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June 7th, 2014

Love at first sight for Goff, Tech

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Elvis Presley would be proud. Because as the song says, some things are meant to be.
It seemed like Louisiana Tech officials and the new head coach of the Bulldogs’ baseball team couldn’t help falling in love after he flew into Ruston to meet face-to-face to discuss the opening left after the university announced on May 19 that former head coach Wade Simoneaux’s contract would not be renewed after the team went 15-35 in Simoneaux’s 12th season as skipper.

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Huckleberries: Nature’s top treat

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It’s hard not to feel just a little bit sorry for folks who didn’t grow up out on the rural route. People whose boundaries were defined by concrete and traffic lights grew up missing out on some of the best eating to be had anywhere.
My brother, sister and I had the good fortune of being reared by parents who introduced us to what it really means to live off the land. Our annual spring garden produced all the peas, potatoes, corn and tomatoes — all we could eat, and then some.
Mom canned and preserved or shared with neighbors the excess and everybody was well-fed and happy.

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Vandy-bound Jones made big impact on ’Dogs

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Louisiana Tech University’s basketball Bulldogs are losing a coach after all.
No, Michael White is remaining on as head coach after being on the radar of several high-profile programs.
But leaving after being a valuable assistant coach for the last four years is Derrick Jones, who has been selected as an assistant coach for Southeastern Conference-affiliated Vanderbilt.
He is leaving behind many friends and fond memories from the Bulldogs’ program.

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Capital outlay may be dubious

Not until a personal experience transpires, can one truly understand the nature of any situation.
The situation of our parish’s courthouse cannot be fully grasped without seeing, talking out and taking in the full spectrum of the predicament our public entities have found themselves in.
The Lincoln Parish Courthouse was built in 1950. Surely, back then it was state-of-the-art but in 2014, its facilities are not only outdated, they are antiquated.
Aside from the inefficiency of energy and electrical capacity for technological resources, the courthouse is running out of space.

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Equip with further education

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I’ve been playing the piano since I was about 4 1/2 — well, since I was tall enough to sit on the bench and reach the keys. And I’ve always loved it. But if the truth be known, I’d give my right arm to play one other instrument — the drums.
I’ve been obsessed with percussion my entire life.

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Book helps clarify confidence gaps

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In the purest sense of the word, I’m a feminist. To qualify that, I’ll define what that means in my mind.
I believe, wholeheartedly, that no one should be able to tell me I can’t do something just because I’m a woman. On the flip side, I don’t believe that anyone should be able to tell men they can’t do something because they’re a man either.
The opposite of these two statements is equally true. No one should be able to tell anyone — no matter their gender — that they have to do something (have children, cook, take out the trash, be the breadwinner) solely based on gender.

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Disability insurance – how to figure out if it’s worthwhile

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Question: After reading several articles suggesting that I do so, I recently looked into purchasing disability insurance. They sure don’t give that stuff away! How do I evaluate whether it is really worth it?
Answer: I once worked with a 40-something engineer who was making the same evaluation.
As we began looking at the pros and cons of him acquiring such coverage, he muttered under his breath (talking to no one but himself), “Cost benefit analysis ...”

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Financial conversations important for newlyweds

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June is a popular month for weddings. If you’re getting married this month, you no doubt have many exciting details to discuss with your spouse-to-be. But after you get back from the honeymoon, you’ll want to have another discussion — about your finances. It might not sound glamorous, but couples who quickly “get on the same page” regarding their financial situation are actually taking a step that can help them immensely as they build their lives together.
As you start talking about your finances, be sure to cover these areas:

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Raising Cane’s invites customers in Ruston to help feed hungry kids

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BATON ROUGE — Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers announced it will once again participate in Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry™ campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Raising Cane’s fundraising drive will run today through Saturday at 140 participating restaurants nationwide, including the one in Ruston.

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Barham named president of APS

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Argent Financial Group, a diversified Southern wealth and financial services firm responsible for more than $6 billion in client assets, recently named Matt Barham president of Argent Property Services (APS), a subsidiary of the firm that provides oil and gas management services.
With a forestry degree from Louisiana Tech University, Barham has worked for Argent Property Services since 2008 and most recently held the position of vice president. Prior to joining the company, Barham was self-employed as a consulting forester.

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