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09/28/2016
Whoever decided parish police juries should sit as boards of review for property tax assessments should have their heads examined. Take the recent Board of Review conducted by the Lincoln Parish Police Jury, for example. “Twelve people who don’t do...
09/26/2016
Editor’s Note: It has been 50 years since the University of Texas tower shooting. My former neighbor, M.J. Gabour, and his family were there that day.
09/25/2016
And on Sundays, the earth rested. Well, at least for those who don’t care much for the National Football League. Don’t count me in that number. My Sabbath is grounded in a deep faith with the good Lord, but I believe He allows me a free pass (or the...
09/25/2016
It all started for me about as simple as could be. When I was just a little fellow, my dad placed a little single shot .22 Winchester rifle in my hands and after a lecture and warning that this little gun was no Daisy Red Rider and could hurt or...
09/24/2016
It was a night I’ll never forget. Joyous, uplifting, electric, cathartic … there aren’t enough words to express the myriad of emotions than ran through me — and every Who Dat around the world — on that Monday night 10 years ago. I was in the...
09/24/2016
Three people were in this extremely secure, private meeting: myself, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump. It’s time to share what was said. Now if you happen to already be suspicious that I was not in such a meeting, you have good reason, because I was...
09/24/2016
The presidential election is little more than a month away. Like all elections, this one has generated considerable interest, and, as a citizen, you may well be following it closely. But as an investor, how much should you be concerned about the...
09/24/2016
If you’ve changed jobs a few times over the years or possibly relocated, chances are you’ve left behind a string of retirement and other accounts along the way. This can make your financial life complicated and difficult to manage. More importantly...
09/24/2016
Question: I just finished a very helpful course on personal finance at my church. Among the other changes my wife and I are making is evaluating our life insurance coverage. The course recommended that I buy term insurance and take the difference...
09/23/2016
It was at my Mammaw’s house that I first heard the smooth, rhythmic voice of Frank Sinatra. Older generations have talked about their memories of laying on the living room floor listening to the latest LPs. I have those same memories. My cousins...
09/22/2016
“Agents of Change” started a much- needed conversation. The documentary that examines race-related conditions on college campuses was recently shown at the Dixie Center for the Arts as part of the North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s Southern...
09/21/2016
Scholarships can make quite the difference when attending a university. Sarfraz Ahmed, 17, of Cedar Creek School, and Hannah Scheaffer, 17, of Ruston High School, both understand that. The two were recently named semifinalists in the 62nd annual...
09/20/2016
It’s about that time of the year to dust off the rakes and begin cleaning up all the leaves that fall from our trees. As we drive around we’ll see people burning and bagging tons of leaves and sticks from there yards. It always made me wonder as I...
09/19/2016
If you turn off Ruston’s Kentucky Avenue onto Cedar Creek Road and glance immediately to the left before reaching that little bridge, you’ll see a seemingly neglected trail leading through the woods. Every time I pass there, I try to peek at that...
09/19/2016
Tommy Spinks, Trumaine Johnson, Pat Tilley, Dwight Scales, Bobby Slaughter, Frank Lewis. And numerous others. Throughout their pass-oriented histories, Lincoln Parish collegiate programs have featured some of the nation’s best wide receivers. The...
09/18/2016
“Hey Dad, want to have a catch?” I’ve seen the movie “Field of Dreams” countless times and read W.P. Kinsella’s book “Shoeless Joe,” which the movie is based on, a few times, too, and that line still gets me every time. My breath catches deep in my...
09/18/2016
Sometimes working our way through the election process seems like trudging through a “jungle.” Thinking of the upcoming elections, events can cause one to be disappointed or disenchanted with our election process. Yet, we can still be thankful that...
09/18/2016
Do you ever reflect from time to time about some of the most significant people in your life? I think most of us probably do. When these thoughts come to me, I am always struck by the concept that each one of these individuals possessed...
09/18/2016
Your parents and grandparents may have known better about lots of things when you were younger. But you probably shouldn’t be following their example when it comes to managing your money in retirement. “Most retirement income for (our) parents’ and...
09/18/2016
Question: I always thought that if I could retire with $1 million I would be set. Now that I’m almost there, I can tell I’m not as secure as I thought I would be. In fact, I don’t know if I would feel much different if I had twice as much money....