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September 20th, 2014

Bearcats race past Rayville, 32-13

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RAYVILLE — Heading into Friday night’s contest at Rayville, Ruston High School was dealing with the loss of its primary offensive weapon — senior running back Juwuan Wright.
Fortunately for the Bearcats, they had plenty of firepower left in their arsenal.
Wright was injured in the third quarter of last week’s RHS win at Airline. While coaches hoped for the best, it was later determined that Wright suffered a broken fibula and he underwent surgery last Tuesday on the season-ending injury.

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General Trass battles back to beat Kittens

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LAKE PROVIDENCE — Grambling Lab watched a one-point halftime lead slip away Friday as they fell 26-20 on the road to General Trass High School.
The Kittens are now 0-3 while General Trass climbed to 3-0.
“We led 14-13 at the half but let it get away from us in the second half,” Grambling Lab coach Johnny Thomas said. “We’re getting there — we’re close. We just have to put it all together before district (play) rolls around.”

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Sokol creating Rattay-like success for Tech

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There will probably never be another quarterback like Tim Rattay at Louisiana Tech University.
Those come along rarely and when they do, they blaze a trail littered with highlight reel games and a U-Haul load of records.
Now a wide receivers’ coach for his alma mater, Rattay threw for Bulldogs’ single season records of 4,943 yards and 46 touchdowns and for a career-setting standard of 12,643 yards.
Before he starred at Tech, “Terrific Tim” led the nation’s junior colleges in passing with 3,526 yards and 26 touchdowns during his one season at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona.

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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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