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September 20th, 2014

Catching up with special ‘son’

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His name is David. He came to live with us in his early teens; turmoil at his home prompted his need for a fresh start in a different environment.
Granted, our relationship with David was not without a few bumps and setbacks, but I finally had the son I wanted. I wouldn’t trade anything for my two daughters who grew up in our home along with David but neither of them had a whit of interest in hunting and fishing whereas David ate it up.
I was on a hunt with him when he got his first squirrel, first deer and with him when he caught his first bass. David and I; we had a good thing going.

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Have income strategies for retirement

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Will I have enough money in retirement? It’s a question more and more Americans are asking. Baby boomers in particular wonder if they’ll be able to live comfortably and securely when they leave the workaday world. The good news is that you may be able to retire with confidence and enough assets — if you get organized. That means thinking about what you want retirement to be, reviewing your current investments and benefits, and taking maximum advantage of some investment vehicles designed to provide retirement income. As with so many things, the key is to set clear goals and then pursue them.

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Waiting for stocks to come back makes for long wait

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Question: Years ago, my family bought stock in a small community bank where they lived. The bank sold several times to bigger and bigger banks. The stock price went up a lot. But when the financial crisis happened, the price of the stock crashed. Should I wait for the price of the stock to come back up and then sell some of it?
Answer: You’re asking the wrong question.
The rise in the share price of many regional and national banks during the 1990s and 2000s was breathtaking, then intoxicating and finally nauseating for many folks around here.

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Protect yourself against market volatility

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As an investor, you’re well aware that, over the short term, the financial markets always move up and down. During your working years, you may feel that you have time to overcome this volatility. And you’d be basing these feelings on actual evidence: the longer the investment period, the greater the tendency of the markets to “smooth out” their performance. But what happens when you retire? Won’t you be more susceptible to market movements?

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I.A. Lewis School

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Thanks to supporters
I.A. Lewis is very thankful to community members for their generous support in donations of more than $2,000 for our school thus far. Also, thanks to Devon Energy ($1500), Liberty Hill Missionary Baptist Church, of Simsboro, ($500) and William and Swedie Rutledge, of Grambling, ($400). Donations will be used for school supplies and positive behavior rewards.
Open house and book fair

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Ruston Junior High School

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United Way
Last week, Becky Strickler from Ruston Junior High School won a “goody “ basket valued at $1,200 from the United Way.
Workshops

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Health Unit needs support

The Lincoln Parish Health Unit serves a myriad of purposes when it comes to keeping residents healthy, especially when it comes to the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. But, although the Lincoln Health Foundation is doing everything they can to keep the health unit afloat, it has been struggling for the past several months due to a 66 percent cut to its staff by the state.

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Take 2nd ammendment personally

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The attack on the Second Amendment has come home to me personally. It is not that this was totally unexpected, but as they say on one pre-game football program, “C’mon Man!”
I wrote my column a couple of weeks ago. My skin is thick enough to take some criticism, but some of what I received was--shall we say— overly dramatic. I firmly believe in freedom of speech and expression, and the opinions of some opposed to my view are allowed in our country. I just disagree.

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Rebounding essential to reach goals

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Have you ever seen the television show “NUMB3RS” that ran from 2005-10? It’s still on periodically and is one of my go-to shows when I’m up in the middle of the night. In it, a brilliant mathematician uses complex equations to flush out criminals for the Los Angeles office of the FBI. It’s definitely a brilliant spin on the power of numbers.

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Book banning inhibits creativity

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Several years ago, at our first meeting, the (now ex-) girlfriend of one of my brother-in-law’s gave me a book. We had talked a few times before meeting, and she knew I’d like it — and she was right.
After the Harry Potter series was completed, “The Hunger Games” was the first book I couldn’t put down. As Harry Potter did, the book went on to become a very profitable franchise. Also, as Harry Potter did, it eventually made it onto a list I view every September. For the first time, in 2013, “The Hunger Games” made it onto the Top 10 Most Challenged Books List.

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