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February 22nd, 2014

Criticizing the government spending

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If ever I have shared any thought that might in any way sound critical toward the efficiency of our government, certainly that must have been a mistake. We all know that our government at all levels is most efficient. Now I wish to again point out some of my “pride” in how well our government spends its money. Wait, this is our money, isn’t it? (If you can imagine my biting my tongue as I share these thoughts you are most correct.)

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LPDC garden big benefit

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Last week I was on my way to the scene of a car crash, one of my least favorite tasks, when I received a call and was alerted to something else interesting going on in the parish.
After snapping some pictures, and sending positive thoughts up for the poor souls involved in the crash, I headed on to my next destination — the Lincoln Parish Detention Center. Warden Jim Tuten had called the office to let us know that something historic was going on at the LPDC — they were breaking ground on their first ever garden.

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Ruston Rotary Club announces Feb. S.O.M.’s

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The Ruston Rotary Club proudly announces the recipients of the February Student of the Month Awards. Each student honoree spoke to the club members about their accomplishments at the Jan. 19 luncheon and was then presented an award of achievement.

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Dubach School

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Fourth grade students at Dubach School attended the second annual White House Dinner in the Ruston Civic Center Feb. 19. The dinner was part of a parish wide effort to teach students from all over the parish proper etiquette at a formal dinner. A week before the dinner, students practiced the proper way to cut meat with bread, paper plates and plastic cutlery.

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Hillcrest Elementary School

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Students learn about presidents, blindness

From Principal Hilton
We would like to thank First Baptist Church for all of their help around the Hillcrest campus. We appreciate the time and energy they have given to help our campus look fantastic.
Kindergarten
Mrs. Conn’s class “All About Me” students: Morghan Hill, Jada Goldsmith and Joshua Daulton.
Mrs. Kelley’s Star Students: Jalyen Grisby, Brian Buggs, Prince Brown and Kailey Hayes. Mrs. Kelley’s class wants to thank all of the parents for a Great Valentine’s Party!
Mrs. Nichols Star Students: Cole Holloway, Iyannah Gray and StarReyelle Gross.

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Lincoln Head Start

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One plus one equals twins — five sets of them

Head Start enjoys challenging our children and emphasizing the uniqueness of all our children. This year as in years past Head Start has had several sets of twins. Five sets of twins are currently enrolled.
March is designated as High Five Mathematize Month. The Head Start Family Literacy Center provided each Head Start program a High Five Mathematize Resource Guide. This curriculum provides a wide variety of learning activities to strengthen math skills. Counting to two, adding one plus one to equal two, learning a new word (twin) are some of the fun activities used.

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Saving is good ... But it’s not investing

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It’s a good thing to have some savings. When you put the money in a low-risk account, you can be pretty sure it will be readily available when you need it. Nonetheless, “saving” is not “investing” — and knowing the difference could pay off for you far into the future.
Think about it this way: Saving is for today, while investing is for tomorrow.

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Enemy of investment success: human nature

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Question: As I look back over the last few years, I must have made every investment mistake in the book. Some of the things I have tried were very popular at the time, but eventually proved to be wrong. How do I keep from making more of these (stupid!) mistakes?
Answer: You suffer from an age old investment malady called human nature. The only solution ever found to work? Have a plan.
You are your own worst enemy, according to Mebane T. Faber and Eric W. Richardson, authors of The Ivy Portfolio, How to Invest Like the Top Endowments and Avoid Bear Markets.

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Changing interest rates may affect 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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AKA raises awareness for women’s heart health

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Members of the Epsilon Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated wore red for a day on Feb. 7.
The colors of AKA are pink and green; therefore, the sorority referred to this occasion as “Pink Goes Red” for a day.
For 10 years the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day movement has been dedicated to educating and bringing awareness to heart disease, fighting to save lives and putting an end to the No. 1 killer of women.

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