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January 18th, 2014

Smarter ways to pay for a Roth IRA conversion

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The benefits of Roth IRAs are undeniable: no required minimum distributions (RMDs) for an owner and, perhaps best of all, no income tax on qualified distributions. For those investors who meet the income requirements to fund a Roth, choosing one is simple. Investors who exceed those limits but still want to access a Roth account can do so — if they prepare to manage the up-front costs.

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Third time was charm for Richardson

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Within a span of some 24 hours, West Monroe’s Krista Richardson laid her eyes on a big buck three different times.
The first two times, the buck was there and gone so quickly she had not chance for a shot.
On the third pass, the buck hung around just long enough for her to get him in her sights.
She got the big, nine-point that scored in the 170 inch range, but it took two days for the buck to be found.

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Few changes in store for hunting seasons

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Deer hunters concerned about when to schedule hunt-season vacations can get a head start this year after state biologists and game managers outlined the proposed season framework for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons during Thursday’s Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting.
After establishing three new areas, new bucks-only and either-sex hunting dates for deer last February — a move that broke a 10-year string of consistent deer dates and areas — hunters won’t have to wait to schedule their time-off for the last three months of this year and next.

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January 17th

Local journalism legend dies at 75

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Wiley Hilburn’s golden pen fell silent on Thursday after a brief illness
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To some, he was an award-winning writer and columnist for North Louisiana newspapers and a renowned journalism professor and department head at Louisiana Tech University.

To others, he was “Bootsy.”

But for most of Lincoln Parish and northern Louisiana, he was the man with the golden pen, a native son filled with vast knowledge about the region where he was born and raised, and unafraid to take a stand and let his feelings be known whether they were popular or unpopular.

On Thursday, that golden pen fell silent.

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Bulldogs mop up Green Wave

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Tech remains undefeated in Conference USA with win at Tulane
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NEW ORLEANS — It was a great homecoming for Louisiana Tech head coach Michael White who spent four years on Tulane’s campus as a high school kid with his dad the athletics director at the university.
Jaron Johnson and Kenyon McNeail came off the bench to nail four 3-pointers to tally a game-high 14 points apiece in leading the Bulldogs to a 73-45 road conference win over the Green Wave on Thursday night inside Devlin Fieldhouse.

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GSU teams to host Saturday doubleheader vs. Texas Southern

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Grambling State University’s basketball teams will be at home Saturday to play host to Texas Southern in Southwestern Athletic Conference doubleheader action at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. Dennisha Chambers (pictured at left) at the Lady Tigers stand at 6-9 overall and atop the SWAC at 3-1 while TSU is 5-9 and 2-1. Chase Comier (pictured at right) and the
G-Men stand at 1-12 overall and 0-4 in the SWAC while TSU is 6-9 and 2-1. The women’s game is set for a 3 p.m. tipoff while the men will follow around 5 p.m.

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Bearcats football banquet tickets currently on sale

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Tickets for the annual Ruston High School football banquet are on sale now and can be purchased from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. weekdays from Virginia Rainwater in the RHS athletics office.
The tickets will be on sale through Jan. 24 and must be bought in advance — no tickets will be sold at the door.
Ticket cost is $20 each.
The annual Ruston High School football banquet, sponsored by the Ruston High School Booster Club, will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 27 in the Louisiana Tech Student Center.

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Parish Hoops Slate

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Upcoming games for Lincoln Parish high school and collegiate basketball teams:
HIGH SCHOOL
(Boys)
CEDAR CREEK (4-12): Today, at Haynesville; • CHOUDRANT (12-11): Today, home, vs. Calvin; • GRAMBLING (9-7): Today, at La. New Tech; • NEW LIVING WORD (20-8): Today, at Downsville; • RUSTON (12-7): Tuesday, home, vs. West Monroe; • SIMSBORO (14-6): Tuesday, home, vs. Pleasant Hill.
(Girls)

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LPPJ elects new officers, passes motion to join in bid on land near Lake D’Arbonne

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The Lincoln Parish Police Jury elected its officers for 2014 to begin Tuesday’s monthly meeting at the Lincoln Parish Courthouse.
District 2 representative Hazel Hunter was elected president while District 5’s David Hammons will serve as vice president. Bobby Gray was elected to continued his role as the LPPJ’s treasurer.
“We are a team and we are all about unity, fairness and togetherness,” Hunter told fellow jurors upon being elected.

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Mayor is Russ Award winner

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Banquet set for Feb. 4
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Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth has been named this year’s winner of the Robert E. Russ award, the highest honor given by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.
This award recognized the contributions the recipient has made to advancing the community.
The 2014 Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet, presented by First National Bank, will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Ruston Civic Center.
During the event, community awards will be presented on behalf of various groups. Today, the official results for the majority of the awards are being announced.

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