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September 6th, 2014

Good things come to ‘roads’ who wait

Next time you drive down Goodwin Road and suddenly realize you’ve got to detour around a sizeable construction project at the Reynolds Drive intersection, remember the old adage “Good things come to those who wait.”
Late last year, the city began the initial phase of the $1.6 million project that, when complete, will make one of the most heavily trafficked areas in north Ruston safer and easier for motorists to maneuver.

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Arming 2nd amendment rights

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The Second Amendment follows the First. Sounds silly? Maybe to most, but I don’t think the national news media is aware. (Excluded are journalists “afflicted” with common sense.) It’s toward the top for a reason.

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Turns out Texas ain’t so bad

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For most of the past week I’ve been suffering from post travel depression.
I’d like to say that’s a made up thing, but from my own life experiences, I promise it isn’t.
By timing things correctly, I was able to enjoy a 10-day break from work during which my husband and I visited our best friend Blaine (a name regular readers have seen before) in San Antonio, Texas. As often happens in a college town, most of our friends have moved away at this point to various locales.

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School support a good place to start

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Last month my husband returned from two grueling months on the road. For the first time, Tom was driving for a “core metal” band as it crisscrossed North America for the Mayhem Festival Tour. This was quite a challenge for a man who tends to gravitate toward classic rock from the 1960s and 70s, along with a healthy dose of Elvis on Sirius radio each day. The outrageousness of the entire experience definitely tested him, and I’ve been entertained royally with tales from the road.

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Suspect pleads guilty to child pornography charges

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A Quitman man pleaded guilty to producing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced Friday.

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Ruston ranks in Top 4 for home insurance

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A recent study conducted by Value Penguin showed Ruston to be fourth in the state for the cheapest homeowners insurance.
Coming in the first three places were Shreveport, Alexandria and Monroe, respectively. Coming in last with the most expensive homeowners insurance in the state were Cameron, Houma and New Orleans.
The breakdown of the cost of homeowners insurance was Shreveport — $1,488, Alexandria — $1,504, Monroe — $1,524 and Ruston — $1,547.

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Investment strategies for those with money

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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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The end of the world as we know it

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Question: Despite what everyone says, I do not think our economic hard times are over. I’ve been reading some things that say the Federal Reserve is actually hiding how big our problems really are and that the whole world could be on the brink of bankruptcy. If this is true, how safe can any investment really be?
Answer: According to Denis Dutton, it’s always the end of the world as we know it.
Dutton wrote in the New York Times about our experience with Y2K… remember that one?

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Preparing yourself for the unexpected

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Are you ready for this? September is National Preparedness Month. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Preparedness Month seeks to educate Americans on preparing for natural disasters and other types of emergencies. But you’ll also need to prepare for unexpected events in many other areas of your life — particularly those events related to the financial security of you and your family.
Here are some of the most important of these events, along with possible preparations for them:

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Neville storms past Ruston, 47-7

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The bombs fell often and early Friday during the annual season opening war between Neville and Ruston High Schools.
And by the time the smoke cleared, the Bearcats were on the losing end of a 47-7 decision at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.
Ruston coach Brad Laird wasn’t pointing any fingers following the frustrating loss.
“This one was on me — I take responsibility,” Laird said. “I just didn’t get this team ready enough for this game. The effort was there — our kids played their hearts out. It just got away from us early and we couldn’t never get enough going to get back into it.”

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