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November 18th, 2017

Should 6-6 teams make it to bowls?

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Anyone who has kept up with my writings knows from whence I come regarding the NCAA’s current bowl format.
There’s too many of them, to the point of major oversaturation.
In our day and age of “everyone gets a trophy” mindset, every Football Championship Series member seems to reach postseason play.
And yes, even teams with 6-6 records.
Entering Saturday’s game at the University of Texas-El Paso, Louisiana Tech University was among those schools with the opportunity of finishing with such a mark and yet still having a chance to go bowling.

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‘D’ leads Dunkin’ Dogs past Montana St.

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Head coach Eric Konkol wanted to see two things on Saturday night — the Bulldogs improve defensively and senior Jacobi Boykins find his shooting stroke again.
Both happened.
Louisiana Tech put together a strong performance on D and Boykins poured in a game-high 23 points to come away with a 71-58 victory over Montana State inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court.

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GSU men’s hoops falls at South Dakota

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VERMILLION, S.D. — The Grambling State University men’s basketball team fell behind early and could not recover as the Tigers dropped an 84-55 decision to South Dakota on Saturday night at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.
The Coyotes (3-1) used a 13-2 run to begin the game and didn’t look back in handing Grambling State the road loss.

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Certified site key to growth

At first glance, the 150-acre wood that’s Ruston’s Industrial Park looks like much of the rest of the forested hills throughout the parish.

But, thanks to the foresight and diligence of Mayor Ronny Walker’s administration, and especially that of city Economic Development Administrator Kristi Lumpkin, the acreage’s looks are deceiving.

As of Nov. 1, the site became Lincoln Parish’s first Louisiana Department of Economic Development Certified Sites. And while that may not sound particularly breathtaking, the designation could be the gateway to significant growth.

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VFW thefts nothing to be thankful for

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As Thanksgiving Day nears, I’m reminded of how thankful I am for our veterans of foreign wars and the sacrifices made by our American military service members.
Unfortunately, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Parnell-Burt Post 3615 located in Ruston don’t have a reason to be thankful about a recent incident at the Post Hall located at 200 Memorial Drive.
Post members had recently created and painted approximately 42 concrete blocks used as flag holders that the VFW will give to people for a $40 donation.

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Hartwell, Case wed at Historic Ruston Firehouse

Abigail Elaine Hartwell, of Dubach, and Coleman Arthur Case, of Benton, were united in holy matrimony at 3 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Historic Ruston Firehouse.

The double-ring ceremony was officiated by Bro. Connie Smith.

The bride is the daughter of David and JoAnn Hartwell, of Dubach; and granddaughter of Carol Hartwell, of Dubach, and the late Alan Hartwell; and JoAnn Castine, of Dubach, and the late Rene Castine Sr.

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Hospital Honors Auxillary

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The Northern Louisiana Medical Center recently held a luncheon at Squire Creek Country Club in appreciation of the Northern Louisiana Hospital Auxiliary for another year of continued service to the hospital. Special recognition was given to auxiliary members who reached certain service hour achievements.
Pictured above are Eleanor Jones, Joyce Brazzel, Tonya Duggan, Precillia Dada, Sandra Hewitt, Marsha Wade and Lillie White who have achieved 50 hours of service. Below, Dr. Ronnie Ursin stands with Judy Woodard during the event. Woodard has logged 3,000 hours of service at the hospital.

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Sharing financial ‘abundance’ with family?

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Thanksgiving is almost here.
Ideally, this day should be about more than football and the imminent arrival of Black Friday mega-sales. After all, the spirit of the holiday invites us to be grateful for what we have and for the presence of our loved ones.
But it’s important to look beyond just one day in November if you want your family to take part in your “abundance.” If you want to ensure your financial resources eventually are shared in the way you envision, you will need to follow a detailed action plan, including these steps:

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Planning for an unexpected early retirement

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Even with a solid retirement plan in place, life can include big and unexpected changes — often unanticipated.
About 46 percent of retirees left the workforce earlier than planned, according to the 2016 Retirement Confidence Survey released by the Employee Benefit Research Institute.
Corporate restructuring and downsizing are both components of this statistic, but an earlier-than-expected retirement could also happen due to a health condition or the need to care for a loved one.

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And what will you do if you catch that car?

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Question: I’ve always wanted to have $1,000,000 when I retire. What’s the best way to get there from where I am? I have about $100,000 now and about 20 years to retire.
Answer: I grew up with dogs.

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