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September 5th, 2015

Honor workers this Labor Day

Working hard really does pay off, especially on Labor Day.
A day that used to mark the final day of summer vacation, the holiday continues to be a popular day for family barbeques and good times.
And that is what we strive for — something that gives us pride of purpose and puts food on the table and a roof over our heads.
To be able to fill those needs, Americans work hard to chase that dream.
A Gallup report shows the average time worked by full-time employees has reached up to 46.7 hours a week, or nearly a full extra eight-hour day.

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Tales from Katrina continue

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Editor’s note: In this 10th anniversary after Hurricane Katrina, last week Bleich shared some of his own experiences. This is the second part of that column.
After more Katrina survivors arrived, I made a friendship with a man (whose name I omit) who had a fascinating yet frightening story.   Before sharing that, though, I must acknowledge one hero from the turmoil.
For the survivors, we had food for people to eat. Most of the survivors  were medically sound. The biggest problem that existed was lack of communication. No one knew how to contact family or how to be contacted. 

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School has officially begun

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School’s back in session, but I’m still enjoying such a summertime high. This summer was such fun because Tom and I were able to get away on several little mini-excursions. One of the reasons they were so incredible is the fact that most included at least one dynamic musical performance. With everything from Earth, Wind, and Fire to Johnny Mathis, Motown to Broadway, and Chicago to The Eagles, we traversed the complete musical spectrum and even learned a little something along the way.

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Football fatality hits home

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I spent years on the sidelines of the Caldwell Parish High School Spartans cheering on my classmates.
Throughout the years there were several instances where players were carried off the field and sometimes they were taken away in an ambulance.
As I write this column, my heart is heavy.
I cannot even begin to imagine the thoughts going through everyone associated with Tyrell Cameron, the sophomore Franklin Parish High School player that died Friday night.
“Tyrell was an incredible kid. One of the best I’ve ever been around,” a former coach said.

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50 Years of Christian education

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In 1964, Florine Martin and her late husband, Jack B. Martin with their children traveled to Kentucky to see Mt. Carmel Christian School which began every morning with Chapel led by one of the faculty members. As they left Mt. Carmel, Florine Martin said, “If America had 1,000 Christian Schools we would really be a Christian Nation.” 

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Ruston High School: RES begins new school year

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Third Grade News
Third grade is so excited about this school year. We have been learning our routines and rules of Ruston Elementary.
They have done a great job this week.
We have learned about clocks all week in math, maps in social studies, and establishing reading routines.
Don’t forget Ruston Elementary is selling T-shirts for $12 and jackets for $30.
Fourth Grade News
Fourth grade is starting off with a bang.
We have welcomed four new teachers to our family: Candace Doria, Kathryn Martin, Hayley Schaff and Keonan Ogle.

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Prize process, not past performance

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Question: I have a mutual fund that I have owned for more than 10 years. I only have about 10 percent of my money in it. I really like the manager and his philosophy, but he’s been getting killed lately. I feel like he’s been out of sync with the times. How long do I wait before I dump him, or have already waited too long?
Answer: The problem with last year’s results is that they are so…last year.
When evaluating the results of anything that has already happened, you’ve to analyze not only what that happened, but why.

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Which is better? Investing or paying off debt

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The process for eliminating debt is anything but an easy-to-solve financial equation. Many people wonder if they should pay off their debt as quickly as possible or invest their money, letting debt payments run their course.
The answer depends on whom you ask. Theories about balancing investing with debt vary widely.

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401(k) Loans — the last resort in savings

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As you’re well aware, we’re living in difficult economic times. Consequently, you may be forced to make some financial moves you wouldn’t normally undertake. One such move you might be considering is taking out a loan from your 401(k) plan — but is this a good idea?

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CTB named ‘One of the Best Banks to Work For in U.S.’ for the third straight year

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Community Trust Bank has been named one of the Best Banks to Work For in 2015. The program, which was initiated in 2013 to identify, recognize, and honor the best banks to work for in the nation, is a project of American Banker and Best Companies Group.

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