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December 14th

Are you prepared for the unexpected?

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When you’re working to achieve your financial objectives, you will encounter obstacles. Some of these can be anticipated — for example, you won’t be able to invest as much as you want for retirement because you have to pay for your mortgage. Other challenges can’t be easily anticipated, but you can still plan for them — and you should.
Obviously, the word “unexpected,” by definition, implies an unlimited number of possibilities. However, at different stages of your life, you may want to watch for some “expected” unexpected developments.

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Keep in mind four paths to financial independence

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Question: I am not interested in becoming a rich person. But I would like to one day be financially independent, able to retire and not be a burden on my children. With things like they are, how does someone do that these days?
Answer: Other than winning the lottery or getting Bill Gates to adopt you, there are only a few ways you can move from financial dependence (work is necessary) to financial independence (work is optional).

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December 13th

Ruston celebrates the holidays

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Local residents lined the streets of downtown Ruston for the annual Christmas parade Thursday night.
Pictured above are several children riding on a float, and pictured below is a a “Duck Dynasty” themed float.
The parade winners this year are first place — South Parkway School; second place — Heritage Realty Group and third place — Clay United Methodist Church.

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Holiday movies on tap at Dixie

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Bringing younger generations into the Dixie Center for the Arts, that is goal of Troupe Dixie.
Kristi Lumpkin, co-chair of Troupe Dixie, said this will be the third year for the annual Merry Movie Marathon set for Saturday.
“Our goal is to bring in younger generations to the Dixie to get them to realize the historic property that we have right here in Ruston,” she said. “We want the younger generation to appreciate what we have and so we bring them in to the Dixie for movies and a variety of different events.”

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Man shot at GSU

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A man is in jail after a gun he allegedly used to threaten a Grambling State University student was accidentally discharged.
According to the arrest affidavit, shortly after midnight today Enderrell Montreal Hawkins, 28, of 4279 Maplewood Drive, entered a room in the Knott Hall residence hall on GSU’s campus. Hawkins allegedly pulled a gun on the resident of the room and threatened to shoot him.
According to the affidavit, a struggle began between Hawkins and the victim during which Hawkin’s firearm discharged and struck Hawkins.

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Two vehicle crash on La. 33 results in minor injuries

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At approximately 7:25 a.m., the Ruston Police Department received a 911 call reporting a traffic crash on Louisiana Highway 33 in front of Community Trust Bank.
Upon arrival, law enforcement personnel determined that a southbound SUV driven by Cody Simmons, of Homer, failed to yield the right of way to a northbound vehicle driven by Cynthia Perry, of Ruston, thus causing the crash.

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Santa hotline opens

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Young callers should get ready because Santa has a special message just for them, connecting them from Ruston all the way to the North Pole.
Local children can reach Santa and his little workers, as they get ready for the upcoming holiday.
Ruston Parks and Recreation will host the Santa hotline once again this year.
For more than five years, RPAR has put one of their dormant phone lines to use, giving young callers a chance to speak to Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and their little working elves.

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GSU Fighting Tiger roars with pride

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Sophomore sculptor helps create GSU’s newest tiger
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Joiya Smith is the one person on Grambling State University’s campus with a personal connection to the school’s newest, most dominant tiger sculpture.
As an art major, she heard about an opportunity to work with the Houston artist creating the piece and jumped at the opportunity.

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Tech to present new art experience

Maggio and Miller present the MMM … Show, an art experience at the Louisiana Tech Rawle Enterprise Center, located at 509 W. Alabama Ave.
The opening reception is tonight from 6-8 p.m.. The exhibition will run through Jan. 18. This show is made possible by the Thingery, a multidisciplinary lab at Louisiana Tech University where art and science get down to business.

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Scouts visit Alpine

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On Sunday, Cub Scouts from local Pack 45 and Pack 59 visited and sang Christmas carols for the residents at Alpine Retirement Center. The Scouts also collected and donated toys to CASA of Northeast Louisiana as their December Service project.

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