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October 7th, 2017

Local opens pumpkin patch

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Elli Dickerson, left, recently opened her pumpkin patch. Elli’s Pumpkin Patch is now open daily at 3980 Hwy. 822, in Mineral Springs Community.
This is the seventh year for Elli’s Pumpkin Patch to have pumpkins available for purchase with all of the proceeds from sales going to 4-Paws Animal Rescue in Ruston. For more information, call 548-0383.

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Build your portfolio on a solid foundation

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Asset allocation is to investment planning what the foundation is to a house or the chassis is to a car. It’s what everything else is built upon. And just as important as constructing a house on a firm foundation, having the right asset allocation can be vital to helping you work toward your financial goals.

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Global investing: Still a journey to consider

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Columbus Day is observed on Monday.
And while it may be true that Leif Erikson and the Vikings beat Columbus to the New World, Columbus Day nonetheless remains important in the public eye, signifying themes such as exploration and discovery.
As an investor, you don’t have to “cross the ocean blue” to find opportunities — but it may be a good idea to put some of your money to work outside the United States.

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Looking for answers after the Las Vegas tragedy

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Why did this happen? How could this be?
As we were all, at least indirectly, victimized due to the recent murderous tragedy in Las Vegas, I share with you that this nearly struck home with me. Here’s how. 
My court secretary, Teresa, has a daughter who, along with her husband, had planned to attend the country music festival in Las Vegas. At the last moment, she and her husband decided to go elsewhere. Here is part of her description. 

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New 'storm' brewing on 'Hot War' horizon?

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As Hurricane Nate churns its way inland after a dead-on strike on the Louisiana/Mississippi Gulf Coast, there’s another potential storm that should be monitored early next week.
President Donald Trump on Friday kept the public wondering about his cryptic warning regarding a “calm before the storm.”
“You’ll find out,” Trump told reporters at the White House when asked what he meant by his comment.
I’m too young to remember the Cuban Missile Crisis. But I definitely remember the Cold War and the tensions it brought worldwide at times.

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Attend education town hall meeting

When a group stands united, many things can be accomplished.
That’s the idea behind the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce’s Lincoln Parish United’s Town Hall Meetings, which will cover several different aspects of community life including education, law enforcement, business and city government.
Each quarter, the Chamber will host a meeting that will bring together several Lincoln Parish community leaders to present the state of their area. A question-and-answer period will follow.
These town hall meetings will be free and open to the public.

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Students join several clubs for school year

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Clubs and
Organizations

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Teams participate in clean up day

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Top Left and center photos: Choudrant High School Lady Aggie softball and Aggie baseball teams participated in the annual Choudrant Community Clean Up Day.
Top right: Choudrant High School Future Business Leaders of America Officers attended the Marbury Lecture Series at Louisiana Tech University Howard Auditorium on Sept. 28. The officers and advisers heard a presentation from Kathryn Thompson with the Thompson Group and had lunch at the Davison Athletic Center.

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Local constable earns NAACP statewide award

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Larry P. Jones, member of the Grambling Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and a citizen of Grambling, was recently awarded with the statewide N.A.A.C.P. award for 2017, which was held in Baton Rouge.
According to a press release, Jones has been instrumental in raising scholarship money for Grambling State University to ensure the education of young adults.

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Ruston Daily Leader gives donation to Wiggin’ Out

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The Ruston Daily Leader presented a check to the Wiggin’ Out board members Thursday evening during the 7th Annual Wiggin’ Out Gala at the Davison Athletics Complex. From left to right are Wiggin’ Out board members Jennifer Holtz; Mandy Miller; Elisha James; Tami Davis; Vicki Caskey; Louisiana Tech mascot, Champ; Heather Hawley, Ruston Daily Leader; Wiggin’ Out board members Elizabeth Turnley, Kim Kavanaugh and Marisol O’Neal.

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