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September 27th, 2014

Help children develop healthy body images

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For the past five years I’ve visited with readers once a week. I’ll be honest, sometimes it’s a struggle to find something about which to write. Not to mention, five years is a long time.
In the time I’ve worked at the Daily Leader, so far, I’ve gotten married, I’ve earned an MBA, I’ve watched my husband enter the workforce and a whole host of other life events.
Because of that, I realize that my perspective has likely changed on many things.

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Different stages of financial grief

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Question:  Sometimes I just get frustrated and mad about the state of my money, but it seems I rarely go any further than that.  It just seems that my financial situation shouldn’t make me frustrated all the time.  Am I weird?
 
Answer: Your frustration sounds like a part of the process many of us go through when faced with a harsh reality.

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When is it time to make portfolio changes?

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The kids are back at school and summer vacations are now just fading memories, so it must be autumn. But the seasons don’t just move on the calendar — they also change in your life. And, speaking of changes, you’ll have to make many of them as you move through the years — and that includes changes to your investment portfolio. But how will you know when it’s time to take action?

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The building blocks of an investment portfolio

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Opening a savings account with your local bank may provide an easy way to put money away for safekeeping, but the thought of doing more can be tempting. While your money will earn a small rate of interest with a savings account, you may want to consider an “investing” program that can potentially earn more from the money you put away. If investing is something that piques your interest, but you’re not quite sure where to begin, consider two of the most basic types of investments — stocks and bonds.

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Choudrant Elementary

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Kindergarten News
Kindergartners are very busy this time of year. In reading, we are learning letters and their sounds. We are learning new sight words. These are helping us to read. In math, we are recognizing and writing numbers 0-5 and counting by 10’s to 100. In social studies, we are learning about apples. This Friday is Apple Day! We are so excited about all the centers we have planned.
Kindergarten is a great place to be!
First Grade News

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GMMS kicks off 2014-15 school year

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Welcome
New Faculty
Grambling Middle School welcomes Glenda Howard and Tracy Tinsley. Howard assumes the position of curriculum coordinator/reacher and Tinsley is the new social studies teacher.
Again, welcome to the middle school family.
Beginning of School Year Events
Our first PTA meeting was held on Aug. 26. and Dr. Rhonda Pruitt is president. She presented expectations for students, teachers and parents.
Grambling Middle School’s Open House was held on Sept. 22. It was well attended by our parents.

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September 26th

Scriptures help assuage FOMO

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There was an article on the Internet that caught my attention the other day. It was an acronym that was new to me, and I thought it might be new to you as well.
The term is FOMO. Have you ever heard of it? It stands for “Fear Of Missing Out.” The web article tells us more of its meaning: “FOMO is the experience of worrying that other people are doing more interesting things than you, have more friends than you and are just all around living a better and cooler life.”

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Today is declared Mary Hammons McCorkle Day

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Local and state dignitaries have worked to make Ruston resident Mary McCorkle’s 102nd birthday a day to remember.
This week, Mayor Dan Hollingsworth declared today as “Mary Hammons McCorkle Day,” in honor of her 102nd birthday. Additionally, she received a special visit from U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister, and his wife Kelly, in honor of her special day. The McAllisters brought McCorkle flowers and birthday wishes from the people of the 5th Congressional District.
Mary Hammons McCorkle was born Sept. 28, 1912, in Downsville and celebrates her 102nd birthday today.

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Cruising down memory lane in a yellow convertible

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Can you tell me where September went in such a hurry? And it is as hot as you know where. You truly could fry an egg on the sidewalk.
I have a special favor to ask of you. Pray for me. Tomorrow I will be having surgery on my teeth. I believe it involves four of them. I have an infection in my bloodstream that stems from under some very old caps and because of my heart problems, I have no choice.
When I was 62, I had to have extensive dental surgery. I went to a surgeon whom Dr. Jerry Johnston recommended, and the surgery went fine.

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Candidates court voters

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Candidates for Ruston and Grambling mayor, 3rd Judicial District district attorney and the Division B district judgeship pushed their platforms to about 60 local residents Thursday night during a political forum hosted by Christ Temple Baptist Church.
Ruston mayoral candidates Bill Elmore and Ronny Walker fielded questions ranging from race relations to economic development, while Grambling mayoral contenders Martha Andrus and Ed Jones talked about job creation and the possibility of a charter school in the city.

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