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June 28th, 2014

Depletion rates important to consider

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Question: Since I am so young (just starting out), am I too young to think about financial planning? I am not making enough money to save very much at this time, but hope to one day.
Answer: The onset of financial planning in the life of a young person should coincide with the first paycheck she receives.
No, you are not too young.
But you probably are too poor, and you’re showing signs of staying that way. So let’s see if we can paint a picture for you to help you understand your opportunity.

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Estate plans not only for rich and famous

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If you’re like most people, you think estate planning is only for the wealthy. The truth is that everyone — regardless of how much money they have — needs an estate plan. Here are a few frequently asked questions about estate planning, along with the answers that may help you better understand why estate planning is something you may want to consider.
What is an estate plan?

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Work toward financial independence

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It’s almost the Fourth of July, the day when we celebrate our independence as a nation and the many liberties we enjoy as individuals. Still, we have to keep working to earn some freedoms — such as financial freedom. But by making the right moves, you may eventually enjoy your own Financial Independence Day.
Here are a few such moves to consider:

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Northeast Delta Human Services Authority receives accreditation

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MONROE — CARF International announced that Northeast Delta Human Services Authority (NE Delta HSA) has been accredited for a period of three years, its longest-running accreditation, for the following programs:
1.Intensive Outpatient Program for Alcohol and Other Drugs (Adults)
2.Outpatient Program for Alcohol and Other Drugs (Adults)
3.Outpatient Program for Mental Health (Adults)
4.Outpatient Program for Alcohol and Other Drugs (Children/Adolescents)
5.Outpatient Program for Mental Health (Children/Adolescents)

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Chris Turner, national ‘Store Manager of the Year’ finalist

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RUSTON — The Food Marketing Institute recently named Chris Turner, store director at Super 1 Foods in Ruston, a finalist in the organization’s 15th Annual Store Manager Awards Program.
This program recognizes store managers internationally who generate sales growth, provide great customer service, contribute to the success of the company and are an integral part of the communities they serve.

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Catching up with old friends

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How can this be? June is almost gone, but I have had an amazing round of events.
The fun started when Mary Claire Smith and Diana Grigsby arrived for the weekend.
I got to know these two back when I was in my early 70s. We were all on the Ruston Community Theatre Board. Diana and I were in “Arsenic and Old Lace” together.

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Sweet, peachy fun at the start of the Fest

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Top left: Cousins Alex Roebuck, front, and Braxton Adkins, both of Ruston, were out enjoying the cooler weather during the Kid’s Fishing Tournament on Friday morning.
Top right: Submitted photo- Logan Brazzel, son of RFD Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel, was the big fish winner at the Louisiana Peach Festival Kid’s Fishing Tournament on Friday morning.
Bottom left: Cookery judges (from left) Hoye Grafton, Laci Hohlt, Dorothy Jackson and Kim Brasher taste-test for the grand prize in the youth division.

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Burkhalter named 2014 scholarship recipient

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David Michael Burkhalter, a graduate of Ruston High School, was named the recipient of First National Bank’s 2014 Jackie Woodard Whitlock Scholarship.
Each year, graduating seniors from Lincoln Parish schools apply for the $1,500 scholarship. The selection of the recipient was made by a committee of retired Lincoln Parish educators.
Burkhalter was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers and is currently in Arizona training in their system and is expected to return in September. He plans to attend Louisiana Tech University starting the winter quarter as a biology student.

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June 27th

Political tiff leaves schools in lurch

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A political squabble is leaving Louisiana school districts with their hands tied.
“What I don’t want to see is a chess game played by politicians where our children have become the pawns,” said Rep. Rob Shadoin. “It’s time for them to stop playing games through the press and trying to one-up each other in the media. They need to sit down at a table — face-to-face — and resolve this.”

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GSU Shabazz passes

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GRAMBLING — Abdulalim A. Shabazz, a distinguished professor at Grambling State University with a national reputation, has died at the age of 87. He had been hospitalized at Northern Louisiana Medical Center less than two weeks ago.
“I’ve known Dr. Shabazz for many years,” GSU President Frank G. Pogue said. “He represented the kind of excellence Grambling is known for, and for the university it means a great deal that he was with us.”
Pogue met Shabazz when he was a graduate student at Atlanta University. He said his roommate, a math student, “idolized” Shabazz.

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