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September 29th

New staff welcomed; teams announced

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I.A. Lewis off to a good start
I.A. Lewis is a wonderful, unique educational setting for Lincoln Parish sixth graders. So far, we are having a great school year. It is our mission to ensure academic achievement for all students. To achieve this mission for the 2012-13 school year, we have gone to an eight period day in order to double block English Language Arts and math and have established a team-concept in our Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS).

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LSMSA honors local at ceremony

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Natchitoches — For the past seven years, new students enrolling at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts have been a part of a ceremonial tradition in which they enter their names into a register book marking the student’s acceptance into LSMSA’s academic community. During this formal matriculation ceremony, members of the Board of Trustees, LSMSA administrators, lawmakers, dignitaries and faculty welcome new students to its community of scholars.

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What to do about a lost stock certificate

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Question: My mother recently died in her 90s. My father passed away 30 years ago. It turns out that Daddy owned a lot of shares of a large, publicly traded manufacturing company. If Mom knew about them, she never told us. Now, I am not even sure we can locate the stock certificates. If we cannot find the stocks, have we lost that money?
 
Answer: Not at all. You just have to know where to look.

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How interest rates may affect investments

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The rise and fall of interest rates is one of the biggest factors influencing the economy, financial markets and our daily lives. It is important to have a basic understanding of how interest rate changes could affect not only your wallet but also your investment portfolio.
Simply put, interest rates help control the flow of money in the economy. Typically the Federal Reserve lowers interest rates to jump-start the economy. Lower interest rates mean consumers may be willing to spend more money as the cost to finance a purchase is relatively inexpensive. This stimulates the economy in a variety of ways, including increased revenues from products sold to the consumers and taxes generated from those sales. Investors, on the other hand, have a different perspective.

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Preparing for ‘fiscal cliff’

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As an investor, you can sometimes still feel you’re at the mercy of forces beyond your control. This may be especially true today, when the Federal Reserve has warned of an approaching “fiscal cliff.” What can you do in the face of such a dire prediction?
First of all, you need to understand what led to the Fed’s remarks. Here’s the story: Some $1.2 trillion in spending cuts are scheduled to begin in 2013 while, simultaneously, the Bush-era tax cuts — including the reduction in capital gains and dividend taxes — are set to expire. This combination of spending cuts and higher taxes could take some $600 billion out of the economy, leading to a possible recession — and maybe something much worse, at least in the eyes of the Fed.

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Keeping customers

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Participants in a customer-service workshop presented Wednesday by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce listen as client communications expert Bill Drury offers tips on how to turn tough customers into good customers. The event also covered topics including building trust, maintaining a winning attitude, communicating respect, cultivating a great sense of humor, listening effectively, calming angry people, handling ornery people and overcoming stress and burnout.

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Director of Tech’s Enterprise Center to participate in D.C. panels

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Dave Norris, executive director of the Enterprise Center at Louisiana Tech University, has been invited by the U.S. Department of Commerce to participate in two panel discussions in Washington D.C. with senior administration officials and higher education leaders from around the country.
Norris received the invitations to discuss the mission and progress of Louisiana Tech’s LA_i6 Proof of Concept Center, which supports and expedites the introduction of new “green” technology innovations into markets throughout the region and the nation. Tech received a $1.1 million grant award from the Economic Development Administration to establish LA_i6 in September 2011 as a winner of the Innovation 6 National Competition.

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Tech researcher wins product of the year

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Erez Allouche, associate professor of civil engineering and director of the Trenchless Technology Center at Louisiana Tech University, has been honored by the Louisiana Technology Council with the 2012 Louisiana Technology Product of the Year award for his innovative “green” geopolymer concrete technology.
The award was presented to Allouche as part of the Governor’s ninth Annual Technology Awards event held in Baton Rouge. The Governor’s Technology Awards are designed to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of companies and individuals’ innovation and progress over the past year.

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Realtors look at proposed zoning ordinance

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A group of about 20 local realtors, along with several other interested businesspeople, took a look at Ruston’s proposed new zoning ordinance Tuesday during a focus group facilitated by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce. From left are Mickey Mays, Bobbie Dyer, Brandon Crume,Terry Plamondon, Robyn Brown, Rick Hohlt, Bill Hogan, Bill Autrey, Dud Holland, Frank Cordaro and Chamber President Scott Terry.

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Young, Smith getting sacked with big debts

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Two items on the national sports pages recently caught my attention and both dealt with the root of most evil: money.
First, there was the story dealing with former NFL first-round draftee Vince Young being on the verge of the poor house, even though he was making megabucks during his once promising career.

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