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October 14th, 2017

UL System aims for graduation rate goal

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Strategic framework calls for 150,000 graduates by 2025

The University of Louisiana System wants to produce 150,000 graduates by 2025, a 20 percent increases over recent trends, said the leader of the state’s largest higher education system, which includes both Grambling State and Louisiana Tech universities.

UL System president Jim Henderson said the system’s graduation target comes from a strategic framework to compete in 21st century high education organized by the nine four-year university presidents inside the system.

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Locals pick Riser, approve amendments

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Lincoln Parish voters split with voters statewide in Saturday’s primary election for treasurer by giving the majority of the local vote to Republican state Sen. Neil Riser of Columbia.
Complete but unofficial returns show Riser in first place with 1,177 votes, or 46 percent of the vote, and New Orleans Democrat Derrick Edwards in second place with 671 votes, or 26 percent.

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Makers Fair celebrates local crafters

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Amy Jones, of Whispering Winds, left, hands Disha Kashyap, right, her newly purchases handmade wind chime during the third annual fall Ruston Makers Fair Saturday in downtown Ruston. The festival showcased more than 100 local makers selling their handmade products and celebrated the local arts.

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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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