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September 12th

Parish school bash a big success

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With the slightest hint of fall in the air, this community once again helped the Lincoln Parish School District kick-off its academic year with an unbelievable bash on a Thursday night in the Ruston Civic Center. And with another record-breaking crowd, we feel even more empowered for success this year.
For the fourth year, the feedback has been absolutely amazing. And just as we have with each previous event, we’ve grown and grown.Attendance easily surpassed last year’s mark of 3, 400 and the enthusiastic crowd represented a marvelous cross-section of our community.
Energy was high as folks arrived early and stayed late. For more than two hours, families crowded into a room bustling with community and school booths, complimentary food and drink, exciting contests and giveaways and a lively soundtrack that helped power the evening along. But that’s what the Lincoln Parish District is all about this year—“Empowered for Excellence!” And certainly this community has embraced that goal with its participation in the annual bash.

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Establish oil and natural gas institute

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If you have poled a bateau through the roseau, if you have sailed down the little Cocodrie Bayou into the Gulf, if you have waded in the fresh and salt water marshes, you know how much Louisiana has sacrificed to produce so much oil and natural gas for our country.
This has finally been brought to the attention of everyone with the worst environmental disaster in our nation’s history by the explosion of the Deep Water Horizon Oil Platform and the explosion of the Mariner Energy Inc. Oil Platform south of Vermillion Bay.
We have been astounded by the revelations of safety violations, lack of preparation and confusion that accompanied these and other disasters in the oil industry. Surely oil companies could learn something about building a culture of safety from the nuclear industry.

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IRD tax eats in to IRA beneficiaries’ lump sum

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Question: I am fortunate enough to have a lot of money in my IRA. Is there a tax on the IRA when I die? My wife died a few years ago and I intend to leave my IRA to my children. I would like them to enjoy my money, not just look at it. Can’t I do that?
Answer: No problem.
But don’t labor under the illusion that (a) there are not taxes on your IRA at death, or that (b) 100 percent of your IRA will go to your children.

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Help keep recycling alive

Many environmentally conscious residents were met with surprise last week when recycling bins disappeared from all over Lincoln Parish.
The blue bins were located at businesses, schools and other sites throughout the parish, as well as in hubs at the parish dumpster megasite and in the parking lots of the Police Jury Complex and Super 1 Foods. Residents used the bins to dispose of newspapers, office paper, aluminum cans and telephone books to be recycled through Ruston-based Trailblazer Resource Conservation and Development, a nonprofit organization.
But because Trailblazer’s $95,000 federal grant for recycling in an eight-parish area was not renewed this fall, the organization does not have sufficient funding to continue its recycling program.

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Investment strategies for those with money to invest

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While there are many individuals who have plenty of money to invest, more than a few hesitate to do so because they are unsure of exactly how or where to invest their money. And while it may seem a logical conclusion that the more money you have the more complicated your investment picture becomes, that is not necessarily the case. Financial investment strategies can still be broken down into simple, easy-to-understand terms.
• Asset allocation — One of the most important elements of a successful financial strategy is proper asset allocation. This refers to the mix of investments you have in your portfolio, and it’s important to keep a good balance of different types of investments — like stocks, bonds and cash, for example — diversified across a range of industry groups or sectors. Your ultimate financial objectives, the amount of time you have to invest and your own risk tolerance should all be taken into consideration as you decide exactly how to divide up your funds and where to invest them. Although asset allocation will diversify your portfolio, it will not protect against fluctuating prices or uncertain returns.
• Equity investment strategies — When investing in stocks, a good rule of thumb is to diversify your stock portfolio across a number of sectors; you may also want to overweight industry sectors whose stocks you believe are likely to benefit from the current outlook for the economy. Once you have identified these sectors, you can begin to select specific stocks from within them.

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September 10th

No parking like home parking

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The saying goes “Sometimes you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.”
Louisiana Tech and Grambling State football fans lived it last weekend at Independence Stadium in Shreveport.
The Port City Classic featuring the first football game ever was a tremendous success and a great time for all. But unfortunately, the one negative about the game was apparent to all.

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Never forget 9/11 victims, heroes

Many of us grew up hearing stories of Pearl Harbor Day, and how that was the worst day our nation ever faced. Many of us never thought we’d see such a day ourselves.
Many of us thought wrong.
That’s what makes Saturday so important. We must never forget what happened nine years ago.

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September 9th

Residents need a safe place to walk

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One minute I’m enjoying beautiful scenery, and the next I’m jumping off the street to avoid an aggressive motorist ready to smash me flat into the ground.
There are simply not enough sidewalks in this town.
This is a problem not only for those people who can’t afford or who — like my father — shun vehicles, it’s also a problem for residents who walk as their primary form of exercise.

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Motorists need to be wary as students return

Louisiana Tech opened for classes today. With all area universities and schools back in session, there are more individuals in town than there were over the summer break.
Even more people are added to the mix on weekends when most schools have fall athletic events.
Residents have to be especially careful as many students and other residents will be inspired to visit the nightlife that Ruston and surrounding areas have to offer. This means residents have to make sure to pay extra attention for additional incidences of drunk driving that might not occur while school is out of session and there are fewer people in the city.

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September 8th

Everyone won at ‘Jam’ event

We’re only one week into the prep football season, and already Lincoln Parish is a big winner.
That’s all thanks to the “Jam at the Joe.”
The five-game, 10-team high school jamboree held at Joe Aillet Stadium on Aug. 28 earned rave reviews from coaches, fans and players alike. But maybe the most important review came from creator and organizer Kyle Edmiston, President/CEO of the Ruston/Lincoln Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

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