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June 6th, 2015

Reliving history of state flag

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Is it a little early? Flag Day in our country is next Sunday, June 14. I don’t think that it is ever too early to honor the flag and what it symbolizes. I hope that we never reach the time in our history that it is too late. Before discussing the “American Flag” — the “Stars and Stripes” — “Old Glory” — there is other interesting history about flags.
In casual conversation with friends, I have sometimes asked this question about state flags: “What state do you think has flown the most flags through its history?” Ninety percent of the time people respond Texas. Wrong; it is Louisiana.

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Superintendent says farwell

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Using the words from William Shakespeare’s famous play, Romeo and Juliet, “Parting is such sweet sorrow,” I begin to reflect via this poetic excerpt to characterize my own feelings as I depart service with this outstanding school district.
How you can begin to put into words one’s feelings as you prepare to walk away from a career that has allowed you to work with children, parents, fellow educators, business leaders, board members, community members, legislators and so many other individuals? It is impossible to encapsulate.

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La. National Guard works around clock to combat flooding

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BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana National Guard continues to assist local, parish and state emergency officials in combating the flood waters to protect communities in Northwest Louisiana.
Louisiana Guardsmen, as directed by Governor Bobby Jindal, have been hauling assets, assisting construction efforts, and positioning teams to potentially affected areas.

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Is an individual 401(k) plan right for you?

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If you can answer “yes” to either of the following questions, then maybe it is: “Are you the sole employee of your business?” or “Does your business employ only you, your co-owners and spouses?” Chances are — even if you did answer “yes” — you’ve never considered establishing a 401(k) plan to save for retirement because you think they’re strictly for corporations. They’re not. Tax law changes have made 401(k) plans attractive for the very smallest businesses — especially if you’re looking to make substantial contributions.

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Clear customized coaching beats cute and clever every time

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Question: I’m looking for ways to cut expenses and make the most out of my spending. What kind of rewards card do you recommend?
Answer: The best rewards card I’ve ever been able to find is the one with the financial planner’s name on it that is helping you control your spending, increase your savings and coordinate all aspects of your financial life.
It’s his business card. And no, it’s not going to get you very far at Wal-Mart.

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What are your excuses for not investing?

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We all make excuses. Most of the time, they’re pretty harmless. But you could be hurting yourself if you make excuses for not taking action in some areas — and one of those areas is investing.

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Sue Paperie held ribbon cutting

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of Sue Paperie on April 21. Sue Paperie is owned and operated by Rachel Davison and Candee Anderson. This paper store specialize in invitations for all of life’s occasions as well as personalized stationery, cards and gifts. Sue Paperie also specializes as a wedding consultant. Featured brands include: Emily Ley, Kate Spade, Sugar Paper, Anna Griffin, Haute Papier, Lilly Pulitzer, Jon Hart and so much more.

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The Beauty of Intergenerational Friendships

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When I was in college in Texas, I had a part-time job as a nurse’s aid with Home Health Care. My job was to sit with an elderly lady named Myrtle. Myrtle’s daughter, Bea, was the one to whom I was accountable. Myrtle was 94 years old; Bea was 70; and I was 20 at the time. It was quite an age range, but we all became friends very quickly.

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Going the extra mile matters

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First off, I want to say happy anniversary  to Susan and Jonathan and happy 12th birthday on June 6 to my special great grandson, Cade, in Alabama. They are all very special to me.

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Bertha Humphrey — meet my shero

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A shero is a woman regarded as a hero. My shero happens to be my 99-year-old aunt Bertha Humphrey, a Ruston, native. When I think of a shero I don’t think of someone who can run 100 miles per hour, fly 1,000 feet in the air or even magically jump from building to building. I think of a woman with poise, responsibility, longevity and wisdom. I’ve always wanted a shero that would impact my life in a positive way and teach me how to become a strong professional African American woman and citizen.

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