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12/07/2015
I love new experiences, although that’s been known to get me in trouble sometimes. We won’t talk about the time last year when I decided to join my 15 year old on an amusement park ride and spent five minutes with my eyes closed, holding on for dear...
12/07/2015
That regular season finale for Louisiana Tech University’s football team would be best to file under the “most forgettable losses” folder. A 58-24 loss to newly crowned Conference USA Western Division champ Southern Mississippi has a way of doing...
12/05/2015
Question: I have always been fairly aggressive in my investments, as well as the rest of my financial life. As I get older, however, I find myself worrying more and more about these things. I know that’s natural, but is it financially healthy?...
12/05/2015
More Americans are facing rising caregiver costs. The financial challenge of caring for an aging parent can also create caregiver stress. Don’t allow caring for an aging parent or spouse to become a crisis. Nearly 10 million adults over the age of...
12/05/2015
Who knows where the time goes? Although 2015 is almost in the books, you can still make some year-end investment and financial moves that may help you get off to a good start in 2016. Here are a few suggestions: • Boost your 401(k) contributions....
12/05/2015
In light of the San Bernardino, California, shooting earlier this week I have felt the overwhelming need to talk about gun control, but not in the same context as the mass media has. We can look at this shooting, or we can look at the numerous that...
12/05/2015
In reading reviews of Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur,” I’ve noticed a lot of critics making fun of the film’s title. Some are calling it “The Bad Dinosaur.” Most recognize that it deserves better and call it “The Mediocre Dinosaur” or something...
12/04/2015
Today marks the beginning of this year’s Holiday Arts Tour. Hopefully this is no surprise to anyone in Lincoln Parish, as we’ve been shouting it from the rooftops for a while now. However, I want to make sure everyone is aware of the special...
12/04/2015
With Christmas quickly approaching, people begin to ask the age-old question of “What do I get (insert name) for Christmas?” Quickly followed by the second question, “How much is it going to cost?” When the answers don’t automatically come to mind,...
12/03/2015
I never attended Grambling State University; however, it doesn’t take an alum to understand the historic importance the Bayou Classic has to both GSU and Southern University. I can only assume that most Historically Black Colleges and Universities...
12/02/2015
The governor’s race is over. No, not the one in which voters elected John Bel Edwards as the state’s next chief executive, though that one is over, too. Finally, so is lame-duck Gov. Bobby Jindal’s run for the GOP presidential nomination. “I’ve...
11/30/2015
Be careful, terrorist wannabes, Santa Claus is watching you, too. Over recent days multiple states were hit with a rash of bomb threats called in to Walmart locations, including the one here in Ruston, which was temporarily evacuated and searched...
11/30/2015
This week DART concluded our 2015 Men Standing Strong campaign, with 11 teams and a total of 193 men. Throughout this project, I have been impressed with the ways in which these good men have stepped up to take a public stand against domestic...
11/29/2015
Two consecutive seasons of eight or more wins, bowl eligibility and in the chase for a conference divisional crown, a postseason victory, Top 50 national poll rankings, one of the nation’s most prolific offenses and fan interest at an all-time...
11/28/2015
When we arrived at my parents’ home on Thanksgiving morning, I immediately noticed something was a little off. My dad was sitting in his normal spot, however this time he seemed to be hiding something under the blanket on his chest. To my surprise...
11/28/2015
I’m probably going to upset the apple cart with this, but I’m not much of an “Oprah disciple.” Then again, I’m just not much for TV talk show hosts. Maybe it’s all gotten a little too sensational for me. Whatever the case, I tend to shy away from...
11/28/2015
It’s challenging sometimes to enjoy the moment and think of others. The other day I was in a terrible setting. It was Black Friday. Shortly before midnight on that chilly night, all bundled up with credit cards up to date, the crowd was starting the...
11/28/2015
Question: I am young and just starting out. I know it is important to save money, but how much? And where do I save it? Can you give me some guidelines? Answer: Just a few years ago my oldest son recently graduated from college. I remember my wife...
11/28/2015
If you’ve ever attended a surprise party you know there’s a certain order to it. It typically starts when the door opens and everyone yells “Surprise!” at the unsuspecting honoree. The November budget compromise between Congress and the President...
11/28/2015
It’s certainly the season for giving — and when you make charitable gifts, you can both give and receive. To get the most out of your gifts, your first step is to make sure you are giving to a worthy charity. That means you’ll need to ask some...