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January 4th, 2014

Simple wills can create complex problems

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Question: My husband and I had simple wills drafted 20 years ago, where we leave everything to each other. We just want everything to go to our kids when we’re gone. Do we need to have somebody look at our wills if that’s all we want to do?
Answer: Once upon a time a wife died after being married a long time.
She approached the pearly gates and asked St. Peter, “How may I enter in?” St. Peter said simply, “You must spell a special word. And that word is love.”
She spelled l-o-v-e and was ushered by St. Peter into the splendor of heaven.

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Time for family discussion on finances

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If the prospect of asking your aging parents about the way they handle their household finances — or how they’d feel about moving to a nursing home — fills you with apprehension, you are not alone. However, it’s the kind of conversation you can’t afford to delay indefinitely. As your parents get older, it’s critical to sit down with them and talk about their health and financial well-being — before urgent decisions are forced on you.

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Rite Aid honors Rowell with award

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Louisiana Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, announced Nov. 11, 2013, that Trevor Rowell with Rite Aid was honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of its employee serving in the Louisiana Guard and Reserve. A Statement of Support Certificate was also signed by Rowell with Rite Aid to provide a visible reminder of the support of the troops. Along with the thanks of the committee, “My Boss is a Patriot” pins were also presented.

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Using lawn chair as deer stand a success

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Billy Barton, age 70, had grown tired of day after day sitting in his box stand near Atlanta in Winn Parish without seeing any deer. As he got out of his stand on Nov. 9, he spotted something, however, that caused a change in plans, a change that three days later, would result in an encounter with a huge 12-point buck scoring almost 180 inches.
“I hunt on family property near Atlanta in Winn Parish,” Barton said. “My box stand has lanes extending out so I can see several directions. However, I hadn’t seen any deer from my stand.”

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January 3rd

Tales that bind people of Ruston together

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OK folks. We’re beginning a brand new chapter in our lives — a chance to do many things different; yet, still not forget all the years we’ve already spent.
Monday is very special to me. Oddly enough on Jan. 6, all those years ago, my dad was laid to rest in the old Greenwood cemetery on West Alabama Avenue, next door to where the former Temple Baptist Church building was.

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Bearing fruit together on the journey

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I grew up in the Texas Panhandle where there are not many trees, much less fruit trees. I am often intrigued at watching a tree bear its fruit and having the opportunity to witness its growth from the beginning tiny flowering buds all the way to the beautiful fruit that can be harvested and eaten. In the backyard of LifeHouse Ministries, we have the blessing of a pomegranate tree. We realized this when we first moved to our current ministry location back in 2011.

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Church News

Assembly of God
First Assembly of God
“Living in the Spirit” class is at 9:45 a.m. Sundays. Children’s church is at 10:45 a.m. Nursery through age 3 is provided at 10:45 a.m. Sundays, by request on Sunday night and at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Baptist
Calvary
Bible study classes begin at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship is also held at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Choir rehearsal begins at 4 p.m. today.
Men’s prayer breakfast begins at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Wednesday evening’s prayer services at 6:30 p.m.
Cook
Cook currently offers a Sunday morning pick-up. Call the church office at 255-1318.

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Students learn benefits, how to grow garden at school

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There was so much excitement recently at the Cypress Springs school garden.
When work’s to be done, one doesn’t usually think of children getting so excited.
Cathy Judd, with the LSU AgCenter, said she had the privilege of watching students at Cypress Springs working together in their school garden, pulling weeds and planting.
“When Mrs. (Debbie) Barton’s class pulled weeds (on a recent) morning, I heard no one complaining,” Judd said.

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Bracing for a chilly weekend?

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Residents should prepare now for a weekend blast of dry, arctic air that could drive temperatures into the teens by Sunday night, Lincoln Parish Director of Homeland Security Director Kip Franklin said Thursday.
National Weather Service models show that after a fairly mild day Saturday with highs in the 50s, the temperature will begin to fall. Sunday’s highs are expected to be in the 40s and the lows ranging from 15 to into the 20’s. The icy grip is likely to hold into early next week.

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Suspect found hiding in closet

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At 10:51 p.m. on Thursday, officers from the Ruston Police Department arrested one man who was hiding in a closet after allegedly assaulting his brother with a knife.
According to the affidavit, earlier on Thursday night, officers responded to 1301 Gilman St. in regards to a fight between brothers.
It was determined that during the disturbance, Glen Robertsons Richard, 58, of 1301 Gilman St., reportedly pulled out a butcher knife and threatened his brother.
Upon arrival, officers reportedly discovered that Richard had left the scene.

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