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May 3rd, 2014

Observe tax freedom day by making tax-smart investments

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You didn’t see it on your calendar, but Tax Freedom Day fell on April 21 this year. So, why not mark the occasion by beginning to look for ways to become a “tax-smart” investor?

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Post-retirement risks — SOA Part 3

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Question: As I approach retirement, I know there is a lot I need to protect myself and my wife against. I don’t want to be Chicken Little and run around scared all the time. But I also don’t want to be foolish and leave myself unprotected if I can do something about it. Do you have any advice about where I can start?
Answer: For the last two weeks, we have examined the most commonly identified financial risks faced by retirees.

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Tech photography student flourishes in spring

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Doing anything less than his best is not an option.
This is how Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay approaches his work. Mukhopadhyay, a junior photography major at Louisiana Tech University from India, has already stacked up awards and a job history during his time at Tech, and he’s not planning to stop any time soon.
“I believe in talent but I also think I am not one of the most talented photographers out there,” he said. “I attribute my success mostly to hard work and a little bit to my intelligence.”

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Meyer, Montelepre join in matrimony

Jessica Ann Meyer, of Ruston, and John Montelepre III, of Shreveport, were joined in holy matrimony in a 6 p.m. ceremony May 3 at Saint James Episcopal Church in Shreveport.

The bride is the daughter of Dennis and Pam Meyer, of Ruston. She is the granddaughter of Alton and JoAnn Pilcher, of Choudrant, Art and Karen Meyer, of Slidell, the late Bob Milner, the late Robert Roberson and the late JoAnn Meyer.

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Taking time to honor those we love

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The United Methodist Church has an Annual Conference every June to gather all of the clergy of the conference, as well as lay delegates from every church. This is a time of “holy conferencing” tending to our souls in worship and Bible study, as well as tending to the business of the church.

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Coffman, Till exchange vows

Katie Coffman, of Ruston, and Blake Till, of Ruston, were united in holy matrimony in a 6 p.m. ceremony April 26, 2014, at Creekwood Gardens. Katie’s stepfather, Dr. Larry Grubbs officiated the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Mary K. Grubbs, of Ruston, and Danny Coffman, of Aledo, Texas. She is the granddaughter of Pat Bloxom, of Ruston, the late Charles Bloxom, the late Jan Coffman and the late Don Coffman.

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Friends award school librarians

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On April 22, Lucy Melvin was presented with the first annual School Librarian of the Year Award. Melvin is the librarian at Grambling State University’s Laboratory Schools. The award was presented by Vivian McCain, director of the Lincoln Public Library, during a reception beginning at 5 p.m. Guest speakers included Karen Jacobs, past president of the Friends group, along with employees of the library Shelley Dowdy, Marcie Nelson, Kris Patrick and Emily Arnold. Melvin was quite surprised but very pleased.

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Tech’s debate team competes in exclusive tournament

Members of the Louisiana Tech University Debate Team earned a place as one of 16 teams in the world to compete in the America’s Cup 2014 tournament, hosted earlier this month at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.
The team of Hannah Schilling, a senior political science and journalism major from Bossier City, and Samuel Hathorn, a junior education major from Alexandria, competed on behalf of Tech against teams from institutions such as the U.S. Air Force Academy, California Polytechnic Institute (Caltech), Loyola University and Stanford University.

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GSU Queen competes in Ebony contest

Votes from students, friends could help Miss Grambling secure spot in national magazine
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Miss Grambling State University 2013-14 is one of many campus queens at historically black colleges and universities competing in a national magazine contest — and she wants votes.
There are more than 100 HBCUs, but Ebony magazine publishes photographs and stories about only 10 HBCU queens based on the number of votes each gets. There are dozens of campus queens competing, and Ambra Brice, her royal court and the university are working hard to get one of the 10 available slots in an upcoming issue of the magazine.

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May 2nd

Injuries sustained in wrecks

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Several minor injuries were sustained in two separate accidents occurring today and Thursday.
At approximately 9:52 a.m. Thursday, a 911 call was received by the Ruston Fire Department and EMS reporting car crash rollover at the intersection of Louisiana Highway 33 and Bartlett Road, which resulted in multiple injuries.
Responding to the scene were Rescue-1, Medic-3 and Medic-6. Units arrived on scene to find a single-vehicle rollover accident.
Upon arrival Ruston Fire EMS reported occupants were out of vehicle.

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