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November 23rd, 2013

Sharing your ‘bounty’ can be rewarding

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Thanksgiving is almost here. If you have the financial resources to provide a comfortable life for your family, you have reason to be thankful. And if you can afford to share some of your “bounty” with charitable organizations, you may want to be as generous as possible — because your gifts may allow you to both give and receive.

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Why we procrastinate with our own money

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Question: A year ago, my husband and I sat down and set some financial goals. We wanted to get out of debt and start saving some money — neither of which we have ever done. A year later, we have not made any real progress. We have the income ... we just have not seemed to make ourselves do it. Are we hopeless?
Answer: Not at all!
Your problem is that you’re human.

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Seasoned guide deadly hunting speckled ducks

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There’s something about the name “Jude” that gets your attention. The Beatles beckoned a guy by that name — remember “Hey Jude?”
There’s a macho actor in Hollywood with a name that ought to grab your attention, Jude Law. Sort of sounds like the name for a U.S. Marshall in one of those shoot-’em-up old movies.

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November 22nd

An encouragement for Thanksgiving

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There are many positive character traits that as a parent I want to instill in my children: “Love God,” “Respect your Mom and Dad,” and “Don’t punch your sister.” It would be hard to argue that those would be bad things to teach your children.

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Young, Atwell exchange vows in October

Jamie Elizabeth Young, of Ruston, and Jordan Lee Atwell, of Lewisport, Ky., were united in holy matrimony in a 5:30 p.m. ceremony Oct. 5 at Temple Baptist Church.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Tony and Marlene Young, of Ruston. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Young, of Wisner, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard McAdams, of Ruston, and the late Betty McAdams.

Jordan is the son of Barry and Penny Atwell, of Lewisport, Ky. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Atwell, of Cloverport, Ky., and the late Joseph and Katherine Chappell.

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Journey, Mitchell unite in matrimony

Sunny Rae Journey and Parker Daniel Mitchell, both of Ruston, were united in marriage in a 6 p.m. ceremony Nov. 2 at Temple Baptist Church.

The ceremony was officiated by Jason Walsworth.

The bride is the daughter of Tammy Scott, of Shreveport, and Jerry and Pam Journey, of Elysian Fields, Texas. She is the granddaughter of Jeanette Grainger, of Shreveport, the late Robert “Bob” Scott, the late Kenneth Grainger and the late James and Rene Journey. She is the great-granddaughter of Georgia Lee Miller, of Shreveport.

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Lighten Up brings health issues to light

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State epidemiologist Dr. Raoult Ratard has some advice for Louisianans: Change your lifestyle.
“Start having a healthy diet, lose weight, stop smoking, watch your blood pressure and watch the cholesterol,” Ratard told about 40 people gathered for the opening session of Thursday’s day-long Lighten Up Lincoln community health conference.
“Louisiana is the unhealthiest state in the nation,” Judi Null, CEO of the Health Hut, the conference’s organizer, said.
She said the goal of the conference was to play up healthy living and examine factors that cause poor health.

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New shop pops up downtown

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With the opening of Main Street Exchange this week, Ruston has joined the ranks of several big cities around the country with the latest shopping trend — occasional shops.
Only open a few days each month, Main Street Exchange will offer curated repurposed home goods, furnishings and more.
Owners Jane and Tucker Watts are both Louisiana Tech University graduates who have spent the majority of their life in the Jackson, Miss., area. However, in retirement, they are transitioning back to Ruston.

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Rapper Wale donates $5K to GSU

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A well-known rapper officially donated $5,000 to Grambling State University on Tuesday.
Wale, a musician from Washington, D.C., pledged to help the university’s football team with new uniforms and equipment during a Nov. 7 homecoming concert. In the midst of his crowd-pleasing performance, he announced to students and fans he wanted to help the historically black university.

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JFK captivates the nation after 50 years

Everybody who is old enough to remember knows exactly where they were and what they doing when they learned that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated.
Kennedy’s death, at the hand of Lee Harvey Oswald, changed the nation and maybe the world. Today, on the 50th anniversary of the assassination, even those who were unborn in 1963 are as caught up in the Kennedy magnetism as are those who watched the young president take office, and then so quickly, die.

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