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Patriotic awards

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Lincoln ACHIEVE recently sponsored several competitions in partnership with the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post. 
Students across the district were invited to participate in patriotic-themed contests that included an elementary coloring event, middle grades “Patriot’s Pen” essay competition and high school “Voice of Democracy” speech/essay opportunity. 
Winners at the middle grade and high school levels won cash prizes from ACHIEVE for their outstanding efforts. 
Above, left: Celebrating their top entries in the “Patriot’s Pen” where (left to right) I. A. Lewis students Timarie Delony (third place, $25), Jalen Garrison (second place, $50) and Madison Ray (first place, $100) with their teacher Bobbi Connor. 
Bottom, left: Taking top honors in the “Voice of Democracy” competition were New Tech @ Ruston students (left to right) Henry Thompson (first place, $100), Garrett Allen (third place, $25), and Chandler Haddox (second place, $50). 
The group now awaits the results of the next level of competition in hopes of advancing to state and nationals.

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Don’t vacation from monitoring your investments

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Now that the holiday season is in full swing, you’ll probably be enjoying time off, if you haven’t already.
One of the last things that’s likely to be on your mind this time of year is your investment portfolio. But after you get some well-deserved rest, you might want to take some time to make sure your investments are working harder than ever to meet your financial goals

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Steps to help retirement to avoid the ‘fearful 50s’

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Question: My wife and I are coming up on 50. Our kids are almost finished with college and we find ourselves poorly prepared for the prospect of retirement.
We are paying for five cars and have a bunch of credit card debt. I am not sure where to turn or what to do to get started.
 
Answer: The fearful, frenzied 50s.

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Manage your money with care this Christmas season

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As you know, the holiday season can be joyous, hectic, celebratory — and expensive. And while you certainly enjoy hosting family gatherings and giving presents to your loved ones, you’ll find these things even more pleasurable if they don’t add a lot more weight to your debt load.
And that’s why you’ll want to follow some smart money-management techniques over the next few weeks.
To begin with, try to establish realistic budgets for both your entertaining and your gift giving. When you host family and friends, don’t go overboard on your expenditures.
Your guests will still appreciate your efforts, which, with a little creativity, can create a welcoming and fun experience for everyone.

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CenturyLink employees among first to graduate

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Twenty CenturyLink employees were among the first group of Louisiana Tech University students to receive a graduate certificate in communications systems during a recognition ceremony Wednesday at CenturyLink headquarters in Monroe.
The certificate program was developed by Tech specifically for CenturyLink employees and consists of five courses, totaling 15 semester credit hours.  It is designed for CenturyLink employees with general responsibilities and interests in telecommunications engineering, information technology or information systems.

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Tech, TechRouler seek to keep talent in North La.

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Louisiana Tech University and TechRouler, a technology coalition of companies based in North Louisiana, will host an event on the Tech campus to share TechRouler’s mission and connect the coalition’s member organizations with Tech students and faculty.
The event will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at University Hall on the Tech campus. 
It will be an opportunity for Tech to showcase the university and its innovation and technology assets to the TechRouler partners and familiarize Tech faculty, staff and students with TechRouler partner companies and the coalition’s strategies for branding North Louisiana as a region of the state with a variety of many attractive high-tech job growth opportunities.

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Student chosen as ‘Horizon’s’ editor

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A Louisiana Tech senior nursing major will serve as editor for the Louisiana Student Nurse Association chapters’ newsletter, “Horizon’s.”
Mae Flager, of Eros, said her editorial background from previously working at a printing company in Florida assisted in her being chosen for the editor position.
“Gary Paudel, the region director for the SNA chapters in our area, came to the November meeting of Tech's SNA and mentioned that the editor position was open,” Flager said. “I have a background in publishing and copy editing and was intrigued.”

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Bulldogs: Year ahead of time

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Since the ball is shaped funny and some of the players are teenagers and few things except gravity are exact science anyway, odd things will happen now and then in college football.
Take the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs of 2011. They are playing like the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs of 2012, the team that’s not even a team yet. But when they get to be a team, with key players returning with a year’s more experience and with a schedule that doesn’t feature games against All Three Big Mississippi Schools away, plus three of the final four games on the road, they’re supposed to be sort of good.

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Tournament title winners

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Earning championship accolades at their own tournament recently was the I.A. Lewis boys’ team that consisted of (first row, from left) Principal Sonja Walker-Fuller, Tekiren Evans, Chandler Williams, Fredren Payne, Bryson Corbin, Donald Johnson, III, (back row, from left) Devonte Jones, Ty’Kerion Palmer, Nicholas McDonald, Sydney Ross, Syemere Roberts, Jalen Garrison, Deonirae Moss and Noah White. Serving as coaches for the team are Kevin Hill and Dallas Trammell. The Rams took wins over Ruston-based opponents A.E. Phillips and Glenview en route to the title.

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Tops at tournament

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The Ruston I.A. Lewis girls recently gained first palce honors at the school’s annual tournament. Members of the championship squad were (seated, from left) Katelyn Jackson, Delincya Chambers, Au’Janey Simmons, Kearia Wright, Taylor Lamkin (kneeling, from left) Sania Streets, LaDeJonaie Cheneau, Aniyah Roane, Asia Rachal, Alexius Austin (fourth row, from left), Principal Sonja Walker-Fuller, Bry’Nesha Gray, Amyani Kyles, Amani McWain, Diamond Bobo, Rickeria Williams, Sylvia Smith, Haley Beard, Haley Heard and Adrienne Singleton. The head coach is Debbie Cramer.

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