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August 16th, 2014

Brazzel: Suicide survivors are not alone

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It is always a sad day when a celebrity dies. It is much sadder when that celebrity is iconic and takes his own life. When Robin Williams took his life this week, we all felt the loss as though we personally knew him. He was a part of our life and we will miss him.

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Princeton Place hosts Business After Hours

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours was hosted by Princeton Place Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center on July 15 at 1405 White Street in Ruston.
This special Summer Fun event was open not only to individual employees of Chamber member businesses, but to their spouses and children. Princeton Place staff created a festive atmosphere with a face-painting clown, Kona Ice snow cones, picnic food, and a petting zoo. There was also live music by Paul Ford of Hospice of Caring Hearts and of course there were many door prizes.

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Hampton Inn Ruston recognized

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Winner of 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award

Hampton Inn Ruston has been recognized with a 2014 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Award. Now in its fourth year, the award celebrates hospitality excellence and is given to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.
Hotels must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five. Volume, timing of reviews as well as a hotel's tenure and popularity ranking are all factored into the selection process.

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Advantages of mutual fund investing

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In basic terms, a mutual fund is a company whose main objective is to professionally invest a pool of money in securities and earn a positive return for shareholders. In this way, these companies allow you to “mutually” share the rewards and risks of investing, hence their name.

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Tips for graduates and dads revealed

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Question: My daughter graduates from college in May. Starting out, she will have no assets to speak of. Once she starts receiving an income stream, what should her priorities be? Health insurance? Cash contingency fund? 401(k) match? In short, what would be the best use of her paycheck?
Answer: The only thing more common than someone my age thinking wistfully, “Oh to be back in college …” is the college senior thinking, “when will all this school be over and I can get out to do real life?!!”

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Avoid expensive errors when paying for college

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It’s just about back-to-school time again. If you have young children, you might be hustling them to the store for backpacks and binders. But if you fast-forward a few years, you can envision driving your kids a little farther — to their college dorms. And when that day comes, you’ll want to be financially prepared. So you’ll want to avoid making costly mistakes when preparing for, and paying, those big bills. Here are some of the most common of these errors:

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USDA welcomes new district conservationist to Ruston

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On March 24, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservations Service (NRCS) welcomed Kody Meaux as the new District Conservationist in Ruston.
"I grew up in Abbeville, Louisiana, in Vermilion Parish, and have been fortunate to work with NRCS in that area of the state, and also in north Louisiana,” said Meaux. "Working in different areas of Louisiana has given me a good appreciation and understanding of our state's rich diversity of resources, cultures, and cultural practices. I am excited to be in Ruston and look forward to working with the ag producers in this area."

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Hurtig receives national attention

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Dolliann Margaret Hurtig, Louisiana Tech University associate professor in French, held three key roles at the American Association of Teachers of French National Convention held at the Astor Hotel in New Orleans in July.
Hurtig served as chairman of hospitality and procured letters from Gov. Bobby Jindal and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
Also, she and Joyce Beckwith, regional representative from the New England states, led a workshop on their recent book on film, “Allons au Cinéma: Promoting French through Films.”

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Exhibit provides look at WWI soldiers’ daily lives

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When Joe Warren Nicholson registered for the draft in Arcadia in 1918 he could hardly dream that his Selective Service Card would feature prominently in the upcoming exhibition at Louisiana Tech University’s Enterprise Center marking the 100th anniversary of World War I.
This article — the third in a series publicizing the anniversary and exhibit — surveys publications spotlighting those in the Armed Services during the War. Most studies of the War focus on battle, so this show concentrates instead on daily routine.

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Accidents, visiting and meeting new people

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I’m a little embarrassed about last week’s column. All I had on my mind it would seem was the amazing house and grounds where we spent our vacation. But as you know, I tell you what’s on my mind whether it is interesting or not, but when I wrote there wasn’t really anything going on except our family having a grand old time in this fabulous place.
I was like a country kid with my first glimpse of the city lights.

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