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November 1st, 2014

Ruston Elementary names new 4-H president, officers

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Third grade
The third grade teachers and students at RES have hit the ground running this year.
With many transitions taking place we have pulled together to create the best learning environment possible for ourselves and our students. We have started our second reading unit which focuses on the study of “Trees” by implementing many different fiction and nonfiction texts. We are working daily to make our students better writers, too.

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Stennis provides workshop at SciTEC

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On Oct. 15 and 16, Stennis Education presented three workshops for 48pre-service, in-service and informal educators, and 39 middle school students from across North Louisiana.
“We are so grateful to continue to have amazing opportunities to collaborate with our friends and colleagues at Louisiana Tech,” said Julie Ricca and Emma Seiler, Stennis Education Specialist. “We always look forward to coming to Ruston and working with exceptional classroom teachers and students from preschool to graduate school.”

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Local RHS grad honored

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Jahleel-JaMar Lovell Hamlin was awarded a $10,500 Horatio Alger Scholarship to attend any college in Louisiana through the generosity of William J. Dore. This scholarship is very competitive and he was one of the 50 applicants chosen.
He is a recent graduate from New Tech @ Ruston High School class of 2014. While in school, he was a member of the Ruston High School football team (#98-DT).
He was invited to the 2014 Membership and Board of Directors meeting held in New Orleans Oct. 1.

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Scenes from Halloween 2014

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Prepare far ahead for long-term care

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November is Long-Term Care Awareness Month — a month dedicated to educating the public about the need to prepare for the potentially devastating costs of long-term care. And the more you know about these expenses, the better prepared you will be to deal with them.
To begin with, just how expensive is long-term care? Consider this: The average cost for a private room in a nursing home is more than $87,000 per year, according to the 2014 Cost of Care Survey produced by Genworth, a financial-services company.

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No 401(k) investment? No problem

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In spite of the continued woes of the economy, small business owners are showing increased optimism about the next 12 months, according to a recent Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index survey. However, despite their generally sunny outlook, many of them are still concerned they won’t have enough money to retire, or may have to retire later in life.

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Avoid mistakes with a financial advisor

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Question: I gave my money to a financial advisor a few years ago and I have not been happy at all. And it is more than just the fact that I’ve lost money. I just don’t feel like he knows I am alive. Is it too much to expect to be able to find someone who will take care of me and my money?
Answer: It is not too much to ask that a financial advisor be a competent partner in assisting you achieve your realistic financial goals.

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Ribbon cutting held

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Last month the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at Chartreuse Pear. Brenda Lee opened the business in a location on West Mississippi Street 15 years ago. The store, now co-owned by Brenda and her son Travis Lee was recently moved to this building owned by Dean Norton in downtown Ruston. The store offers an eclectic mix of home decor, antiques, gifts, custom bedding and rugs.

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Loomis, Barham united in marriage on Nov. 1

Alexandra Elizabeth Loomis and Micah Cobb Barham were united in marriage at 7 p.m. Nov. 1, 2014, at St. Mary Basilica in Natchez, Mississippi. Father David O’Connor officiated the ceremony.

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Learning to trust in the holy ‘other’

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Last year we had a stray cat visit LifeHouse. We found out that she was a female after a litter of precious kittens were born under the house! Shortly after the kittens were born, the momma cat fled the scene, and we were left with six kittens. We fed them and took care of them as much as they would let us. As they grew older, four of them left and two stayed, that we named Mary and Martha, guessing they were probably females since they didn’t run off.

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