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February 25th

Reflections on Easter, Mardi Gras

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Have any plans the next six weeks? Toward the end of that time, you will probably be preparing for Easter, together with finery, chocolate and egg hunts. For the sports fans, there is the basketball mania at the NCAA level as well as high school; remember the state championships of girls and boys will both be here in Ruston. It may well be that there is enough in school or work schedules to keep you occupied. Yet there are some other points of focus that may help some of us.

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Mayor comments on construction

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On behalf of the City of Ruston, I should like to thank our citizens for their patience and understanding during the past several months while we have been busy working on a drainage project on North Trenton Street that will alleviate a long-standing drainage problem, while at the same time add a right turn lane at Vienna and Georgia to make it more traffic friendly.

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Thanks given for cupcake event

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The Fourth Annual “Kupcakes for the Kids” fundraiser to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was held recently at Community Trust Bank.
I would like to express my sincere thanks to everyone who helped to make this event a huge success once again.

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Be sure to sell investments for the right reasons

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It’s important to understand which investments to own, and when to buy them. But you should also know when it’s time to sell an investment — and why.
 
Unfortunately, many people sell investments for the wrong reasons. Some people want the money to purchase so-called “hot” investments, even if these new investments aren’t appropriate for their needs.

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‘Babe Ruth Effect’ measures frequency, magnitude

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Question: My father is constantly nagging at my mother about her spending habits. She does tend to buy some frivolous stuff, but it is also pretty cheap. Dad, on the other hand, will store up his spending spree for a new four wheeler he doesn’t really need or some other big boy toy. Which is worse?
Answer: You may need to ask Babe Ruth.

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Municipal bonds may be good for your portfolio

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If your investment portfolio consists of only equities, you may want to diversify. 
Stocks and other equity securities are an important part of your investment mix, but you may also want to consider some fixed income investments like municipal bonds.
Income is generally free from federal taxes and state taxes for residents of the issuing state, however capital gains, if any, will be subject to taxes.
Income for some investors may be subject to the federal Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT).
When you purchase a new-issue municipal bond, you actually make a loan to the issuer, which may be a city, township or school district, for example.

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Registration now open for eighth annual Business Outlook Summit

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Registration has opened for the eighth annual Business Outlook Summit, sponsored by Community Trust Bank, which will be held from 8 a.m.-noon March 8 at CenturyLink Headquarters in Monroe.
Speakers will deliver economic forecasts for the region, state and nation.  Delivering the economic outlook for the nation is keynote speaker Brian Belski, chief investment strategist for Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. in New York City.

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Grand Bayou Farms recognized for cow

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Grand Bayou Farms in Dubach has been recognized nationally by the American Angus Association® for having one registered Angus cow included in the Association’s 2012 Pathfinder® Report.
Only 2,027 of the nearly 30,000 American Angus Association members are represented in this year’s report, according to Bill Bowman, chief operating officer and director of performance programs of the association with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo.

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Rotary honors February students of month

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The Ruston Rotary Club proudly announces the recipients of the February Student of the Month Awards. Recognized by Rotarian Jim Hilton, each student was honored at the Feb. 22 luncheon and presented an award of achievement by club president Tom Garza. Each awardee has maintained a minimum GPA of 3.5 and been active in extra curricular activities and leadership roles on their respective school campus.
Cedar Creek High School is represented by Molly Mitchell, a senior with a 4.28 GPA and 31 on the ACT. President of the Art Club, she is also secretary of both Student Council and National Honor Society. A member of the Temple Baptist Church Youth Group, Molly also participates in Homework Helpers Tutoring and the “Have a Heart” St. Jude Fundraiser. An AP Scholar, she was a Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen district winner and honored with the Ruston Masonic Honesty and Integrity Award. Molly plans to attend Baylor University or Texas Christian University to major in psychology.

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Cox-Boniol tapped for national leadership spot

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As part of the national Directors Advisory Group, New Tech @ Ruston Director Cathi Cox-Boniol was recently invited to join 11 other New Tech leaders from across the nation for participation in an intimate Leadership Studio held in Chicago, Ill.
Hosted by Rick Lear, New Tech’s Senior Director of School Design and Implementation, the two-day event was directed by Jude Garnier, who serves as Director of Leadership, as well as School Development Coach Jim May.

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