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June 11th, 2016

Local church donates 30 fans

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The Presbyterian Church of Ruston has donated 30 fans to the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office TRIAD fan drive. TRIAD is collecting fans to be distributed to qualified senior and disabled citizens who have insufficient home cooling to thwart the summer heat. Donations will be taken throughout the summer months. Fans may be dropped off at the Lincoln Parish Public Safety Complex, located at 161 Road Camp Road, or the Ruston Central Fire Station, located on East Georgia Avenue. From left are church members Wayne Neuroth, Virginia Cook, Ruth Walpole, Betty Jo Fagan and Betty Sheeler.

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Making a decision: Comparing IRA choices

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With the decline of corporate pensions and the aging U.S. population putting stress on the Social Security system, the burden of saving and planning for retirement falls increasingly on individuals.
This is especially true for younger Americans. Yet, navigating the retirement savings account options as well as investment choices can be a daunting task.
But taking the time to understand these choices can go a long way toward paving the way for a more secure retirement down the road.

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If money can’t buy happiness, what can?

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Question: My brother is always working to get ahead. But he’s never happy. In fact, he’s in a bad mood most of the time! Why do so many people think money will buy them happiness? Money shouldn’t affect us that way, should it?
Answer: We all know money can’t buy happiness ... but most of us would love to give it a shot.
No, we all know money can’t buy happiness. But few of us really believe that poverty is the road to bliss either. So I perked up when I ran across an interesting idea: a formula for being happy.

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Protecting your identity is important

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Identity theft is a big problem. How big? Consider this: In 2015, about 13 million Americans were victimized, with a total fraud amount of $15 billion, according to Javelin Strategy & Research. That’s a lot of victims, and a lot of money. How can you protect yourself from becoming a statistic?
Here are a few suggestions:
• Secure your Social Security number. Identity thieves eagerly seek Social Security numbers — so don’t give out yours to anyone who asks for it. In fact, as a general rule, be reluctant to give it out at all.

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Edward Jones moves up on the Fortune 500 list

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Financial services firm Edward Jones moves up on the annual Fortune 500 list, as published by Fortune magazine, in its fourth appearance in four years, according to Jeremy Hebert a financial advisor in Ruston.
Fortune magazine’s annual listing ranks the largest U.S. companies by revenue. Edward Jones moved up an impressive 44 spots to No. 382 on this year’s list, with nearly $6.7 billion in revenue for 2015.

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LHSAA principals expand split

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The split will remain for the Louisiana High School Athletics Association.
And it could lead to even more division in the future.
Principals from across the state voted Wednesday in Baton Rouge to split the Louisiana High School Athletic Association between private and public schools for three additional sports — baseball, softball and basketball after doing so for football three years ago.
The divide three years ago increased the number of football championship games from five to nine, in order to accommodate winners from both private and public schools.

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Changes ahead for Grambling

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Also during last week’s meetings the Louisiana High School Athletics Association voted to readmit the former Grambling Laboratory High School as a new school based on changes coming as part of a federal desegregation order.
Those changes will include a new school name, new mascot and possibly new colors for the school’s athletics teams.
Gordan Ford, the president of the Grambling High Alumni Association and the Grambling High Foundation, said negotiations are ongoing with the U.S. Department of Justice and that because of that he couldn’t comment much on the situation.

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Tech teams had season of ‘firsts’

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Three Louisiana Tech University teams experienced ‘’firsts’’ during the 2015-16 season.
All of which helped ante up the excitement level for their fan bases.
Ironically, those teams all weaved their magic during the spring and helped to highlight a school year to remember for Lincoln Parish sports.
Registering these ‘’firsts’’ was probably the last thing fans of the Tech golf, tennis and baseball programs had in mind when this school campaign lifted off.

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Goff on national ‘impact’ list

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It hasn’t taken Greg Goff long to create excitement and a winning attitude for Louisiana Tech University’s baseball program.
After a 25-27 overall record and 6-21 Conference USA mark in his debut campaign of 2015, the former Delta State University player guided the Bulldogs to a 42-20 overall record and 19-11 league mark this spring.
Ten wins were achieved against Top 25 ranked opponents, highlighted by a first-ever series sweep against traditional power Rice in the regular season and C-USA finale.

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Tech’s Moran Earns C-USA Spirit of Service Award

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Louisiana Tech junior Natalie Moran joined 13 other student-athletes from member schools in receiving the Conference USA Spring Spirit of Service Award earlier this week.
The C-USA Spirit of Service Award is designed to recognize the community service efforts of the league’s student-athletes, based upon significant community service, good academic standing and participation in their selected sport.

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