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January 9th, 2016

Celebrating educational greats

Parents, teachers, students and educators recently gathered for the eighth annual Lincoln Parish Schools Student and Teacher of the Year Awards Gala at the Ruston Civil Center.

After a short introduction letter from April Winstead, 2015 Finalist for Louisiana High School Teacher of the Year, the crowd was reminded that even with all the struggles of being a teacher, “it’s all about the kids.”

Mass introductions for the Student and Teacher of the Year honorees were vocalized and awards were handed out to each of them.

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Do something for yourself in 2016

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Limu. Plexus. AdvoCare. ItWorks. Isagenix.
Most readers have heard of at least one of these I’m sure, and while there may be more companies out there you get where I am going with this.
Each of these companies are what is considered to be a direct sales company. You work from home and hopefully you make a profit.
But the bigger picture, at least in my opinion, is that these individuals are helping people to reach their goals. And with the New Year freshly under our belts most people are looking for a change.

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Reader writes on open burning

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For the safety of your family and friends, I am writing about the open burn being conducted in Grant Parish, near Colfax. Please join me in voicing your opposition to the open burning/open detonation of explosives, propellants, warheads, air bags, expired fireworks, and other materials that are releasing toxic chemicals into our air, water, and soil. Following is some background information and data to support my opposition.

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When dealing with change, watch that first step

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Question: I tried using a computer based money management software program a few months ago thinking it would save me time. But it hasn’t saved me any time at all! In theory it should work, but the learning curve has been steep. Is this a waste of time?
Answer: When it comes to change, the first step is often backwards.
Most of our early attempts at change result in some degree of failure ... the wrong way we used to do it is easier than the right way we are now attempting — so we quit in frustration.

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Will the presidential election affect investment outlook?

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We’re just a few weeks away from the first caucuses and primaries, so presidential election season is in full swing. As a voter, you may be keenly interested in the election process. But as an investor, should you be concerned?
If you take a look back, you might be somewhat encouraged over the prospects of the financial markets this year. In the last 12 presidential election years, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has been up nine times and down just three. So, election years must be good for the financial markets, right?

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Manage your portfolio to help control your tax bill

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Investors need to consider many factors in the process of choosing investments. One at the top of list is an investment’s tax cost. In fact, for some individuals, this issue may be among the more influential factors when selecting investments.

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College HOF targets ‘Ruston Rifle’

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Bert Jones has added an impressive “feather” to the Lincoln Parish quarterback “cap” in the National Football Foundation/College Football Hall of Fame.
The legendary “Ruston Rifle,” who rose to fame on the fields of city youth programs and Ruston High before going on to stardom at LSU and the NFL, was announced on Friday as a member of the 2016 induction class for the prestigious NFF/College Football Hall of Fame.

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Tech, GSU success shown on All-State team

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Rounding up a cornucopia of notes on the sports beat:
PARISH POWERS: The proof of the outstanding seasons enjoyed by Lincoln Parish collegiate football teams is clearly revealed on the All-Louisiana squad chosen by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University combined for 14 representatives.
Featured in the Parish’s contributions to the postseason honors were five Bulldogs being included on the first team and Tech and GSU having the quarterbacks on the first and second teams.

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Looking back on a favorite old column

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While going through a box in the attic, I ran across some of my old columns I had written dating back to 1972 when I took my first halting steps as an outdoor writer with the Homer Guardian Journal. One in particular was written on Jan. 4, the day I’m sitting at my computer for this week’s column. The difference is the column is dated Jan. 4, 1973. If my ciphering is correct, that’s 43 years ago today.
This column brought back some special memories accented by a chuckle or two as I recalled the event that triggered that column back then. Edited a bit, here’s what I wrote in that column.

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RCT announces ‘Anne Frank’ cast

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Ruston Community Theatre announces the cast for its production of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, adapted by Wendy Kesselman.
This two-act historical drama is sponsored by Woodard & Clement Law Offices. The play opens on Feb.18, and will be directed by Steele Moegle.
The cast:
• “Anne”— Alma Moegle
• “Otto Frank”— Dusty Hampton
• “Edith Frank”— Heather Peterson
• “Margot”— Olivia Hancock
• “Hermann van Daan”—Joseph Bell
• “Petronella van Daan”— Natalie Richardson
• “Peter van Daan”— Tanner Norred
• “Albert Dussel”— Satish Bharadvaj

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