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November 15th, 2014

Buddy's Blog: Tech’s Holtz is like ‘family’ to Bowdens

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If anyone was qualified to introduce Bobby Bowden at this week’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes luncheon, it was Skip Holtz.
Even sportswriters who are always trying to uncover a unique angle to a story had this one smack them right on their typing fingers.
Holtz, the second-year head coach at Louisiana Tech University, knows the legendary Bowden as well as anyone should, maybe even better.
He practically grew up with the famous football family whose pedigree in the profession has stretched from the Florida Panhandle to the mountains of West Virginia.

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Heritage program assists young hunters

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There are lots of things in life we take for granted. Many of these occur during this time of year when the heat of summer fades into the chilly colorful days of fall.

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November 14th

Investment manager is a financial farmer

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Question: How do I know if my investment firm is really doing a good job for me? When the market goes down, they blame the market. When things go well, they take the credit. How can I know if they are really doing a good job or not?
Answer: Perhaps the best place to start is to understand what your investment manager is not. There are many myths (some spoken, others merely assumed) about what an investment manager can do. It’s time to expose them as untrue.
An investment manager is not:

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Charitable giving pays off for everyone

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Americans are pretty generous — in fact, 83 percent of us donated money to charitable organizations last year, according to a Gallup survey. And now that we’re entering the holiday season, charitable giving well may be on your mind. Your key motivation for making charitable gifts, of course, is to help those organizations whose work is meaningful to you. However, by supporting these groups, you can also make life less “taxing” for yourself.

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Social Security: 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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Cheers: Carter

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Ruston Nursing and Rehab recognizes Tymeeka Carter, CNA supervisor and assistant activity director for the award she recently received.
On Sept. 26, Carter was awarded the title of Louisiana Certified Nursing Assistant of the Year for 2014. This is a statewide annual award recognized by the Louisiana Nursing Home Association.
Carter began at RNRC eight years ago as a certified nursing assistant. She moved to Ruston to attend Grambling State University, but said, “I found my passion is for serving the elderly. I believe that’s my calling from God.”

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Enjoying ‘a wonderful life’

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Brrrrrrr! It’s cold! I went to bed in 70-degree comfort and woke up in the 30s. Crazy Texas weather.
Daughter-in-law, Mary Hilan, comes every week on Tuesday to lunch and go to our Bible study here. Afterwards, we have a while to do whatever and then on to their house for the night to go to our church Bible study she teaches on Wednesday morning, and back home to Happy Hour here in the evening. Sometimes we have performers and sometimes we just sit, eat and drink.

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Bring on the holiday cheer

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Holidays in CedarTown is celebrating its 25th anniversary at the Ruston Civic Center.
With a barrage of local gift shops and retailers showing off their best Christmas décor, collectibles and furnishings, CedarTown has become a holiday shopping market for the entire community.
On Thursday, the doors opened to the general public from noon to 5 p.m. and reopened at 6 p.m. for Holidays After Hours, which featured an evening of live music, door prizes and complimentary appetizers from area restaurants.

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Alleged thieves arrested

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The Ruston Police Department teamed with Grambling State University Police Department in the arrest of two students who reportedly stole two computers from Walmart on Thursday.
According to the arrest report, RPD was dispatched to Walmart in reference to a theft at approximately 9:26 p.m.
Asset protection employees reportedly showed RPD officers a video of two males entering the store and taking two computers from the shelf.
The affidavit stated that the two males then walked out of the store without paying for the computers.

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Teachers’ bonus increases

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Local Lincoln Parish School District employees are receiving their “13th check” just in time for holiday shopping.
“We’d been doing it for the same amount for about four years in a row, but this year, we decided to raise it by about 2 percent,” said Chief Financial Officer for the LPSD George Murphy. “We had a little bit of an uptick in sales taxes.”
The 13th check is a supplemental check given to employees of the school board based solely on sales taxes throughout the parish.

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