorous stories from the readers.

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Businesses a top concern in Ruston

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Several years ago, Monroe chef and entrepreneur Cory Bahr opened up 102 a Bistro. It saw some success, but ultimately left the city. Bahr, who once won an episode of “Chopped,” is a well-known man, with a restaurant in the heart of downtown Monroe. So, when I heard about Bahr’s recent troubles with the Monroe Police Department, my interest was piqued.
To summarize, Bahr’s vehicle was burglarized and several items were reportedly stolen, including several expensive knifes, a laptop and more. He even said one of the knives was the one he used while winning “Chopped.”

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Cedar Creek School

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Spelling Bee
Cedar Creek eighth grader Mary Wynne was named the school’s Spelling Bee champion recently. 
She also received the Best Enunciation of Letters Award, and will represent the Cougars in March at the regional spelling. 
Georgia May Albritton, fifth grade, earned second place and the Spirit Award.  

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Consider retirement plan when leaving job

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When you leave a job — whether due to layoff or for any reason — you are often faced with a decision about your 401(k) or other retirement plans. Over time, you may be in the same position as many other employees who have accumulated substantial balances in these employer plans that are designed for tax-advantaged retirement savings.
If so, you may find yourself having to make a decision about whether to keep your 401(k) funds with your former employer, roll them over to an IRA, or pay the taxes and cash out.

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Are you prepared for the unexpected?

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When you’re working to achieve your financial objectives, you will encounter obstacles. Some of these can be anticipated — for example, you won’t be able to invest as much as you want for retirement because you have to pay for your mortgage. Other challenges can’t be easily anticipated, but you can still plan for them — and you should.
Obviously, the word “unexpected,” by definition, implies an unlimited number of possibilities. However, at different stages of your life, you may want to watch for some “expected” unexpected developments.

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Debt: The good, the bad and the ugly

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Question: My boss has offered me the opportunity to buy into our business, but it will cost me some upfront money. I know you say never to go into debt, but how else will I get the money to buy into this business?
Answer: Ouch! I feel like the guy who just got asked when he stopped beating his wife!
Go find as many of my old columns as you like (hint: they are often used as tablecloths at crawfish boils!). You will never find a single instance where I advise “never to go into debt.”

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‘Aladdin’ to be presented

Louisiana Tech University’s Stone Theatre is proud to present its version of “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp,” directed by Paul B. Crook, associate professor of theatre, and featuring Tech theatre students and children from throughout north central Louisiana.

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