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Columns

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...
11/28/2015
Time really is flying, folks, and I don’t think it is altogether because I am so cotton pickin’ old.
11/27/2015
For Lincoln Parish college football fans, it couldn’t be scripted any better. It’s all on the line for Grambling State and Louisiana Tech over the next two weekends as rivalry wekend strikes. And it will all be nationally televised. For the Bulldogs...
11/27/2015
Ruston Community Theatre is kicking off the holiday season with the timeless classic “A Christmas Story,” sponsored by Lynne Gnemi of Gnemi Financial Strategies. Adapted for stage by Philip Grecian, the play is based on the hit 1983 movie which...
11/27/2015
In the last week, you have seen many articles, columns and editorials about being thankful during the holiday season. So many, in fact, you may be thankful they will soon be teetering off, to resurface next year. But, last weekend my holiday spirit...
11/26/2015
Lincoln Parish holds many attractions for every person in the family. The parish has Grambling’s Eddie Robinson Museum, for the sports lover, downtown Ruston, for the shopping lover, and Dubach’s Chicken Festival, for the — well — chicken lover....
11/25/2015
Today is Thanksgiving Eve. What, you’re stocking’s not hung by the chimney with care? There’s no mistletoe in the hallway? Well, surely the tree is decorated and the giant inflatable snowman, waving in the front yard. Yep, today is Thanksgiving Eve...
11/24/2015
There are many positive character traits that as a parent I want to instill in my children: “Love God,” “Respect your Mom and Dad,” and “Don’t punch your sister.” It would be hard to argue that those would be bad things to teach your children. One...
11/23/2015
It’s that time of year where we’re reminded to think about all the things we should be thankful for and grateful about as much into the “most wonderful time of the year” — the holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. So I’d like to...
11/23/2015
Louisiana Tech University’s baseball program has had a connection of Royal-ty with the 2015 World Series’ championship organization through the years. Since Major League Baseball began staging its annual draft in 1966, seven players from the...
11/23/2015
In one short week, the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team has experienced an incredible amount of partnership and support from Louisiana Tech University. I don’t know about you, but when I was in college, my focus was on the insulated world of my...
11/22/2015
In January 2014 the estimated number of homeless veterans in the United States totaled almost 50,000. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, on a single night in January 2014, 578,424 people were experiencing homelessness — meaning...
11/21/2015
Question: I let some guy talk me into taking some of my money out of the bank and putting it in his investment program. I have not really kept up with how it’s done. I’m not really sure what I have or if this guy is on the up and up. Suggestions?...
11/21/2015
The debt dilemma The process for eliminating debt is anything but an easy-to-solve financial equation. Many people wonder if they should pay off their debt as quickly as possible or invest their money, letting debt payments run their course. The...
11/21/2015
When will the Federal Reserve raise interest rates? This question has been on the minds of economists and financial market prognosticators for quite some time now. But what does it mean to you, as an individual investor?
11/21/2015
Wow! That was in the title spot in the Upper Room I was just perusing from cover to cover. I was like a child who had just received a favorite candy bar. The November copy had just arrived in the mail from Shirley Barron. And she always adds a...
11/20/2015
With the addition of two new health food stores in Ruston, life got just a little bit easier. For those who don’t know us, several years ago, my husband was told to go on a gluten-free, dairy-free dish due to increasing health issues. At the time, I...