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February 17th, 2018

Legislature: Give adulting a try

Apparently some folks believe the fact that Gov. John Bel Edwards has called the Louisiana Legislature into special session beginning Monday is a sign there may be a compromise in the works between him and the staunchly conservative House Republican leadership.

We hope that’s true. But frankly, we’re not overly optimistic.

Yet without a viable plan to raise revenue, Louisiana’s plunge over the much-talked-about fiscal cliff is assured. And, because of the constraints of the state’s constitution, a special session is the only way out.

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Budget issues no music for state taxpayers

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“What goes up must come down.”
Blood, Sweat and Tears probably wrapped up the 2018 income tax situation for Louisiana taxpayers with those lyrics from the band’s 1968 hit “Spinning Wheel.”
That’s because the recent tax bill passed by the U.S. Congress will result in a decrease in the federal tax bill for most Louisianans, meaning most income tax returns will increase.
But that also means the average state income tax bill is likely to rise, meaning Louisiana tax returns will likely fall.
It’s all because state tax laws are tied to federal tax laws in the Louisiana Constitution.

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How to set up an exit plan

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Question: My husband and I own a business. We have children in the business, but we honestly are not sure if they want to own it long-term. In order for us to retire, we’ll either need to sell the business to our children or to a third party. I think we need to think about selling it, but my husband is reluctant to even discuss this. Any ideas?
Answer: If you’ve been married long enough to have adult children (and you’re still together), you’ve figured out that incessant nagging isn’t a good idea. So, congratulations there.

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Is a managed account right for you?

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As an investor, you’ll face many decisions over the years. How much should you invest? Where should you put your money?
When is it time to sell some investments and use the proceeds to buy others? Some people enjoy making these choices themselves — but not everyone. Consequently, the type of investor you are will influence your thinking about whether to open a managed account.

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Four things to know about when it comes to risk

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Whether you’re already investing or are just thinking about it, you should understand risk and the role it plays in a portfolio. And although it may seem simple enough on the surface, risk can be one of the most difficult concepts to grasp — especially for new investors. To help clear things up, here are four things you should know:
• Risk has many faces.

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Tri-State Dressage Society hosts awards banquet

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The Tri-State Dressage Society held its 2017 Annual Awards Banquet at the Shreveport Club in January.
A nonprofit Group Member Organization of the United States Dressage Federation, TSDS includes competitors from Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana, with local equestrians from Dubach, Ruston, Quitman and the Monroe/West Monroe area.
Champions and reserve champions for 2017 received embroidered stall guards, large hand-painted platters, and/or logo-emblazoned hanging organizers; the western dressage champion got a personalized belt buckle.

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CHURCH NEWS 2.18.18

ASSEMBLY OF GOD
First Assembly of God
“Living in the Spirit” class is at 9:45 a.m. Sundays. Children’s church is at 10:45 a.m. Nursery through age 3 is provided at 10:45 a.m. Sundays, by request on Sunday night and at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
BAPTIST
Calvary
Bible study classes begin at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship is also held at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Prayer meeting begins at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Wednesday prayer services are at 6:30 p.m.
China Grove Missionary

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February 16th

Residents get look at Central Parkway plan

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About 50 people took the opportunity Thursday night to learn firsthand about the Walker administration’s Central Parkway proposal for the U.S. 167 corridor through Ruston.
The proposal, which will be discussed by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday night, seeks to encourage controlled commercial development along U.S. 167, while at the same time protecting nearby residential neighborhoods.
“We want it to look like our city was planned, not a hodge-podge,” Mayor Ronny Walker said during Thursday’s town hall meeting.

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BAGC awards Youths of the Year

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On Thursday evening, the Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana named their three Youths of the Year — the highest honor a member can receive.
Of the 10 finalists, Keilan Davis, Preston Gray and Jada Booker were selected as Youth of the Year.
Opening remarks were made by Josh Perot, president of the Rotary of Lincoln.
“We are really proud of each of you and the commitment that you all have made to your club,” he said.
Eldonta Osborne, the chief executive officer for the club, said that he was proud of each of the students that applied for the award.

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Man sitting in road killed by school bus

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A Ruston man who was reportedly sitting in the middle of the city street died this morning after being struck by a Lincoln Parish School bus.
The incident happened at the intersection of Gill Street and Second Avenue at about 6:15 a.m., Deputy Ruston Police Chief Clint Williams said.
“The preliminary investigation reveals that the school bus was traveling eastbound on Second Avenue and was turning southbound onto Gill Street,” Williams said in a prepared statement. “The deceased male was apparently seated in the roadway and the driver of the school bus was unable to see this person.”

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