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January 3rd, 2015

New limits make 401(k) plans more attractive

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If you are interested in saving for retirement, here’s some good news: For 2015, the IRS has raised the maximum contribution limits for 401(k) plans from $17,500 to $18,000. And if you’re 50 or older, you can put in an extra $6,000, up from $5,500 in 2014.

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The secret to successful family business successions

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Question: Why do you think family businesses so often fail after the first generation? How can I prepare to make that transition with my own family business?
Answer: Most businesses in this country — and in the world for that matter — are family businesses.
Small, family-owned businesses are the engine of growth and job creation in this country and therefore, it is in everyone’s best interest to see them thrive.
Unfortunately, the record is not good — about 70 percent do not survive past the first generation and a full 95 percent fail to last until the second generation.

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Investment strategies for those with money to invest

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While there are many individuals who have plenty of money to invest, more than a few hesitate to do so because they are unsure of exactly how or where to invest their money. And while it may seem a logical conclusion that the more money you have the more complicated your investment picture becomes, that is not necessarily the case. Financial investment strategies can still be broken down into simple, easy-to-understand terms.

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Citizen Science With Scitec: Citizen Science kicks of with rocket experiment

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Your friends at the Science and Technology Education Center in the College of Education at Louisiana Tech University hope you had a good holiday season.
We are excited to share a gift of experience with you this winter like no other. We would like to share opportunities for you to engage in unique Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics activities through SciTEC Citizen Science, where you will get the chance to make observations, collect data and learn by doing.

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New tactics needed for late-season bucks

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When the New Orleans Saints, bless their hearts, were down 20-7 at halftime and on the verge of losing the last game of the season to lowly Tampa Bay, adjustments were made at halftime to allow the team to eke out a win albeit a meaningless one.
By the same token, as deer season reaches its final weeks, it’s often necessary for hunters to adjust their game plans. Why? Because the bucks are making adjustments and if hunters don’t figure out what’s going on, they’re left with only packages of beef, pork, chicken but no venison in the freezer.

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LDWF enforcement to add up to 24 cadets

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Law Enforcement Division will begin training up to 24 cadets in May of 2015 to bolster the ranks of agents in the field.
The cadets will train at the department’s training facility housed within the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge. Successful completion of six months of intensive physical and academic training is required to graduate.
The opening date for the “Wildlife Cadet” position will be from Jan. 1 to Jan. 23, 2015.

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Church News 1.4.15

ASSEMBLY OF GOD
First Assembly of God
“Living in the Spirit” class is at 9:45 a.m. Sundays. Children’s church is at 10:45 a.m. Nursery through age 3 is provided at 10:45 a.m. Sundays, by request on Sunday night and at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
BAPTIST
Calvary
Bible study classes begin at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship is also held at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Men’s prayer breakfast begins at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Wednesday prayer services are at 6:30 p.m.
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January 2nd

Vintage trailers return

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There’s nothing fancy about Debbie Click’s 1952 Vagabond travel trailer. Its dull, gray exterior finish is chipped and scratched — except for one place: the large hand-painted purple letters spelling the phrase “Laisser les bons temps Rouler.”
Let the good times roll — the English translation of the Cajun French axiom — is exactly what Click and other area vintage travel trailer enthusiasts try to do at least every three months. The group spent the New Year’s holiday camping at Lincoln Parish Park.

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Hood exhibit continues through Jan. 19

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For Shawn Hood, photography is much more than just a job or hobby.
“I don’t know if I have a style as much as I almost have a mission with my photography,” Hood said. “When I look through the lens of my camera, for me, I am looking through a window into another world. It transports me to the moment in time that I’m experiencing, and I want to experience it through my lens and I capture it. For me, it’s about recording those images that moved me and make me ask the questions about life that my mind keeps trying to ask about every single thing.”

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NCLAC offers space for artists to exhibit work

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NCLAC is so pleased we are able to serve visual artists by presenting art exhibitions in two spaces in Lincoln Parish.
Through a partnership with Parish Press, Ruston’s locally-owned coffee shop located at 1007 N. Trenton St., we display six-week exhibitions. Since the shop’s opening in August 2014, we’ve exhibited paintings by Maggie Jones Boudreaux, and photography by Whitney Caskey and Shawn Hood.

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