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December 14th

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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Keep in mind four paths to financial independence

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Question: I am not interested in becoming a rich person. But I would like to one day be financially independent, able to retire and not be a burden on my children. With things like they are, how does someone do that these days?
Answer: Other than winning the lottery or getting Bill Gates to adopt you, there are only a few ways you can move from financial dependence (work is necessary) to financial independence (work is optional).

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December 13th

Ruston celebrates the holidays

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Local residents lined the streets of downtown Ruston for the annual Christmas parade Thursday night.
Pictured above are several children riding on a float, and pictured below is a a “Duck Dynasty” themed float.
The parade winners this year are first place — South Parkway School; second place — Heritage Realty Group and third place — Clay United Methodist Church.

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Holiday movies on tap at Dixie

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Bringing younger generations into the Dixie Center for the Arts, that is goal of Troupe Dixie.
Kristi Lumpkin, co-chair of Troupe Dixie, said this will be the third year for the annual Merry Movie Marathon set for Saturday.
“Our goal is to bring in younger generations to the Dixie to get them to realize the historic property that we have right here in Ruston,” she said. “We want the younger generation to appreciate what we have and so we bring them in to the Dixie for movies and a variety of different events.”

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Man shot at GSU

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A man is in jail after a gun he allegedly used to threaten a Grambling State University student was accidentally discharged.
According to the arrest affidavit, shortly after midnight today Enderrell Montreal Hawkins, 28, of 4279 Maplewood Drive, entered a room in the Knott Hall residence hall on GSU’s campus. Hawkins allegedly pulled a gun on the resident of the room and threatened to shoot him.
According to the affidavit, a struggle began between Hawkins and the victim during which Hawkin’s firearm discharged and struck Hawkins.

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