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October 14th, 2017

ARToberfest raises money for NCLAC

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Chad and Holly Hoffmann, of Bald Pelican Brewing, pour a sample of their beer for an attendee at ARToberfest held Friday evening at the Norton Building in downtown Ruston. ARToberfest is an annual fundraiser for the North Central Louisiana Arts Council.

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‘Not all heroes wear capes’

When Karen McCarty got the phone call from her gynecologist, she knew what was going to be said — she had breast cancer.

She instantly remembered the struggle her mother suffered through, and promised herself she would do everything in her power not to let those around her know she was sick.
Wiggin’ Out helped with that.

“The thought of spending money on hair terrified me when I didn’t know what was coming down the road,” she said.

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La Niña cause of changing weather pattern

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All you had to do is look at an outdoors thermometer last week and the proof was in the pudding.
Pudding surprisingly warm for this time of year.
No matter what your beliefs on climate change are, it’s hard to argue there have been differences in weather we’ve experienced so far through 2017 than we have in recent years, including right here in Lincoln Parish.
Average October temperatures here range from a low of 52 degrees F to a high of 76 degrees F.
Saturday’s low was around 76 degrees F. The high Saturday afternoon reached 91 degrees F.
This is October?

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Planning for a sudden retirement

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Even with a solid retirement plan in place, life can include big and unexpected changes — often unanticipated.
About 46 percent of retirees left the workforce earlier than planned, according to the 2016 Retirement Confidence Survey released by the Employee Benefit Research Institute.
Corporate restructuring and downsizing are both components of this statistic, but an earlier-than-expected retirement could also happen due to a health condition or the need to care for a loved one.

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The easy way may be the worst way

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Question: I’ve got several maxed out credits cards I want to get rid of. I’m thinking of using some of my retirement money to just go ahead and pay them off.
Then I can save the money I was paying to my credit cards. I figure this is better since I am paying very high interest rates on those credit cards. I really hate debt and I want to get out from under it. Is this a good strategy?
Answer: No.
Your words are saying one thing, but your actions deliver a very different message.

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Prepare for end of your career with retirement week awareness

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To raise public awareness about the importance of saving for retirement, Congress has designated the third week of October as National Save for Retirement Week. What lessons can you learn from this event?

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October 13th

Grambling hosts Chamber of Commerce banquet

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Recipients of awards Thursday at the 10th annual Greater Grambling Chamber of Commerce Community Contributions Banquet are (from left): Leon Whittaker, R.W.E. Jones Education Award; William Rutledge, Dr. Rhonda Pruitt Special Recognition Award; Shirley Moore, the widow of L.D. Moore, who received the Dr. Rhonda Pruitt Special Recognition posthumously; Mae Frances Mansfield, the widow of Rev. Andrew Mansfield, who received the Calvin A. Wilkerson Award Overall Award posthumously; Lorie Hamlin, of the Bank of Ruston, which received the A.D.

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Grambling State finance vice president retires

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Sanders wraps up a 47-year career in higher education

Grambling State University has announced the retirement of Vice President for Finance and Administration Leon Sanders.
Sanders joined the GSU’s team in 2005 serving as a key member of the university’s leadership for more than a decade. His retirement marks the end of a 47-year career in higher education leadership across the U.S., including positions at South Carolina State University, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and six other institutions.
“We are grateful for his contributions as we take steps to grow the Grambling legacy,” said GSU President Rick Gallot.

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Sparta usage going up?

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Early estimate says yes, but official says it’s too soon to know for sure

Preliminary U.S. Geological Survey figures for 2015 show the amount of water pumped from the Sparta Aquifer in Louisiana may have slightly exceeded the sustainability range.
But the data is still being vetted and even at close to 57 million gallons per day withdrawal, technically may not be out of range, Ben McGee, groundwater specialist with the USGS Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center in Ruston, said Thursday.
“I tend to look less at the number and more at the trend,” he said.

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Cedar Creek announces Homecoming Court

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The Cedar Creek 2017 Homecoming Court is (from left) Mary Julia Klug, Hope Wilhite, Anna Katherine Tollett, Queen Kathryn Maxwell, Elizabeth Wood, Mandi Gresham and Hallie Rambin. The Cougars will take on Sicily Island at 7 p.m. Oct. 20, following a week of Homecoming festivities.

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