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01/05/2014
A sports fan in Lincoln Parish would have been best to keep a scorecard handy during 2013. Not for keeping up with the players, but for administrative changes. This was one the busiest seasons ever for such transactions. Start with Louisiana Tech...
01/05/2014
In the Jan. 1 edition, we published a story focused on helping residents get out of debt. While I had the ear of local financial professionals, I also asked about the other hot topic when it comes to personal finances — savings. Despite seeing an...
01/05/2014
A new year is now beginning to settle into our minds as we date those checks, letters, memos, and other such documents that we are so accustomed to handling on an almost daily basis. As 2013 begins to gradually fade we anticipate new beginnings...
01/05/2014
When you start out in your career, you’re probably not thinking much about retirement. At this point, your picture of a “retirement lifestyle” may be, at best, hazy, hidden as it is behind a veil of experiences you’ve yet to encounter. But as you...
01/05/2014
Question: My husband and I had simple wills drafted 20 years ago, where we leave everything to each other. We just want everything to go to our kids when we’re gone. Do we need to have somebody look at our wills if that’s all we want to do? Answer:...
01/05/2014
If the prospect of asking your aging parents about the way they handle their household finances — or how they’d feel about moving to a nursing home — fills you with apprehension, you are not alone. However, it’s the kind of conversation you can’t...
01/03/2014
OK folks. We’re beginning a brand new chapter in our lives — a chance to do many things different; yet, still not forget all the years we’ve already spent. Monday is very special to me. Oddly enough on Jan. 6, all those years ago, my dad was laid to...
01/03/2014
I grew up in the Texas Panhandle where there are not many trees, much less fruit trees. I am often intrigued at watching a tree bear its fruit and having the opportunity to witness its growth from the beginning tiny flowering buds all the way to the...
01/03/2014
Every few days, Asher and I go for a walk around our neighborhood and visit with the animals at the top of the hill, as well as the immediate neighbors we have adopted as grandparents. When we visit them we always discuss a variety of topics, but...
01/03/2014
It’s time to kick off New Year’s resolutions and start 2014 off right. As people are putting their resolutions into play there are quite a few that are among the most popular every year. According to usa.gov, the most popular New Year’s resolutions...
01/01/2014
Today is New Year’s Day. For most people that means food, football and maybe a few well-intended resolutions. But for local political junkies, today begins the official countdown to the 2014 election season. And what a year it’s shaping up to be....
12/31/2013
Lincoln Parish 4-H held the Annual Lincoln Parish 4-H Cooking Contest on Dec. 7 at Tractor Supply of Ruston. 4-H members from throughout Lincoln Parish had the opportunity to enter the Cooking Contest. The contest offered five divisions that...
12/30/2013
During the past two weeks, I have seen Christmas Spirit poured out on DART from all over this community. I have watched as so many different people and groups stepped out to support families they had never even met before. The Lady Techsters...
12/28/2013
So much for not being drafted high. Or, for that matter, being drafted at all. Jordan Mills and Ryan Allen are only a year removed from their careers at Louisiana Tech University, yet have become valuable members of their NFL franchises. Mills, a 6-...
12/28/2013
Question: Looking back at 2013, I think I spent most of the year waiting for the other shoe to drop. And it never happened. I’m not sure whether or not to think things are fine again, or whether that other shoe will drop early in 2014. What are the...
12/28/2013
Crises that buffet the financial markets have become commonplace in recent years: 2008’s banking crisis, the housing market implosion, credit woes at home and abroad, currency fluctuations, natural disasters. As a result, stock prices have been...
12/28/2013
­­­­Now that another year is ending, it’s a good time to take stock of where you are on your journey toward financial security. Of course, you could find many different “measuring sticks” to assess your progress, but you can certainly gain...
12/28/2013
Some of us — myself included — get up each morning, go to work, eat dinner, go to sleep and start again. Many of us get so caught up in the business of living that we forget about the art. Instead of working so we can live (a necessary thing in...
12/28/2013
We call it the “season to be jolly” in one of our holiday songs, but maybe it was also a season of expansion. “Expansions” can be positive or negative. Perhaps you can relate to some of these post-holiday thoughts and garner a smile. On the “good”...
12/28/2013
I didn’t actually write about Christmas last week, because my plans were so up in the air. My earlier plans got changed because baby Sydney and her mom Susan got really sick. Since I was recently out of the hospital with bronchitis I wasn’t too sure...