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November 26th

Is it time to revisit city parking issue?

The two-hour parking limit in downtown Ruston has some business owners questioning the validity of the regulation, while some see it as beneficial to the structure of the downtown area. With new businesses coming in that welcome people to stay in downtown longer than two hours, the two-hour parking can be a hindrance for some and also a contradiction to the progressive measures by the city to cater to a wider range of age groups.

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Do it yourself — a long generation of failure

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Question: My husband and I are considering working with a young man who is a financial advisor at our bank. He seems like a nice person and is close to our age. But my husband is worried that we will pay too much in commissions for any investments we make. I hate to put you on the spot, but is working with someone like this a good idea?
Answer: Two rather depressing pieces of journalism have crossed my desk in recent weeks.

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Here’s your year-end investment checklist

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As an investor, you’ve pretty much seen it all in 2011 — including slow-but-steady gains early in the year, a market correction during the debt ceiling debate and the U.S. credit downgrade, and huge one-day price movements, both up and down — and there’s still a month to go. But despite the volatility of the past 11 months, you can make some positive year-end investment moves, including the following:
Boost your 401(k) contributions

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Don’t be afraid to change your asset allocation for investment portfolios

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Asset allocation is a time-tested strategy that can help take the guesswork out of choosing investments for your portfolio.
Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket, you spread your eggs (dollars) among a variety of baskets (stocks, bonds and cash). The baskets can be further divided within each type of investment.
Although many investors understand that they should invest in a variety of securities, they often stumble when it’s time to choose an asset allocation that’s right for them.

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November 25th

’Dogs close home football schedule

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Sonny Dykes and his Louisiana Tech University football team aren’t taking anything for granted during this 2011 season.
With seven wins and a current first place position in the Western Athletic Conference standings, they realize how tough it is to achieve success in the parity-oriented college game.
On Saturday, in a 3 p.m. kickoff against New Mexico State (4-7, 2-3) at Joe Aillet Stadium, they can add some more glitter to their resume.

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Black Friday shopping abuzz

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Black Friday shopping was in full swing in Ruston last night and this morning, as customers braved the crowds and rushed out to get the best deals on merchandise.
With Walmart getting a head start on the Black Friday sales last night at 10 p.m., many people waited a little while before coming out this morning to start their shopping.
“I have been doing Black Friday for four or five years now,” said Jennifer Inman. “I plan on going to Beehive and then back to Walmart.”
Inman went to Walmart last night at 7:30 p.m. to wait in line until they opened their doors at 10 p.m.

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Grambling’s Delta Sigma celebrates 10 years

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For the past 10 years, members of the Grambling Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Sorority Inc. have given back to the community in hopes of making it a better place for all to live, and during those years they have spent their time in one building.
On Dec. 4, the members of the sorority are coming together to celebrate their achievements over the past 10 years, while also celebrating the anniversary of the founding of the building that has housed them and their efforts during that time.

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RFD responds to car fire

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At approximately 2 p.m. Wednesday, the Ruston Fire Department responded to a car fire at the Exxon station on Tech Drive. Schuyler League, assistant chief and paramedic with the Ruston Fire Department, said the owner of the car reportedly turned the vehicle on and it caught fire. League said motor oil ignited when the car roared to life creating a spark and heat. The owner had reportedly complained that the transmission wasn’t working correctly, which could be the cause for the fire.

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Practice creativity this holiday season

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council just wrapped up its fall scheduling and is very excited about the upcoming month of December. From classes to art openings NCLAC is sure to keep your holiday season art filled.
On Dec. 7, NCLAC and 102 a Bistro will host an art opening featuring the work of Mandi Zimmer. “Enlisted: Home and Away” spotlights America’s veterans in a unique and personal style. Zimmer chooses to focus on the individuals out of uniform and in their daily life. Russell Pirkle, an avid NCLAC volunteer, will share more information about Mandi and her work during next week’s Art Talk. The show will be from 5-7 p.m. and as always 102 will highlight some of their delicious appetizers and entrees.

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Scouting for Food

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Cub Scout Pack 59 of Ruston held their Scouting for Food drive Nov. 5-12. Bags with instructions were placed in neighborhoods around Ruston.  The scouts picked up the bags full of donations and delivered them to Christian Community Action. In all, Pack 59 collected more than 2,800 pounds of food.  Pictured is Bear Scout Brendan Hood with a full donation bag.

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