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Payton discovers peace

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CHOUDRANT — Given all of the scrutiny that he’s endured for the past several weeks, Sean Payton could have been excused had he decided to go AWOL, put his cell phone on mute or enter the Federal Witness Protection program this weekend.
If you haven’t heard.
Well, of course, you’ve had.
The New Orleans Saints’ head coach has been in the news as much as President Obama or Mitt Romney lately.

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Jackson: Proud to be a Saint

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Back during the “Aints Bag Era,” Rickey Jackson and his New Orleans Saints’ teammates and loyal fans didn’t have much cause to shout “Who Dat!” at the top of the Superdome.
But given the success of the franchise in recent years, a lot of lost time is being made up and none to any more passionate degree than Jackson.
He might have ended his outstanding NFL career wearing a San Francisco 49ers’ jersey, but Rickey is — and will forever be— a Saint.

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Cycles — market economic and yours

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Question: Is 2012 going to be a good year in the stock market? It looks like this year has gotten off to a pretty good start.
 
Answer: I would agree that in 2012 stocks have gotten off to a good start.
But why are you still thinking of the stock market (or any financial market for that matter) in terms of years?
We are creatures of the calendar. From the moment our ancestors figured out that seasons come around at the same time every year, we’ve been keeping track of time with calendars.

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Understanding equity — knowledge is in the details

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With personal investment planning, as with statistics, the knowledge is in the details. Words can be just as important as numbers.
While market technology, products and services are continually evolving and changing, much of the language of finance and investment has remained constant — especially in the equity, or stock, market.
The following glossary contains some of the most familiar terms that you will encounter when buying, selling and reading about stocks.

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Early IRA funding can pay off over time

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You’ve got until April 17 to contribute to your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) for the 2011 tax year. That’s not a lot of time, but if you have some money available, and you haven’t completely funded your IRA for 2011, consider doing so before the deadline. And once you’ve “maxed out” on your IRA for last year, why not get a jump on 2012?
Actually, you could have started contributing to your 2012 IRA as early as Jan. 2.

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La. Angus Association board

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These Angus producers will serve on the Louisiana Angus Association board of directors and are pictured at the 2012 Louisiana Angus Association Annual Meeting and Banquet, March 9 in Lecompte. Pictured seated from left are Chris Roussel, Gramercy, president; Lee Robbins, Ruston, vice president; Dale Schexnayder, Port Allen, treasurer; and Ray Gendron, Baton Rouge, secretary.

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McKinney Honda winner announced

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Pictured is Crystal R. Blade, of Simsboro, receiving the four-wheeler she won from McKinney Honda at their 27th Annual Spring Open House from general manager Jason Brewer.

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Ribbon cutting held for The Southern Sporter

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Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held March 30 for The Southern Sporter, located at 107 Haddox Road in Ruston. The event was sponsored by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

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Ribbon cutting held for Ruston Tractor

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Ribbon-cutting and grand re-opening ceremonies were held March 22 for the remodeled Ruston Tractor, located at 1905 Louisiana Highway 33 in Ruston. The event was sponsored by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

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Ribbon cutting held for Lincoln Outdoor Living

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Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held March 30 for Lincoln Outdoor Living located at 107 Haddox Road in Ruston. The event was sponsored by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

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