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Open house shows off new building

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Lisa Bastion, Choudrant High School principal, and Tony Antley, assistant principal, hosted an open house on April 15. Parents, students and the community were invited to tour the new and renovated facilities at the school.
Cafeteria manager Paulette Davis treated visitors to cake and cookies in the newly-remodeled and enlarged cafeteria. About 75 people attended the come-and-go event, including many CHS alumni and Lincoln Parish Schools Superintendent Danny Bell, as well as parents and interested citizens.

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Understanding the sequence of returns

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Question: I am one of those long term investors you always write about. I enjoyed the stock market of the 1980s and 1990s, and I hung in there during the recent bear markets.
I am still a big believer in the stock market. If I am a long-term investor, why should I change my tune now that I am about to retire? Do you see any problems with me staying fully invested, and just taking out money when I need to?
 
Answer: I don’t think the stock market will fundamentally change when you retire, but you will.
You have only experienced one part of the journey — the accumulation phase. And it sounds like you did that very well.

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Five investing mistakes you can easily avoid

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It’s easy to have confidence in investments made during bull markets: share prices climb and any losses from poor decisions are usually recovered fast.
But times of increasing market volatility tend to magnify mistakes, and many investors may lose confidence in their decision making. Let’s take a quick look at some of these common — but generally avoidable — mistakes.

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Even with low rates, you can invest for income

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Not long ago, the Federal Reserve (Fed) announced that it plans to keep short-term interest rates near zero until late 2014. The Fed initially pushed rates to that level in 2008, in an effort to stimulate economic growth. Clearly, low interest rates have a wide-ranging impact — but what effect will they have on you, as an individual investor?
If you need income from your investments, then the continuation of ultra-low interest rates may be a matter of some concern, particularly if you own certain types of fixed-income investments, such as certificates of deposit.

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Former Justice Bleich joins MAPS panel

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Bringing judicial and legal expertise, Justice (ret.) E. Joseph “Joe” Bleich has recently joined the Mediation Panel of MAPS (Mediation Arbitration Professional Systems), the Louisiana-based leader in alternative dispute resolution firms, with offices in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
Since retiring from the bench in 1997 Justice Bleich has mediated more than 1,500 civil disputes and arbitrated more than 75 cases throughout Louisiana and surrounding states with a success rate in excess of more than 90 percent.

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Theater work to begin; opening set for winter

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Ruston residents should see work beginning as soon as this week on the new movie theater slated to hit Ruston by December.
Michael Ross, CEO of United Entertainment Corp., the company building the theater, said the company is moving forward with plans to develop the project this week.

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Area Lowe’s stores finish strong for MDA

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Area Lowe’s stores and their customers came together for an important cause, raising $17,814 in Shamrocks Against Dystrophy donations. Nationwide, the retailer collected more than $7.6 million to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s (MDA) research and services programs.
Funds raised by the Lowe’s stores in Monroe, Ruston, Alexandria and Pineville help local individuals and families affected by muscular dystrophy and related diseases.
“Our customers enjoy joining MDA and its fight against muscular dystrophy,’’ said Joan Higginbotham, Lowe’s director of Community Relations. “Lowe’s recognizes the importance of giving back to the community. By teaming with MDA, we know we’re making an impact on many lives.’’

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Auxiliary donates to Tech archives

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On March 22, a gala was held at Northern Louisiana Medical Center’s cafeteria to honor the Northern Louisiana Hospital Auxiliary for their 50 years of service.
Six of the 95 founding members were there to celebrate this occasion.

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Jim Taylor Ford wins award

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Jim Taylor Ford Lincoln in Ruston is among an elite group of Ford and Lincoln dealerships to be recognized with the 2011 President’s Award by Ford MotorCompany. The prestigious award honors dealerships that have excelled in automotive retailing in 2011 by providing exceptional customer service and satisfaction.
“Earning the award is a reflection of our entire staff’s commitment to delivering the best customer experience possible,” says Jim Taylor Ford Lincoln general manger and partner Don Robertson. “I couldn’t be more proud to receive this recognition, especially since it comes from the people we value most — our customers. They’re the reason we were able to achieve this award.”

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Bradshaw, Williams great with media

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Sportswriters and sportscasters love personalities such as Terry Bradshaw and Doug Williams.
When they show up, there’s absolutely no shortage of what we in the business describe as “good copy.”
So it was at the Squire Creek Golf and Country Club in Choudrant Monday afternoon when Bradshaw teamed up with Kix Brooks to host their annual fundraising tournament for Louisiana Tech University athletics.

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