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January 20th, 2018

Local colleges brace for budget cuts

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Leaders finding ways to continue improving

As the Louisiana Board of Regents continues to grapple with the state Legislature on decades-long budget cuts, local higher education leaders have adapted by finding new ways of staying competitive in the 21st century education market, further evolve as institutions and create new partnerships.
Commissioner of Higher Education Joseph Rallo said higher education continues to face record-breaking drastic budget cuts to as the state continues to fix a $1 billion budget gap.

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Artic blast puts area in holiday mood

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Sometimes when the weather guys on our local TV channels say a chance of snow is in our forecast, our usual comment is something like … ”Yeah … right!” Chances are that once again, it probably ain’t gonna happen.

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Rantisi, Gleason united in marriage

Janet Elias Rantisi, of Vicksburg, and James Cole Gleason, of Ruston, were married at 6 p.m. May 20, 2017, at St. George Orthodox Church in Vicksburg.
 
The bride is the daughter of Mary Ranti*si and the late Elias Rantisi of Vicksburg.

She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Youssef Rustom and the late Mr. and Mrs. Yacob Rantisi.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Henry Gleason Jr. of Ruston. 

He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Fred McFarland and the late Mr. and Mrs. James Gleason. 

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Hawaii missile false alarm sparks conversation

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“This is not a drill.”
Those famous words were sent during the Japanese attack on Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
Unfortunately, these words were recently erroneously repeated at Pearl Harbor, and to 1.5 million people.
I had not planned to write about Pearl Harbor today. I would have done so later. But because of last Saturday mistake, with fear quite real, the thoughts are timely. There was “a drill” lasting more than 30 minutes; petrified citizens thought they were being attacked.
Last week my family, as wedding guests and tourists, had the opportunity to visit Hawaii.

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Nothing will be accomplished without compromise

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Compromise.
It seems to a be a lost art for both Louisiana and national politicians in this day and age, as evidenced by news coming out concerning deadlines coming and going with no compromises made on either level on Friday.

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Roberson reflects American values

Miss Grambling State University 2017-18 Jimmitriv “Jimmi” Roberson said it best, “Being an American means to be free.”
This simple, six-word sentence speaks volumes of what it means to be in American in the 21st century.
But what makes Roberson’s statement was featured in an article titled “What Unites Us?’ that was published on The Washington Post’s website Thursday.

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What to do with unspent IRA distributions

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Question: My CPA tells me that next year I’m going to have to start taking money out of my IRA. I don’t need any of this money now and was hoping to be able to just save it. But now I have to take it out. What should I do with it?
Answer: Welcome to age 70. Believe me, you don’t look a day over 69.

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Four things to know when it comes to taking risks

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Whether you’re already investing or are just thinking about it, you should understand risk and the role it plays in a portfolio. And although it may seem simple enough on the surface, risk can be one of the most difficult concepts to grasp — especially for new investors. To help clear things up, here are four things you should know:
Risk has many faces

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Time for your pre-retiree checklist?

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Like everyone, you want to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle when you retire.
But a successful retirement doesn’t just happen — it requires a lot of planning. And that’s why it’s a good idea to draw up a “pre-retiree checklist.”
Such a checklist might look like this:

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January 19th

Martin Wade Toms

Mr. Martin Wade Toms, age 60 of Bienville, passed away suddenly at his residence on January 16, 2018. Mr. Toms was a forester for Weyehaeuser Forest Products. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a member of The Bridge Community Church in Ruston, La.

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