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September 13th, 2014

Social Security from a woman’s perspective

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Regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman, Social Security will not — and was never designed to — provide all of the income you’ll need to live comfortably during retirement. At best, your income from Social Security will supplement your other sources.
If you are factoring Social Security into your retirement plan, you should learn all you can about how to enhance your benefits, and how much income you may need from other sources, to be financially comfortable during your retirement years.
For women, however, there are some unique factors to consider in the equation.

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All Hours Fitness

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All Hours Fitness has a new, larger location with state of the art equipment, 24/7 access with surveillance and a kid’s zone at no extra charge.
The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the move on Aug. 21. Stop by to meet the staff and take a tour.
Pictured above are owners Walker Alford and Randy Seegars, Ruston location Manager Trey Smith, manager of the Winnfield, Pineville and Oakdale locations Sherri Horne, manager of the Minden location Stefani Holford and controller for All Hours Fitness Cooperate Office Tara Smith.

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Sears holds ribbon cutting

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for the grand opening event at Sears Hometown Store to welcome the new owners, Adam and Kelli Harris.
The Harrises started their Sears careers in January 2014. They have been in the entertainment business (theatres, bowling lanes, etc.) for nine years.

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September 12th

One day in the life of Marna Irby

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God is so good, He’s so good to me. I know that is the first line of a children’s chorus, but it expresses my sentiments right now.
Have you ever had such a great experience that you keep replaying it in your mind? That is what is happening with me right now. It has to do with family.
First, I have to tell you that I had not seen, nor heard from, any of my Newman relatives for years. They always lived in other states and I never saw much of them, especially after my dad died.

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NT@R named demonstration site

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For the fourth consecutive year, New Tech @ Ruston has been named one of the top New Tech Network national demonstration sites for the 2014-15 school year.
Kris Williams, coaching manager for NTN in Napa, California said the designation places New Tech @ Ruston in an elite group of schools throughout the country; serving as a model for other New Tech programs to follow.

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Grambling to host historic towns’ mayors

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The city of Grambling will host mayors from five historic black towns across the United States.
Grambling Mayor Ed Jones said the group Historic Black Towns and Settlements Alliance, Inc., was formed to advance the historic preservation of the locations.
The alliance includes Grambling, Hobson City, Alabama, Tuskegee, Alabama, Eatonville, Florida, and Mound Bayou, Mississippi.
Jones added that each of the cities have ties to Booker T. Washington.
“Each of the five towns has its own unique history and authentic direct legacies with ties to Booker T. Washington,” Jones said.

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Benefit set for cancer patient

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On Saturday the North Central Chapter of the Southern Cruisers will be hosting an event at Madden Memorial Park in Simsboro.
The park is located on U.S. Highway 80 across from Simsboro High School.
This will be a family event with a children's play area, live music, great food, vendors, poker run and chicken cook-off competition.
The Southern Cruisers Riding Club frequently supports St. Jude.
The organization recently became aware that Bill Patton's nephew Casen Broussard was admitted to St. Jude with stage four cancer. Casen is only 3 years old.

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Wheelin’ in the Hills event approaches

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As part of the second amendment, American citizens have the right to bear arms, and while some citizens are unable to use those weapons for the purpose of hunting game there is a group dedicated to making that a reality.
Wheelin’ in the Hills, a nonprofit foundation, created by several Lincoln Parish residents is geared specifically toward helping those individuals who are unable to hunt.
Crystal Barnett, a founder of the foundation, said this will be the fourth year the event — Wheelin’ in the Hills — has been held.

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Punt, Pass, Kick set for Saturday

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Young pro football fans will have the opportunity to exhibit their football skills when the Ruston Parks and Recreation hosts an NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
The competition is free and open to boys and girls ages 6-15.
Girls and boys in five separate age divisions (6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15) compete against each other in punting, passing and place kicking in a fun and engaging competition. Age classification is as of Dec. 31 of the current year.
Scores are based on distance and accuracy.

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Community involvement helps students

Teaching children begins at home at the hand of parents, and it is then transferred to professionals.
Homeschooling at its best is how Montessori School of Ruston Director Renee Hunt phrased the idea behind Montessori.
Community members, teachers, parents and students all came together in recent weeks and months to complete a renovation of the school in order to enhance student learning.
During a recent tour of the school, Mia St. John, a Montessori student, was able to tell the Daily Leader what she enjoyed best about school.

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