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July 22nd, 2017

Peach Royalty crowned

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Aubrey Marie Summersgill, left in photo at top, was crowned Miss Princess Peach 2018 on Saturday in the annual festival pageant. With her are Dixie Gem Peach Outstanding Teen Gracie Reichman, center, and Princess Peach 2017 Rylie Jean Nations, right. Molly Humphries, right in photo at bottom, was crowned Miss Dixie Gem Peach 2018 by MIss Dixie Gem Peach 2017 Alexandra Gullino.

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Park upgrades encouraging

Residents may notice some changes around Lincoln Parish Park soon, as the staff begin putting the $180,000 earned from their sale of lake water to local oil and gas companies to use.
On the top of Park Director James Ramsaur’s “to-do” list are the upgrades to existing campsites.
Each of these sites currently has only gravel or sand platforms RVs or other non-tent equipment.
Now, when the construction thta’s underway is finished, each of the campsites will have concrete platforms with gates surrounding the backside of the site.

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Louisiana is the place where I want to be

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
What does that proverb mean? It means that beauty cannot be judged objectively, for what one person finds beautiful or admirable may not appeal to another.
That line of thinking definitely is true for me.
According to a recent ranking conducted by CNBC based on the new organization’s “CNBC’s ‘America’s Top State for Business” study, Louisiana is listed as one of the worst places to live in the country, setting the state ahead of only Alabama and netting only a 87 on the 300-point ‘quality of life’ scale.

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Being prepared for the upcoming school year

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A meal can be a simple sandwich, or it may consist of different items on the same dish. Normally my focus is on one topic. Today, though, I present a “meal” of different topics; none of them are broccoli or cauliflower. (I extend my apologies to both of you who love those vegetables.)
August is nearly upon us together with the annual excitement of the advent of fall. That brings the start of school, at all levels, with the parallel excitement of football season.

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Reader thanks community for help with Peach Festival

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The great Vince Lombardi once said, “The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.” With that in mind, the Ruston–Lincoln Chamber of Commerce would like to stop and thank all who contributed to the combined effort that allowed this year’s Louisiana Peach Festival to go on in spite of Tropical Storm Cindy’s descent on Lincoln Parish.

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Reader questions congressman’s opinion on climate change

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In the June 16 Ruston Leader headline article, Citizens Group Knocks Paris Accord Reversal, writer Nancy Bergeron describes Congressman Ralph Abraham’s praise of the withdrawal of the US from the Paris Climate Accord, and quotes Congressman Abraham as saying, “Climate change is real but the question is, is global warming real? They cannot back this data up.”

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Consider consolidating financial accounts

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If you’ve changed jobs a few times over the years or possibly relocated, chances are you’ve left behind a string of retirement and other accounts along the way. This can make your financial life complicated and difficult to manage. More importantly, maintaining a number of accounts at a variety of different financial institutions is not the same thing as diversification. All good reasons why consolidating your assets with one financial service provider can provide some key benefits.

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Contentment — the secret to financial success

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Question: My wife and I both work hard and we like to travel to relax. We enjoy nice things, which until now has been fine because of our incomes. But I am starting to feel like we both work too much to enjoy the things we can buy. And we aren’t making a lot of progress towards any kind of retirement. Where’s the balance?
Answer: Wherever the balance may be, you ain’t got it.
But at least you are waking up to the fact.
Not long ago I read an article with the headline, “When a million isn’t enough: why bankers struggle.”

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Match short- and long-term goals with the right investments

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Not all investments are created equal. Some are better suited for short-term goals, while others can help you build resources for objectives far in the future. As an investor, then, one of your biggest challenges will be to match your short- and long-term goals with the appropriate investment vehicles. How should you proceed?

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Jarrell, Dean: ‘One of a kind’ In Tech athletics

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In a twist of unexpected irony, the lives of Louisiana Tech University athletic icons Guthrie Jarrell and Fred Dean overlapped.
It was within the span of only two days, Dean being announced for the retirement of his No. 70 jersey on a Tuesday and Jarrell passing quietly into heaven on a Wednesday.
They were both one of a kind. Dismiss any thoughts of carbon copies being made for the future.
Their unique places are secure in Tech history.
Without reservation, Dr. Guthrie Jarrell could be called “Mr. Tech Athletics” for a lifetime.

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