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June 9th, 2018

Senators reflect on state’s money woes

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Gov. John Bel Edwards needs to compromise. Some middle ground will be reached.
Lawmakers who consistently vote against revenue raising measures want Edwards to be defeated, should he run for re-election.
Those are the opinions expressed by the three senators who represent Lincoln Parish as the Legislature prepares once again to meet in special session to face the same problem they’ve failed twice this year to remedy: what to do about a $648 million shortfall that will occur when roughly $1 billion in temporary tax measures expire June 30.
The 10-day session begins June 18.

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Regional greenway movement gains steam

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A two-state movement to explore the feasibility of establishing a regional multipurpose recreational trail along the old Rock Island Railroad right-of-way from El Dorado, Arkansas, through Ruston and on to Pineville, gathered stream Friday with a donation from the Northeast Louisiana Association of Realtors and the promise of money from the city of Ruston.

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LINCOLN PARISH ROYALTY

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Lincoln Parish hosted the annual Princess Peach Pageant and Miss Juneteenth Pageant Friday night. Top photo: Adalyn Smith, center, was crowned Princess Peach. Pictured with Adalyn are Briley Cole, left, second runner up; and Harper Wilkerson, right, first runner up. Bottom photo: From left, Layla Garner, Kirah Spivey and Le’Anne Babers were crowned Little Miss Juneteenth, Miss Junior Juneteenth and Miss Juneteenth, respectively.

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CCOHSA announces 2018 Spring Show results and 2018 Fall schedule

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The Cotton Country Open Horse Show Association recently concluded its Spring 2018 show at the Northeast Louisiana Exhibition Center in Ruston.
With local area members and entrants from as far as Arkansas and Houston, Texas, CCOHSA revamped its divisions to four for the 2018 season: Open, Amateur, Limited, and Youth 18 and Under.
Its in-hand and performance classes address both western and English riding disciplines.
CCOHSA also promotes classes for Lead Line Halter, Lead Line (walk only), Walk Whoa, Challenged Horseman Showmanship, and Challenged Horsemanship.

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State drops ban on feeding deer in three parishes

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana has dropped a ban against feeding deer in three northeastern parishes, but is urging against the use of supplemental feed for hunting.
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission ended the ban in Tensas, Madison and East Carroll parishes Thursday, after state biologists reported that they haven’t found any sign in Louisiana of a fatal brain infection found in a deer near the state line in Mississippi.

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Parish Park — 28 years and growing

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If ever there was a visionary, a person who could look at something and imagine what it could become, it was Ruston’s Fredrick Hoogland.

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Personalize your social security payout strategy

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Only you can decide if claiming Social Security at age 62 or waiting to claim later makes more sense. Lifestyle and philanthropic intentions, marital and employment status, and gender are all factors.
When do you claim?
If you’re in a position to think through your Social Security claiming schedule, do it. It could mean thousands or tens of thousands to your annual retirement income.
Here’s your choice: You can start receiving monthly payouts at the qualifying age of 62 like many people. Or you can hold out for a bigger payout down the road.

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Think realistically and don’t forget your meds

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Question: We’re trying to get our budget reworked for when we retire in a few years. I know we’ll have Medicare and our costs for medical insurance will go away and that we’ll have Social Security coming in. Our debts should all be paid off. What else do we need to be thinking about?
Answer: Hold your horses, Roy Rogers. You need to check your assumptions.
“Many Americans believe that Medicare will cover most or all of their health care costs in retirement. This is simply untrue.” So says Ron Mastrogiovanni, CEO of HealthView Services.

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‘I do’ may mean ‘I can’t’ for Roth IRA

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June is a popular month for weddings. If you are planning on tying the knot this month, it’s an exciting time, but be aware that being married might affect you in unexpected ways — including the way you invest. If you and your new spouse both earn fairly high incomes, you may find that you are not eligible to contribute to a Roth IRA.

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June 8th

Tax break for working poor wins passage

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Though the just-ended special session was largely a bust, Louisiana’s working poor families won a tax break from state lawmakers in the final hours before the session ended.
Some Democrats, particularly members of the Legislative Black Caucus, withheld their support for a sales tax renewal until they successfully expanded a tax break program for the working poor, called the Earned Income Tax Credit.

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