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September 28th, 2013

Gear up for Oct. 16 election

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We have an upcoming election to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Congressman Rodney Alexander effective this past Thursday the 26th. The election is scheduled for Oct. 19. The runoff is Nov. 16. That’s right, as if we never have any elections in Louisiana, this special one goes to ballot three weeks from yesterday.

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Tigers start strong before falling to Lamar, 27-16

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State interim head football coach sounded a lot like the late basketball coach Jim Valvano Saturday following his team’s frustrating 27-16 loss at the hands of in-state foe Lamar at Robinson Stadium that dropped the Tigers record to 0-5 on the season.
“Don’t give up, don’t ever give up,” Ragsdale said. “That’s what we preach to the players and that’s the way they played tonight.

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‘Buddy’ Davis: Back in the saddle again

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I’m back.
Well, kinda sort of.
Princeton Place, located on White Street in Ruston, is my current base of operation. It’s not the cluttered surroundings of my office at the Ruston Daily Leader on Park Avenue.
But it doesn’t matter where I write.The main thing is that I’m back to writing. I am writing it out first and then dictating it into a voice recorder (to be transcribed). But so be it.

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Army ground attack pushes past Tech

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DALLAS (AP) — Weather delays were the only things that stopped Terry Baggett and the Army Black Knights on Saturday.
Once the lightning and rain quit, there wasn’t much Louisiana Tech could do.
Baggett rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns, and the Black Knights rolled up 414 yards on the ground in a 35-16 victory that was twice delayed by storms Saturday.

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Chicken Fest a success

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The 25th annual Louisiana Chicken Festival was held Friday and Saturday with large crowds in attendance both days.
Area residents were able to enjoy a variety of vendors on Saturday, along with the Hank Staples Thunder Creek Band Saturday night.
Attendees enjoyed several events such as the Drumstick Eating Contest, Strut, Cackle and Crow Contest Dog Show and Pickin’ on the Porch.
Dubach Restoration and Beautification Vice Presidents Judy Beavers said she was very pleased with the attendance of all the events.

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Fatal crash in Union Parish

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Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on U.S. Highway 167 south of Louisiana Highway 15 at 8:48 p.m. Friday.

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Estate planning not just for the rich and famous

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If you’re like most people, you think estate planning is only for the wealthy. The truth is that everyone — regardless of how much money they have — needs an estate plan. Here are a few frequently asked questions about estate planning, along with the answers that may help you better understand why estate planning is something you may want to consider.
What is an estate plan?

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How risk tolerance can influence investments

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As an investor, how much risk can you tolerate? It’s an important question — because the answer can help you make the right investment choices.

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Determining luck with a money manager

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Question: I have had some money invested through a professional money management firm for the last three years. Recently I compared how they did with an account I set up at about the same time. My account did better than the so-called pros I hired! Is it too much to expect that professionals would do better than I can do on my own?
Answer: As a matter of fact, it may be too much to ask.
And by the way, make sure you know what you are really asking.

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CES: Students celebrate Apple Day, learn design process

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Kindergarten News
The kindergarteners at Choudrant Elementary School are starting the year off great. We have 63 students this year, and everyone is making a lot of new friends. The first couple of weeks, we spent the time getting to know one another, learning the rules and becoming familiar with the school.
We are currently learning letter names, letter sounds, popcorn words and how to compare numbers. We celebrated Apple Day on Thursday. During our Apple Day, we had fun interactive learning centers planned for the students, and parents were invited to join in on the fun!

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