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September 7th, 2013

Students start 2013-14 hitting the ground running

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We have had a great beginning at Ruston Elementary. Our teachers have been planning all summer to plan new strategies as we implement Common Core State Standards.
We appreciate their hard work and dedication to making these new changes a positive experience for our children. We also have a lot of new faces at the school this year, so stop by and meet us sometime.

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Bethel welcomes six new teachers to faculty

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School has started and we are settling in for the 48th year of Bethel Christian School.
Our faculty has been expanded by six new teachers this school year. We welcome Mary Dronet, Tina Brownfield, Jerome Bush, Elizabeth Kent, Gloria Johnson and Coach J.W. Fain.
Dronet is introducing our Toddler class (18 months to 3 years) to learning centers where good learning habits are formed. The centers include home-living, library, dramatic play, building and block, art and music centers.

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LACUE offers chance to recognize educators for innovative use of computers, technology

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The Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators wishes to again recognize those educators who have effectively integrated the use of computers into the educational process.
Each nominee should be someone who is using computer-based technology in an innovative fashion. The awards program is open to all educators associated with private, public and parochial schools located within the state of Louisiana.

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Prepare for stock market swings

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Crises that buffet the financial markets have become commonplace in recent years: 2008’s banking crisis, the housing market implosion, credit woes at home and abroad, currency fluctuations, natural disasters. As a result, stock prices have been extremely volatile, sometimes rising or falling by 10 percent or more in a matter of weeks — or even days.
“The past couple of years have been challenging for investors, to say the least,” says Gary Thayer, chief macro strategist for the Advisory Services Group of Wells Fargo Advisors.

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Make sure to be an efficient investor

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Generally speaking, if you’re efficient at a particular task, you’ll get good results without wasting effort. As you’ve already learned from your life experiences, it’s usually far better to be efficient at something than to be inefficient — and that’s certainly true with investing.
So, what can you do to become a more efficient investor? Here are a few ideas:

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Investment risks compared to medical risks

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Question: I am way behind in starting to save for retirement. I am not really comfortable with the stock market, but I know I need to invest some of my money if I ever want to retire. Should I go for the high risk stuff and just ignore the ups and downs? How do you know for sure how much risk to take?

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Scores compete in Choudrant Cross Country meet

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More than 1,000 runners hit the hills of Lincoln Parish Saturday to compete in the Choudrant High School Cross Country Track meet. Pictured above is one of the girls’ races in the event.

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Jamboree to feature legendary hunter

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I’ve been involved with the Sportsman’s Jamboree since its inception back in 1980. Over the years, we have featured an array of talented and well-known special guest speakers from Grits Gresham to Ben Rodgers Lee to Harold Knight to David Hale to Preston Pittman to James “Dr. Deer” Kroll et al.

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All things are changing, God stays the same

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Many in our community have experienced great loss over the past several months. In my ministry setting and in the lives of friends and family, I have witnessed numerous people suffer from the incredible storms that life can sometimes bring. I am sure that you have witnessed this as well.

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Three friends meet

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On Aug. 31 three friends met at Cracker Barrel in West Monroe and visited together for the first time since 1954. Pictured are Mary Alice Williams Smith, of Ruston, Joann Barnett Wilson, of Brookhaven, Miss., and Sally King Brown, of Eufaula, Okla. All three ladies went to school and church together in Newellton. Each married in 1954 and went their separate ways. Smith said it was a blessing for them to get together and visit once more after all those years.

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