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September 23rd, 2017

What are the benefits of saving money for the future?

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Question: I am a reasonably successful professional who enjoys his work.
I saw my father save and scrimp, only to die less than one year after he retired. It was such a waste. I am determined not to be that way. I do not ever plan to retire. My philosophy is to live for today and not save a bunch of money for a day I may never reach.
This worries my wife to no end and has been the source of endless arguments. Is my thinking legitimate?
Answer: You have determined that you will never retire. But why stop there?

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Here is the countdown to a comfortable retirement

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If you want to enjoy a comfortable retirement lifestyle, you don’t need to have been born rich or even to have earned scads of money during your working years.
But you do need to make the right moves at the right time — which means you might want to start a “retirement countdown” well before you draw your final paycheck.
What might such a countdown look like?
Here are a few ideas:
• Ten years before retirement — At this stage of your career, you might be at, or at least near, your peak earning capacity.

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Reed named market president of Argent Trust Company

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Kyle McDonald, chairman of Argent Trust Company, a Ruston-based company, has announced Kevin Reed as market president and the company plans to open a New Orleans office.
Reed has over 30 years of experience in management, asset management, trust administration, client expansion, and product and service development to Argent Trust.
As market president, Reed will focus on building a presence for Argent in the greater New Orleans market.

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Local honored with award

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Local State Farm Agent, Kim Dupree, center, was in the Top 3 for the Northeast Louisiana Better Business Bureau Good Neighbor Torch Award for 2017. The Good Neighbor Award recognizes businesses who play a significant role in their support and involvement in local community projects or charities. Giving the award was Sherry Martin, left, chairman of the BBB Monroe advisory board, and Jo-Ann Deal, manager of NELA BBB.

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Cougars outlast Delhi in 62-44 scoring marathon

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DELHI — In a game featuring two high-octane offenses, Delhi seemed to run out of fuel first Friday night as Cedar Creek pulled away for a 62-44 win at Bears Stadium.
The Bears controlled the game in the early going, taking an 8-0 lead on a one-yard TD plunge followed by a two-point run by junior quarterback Brandon Williams at the 7:53 mark of the opening quarter.
But Cedar Creek (4-0) countered only 46 seconds later as Tripp Marcus broke free on a 25-yard scoring scamper to make it 8-6 in favor of the Bearcats after the Cougars’ two-point conversion run failed.

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Panthers roar to first win

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Lincoln Prep picked up its first win over the season as James Caesar (2) raced to a 50-7 road victory Friday night at D’Arbonne Woods.

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GSU splits volleyball matches

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HOUSTON — The Grambling State University volleyball team split of pair of matches on Saturday during the second day of the Southwestern Athletic Conference Round-up, hosted by Texas Southern University. The Lady Tigers began the day with a 3-0 loss to Alabama A&M, but bounced back with a 3-0 victory over Alcorn State.
In the opener, Grambling State (6-13 overall, 2-2 SWAC) dropped the match to Alabama A&M, 25-20, 25-13, 25-12.

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Hunters face danger using tree stands

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Humans are designed and built with feet that are designed for standing and walking on the ground. The feet and claws of squirrels and raccoons serve multi-purposes. They can move around quite handily on the ground but when necessary, they can scoot up trees with ease.
A special time of year is right around the corner. Archery season for deer in much of the state kicks off Oct. 1.

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September 22nd

Planet Fitness expected to open in December

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Planet Fitness recently announced that it will be opening its first health club in Ruston.
The site will be located at 103 North Service Road East, and will mark the fifth club in northern Louisiana, according to Jade Osowski, communications manager for Planet Fitness.
Representatives anticipate the business, replacing the former Backus True Value Hardware store in the North Park Mall Shopping Center, will open by December.

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Online K-12 school hosts open house

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Lincoln Parish parents and guardians interested in kindergarten through 12th grade online public schooling can visit with University View Academy representatives from 1-3 p.m. today at the Lincoln Parish Library Event Center.
University View Academy is a state-based K-12 tuition-free online charter school available to students statewide from any parish.

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