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August 2nd, 2014

Honoring our sports legends

Ruston Daily Leader Executive Sports Editor O.K. “Buddy” Davis has been a shining light for Lincoln Parish sports for more than 50 years.
So the Daily Leader proudly commends Davis for being inducted last night in the Ark-La-Miss Sports Museum of Champions in Shreveport.
But we have even more to be proud of as the six-person induction class all had strong ties to Lincoln Parish. Davis was joined by A.L. Williams, Ralph “Road Runner” Garr, Kim Mulkey, Billy Jack Talton and Alton “Red” Franklin.

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A lawyer’s opinion never hurts

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Last week I started sharing warnings to people about attempting to represent themselves in legal matters. For the critic, let me be clear: I am not protecting my turf; I’m trying to keep you off quicksand.

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Mutts can make loving pets

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When we decided to bring home an adorable little sister for our Lady Godiva, the individuals at the Heart of Louisiana Humane Society in Winnfield told us she was a Chihuahua and wouldn’t get much bigger than her 11-pound (fully grown) sister.
Four years later, Sassafras weighs approximately 30 pounds. I’m not sure if she is part Chihuahua, but we’re pretty sure that’s not what is prominent.

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Belgrade’s stray solution better

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I recently traveled to the Balkans and to Turkey. While in Belgrade I walked around amid the remnants of an old fortress where I saw small packs of dogs running around. They all had ear tags. Curious, I asked my guide about the dogs.
She said the city picks up strays, spays or neuters them, gives them shots, chips them and releases them. “But who feeds the dogs?” I asked. “Everybody,” the guide responded. “My mother feeds three or four every day, in addition to her own.”

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Five lessons on assuaging college tuition anxiety

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Did you know that in the 2012-13 academic year, more than $238.5 billion in financial aid (grants, federal loans, federal work-study and federal tax credits and deductions) was awarded to undergraduate and graduate students? And that those students came from households spanning a wide range of household incomes?
During that same time period, the average amount of aid for a full-time college or university student was $13,730, including $7,190 in grants (that don’t have to be repaid) and $4,900 in federal loans. (Trends in Student Aid 2013, collegeboard.org)

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Argent expands to Atlanta, Ga.

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ATLANTA — Argent Financial Group, a diversified wealth and financial services firm, is making a big play in the Atlanta market.
The Ruston-based Argent announced recently that the firm has acquired a fiduciary services line of business from Atlanta-based Reliance Trust Company and opened an Atlanta office. 
The move adds several seasoned fiduciary consultants to the company’s ranks and expands Argent’s portfolio of client assets by more than $2 billion.

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Most important asset — human capital

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Question: I am pretty young and just out of college. I have an OK job, but I have a less-than-zero net worth. Where is the best place for someone like me to invest?
Answer: In the mirror.
Your comment that you have a less-than-zero net worth is not unusual, but is incorrect nonetheless.
I’m on a one-man crusade to reformat every balance sheet in the United States.
You know what a balance sheet is, don’t you?

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You determine what legacy will be left behind

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Unless you keep close track of obscure holidays and observances, you probably didn’t know that August is “What Will Be Your Legacy? month.” Still, you might want to use this particular month as a useful reminder to take action on what could be one of your most important financial goals: leaving a meaningful legacy.

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Azure holds ribbon-cutting

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting for Azure Pools & Spas earlier this year. Azure Pools & Spas is located at 810 Willow Glen Blvd. For more information contact them at 513-1313 and www.azurepoolsofLA.com.

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Businesses hold ribbon cuttings

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Top: Coburn’s Supply’s
The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Coburn’s Supply’s new division earlier this year. Coburn’s Supply HVAC Division is located at 602 Woodward Ave. Contact them at 255-6324 or online at www.coburns.com.
Middle: Wingstop Mobile
The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Wingstop Mobile, owned by Alana Belton, on. July 10. The ceremony was held at the Chamber/CVB office. For more information contact Wingstop Mobile at 254-5117. This is the first Wingstop Mobile location in the country.
Bottom: Cheeks AirWorx

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