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August 27th

Side effects of pain relief

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“Are you all right? You look like you’re having a little trouble there. What happened?”
I remember his answer and, being much younger, I had a hard time understanding it. He replied: “I hurt my back.” To which I said: “I’m sorry; how did it happen?” And here is what my friend said: “I was bending over to tie my shoe and straightening up — when my back went out.”

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Rigor, death and education

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Have you ever overheard a conversation and it absolutely made you laugh out loud? Being a career educator I have to admit, that I’ve heard more ridiculous conversations than I care to admit and, yes, I have belly-laughed over many of them.
But the conversation I refer to today actually took place downtown among a table of adults.

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Keep your investments working year round

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On Sept. 5, we observe Labor Day, which is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. Of course, if you’re like most people, work is essential to your life, both as a means of personal fulfillment and as a necessity for achieving your financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement.
But if you’re going to attain those goals, you’ll want your investments to work as hard as you do. For that to happen, you’ll need to take these steps:

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Alternatives to help meet your investment goals

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When it comes to managing the wealth you’ve accumulated in any one stock, have you ever asked yourself, “How much is too much?” Holding a large position in one stock generally increases your risk level compared to a well-diversified portfolio. In 2006, Congress posed (through the Pension Protection Act) that if an investor has more than 20 percent of a portfolio in one security or industry, the portfolio may not be properly diversified. Your specific risk tolerance may allow for more or less than 20 percent of one security.

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Stressed out about finances, get a planner

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Question: I have managed our family’s finances for more than 20 years. As our incomes have grown, we’ve been able to save and invest more. Our investments are now into six figures.
Rather than this being a source of comfort for me, it is driving me crazy! I used to not worry about making a financial mistake, but now if I screw up, it will really cost us. Am I weird?
Answer: Quite the contrary, if you did not feel some stress when dealing with this kind of personal money, I’d say you had ice water flowing through your veins.
Just ask June.

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Pafford gets new method of transport

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Pafford EMS is now introducing the newest member of its Clinical Air Division, AIR WING, a fixed-wing aircraft capable of long distance medical transfers anywhere in the country. In addition, Pafford has upgraded the medical equipment for AIR ONE, the critical care helicopter.
Based in Ruston, Pafford Clinical Air Division is the only Air EMS company with the capability of Critical Care Ground, Rotor-wing and Fixed-wing Transport in North Louisiana.

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Partying the way back to school

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Photo 1: On Thursday, nearly 4,000 local students, parents and community members gathered at the National Guard Armory to kick off the school year. Parents and students had access to educational and community booths that provided information about various events, services and educational opportunities available to their family. Booths from all schools were also in attendance. Pictured above, Sparky the Fire Dog pauses during the festivities to spend time with Erykah Gant (left) and Shantelle Washington.

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Church News

ASSEMBLY OF GOD
First Assembly 
of God
Our sixth-12th grade youth ministry is growing. Join us at 6 p.m. Sundays. We also invite you to come pray with us. Our doors will be open from 6-9 p.m. each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
For more information, call 255-8932 or email fishin4men@bellsouth.net.
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BAPTIST
Calvary
Worship and Bible study is at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Tuesday’s men’s prayer is at 7 a.m. and Celebrate Recovery is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening service is at 6:30 p.m.

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Tech professor to chair state psychology board

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Tony Young, the Chester Ellis Endowed Professor in Education at Louisiana Tech University and manager of its Psychological Services Clinic, has been named Chair for the Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.
The Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists is responsible for overseeing the practice of psychology in Louisiana. The agency reviews credentials and administers examinations to individuals applying for license to practice psychology in Louisiana, and also handles consumer complaints, and conducts disciplinary hearings to determine if a psychologist has acted contrary to the state’s practice regulations.

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Striper bite is on at Claiborne

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The Good Lord gave us a glorious sunrise, the glowing orb back-lighting a cloud in the eastern sky that looked for all the world like an angel in flight. I snapped a few photos as the sun slowly nibbled away the cloud bank. In a matter of minutes, the sun did what it has been doing for the past month, sending its searing heat down on us.
Kevin Beasley, Ruston photographer, and I were motoring slowly across the surface of Lake Claiborne, looking for the tell-tale surface splash of striped bass feeding on threadfin shad; they’d been doing that every morning for weeks. We searched and sweated in vain for nearly an hour without seeing a single feeding fish.

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