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February 1st, 2014

Grandparents sharing in story time

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Intermittently some of you request comments about special topics. I have formerly addressed the joys of grandparenting. Fellow grandparents, we have a camaraderie stemming from shared laughter. Yet I wonder: will my grandchildren one day ask “Why did you put that in the paper?” Some of you have asked me to re-print my so-called “Grandparents’ Bill of Rights.” That comes later; this is story time. And please, if any of you have any grandchildren stories, send them to me at joe@northlalaw.com. I will mention your name or not, whichever you prefer. Now for two of mine.

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Simsboro High a successful school

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Simsboro High School recently received the school performance score for the 2012-2013 school year and the faculty and staff at the school were thrilled with the results. Our school scored a 93 or “B” on our school performance score —the highest score that Simsboro has ever earned. We recognize that our success is attributed to many factors including the academic achievement of our students, the proficiency of our teachers, the contributions of our community and the innovation of our teaching practices.

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Meth is a monster drug

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I consider myself a lucky individual in many ways. One of those ways is that I’ve never felt even a slight desire to try any illicit substance, which is a blessing since so many people do fall into that temptation.
I’ve also never (knowingly) known anyone who was has taken methamphetamine. And, after talking to a few people this week because of the arrest of an alleged big-time meth distributor — I’m glad no one I love has ever become involved with the stuff.

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Hollingsworth thankful for input on zoning code

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I should like to thank the citizens of Ruston for their attendance at the Ruston Civic Center on Jan. 26 for our first public hearing of proposed updates to our zoning code.
At the same time, we wish to thank those of you who have made contact with us directly to offer suggestions and changes but were unable to attend this first formal public hearing.
When we adopted the new zoning code in November, 2012, we promised that we’d continue to look at improvements to the code and that we’d come back to the public for more input every year.

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Resident tired of trashy highway

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Ruston and Lincoln Parish have many obvious positive points. One that isn’t positive, is an eye sore, and a negative image of our city and parish is the trash.
Our roads look worse than some third world countries. Our roads are littered, particularly ones that lead to the parish landfill off Louisiana Highway 33. And main contributors are the municipal trucks headed to the landfill with trash flying out of their trucks.

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Wheelin’ Sportsman hunt yields huge buck

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Michael Timpa, 26, does not let his handicap keep him from spending time on the water and in the woods. The Lake Charles resident, born with spina bifida, had grown somewhat tired of duck hunting and wanted to move his hunting experiences up a notch to deer hunting.
On January 11, Timpa not only moved it a notch; he put it through the roof when he downed a monster nine-point buck with an eye-popping 29 1/4 inch inside spread.

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‘Crappie Madness’ set for February

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Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Bossier City will host the inaugural Crappie Madness, Friday- Feb. 8 and Feb. 14-15.
Each day during Crappie Madness, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World will offer free crappie fishing seminars taught by pros and local pros.

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Divorce? Organize your finances now

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If you’re in a marriage that’s ending, you’ll need to gather certain financial documents to help you evaluate your assets and understand the financial position you’re in. Some of the information may be at your fingertips, but some might require sleuthing.

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Investors can learn much from Super Bowl teams

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If you’re a football fan (and probably even if you aren’t), you are aware that today is the Super Bowl. This year’s event is unique in that it is the first Super Bowl held in an outdoor, cold-weather site — New Jersey, to be specific. However, the 2014 game shares many similarities to past Super Bowls in terms of what it took for the two teams to arrive at this point. And some of these same characteristics apply to successful investors.
Here are a few of these shared traits:

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How does choice eventually control the chooser?

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Question: My mother and father are nearing retirement age, and I know they aren’t even close to being ready. When I try to bring the topic up, my father says he is enjoying his freedom and wants to enjoy his money while he can. Is he crazy or am I being too uptight?
Answer: “We are free up to the point of choice,” Mary Crowley wrote. “Then the choice controls the chooser.”
Few instincts seem to be as strong in the heart of modern man as the desire to preserve his choices. How often have you heard someone say, “I want to keep my options open?”

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