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November 16th, 2013

Ruston Junior High

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Ruston Junior High has released the names of those students who have achieved the honor roll for the first nine-week grading period.
Principal’s List
Seventh grade — Lathe Allen, Michael Bishop, Victoria Breeding, Kaylee Broom, Emma Colvin, Jacob Crook, Malcolm Davis, Jalia Payne, Anna Pody, Jackson Stokes, Lauren Washington and Jaquereon Witherspoon

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Investing vs. savings — What are the risks?

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Question: I don’t want to take risks with my money, but my brother keeps telling me that the stock market is the best way to go long-term. But I have seen what the stock market has done over the last ten years and I don’t like it. Why should someone like me take on the risk of investing?
Answer: Perhaps you shouldn’t.
But there may be things that only investing can give you.
Most of us would agree that investing involves some degree of risk. There were times over these last ten to fifteen years that it felt like the third degree

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Which retirement plan is right for your business?

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If you own a small business, there are many retirement plan alternatives available to help you and your eligible employees with retirement planning. For most closely-held business owners, a Simplified Employee Pension Individual Retirement Account (SEP IRA) was once the most cost-effective choice. Then the Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees (SIMPLE IRA) became a viable alternative. Today you may find that a defined-benefit or 401(k) plan best suits your needs. To make an informed decision on which plan is right for your business, review the differences carefully before you choose.

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Don’t be a ‘do-it-yourself’ investor

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These days, you can go online and invest, for modest fees. You can also visit various websites for research and watch numerous cable shows for investment recommendations. So, why shouldn’t you be a “do-it-yourself” investor rather than work with a financial professional?
Actually, there are at least five good reasons why a financial advisor can help make you a better investor.
A financial advisor can:

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NLMC named ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures’

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Northern Louisiana Medical Center has been named as one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of U.S. health care organizations.
NLMC was recognized for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions. These conditions include heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke and venous thrombo embolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric services.

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David Finley named AACD accredited fellow member

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David Finley, of Monroe, has been named an Accredited Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. To achieve this honor, Finley completed a rigorous examination process consisting of 50 clinical case submissions.
Finley is the 61st AACD Accredited Fellow in history. Fellowship is the highest level of achievement available to AACD members. Its purpose is to provide an additional level of achievement for members in accordance with the AACD’s mission of education and excellence.
Education has always been important to Finley.

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Ribbon cutting for NT@R

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The Ruston Lincoln Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new location of New Tech @ Ruston on Oct. 10 at 900 Bearcat Drive.
New Tech @ Ruston utilizes project-based learning to address both rigorous core curricular material and 21st Century skills that emphasize an authentic application of knowledge.

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November 15th

Parkman, Napper exchange vows

Sandra Lee Parkman and Lomax Bailey Napper, both of Ruston, were united in holy matrimony in a 5 p.m. ceremony Nov. 2 in an outdoor ceremony at Squire Creek Country Club.

The ceremony was officiated by Brian Mercer.

Sandra is the daughter of Mark and Susan Singleton and Eddie and Melissa Parkman, all of Ruston. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Shaw, the late Mr. and Mrs. LB “Pete” Singleton and the late Mr. and Mrs. Norman E. Parkman Sr.

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Local soldier dies in accident

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Lt. Colonel Michael Brandon Tatum, 39 years old, was recently killed in a car accident in the Nation’s Capital, Washington, D.C. Michael and his family had recently completed a tour of duty in Osan Korea and had begun his new assignment at the Pentagon the first week of August as the Budget Officer to work the Air Force’s military budget sequestration issues at the time of his untimely death. Michael was a “rising star” in the United States Air force and had a bright future.

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GUNAA generates support for Grambling State University

Members of the Grambling University National Alumni Association stay busy setting up fundraisers and other community outreaches, and they won’t be stopping until their Christmas Extravaganza Dec. 26.
Liz White, president of the Ruston alumni chapter for GUNAA, said the association has been busy in the community and will continue through December.
“The Ruston alumni chapter has been extremely busy fundraising, promoting interesting the university among high school students and generating support for the university,” White said.

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