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August 2nd, 2014

Earmarks banned

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A congressional decision in 2011 to ban earmarks has backers of both the Lincoln Parish I-20 transportation corridor program and a plan to draw drinking water from Lake D’Arbonne rethinking ways to get the projects funded.
“Both of (the projects) have benefitted from earmarks,” Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth said, referring to the once popular process that allowed federal lawmakers to seek — and often get — money for their districts.
“That was the local communities’ only way to get some things done,” Hollingsworth said.

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Schools host prep week for students, parents

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Parish schools are gearing up for a fresh start this week with “prep” programs.
Ruston High School will host an entire “Prep Week,” beginning tomorrow.
“This is one of our favorite times of the year,” said RHS Counselor Kay White. “It’s purely an option, but we encourage everyone to come because if you don’t take advantage of Prep Week you won’t be ready to go.”

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Property an issue for all involved

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David Colvin may have an 11-year dream coming true. That is, if he sends in the highest bid.
Colvin has been vying for a piece of adjudicated property located next to a parcel of land he already owns on West Alabama Avenue near the Maple Street intersection.
The property, which is approximately 2.5 acres, was a trailer park that was abandoned more than 10 years ago. In 2003, Colvin said he noticed the property was dilapidating.

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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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