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August 3rd, 2013

Help the BGC make a difference

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The mission of the Boys and Girls Club is to provide youth in North Central Louisiana a safe, supervised environment where they can develop into positive, productive members of society. On the evening of July 25, I got to see this mission statement in action. For the first time ever, the Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana performed at The Dixie Center for the Arts. Over 100 children plus their parents, extended family and friends filled the first floor of the Dixie. The children performed through reading poetry, drama and dance. Everyone attending seemed to have a great time, especially the children getting to perform on the BIG stage! The children were well behaved and appreciative to be at the Dixie. They had rehearsed daily for six weeks, and I could tell they had put their heart and soul into their performance.

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No change in July crop estimates

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The July World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report released today by the Agriculture Department shows no change in the projected corn and soybean yields this month.
July’s WASDE report projected the 2013 corn yield to be 156.5 bushels per acre and the soybean yield to be 44.5 bushels per acre, paralleling the June report. AFBF economist Todd Davis said corn production is down slightly from June due to slightly lower harvested acreage expectations.

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Thanks to all of our educators

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Back to school schedule set

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The Lincoln Parish Public School system has announced the following schedule for the opening of school.
Registration for new students must begin at the Lincoln Parish School Board Office between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Parents are encouraged to register new students before August to avoid possible placement delays.

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Tech receives NASA EPSCoR, Board of Regents grant

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Louisiana Tech University will receive over $1.4 million in grant funding from NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), through an award to the Louisiana Board of Regents, to serve as the lead institution for research that investigates how high doses of space radiation during extended duration space missions will affect astronauts.
Niel Crews, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering in Tech’s College of Engineering and Science, will lead the research with assistance from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Grambling State University. The project titled, “Genetic Assessment of the Space Environment using MEMS Technologies,” is funded at $750,000 by NASA’s EPSCoR with a match from the Louisiana Board of Regents.

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Louisiana music discussed

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Louisiana Tech’s director of the School of Literature and Language will serve as a panelist for the Louisiana Soundtrack Experience series.
This celebration of Louisiana’s music made a stop in Ferriday Saturday with a program titled, “Great Balls of Fire: Delta Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll in Jerry Lee’s Hometown.” Susan Roach, who also serves as coordinator of technical writing, was a panelist discussing “Preserving Our Musical Heritage.”

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Can you benefit from municipal bonds?`

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Over the past couple of years, the economic picture has brightened for many cities and states — but some of them are still facing potential financial problems. As a citizen, you may well have concerns about these issues. And as an investor, these financial woes may affect your thinking about one particular type of investment vehicle: municipal bonds.

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Knowing who was hired is key for investments

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Question: I have been using the same investment person for years. Lately it seems like my investments just are not going anywhere. I know the markets have been up and down lately, but I guess I was hoping for better. How do you know when it’s time to fire your investment person?
Answer: Before you fire your investment manager, make sure you know who you hired. Or at least, who you thought you hired.

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Looking for financial help to send your student to college?

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With the pace of higher-education costs consistently on the rise faster than the general Consumer Price Index (CPI), understanding the alternatives and opportunities you and your child or grandchild may have regarding financial aid is more important than ever.
Did you know that in the 2010-2011 academic year, more than $227 billion in financial aid (grants, federal loans, federal work-study and federal tax credits and deductions) was awarded to undergraduate students? The average amount of aid for a full-time student was $11,500, including $6,000 in grants that don’t have to be repaid.*

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Razorbacks tie together Tech, GSU defenses

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The dog days of August are here, and that can only mean one thing.
Are you ready for some football?
You better be, because it’s all about to crank up for our area weekend warriors.

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