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December 14th

Dixie Dancers perform at Trinity

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Freezing weather and heavy rains did not stop the Dixie Dancers of Ruston from performing at the annual Trinity United Methodist Church Christmas program on Friday, December 3. This was their 330th performance. These ladies perform for free at various venues throughout the year. For booking information or information about classes that they teach at RPAR, contact Jane Boone at 255-7864.

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Cub Scouts donate popcorn to LMCH

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Cub Scouts from Pack 59 in Ruston recently donated popcorn to the Louisiana Methodist’s Children Home. In the fall, Pack 59 sold popcorn to Ruston residents and gave them the opportunity to purchase popcorn to be donated specifically to the LMCH.
Accepting the donation for the Children’s Home was Gary Strebeck, executive director of public relations, development and marketing.

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Episcopal Confirmation Service: Bishop confirms new members

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On Dec. 8, the Rt. Rev. Jake Owensby, Bishop of the Diocese of Western Louisiana, preached and administered the Rites of Confirmation and First Communion at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. Pictured, left to right back row, are Cynthy Bissell (confirmed), Paul Bissell (confirmed) Audrey Hennigan (first communion), Caiya Easterling (1st Communion), Kay T.

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Adjust as deer season winds down

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It is often necessary to adjust the game plan at halftime when a football team is engaged in an important game. If the defensive backs are locked in on the receivers every play, consideration is given to a few quick-hitters into the line by the running backs. Conversely, if the defensive linemen are clogging up the middle expecting a run, it’s time to air it out to receivers.

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Celebrating ‘Joy, Peace and Happiness’

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Annual Grambling Christmas Parade rolls through town
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Pictured are sights from Saturday’s annual Grambling Christmas organized by the Grambling Joy Fund Committee. The parade, themed “Peace, Love and Happiness,” started at New Rocky Valley Baptist Church and wound its way down Main Street and across the Grambling State University campus before finally ending at the Grambling Community Center, where Santa Claus and his helpers passed out bags of fruit and candy to attendees.

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Sixth graders graduate from DARE, science fair held

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DARE
The sixth grade students at Dubach School recently completed the DARE program taught by Deputy Paula Lee of the Lincoln Parish Sheriff Department. She has been working with the students in Dubach School to assist in bringing about self-management skills. A graduation ceremony was held in their honor on Dec. 3.

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Hillcrest: Special activities set for holidays

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From the Principal, Ms. Hilton
Congratulations to our Teacher of the Year at Hillcrest Elementary, Kelli Colvin! Thanks to everyone who participated in the canned food drive. Next week we will celebrate with the following:
• Tuesday — Candy Cane Day: Boys wear red shirts and girls wear white shirts.
• Wednesday — Sock Day: Wear holiday socks.
• Thursday — Red Day: Wear a red shirt.
• Friday — Holiday/Spirit Shirt: Wear a holiday or a Hillcrest spirit shirt.
School will dismiss at 10:40 a.m. Friday.

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Ruston parades Christmas spirit

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Local residents lined downtown streets for the annual Ruston Christmas parade Thursday night. The parade float winners this year were first place — South Parkway School; second place — Heritage Realty Group and third place — Clay United Methodist Church. Pictured are sights from the parade, including Grand Marshal Les Guice, president of Louisiana Tech University.

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Relationship with financial advisor critical

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Money can be a topic people are reluctant to discuss, but having an open, transparent dialogue about your finances should be the goal when it comes to your relationship with your financial advisor. An integral part of the client-advisor relationship is dependent on your advisor knowing the ins and outs of your overall financial situation, as well as your goals for the future. Arming your advisor with this information helps ensure that he or she can provide you with the most appropriate resources and strategies.
Share your goals

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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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