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June 15th, 2013

Peach Hunt begins Monday

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Break out your magnifying glasses and Sherlock Holmes hats, because it’s time for area residents to practice their sleuthing skills.
The 2013 Peach Hunt begins Monday, when the first clue will be printed in the Ruston Daily Leader and broadcast on local radio stations.
Those clues will ultimately lead treasure hunters to a laminated card that will tell the individual how to claim the $500 prize.

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Event health fair set for Tuesday

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No one is immune from concern about his or her health.
And because that’s a topic that affects everyone, the Greater Grambling Chamber of Commerce will host a Health Fair as one of the many activities scheduled for the annual City of Grambling Juneteenth Heritage Festival.

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Fathers deserve their own day

Today is dedicated to the main man in many people’s lives — their fathers.
Being a father is a beautiful, yet challenging, experience. And, the impact that fathers have on their children’s lives is immense.
According to the National Fatherhood Initiative, children who live absent their biological fathers are, on average, at least two to three times more likely to be poor, to use drugs, to experience educational, health, emotional and behavioral problems, to be victims of child abuse and to engage in criminal behavior than their peers who live with their married, biological (or adoptive) parents.

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Mail system too invasive?

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The Pony Express was a mail service delivering messages and mail from St. Joseph, Mo., to Sacramento, Calif., by horseback, using a series of relay stations, 1860 to 1861. It became the West’s most direct means of east–west communication before the telegraph was established. Improvements were made over the years and Western Union became the standard means of communications across the nation. That continued as long distant communications until the age of the computer.

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Session ends, conflicts continue

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Perhaps the kindest thing that can be said about the 2013 Regular Session of the Legislature is that it didn’t result in the need for a follow-up Special Session. After confrontation, consternation, confusion, and odd-couple coalitions festered for 60 days, the session (mercifully for many) came to an end on June 6.

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Remembering Father's Day

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Happy Father’s Day. I could write endless pages. But when writing I might remember Our Father, as He said through his scribe so long ago: “Train up a child in the way which he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6).
Dads/grandfathers, we have had and will have surprises, blessings and challenges during the balance of our time here. That’s partially why we celebrate today. Attempting to be concise, let me share a few thoughts to hopefully brighten your day and inspire some not carrying the label.

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Remembering Father's Day

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Happy Father’s Day. I could write endless pages. But when writing I might remember Our Father, as He said through his scribe so long ago: “Train up a child in the way which he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6).
Dads/grandfathers, we have had and will have surprises, blessings and challenges during the balance of our time here. That’s partially why we celebrate today. Attempting to be concise, let me share a few thoughts to hopefully brighten your day and inspire some not carrying the label.

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529 plans can bring tax breaks

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With the pace of higher-education costs rising faster than the general Consumer Price Index (CPI), it’s easy to understand why saving enough money to fund a child’s college education has become a financial challenge for many parents and grandparents.
The numbers tell the story: The first-year college tuition bill in 2020 is projected to be $32,803 for an in-state average public education institution and $66,036 for an average private institution.

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Don’t let investments take a vacation

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At long last, summer is almost here — which may mean it’s time to put together your traveling plans. Still, while you and your family may enjoy going on a summertime trip, there’s one part of your life that should not go on vacation — and that’s your investment portfolio.
So, what can you do to help your investments keep on working all year long, year in and year out? Here are a few suggestions:
• Don’t chase after “hot” investments. Many times, you will hear about a “hot” investment, usually a stock. However, by the time you hear about such an investment, it may already be cooling off. Even more importantly, it might not have been appropriate for your needs — and any investment that has either “flamed out” or wasn’t right for you in the first place will not be a “hard worker” in your portfolio.

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Risk — not too much, not too little

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Question: When I retire from the state, I will be able to retire with a pension that covers all my needs — me and my wife don’t spend much money. Since I don’t plan to spend any of the money in my retirement accounts, how should I invest it? I plan to just pass it on to the kids one day.

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