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August 22nd, 2014

Cost of children has good return

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The cost of raising children can be equated in more than just dollars.
And even though there are different parenting styles, I’m sure we can all agree that it takes a lot of time and money. But to me, the return investment is much more than parents put in.
The United Stated Department of Agriculture sent out a press release earlier this week saying the cost to raise a child born in 2013 is $245,340 ($304,480 adjusted for projected inflation) for food, housing, child care and education and other child-rearing expenses up to age 18.

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Coping with depression

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The suicidal death of well-known actor Robin Williams prompted my concern about the increase of untreated clinical mental illness cases in the United States.
Williams’ death on Aug. 11 proves that seeking help when suffering from mental illness isn’t just a childhood issue, but is important at every stage of life.
A local woman I know said she’s suffered with depression all of her life. She emphasized that she was often sad as a teen, but the depression increased after her mother passed away during her college years.

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Photojournalism class on tap Sept. 2

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Beginning on Sept. 2 in Homer, the North Central Louisiana Arts Council will hold a photojournalism workshop titled My Vision, My Voice for youth involved with Seeds of Light in Homer.
Seeds of Light is a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to help communities restore justice by offering support to at-risk families and children affected by crime. Their vision is that these families and children will grow into productive citizens who will eventually contribute to the public good.

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Miss Louisiana style show set for Sunday

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MONROE — The Miss Louisiana Organization will hold its annual Miss America Style Show featuring Miss Louisiana 2014 Lacey Sanchez at 2 p.m. Sunday at the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall. The style show will give Sanchez an opportunity to showcase some of her wardrobe selections and talent before the Miss America Pageant.
Sanchez, a native of Baton Rouge and graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, is currently pursuing a Masters of Mass Communication at LSU. Sanchez was also the Miss Dixie Gem Peach LX.

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Faith, Finances program to be offered in Ruston

Faith and Finances, a biblically integrated financial literacy program designed for low income or financially vulnerable adults, will be offered in Ruston on Wednesday evenings from Sept. 3-Nov. 19.
Sessions will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the community room at First National Bank, located at 2001 N. Trenton St. However, the first session is likely to run until 8 p.m. 
Through this 12-week program, participants will learn money management skills alongside spiritual lessons. 

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August 21st

NLMC affected by system breach

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Northern Louisiana Medical Center, one of the 206 hospitals under Community Health Systems, was part of a cyber-security breach occurring in April and June, said Elizabeth Turnley, director of marketing for the hospital.
“Yes, we were affected,” she said. “But it was not the hospital itself, but the employed physicians practices and clinics.”
Turnley said patients affected will receive a letter by Aug. 30. If a letter has not been received by that time, they should assume they were not affected.

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Event begins Friday

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The annual Gun, Knife, Coin and Boat show will be in Ruston over the weekend.
Hosted by the Ruston Lincoln-Chamber of Commerce, the event has taken place in Ruston for the last three years.
Chamber President Judy Copeland said the idea originated when the chamber was looking at hosting a new event.
“We were looking for a new event and thought about doing a deer festival, but we wanted an event that didn’t put a lot of demand on the staff, so we decided to host a gun and knife show,” Copeland said. “Then it became a gun, knife and coin show and now we’ve added boats.”

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Parish collects $9M-plus in sales tax

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Sales tax collections for the second quarter of this year are up slightly, but the increase is largely because of a flurry of oil and gas activity in the parish, Sales and Use Tax Administrator Jerry Moore said Tuesday.
“Oil and gas is coming back, but keep in mind it will go away as quick as it came. Don’t depend on it because it will be here today and gone tomorrow,” Moore told the sales and use tax commission during its monthly meeting.

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Qualifying continues for upcoming elections

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The number of candidates in the Nov. 4 primary election is growing. Qualifying for the 63 offices up for grabs locally, regionally and statewide began Wednesday and continues until 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Here’s the list of people who have qualified as of press-time today:
• U. S. Senate: Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge; Thomas Clements, R-Lafayette; Mary L. Landrieu, D-New Orleans; Brannon Lee McMorris, Liberatarian-Denham Springs; William P. Waymire Jr., D-Gonzales.

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Anders seeking to serve another term for LPSB District 10

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Lincoln Parish School Board President Otha Anders will once again be vying to keep his seat as the District No. 10 representative because he says he wants to “continue to help make a difference in promoting and providing the ultimate educational opportunities for all children.”
Anders has dedicated most of his life — nearly 50 years — to furthering education in Jackson and Lincoln parishes. He has served as a teacher, principal, administrator and, since 1997, a school board member. For the past 10 years, Anders has been elected as school board president.

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