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August 30th, 2014

Occupants injured in automobile accidents

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At approximately 4 p.m. Friday, Ruston Fire Department-EMS was dispatched to the scene of a two motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Louisiana Highway 33 and Louisiana Highway 821-Frazier Road.
The 1996 white Honda Civic responsible for the accident was driven by 17-year-old Parish Jolly, of Ruston.
She said she was stopped at La. Hwy 821, waiting to head west through the intersection when she did not see the 2005 black Chrysler 300.
RFD EMS transported the driver of the Chrysler 300, 73-year-old Vivian Roberson, of Eros, for minor injuries sustained in the crash.

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Labor Day marks beginning of fall

For many Labor Day marks the end of summer, as we transition into fall — meaning back-to-school, bonfires, cookouts, football and festivals.
While most will be enjoying a day off from work, there are still men and women who are there to serve who will be at work.
As a celebration of the American labor movement, Monday will be dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of out country.

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No need for hustle and bustle

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Are we now hustling and bustling?  Maybe too much?
 Hurry.  Quick.  Now.  Run.  Faster.  These are some of the words bantered during this time of year with the beginning of fall. Then watch out for holiday shopping.

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Gov. Jindal suit crossing the line

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OK. The inmates are obviously in charge of the nuthouse. There have been many instances when our politicians have been complete fools, imbeciles, crooks, gangsters and robber-barons, but we have also seen talented statesmen, deeply devoted men of valor, and consummate professional legislators.
These are none of those times.

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Low cholesterol decreases health risks

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It’s no secret to anyone that reads my columns that I’ve had a myriad of health issues.
Some have been because of the atrocious genetic cards I was dealt. Some, I’m finally willing to admit, I likely contributed to with a bad diet and exercise program throughout my college years.
Over the past year, I’ve done a lot to change that. I’ve lost approximately 60 pounds since I started my health journey, and that has had a positive impact on a number of my health issues. My diabetes has improved, I’ve stopped taking several medications, and overall, I feel better.

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Robbins elected as Angus delegate

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Lee Robbins, of Ruston, has been elected as a delegate to the 131th Annual American Angus Association® Convention of Delegates to be held Nov. 6 at the KCI Expo Center in Kansas City, Missouri, reported Bryce Schumann, CEO of the American Angus Association.

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Adult children dependent on parents

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Question: I am past retirement age and widowed. My two adult sons still depend on me to pay some of their bills. One has a steady job. The other cannot seem to keep steady work. I am worried that when I am gone they will fight over my money, though I do not have much. Should I consider a trust?
Answer: A paddle would be more like it.
I see this problem more often than I would like. It is never pretty and rarely ends happily. It starts when a parent confuses leniency for love.

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Make the right move to leave a legacy to grandchildren

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On Sept. 8, we observe National Grandparents Day. If you have grandchildren, they will hopefully mark this occasion by sending a card, making a call or, best of all, paying a visit. But however your grandchildren express their feelings for you, you undoubtedly have a very big place in your heart for them. In fact, you may well be planning on including your grandchildren in your estate plan. If that’s the case, you’ll want to do the best you can to preserve the size of your estate — without sacrificing the ability to enjoy life during your retirement years.

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Seniors: help prevent investment fraud

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Protecting your retirement nest egg and sustaining your retirement income are challenging enough. Taking precautions to help guard your investments from fraud is important.
People who are older can be common targets for fraud and financial crimes. Scam artists and unscrupulous sales people target seniors, who are often seen as:
• Generally trusting
• Home alone during the day
• Accustomed to answering the door or the phone
• Reluctant to report fraud
• Confused by online ads and offers
Scam artists are well aware of these common perceptions and often use these tactics:

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Deer herd released in area 50 years ago

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My dad, T.E. “Doc” Harris died in 1976 after a 30-year career with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) as a predator control trapper. I still remember the name of his first supervisor, Joe Miller. I also remember his supervisor’s name when he retired. It was another Joe; Joe Herring.

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