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December 28th

Working on the weekend

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Louisiana Tech may be out for winter break, but workers demolishing the Caruthers Dormitory building were hard at it Saturday as their work continued. Pictured in the foreground is a worker cleaning dust and small debris off of Tech Drive as the demolition process continued. Plans are to leave the area that once contained Caruthers and Neilson Dorms as a green space.

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Area 2013 fall GSU graduates announced

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Several hundred students graduated from Grambling State University during the fall quarter. Local students are listed below by degree and hometown:
• Associate of Science in Child Development: Grambling — Samantha Dimmer; Jonesboro — Adrian Kary; Ruston — Sharon Goldsmith.
• Bachelor of Arts in Art: Ruston — Demetrius Harris and Marantz Moon.
• Bachelor of Arts in English, General and Bachelor of Arts in History: Grambling — Gaquez Jackson.

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Local children collaborate with area artist on creative experience

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Lincoln ACHIEVE recently built upon the success of its partnership with Northeast Louisiana artist Frank Kelley Jr. to bring his new “Geometrics Through the Arts” project to students throughout the district. The exciting new initiative allowed a small group of students from seven different schools to engage in a collaborative creative experience that exceeded all expectations.

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Looking back at a good year

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When I consider the year just ending, it beats the previous year, hands down. No quadruple heart bypass surgery; no totally missing turkey season. 2013 has been a good year overall.
Feb. 1 — When I married Kay soon to be 30 years ago, she brought into our relationship a longing and desire for something that finally found its way into a special parking spot at our house. She bought the Mustang she’d wanted since she was 16.

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Lake Claiborne provides dynamic fishing, views

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HOMER (AP) — With red-crusted trees trimming the foggy horizon, fishing on Lake Claiborne offers some dynamic viewing on a December day — even if you have to listen to Homer Humphreys’ stories dotted with an occasional exaggeration.

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Remember history and common sense

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Question: Looking back at 2013, I think I spent most of the year waiting for the other shoe to drop. And it never happened. I’m not sure whether or not to think things are fine again, or whether that other shoe will drop early in 2014. What are the chances of us going into another financial crisis this year?
Answer: I believe long-term optimism is the realism of history and common sense. On the other hand, what’s in store for 2014 is anyone’s guess. The odds of a genuine financial crisis look pretty low at this point.

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Study how to prepare for stock market swings

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Crises that buffet the financial markets have become commonplace in recent years: 2008’s banking crisis, the housing market implosion, credit woes at home and abroad, currency fluctuations, natural disasters.
As a result, stock prices have been extremely volatile, sometimes rising or falling by 10 percent or more in a matter of weeks — or even days.
“The past couple of years have been challenging for investors, to say the least,” said Gary Thayer, chief macro strategist for the advisory services group of Wells Fargo Advisors.

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Journey toward financial security this new year

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­­­­Now that another year is ending, it’s a good time to take stock of where you are on your journey toward financial security. Of course, you could find many different “measuring sticks” to assess your progress, but you can certainly gain considerable information just by asking yourself some basic questions.
Here are a few to consider:
• How close am I to my retirement goals?

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Penny Perfect holds ribbon cutting

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The Ruston Lincoln Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting at Penny Perfect on Oct. 17 at 110 West Park Avenue in Ruston.
Penny Perfect is owned and operated by Melissa Bullock. For as long as Melissa can remember, her mother, Penny has insisted on having everything perfectly in place and her dad coined the phrase “Penny Perfect,” which became the name of Melissa’s dream shop.
Penny Perfect is an affordably priced gift shop with decorations, toys, greeting cards, Louisiana Tech gifts and much more.

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Celebrate responsibly

Many residents across the parish will hold celebrations over the next few days to herald in a new year. At some of these celebrations, residents will choose to drink alcohol.
While drinking is not illegal, it is illegal for someone who is intoxicated to get behind the wheel of a car, which is why local law enforcement agents will be out in full force to make sure the roads are safe.

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