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March 22nd, 2014

Stopping 21st century slavery

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Slavery is evil. 
It ripped our nation apart 150 years ago. In one fashion it was legally abolished with the 13th amendment. Yet vestiges remained; some know they still exist.
There is another form of slavery becoming more prevalent across our world including our state. This involves the kidnapping, drugging and forced prostitution of young people, primarily girls. Movie fans: the movie with Liam Neeson — “Taken”— is eerily realistic.

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Lady Bearkits track stars revealed

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They have dusted off their running, jumping and throwing shoes and are ready to go as the 2014 track stars. The Lady Bearkit team is made up of Lamiracle Garner, Alexius Austin, Aislyn Coyne, Oneke Gwan, Carmen Williams, Daisy Peterson, Aniyah Roane, Amani McWain, Destiny Jenkins, Patrice Perry, Mia Jackson, Lashun Bass, Sincerely Samuel, Asia Rachal, Julie Vandenberg, Janiah Scott, Samariah Speed, Brooklyn Cheatwood, Jamyia Walker, Devin Herbert, India Collins and Coach Kathy Steed.

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Cedar Creek Honor Roll

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Cedar Creek School has revealed the names of those students who have earned the honor roll for the third nine-week grading period.
All A’s
Fourth grade: Braden Cannon, Zoe Graham, Will Harris, Charlie May, Brady Menzina, Ethan Rugg, Avery Stout, John Davis Vessel, W Wells and Cade Williams.    

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I.A. Lewis Honor Roll

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I.A. Lewis School has released the names of those students who have earned the honor roll for the third nine-week grading period.
Principal’s List
All A’s
Kathryn Apelgren, Zachary Atkison, Ashton Barber, Tasnia Bari, Baylee Brown, Joy Eddie, Dylan Foster, Grayson Hipp, Joshua Johnson, Grace Lagattuta, Amara McCullough, Brooklyn Nestrud, Taylor Peterson, Madison Soto and Larry Wardlaw.
A-B Honor Roll

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Ruston Elementary Honor Roll

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Ruston Elementary School has released the names of those students who have earned the honor roll for the fourth six-week grading period.
Principal’s List
Third grade: Asa Boyce, Johnathan Brantley, R J Brown, Ashlyn Cripps, Aubry Cripps, Keaira Davis, Triston Dumas, Dyson Fields, Tyana Jackson, Ginger Johnson, Cole Maestrini, Crystal Mayfield, Gisele McAllister, Semaj McDonald, Alaina Moffett, Clayton Neathery, Peter Owen, Samuel Owen, Julianna Roberson, Caden Rotondi, David Thomas and Charlee Walters.

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Try to maintain a diversified portfolio

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While it is always important to maintain a diversified portfolio, it is especially vital to remain diversified during volatile market conditions. As an investor, you should be careful not to get caught up in any panic selling and should maintain your focus on long-term goals. This point is especially key if you have already built a well-diversified portfolio. If you are concerned about any particular securities, it may be better to discuss these with your financial advisor before cashing out.

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‘Spring Cleaning’ can brighten your investments

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The days are getting longer and warmer — a sure indication of the arrival of spring. Another sign of the season may be the urge you get to do some spring cleaning. But you might not have realized that some of the same spring-cleaning techniques that can be used on your home can also apply to your investments and your overall financial strategy.
Here are a few ideas to consider:

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Don’t just fear — focus

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Question: I have always tried to teach my children not to be afraid, to not back down. I recently talked my youngest (who is in his 20s) into not taking all his money out of his retirement plan just because he thought everything was going to you know where. What’s the best way to tell someone to not be afraid of the financial markets?
Answer: I would never intentionally teach my children to not be afraid.
On the other hand, I do want them to be courageous. There’s a difference.

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Pistol Pete: A human highlight film

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Forty-five years ago, a shaggy-haired and floppy-socked youngster turned the college basketball world upside down with his off-the-planet shooting skills.
I am talking about none other than Pistol Pete.
No last name required.
But for official documentation and for those unfamiliar with his dismantling of the NCAA record manual, it’s Maravich.
Pete Maravich, whose name and legendary impact on the game has been revived during the madness of this March with the scoring exploits of Creighton All-American Doug McDermott.

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Tech continues celebrating

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Bulldogs take 79-71 win over Georgia in second round of NIT
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ATHENS, Georgia — There was a good, old-fashioned dog show at Stegeman Coliseum Saturday morning.
And the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs won “Best of Show” as head coach Mike White’s team put on exactly that — a show.
Tech raced out to a 26-point first half lead and withstood a furious Georgia rally attempt as the Louisiana-based Bulldogs defeated UGA 79-71 in the second round of the National Invitational Tournament.

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