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07/21/2013
There is no person that I know of in this community who has been more dedicated to his home and profession than Buddy Davis. There are few who read the paper, and even those who do not, who have not heard of Buddy’s setback a couple of weeks ago. I...
07/21/2013
Question: How does a regular person make it these days? With everything costing so much, it is really so hard to save any money. Do only rich people get to retire one day? Answer: Last week, I began to explain the difference between two common...
07/21/2013
Now that summer is in full swing, you’ll probably be enjoying time off at your favorite vacation spot, if you haven’t already. One of the last things that’s likely to be on your mind this time of year is your investment portfolio. But after you get...
07/21/2013
As Americans, we’re used to thinking that we will inevitably do better than our parents’ generation. But, for now at least, this type of progress may be facing some roadblocks — and this inability to gain ground, financially, can have real...
07/21/2013
I’ll admit it. I have enough gray in my hair and beard that when I heard 31-year-old Tommy McClelland was being named Louisiana Tech’s new athletics director, all I could think was “wow.” Now it wasn’t that McClelland was off my radar. I had heard...
07/20/2013
Do you know the word fantabulous? It’s a combination of fantastic and fabulous. It best describes my wonderful beach vacation with family. We wound up in Biloxi, Miss., rather than Gulf Shores, Ala. Susan had been working so hard, she wanted to go...
07/19/2013
If you are a person who can take a step back and look at everything around you, you might find that being in this line of work you hold a front-row seat to a lot of pretty spectacular events. My family has this vision of what I do — running around,...
07/18/2013
Have you ever watched a movie or TV show so attention-grabbing that you caught yourself forgetting where you were for a few moments? Maybe afterwards, if it was a martial arts movie, you found yourself throwing some kicks and punches at some...
07/17/2013
I admit I was a bit skeptical when the email arrived from Shawn Hatcher offering the services of Camp Minden’s Youth ChalleNGe Program cadets for the Louisiana Peach Festival. With all due respect to my teenage acquaintances, we’d tried using teens...
07/16/2013
Summertime proves to be a very busy time for 4-H which may come as a surprise to many. Many times people assume that the 4-H program slows down during the summertime just as school does but that is not the case. The 4-H program actually experiences...
07/16/2013
Earlier this year, when he was still looking for a job, my husband had the opportunity to interview with a company based in Seattle, Wash. He had never been that far north before, and he learned something while he was there. Apparently many homes —...
07/15/2013
When you’re a child, summer is supposed to be all about fun. But isn’t it great when learning is incorporated into that fun, too. Lincoln Parish youth received those kinds of opportunities this weekend with a pair of free programs that combined fun...
07/14/2013
The House last week did something many thought could never happen; it passed a farm bill that stripped the food stamp provisions from the commodity titles. Voting along party lines the House approved the new farm bill by a vote of 216-208. No...
07/14/2013
The two “Burgs.” No, this is not a commentary on food. I’m referring to Gettysburg and Vicksburg. (I would have shared this last week but the tribute to our firefighters was more important.)
07/14/2013
This week, Major League Baseball’s All-Star game will be played at Citi Field in New York. If you’re a baseball fan, you’ll enjoy the annual gathering of the sport’s best players. And if you’re an investor, you may be able to take away some valuable...
07/14/2013
Question: How does a regular person make it these days? With everything costing so much, it is really so hard to save any money. Do only rich people get to retire one day? Answer: In addressing the answer to this question, last week I promised to...
07/14/2013
The days when an employee would spend his or her entire career with the same company appear to be all but gone. Nowadays, beyond simply changing jobs over the course of a career, many workers even take on an entirely new career before they finally...
07/13/2013
I cannot believe all that has happened this past week. I know I am always saying that, but starting with last Monday, this week really has been busy and unusual. Jonathan had some free time, so he set out to help me get a lot done. For anyone who is...
07/12/2013
With my husband being in law enforcement, I often hear about the odd instances that happen while he is at work or things that other deputies say. Just this week I was informed that one deputy my husband works with was saying he didn’t understand why...
07/11/2013
In Tuesday’s Daily Leader, there was a story about Mrs. Ruth Sanderson, an 85-year-old lady who went parasailing, on a flight that took 45 minutes beginning from 850 feet up. But that one time didn’t satisfy her, she wants to return next year, for a...