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October 5th, 2013

Find a better retirement backup plan

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Since the Great Recession started nearly five years ago, the number of older Americans in the workforce has increased significantly. By some estimates, there are roughly 25 percent more people age 65 and older who are still on the job. And while some older workers simply enjoy going to work every day, financial strains have forced many others to continue working.
Working longer could help you overcome shortfalls in your retirement savings.

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Grand Bayou ranked first in state Angus registrations

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Grand Bayou Farms, Dubach, ranked as largest in registering the most Angus beef cattle in Louisiana having recorded 106 head of Angus with the American Angus Association® during fiscal year 2013, which ended Sept. 30, according to Bryce Schumann, Association chief executive officer.
Angus breeders across the nation in 2013 registered 388,822 head of Angus cattle.

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October 4th

Diapers to benefit Life Choices

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For the second year in a row teens from the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana have volunteered their time for Life Choices of North Central Louisiana.
The teens collected 1,721 diapers and $467.90 in donations.
“They really had great attitudes and represented the values of the Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana very well,” Janet Wilson said. “Once again — we were blown away by the support of the community.”
Jeff Miller Jr., teen director, said the drive went very well.

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Sharing the faith, forming a life

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Babies, children, teenagers, young adults and older adults! God’s people — I love all of them! And although I am blessed beyond belief to minister to people of all ages and stages of life, I still love it when I get to hang out with people in their teens and 20s.

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Quilt winner announced

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The proud winner of the 25th annual Louisiana Chicken Festival 2013 Quilt Raffle was Lauren Dixon, of Ruston. Lauren is the art teacher at the Dubach School.

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Joyner Scholarship awarded

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Grambling State University junior business management major DeVante Jackson was excited to get news that the Tom Joyner Foundation awarded him a Hercules Scholarship on Sept. 26.
“The scholarship is a blessing to me and a token of appreciation from God,” said Jackson, 20, of Delhi. “This means hard work really does pay off.”

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Classrooms, car line extension in sight

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The reconfiguration of the four Ruston elementary schools had many positive benefits, however, it also resulted in some unforeseen challenges.
For example, Cypress Springs Elementary School has seen more car riders than ever before. Unfortunately, Principal Doris Lewis said the school facilities were ill-prepared for this change.

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Locals take the stage

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Three local musicians are set to perform Sunday at the Shreveport Convention Center.
Ben Backus, Mark Campbell and Steven Lynch will perform with For King and Country, which consists of Joel and Luke Smallbone. The event is being sponsored by The Simple Church and will take place at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

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Gun range open for practice

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Local hunting enthusiasts will have the chance to sight in their hunting rifles beginning today.
Tommy Doss will open the Lincoln Parish Gun Range, located in Simsboro. The facilities will be free to the public from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. today, Oct. 11, Oct. 18, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1.
“We’ve been doing this for two or three years,” Doss said. “It’s just a public service thing we do to let people come sight in their rifles prior to deer hunting season.”

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Walk to help Ella Kate

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Ella Kate Whitaker is the 3-year-old daughter of Ron and Meredith Whitaker. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on Jan. 22 when she was just 2 years old. She attends Emmanuel Baptist Preschool and Trinity United Methodist Church. She loves dancing, playing outdoors and swimming. She also loves watching her big brothers play baseball and watching her sister cheer for the Ruston High School Bearcats. She is just one of the local children who could be helped if the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is able to find a cure through its efforts.

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