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January 25th, 2014

Letter to the Editor

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On behalf of the International Student Office at Louisiana Tech, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the many people and organizations that stepped forward to help after some of our international students were displaced by a fire in their apartment complex two weeks ago.

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Forever stamps always usable

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As with most people, shortly after my husband and I got married, I moved into a new apartment. We had purchased a ton of really cute stamps with wedding rings on them for both our invitations and our thank you notes.

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Remembering Sheriff 'Snap'

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Recently I lost a friend from Claiborne Parish. This friendship lasted more than 40 years. It is not often that persons from separate generations have true friends, one generation to the other, but this was one of those instances for me. Actually many of us lost this person as a friend, even those who did not know him.

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RES: Students excited to see Aladdin play

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Third grade news
Third graders enjoyed their Christmas break and came back ready for a new year!
We are now in our second semester with so much progress easily recognizable. Mastering multiplication facts, along with division, and their love for reading is visible in the classroom.
Science fair projects are underway and expected to reveal some exciting discoveries. Later this month students will be seeing “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp” at Louisiana Tech University.

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Bethel rebuilds, recognizes various achievements

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TOP: The exterior of our elementary building is complete. Now we can get to work on the inside. Thanks to all who have contributed time, materials and money to clean and repair Bethel’s elementary building. BOTTOM: Dalton Jones, a fifth grader at BCS, won first in his class showing his bull at the Ag Expo in West Monroe on Jan. 18. Congratulations, Dalton!

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Honor roll students listed

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Honor roll
Bethel Christian School has released the names of those students who have achieved the honor roll for the second nine-week grading period.
President’s List
— 4.0 GPA
Kindergarten: Marlee Bedgood, Trisha Pangilinan and Xander Plunkett.
First grade: Nicolas Lee
Second grade: Hoss Allen, Landon Carter and Brianna Wyatt.
Third grade: Mason Bosch.
Fourth grade: Jed Allen, Lorraine Freeman and James Scharr.
Fifth grade: Jolee Roberson and John Scharr.
Eighth grade: Ethan Brantly, Kerra Bush and Emily Moore.

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Create your own personal economy

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Question: I’m not sure our economy can sustain the kind of growth we’ve been seeing. Is there anything I can do now to get ready for hard times ahead?
Answer: You can’t change the national economy around you. But you can improve your own personal economy.
Just because you fear the economy may slump is no reason for you to slouch. There are some proactive steps you can take as you seek to improve your own personal economy during any kind of economic times. Here are a few:

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Changing interest rates may affect your investments

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Even if you didn’t take Economics 101 in college, just navigating through the past several years has given you hands-on experience with one of the course’s most valuable lessons: The rise and fall of interest rates is one of the biggest factors influencing global economies, financial markets and our daily lives. That’s why it is important to have a basic understanding of how interest rate changes could affect not only your wallet but also your investment portfolio.

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Holding investment for the long-term can be less ‘taxing’

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As we get closer to April 15, the tax-filing deadline, you may be wondering about the effects of some of your actions on the amount of taxes you pay.
Of course, you don’t have total command of some key tax-related components, such as your earned income. But one area in which you do have a degree of control is your investment-related taxes. And since 2013 has been a pretty good year for the financial markets, you may have some sizable gains.
If you decide to sell some of your investments to “lock in” those gains, what would be the tax consequences?

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Ron Deal earns certified financial planner certification

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Ron Deal, a First Vice President-Investment Officer with the Ruston branch of Wells Fargo Advisors, has earned the certification of Certified Financial Planner™ professional (CFP®) as authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board).

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