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July 21st, 2018

The courageous habit of thrift

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Question: My wife and I have struggled to be able to save money. There are just so many things that come up and we just don’t have that much money left over. How do other people do it?
Answer: One way to get the wrong answer every time is to ask the wrong question.
If the vast majority of America is struggling financially, why would you want to know how they do it?
They sure aren’t doing it.
That’s like asking a very obese person standing at the starting line of a marathon race, as he’s putting out his cigarette, “Hey, what’s your secret?”

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What to do with inherited IRA?

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Individual Retirement Accounts are quite popular.
At the end of 2017, investors owned nearly $9 trillion in IRA assets, according to the Investment Company Institute, a trade association of U.S. investment companies. Given these numbers, it probably wouldn’t be surprising if you inherited an IRA someday.
But what should you do with it?
First of all, you’ll need to be aware of some basic rules.

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July 20th

Local candidates continue to qualify

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Today is the last day for candidates to qualify for the Nov. 6 primary election, and as of this morning only three races were shaping up in Lincoln Parish.
Ruston attorneys Monique B. Clement and Bruce Hampton, both Republicans, are seeking the Division C 3rd Judicial District judgeship that opened when former District Judge Jay McCallum was elected to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.
In Choudrant, four men — Republicans John Croswell, Jr., Philip Johnson, Thomas B. Patton, and Frederick “Rick” Maier, who lists no party — are running so far for the village’s three aldermen seats.

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State installing new turn signals in parish

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The Louisiana Department of Transportation is implementing a new traffic signal display to provide a “safer, more efficient left turn for drivers,” according to Natalie J. Sistrunk, the District Five Traffic Operations Engineer.
At selected intersections, this new yellow flashing signal will replace the traditional left-turn signals.
A state trooper directs traffic while workers put up the new lights at the intersection of Georgia and N. Trenton Thursday afternoon.

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Candidates sign up for secretary of state race

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — After sexual harassment allegations caused the resignation of Louisiana’s last secretary of state, a state lawmaker who registered Thursday to run for the open position pledged to “clean the house” of anyone who is disrespectful or discriminatory.
State Rep. Julie Stokes, a Kenner Republican, didn’t mention the accusations against Republican Tom Schedler directly or name him. But she clearly referenced the scandal in which Schedler was sued by one of his then-employees for sexual harassment.

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A Work of heART: Art therapy in Louisiana

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For kids who spend weeks or months at a time in the hospital, a visit from the volunteers at A Work of heART can create an uplifting moment in stressful circumstances.
The north Louisiana nonprofit gives hospitalized children a chance to be creative and have fun through art therapy.
Having already made visits to children’s hospitals in New Orleans, Houston, Little Rock, and Jackson as well as continuing regular visits to Shriners Hospital in Shreveport, A Work of heART’s reputation stretches across the region.

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Continue to help CCA Food Drive

Christian Community Action needs your help.
The Rotary of Lincoln’s annual Summer Food Drive benefiting the nonprofit that helps the more than 2,200 impoverished local residents is halfway through.
The drive has currently gathered approximately 5,798 cans so far for CCA. However, that is significantly less than the 21,909 cans collected during last year’s drive.
But that can change and it starts with our residents.

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RCT production of ‘Hello, Dolly!’ is a huge hit

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It seems strange that I had never seen the apparently popular musical “Hello, Dolly!” before taking my seat Thursday night at the Dixie Center for the Arts.
However, the Ruston Community Theatre gave me that opportunity.
The show takes place at the end of the 19th century in New York, where matchmaker and meddler Dolly Levi strives to find a wife for the ornery and miserly Horace Vandergelder from Yonkers.

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It’s unfortunate that truth sometimes hurts

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We’ve talked a time or two in the past about some of our neighbors on North Washington Street in Farmerville.
For the first four years, Paul Chapman was the sole proprietor of the barbershop next door. Earlier this year, Mr. Paul sold his building to Josh Acree, who was sent packing when new owners purchased Antioch Grocery earlier this year.
We’ve talked also about the Dean of Flowers, who were first across the street until a fire destroyed their store.

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LSU set for quarterback competition

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As the start of preseason camp draws closer, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron is looking to do something that’s never quite happened since he took over the Tigers football program 2016.
Orgeron wants to add the long ball to LSU’s offensive repertoire, and he’d like to use only one young gun to do so.
“We don’t want to do this but we could play two quarterbacks if we don’t see a clear-cut starter,” Orgeron said during SEC Media Days earlier this week. “I want this to be a clear-cut decision. I want our team to see it and I want our coaches to see it in camp.”

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