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11/17/2013
Best ever? That’s what I was pondering during last weekend’s Louisiana Tech-Southern Mississippi football game at Joe Aillet Stadium. At halftime, members of the 1973 team were introduced for that outstanding season. And what a season it was. In...
11/16/2013
Look in my high school senior yearbook under the Class Favorites picture and you will find the following caption among comments about me: “Cathi Cox’s greatest wish is to meet Elvis.”
11/16/2013
Delores Sampey, registered nurse who works at Specialty Hospital in Winnfield, is part of a hunting family. Her husband, her son, daughter and son-in-law all hunt. In fact, her husband, Dwaine, was on a hunting trip in Kansas and son Nicholas was...
11/16/2013
Question: I don’t want to take risks with my money, but my brother keeps telling me that the stock market is the best way to go long-term. But I have seen what the stock market has done over the last ten years and I don’t like it. Why should someone...
11/16/2013
If you own a small business, there are many retirement plan alternatives available to help you and your eligible employees with retirement planning. For most closely-held business owners, a Simplified Employee Pension Individual Retirement Account (...
11/16/2013
These days, you can go online and invest, for modest fees. You can also visit various websites for research and watch numerous cable shows for investment recommendations. So, why shouldn’t you be a “do-it-yourself” investor rather than work with a...
11/15/2013
This week has been fairly chaotic for us here in the newsroom of the Daily Leader. The holidays are officially upon us, and with that comes various special editions that we must write stories for and put together. But while our current special...
11/15/2013
On Sunday night Elisha Ministries Inc. hosted their 10th anniversary with the theme “Greater is Coming.” Guest speaker, recording artist and evangelist was Jekalyn Carr. Carr is a 16 year-old from West Memphis, Ark. Her passion for singing began at...
11/14/2013
A couple of weeks ago, while watching television a commercial came on from American Express. I thought it was a typical “pre-Christmas” push to get people to apply for credit cards and shop ‘till they drop during the holiday season. I will admit,...
11/13/2013
A couple of weeks ago on Halloween night, a zombie wobbled up the road and ran headlong into a miniature witch, a princess, a pint-sized pirate and a toddling red crayon. The next day they all hung Christmas decorations. Well, maybe not literally....
11/12/2013
When it comes to fall lawn care chores, are there some chores that you just can’t stand? I, personally, enjoy working outside. Raking leaves, planting annual color, planting cool-season bulbs that will bloom in the spring, and preparing the lawn for...
11/12/2013
During my time at the Ruston Daily Leader, I have written a lot about helping out various nonprofit organizations. Throughout the year, various organizations host events to raise funds and awareness for a number of different causes. I’ve personally...
11/11/2013
Like father, like son. Legendary Grambling State University football coach Eddie Robinson Sr. was a hero to many people over the eyes. Now his son, the late Eddie Robinson Jr., who spent years playing for and then coaching alongside his father, can...
11/10/2013
Maybe I’ll quit pinching myself a few weeks from now. Saturday was a special day in my journalistic life, being fortunate enough to be one of the 2013 inductees into the Louisiana Tech University Athletics Hall of Fame. I still find it hard to...
11/10/2013
At various times, many people may feel frustrated by the performance of their investments. For example, they expect growth, and they don’t get it — or they think the value of their investment won’t fluctuate much, but it does. However, some of this...
11/10/2013
Question: I know the stock market is getting on up there. I can remember when my 401K got whacked on the stuff I thought was supposed to be safe several years ago. I may have been in stuff that was too aggressive. I don’t think I have the stomach...
11/10/2013
Asset allocation is a time-tested strategy that can help take the guesswork out of choosing investments for your portfolio. Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket, you spread your eggs (dollars) among a variety of baskets (stocks, bonds and...
11/08/2013
My husband, Michael, sometimes playfully says that I run on “Cathy Time” in which he thinks I am not fully aware of the clock, of time ticking away. Oftentimes I have to rush in order to be early and on time — on the other hand — I am simply late....
11/08/2013
I have some biggies coming up — so glad to be well, so I don’t have to miss anything. This Saturday and Sunday, we at Meadows Baptist Church are in “high cotton.” We are celebrating 50 years since this church was established. That is not old, as...
11/08/2013
Here is a small history lesson for you: • 1948 — Law passed making women a permanent part of the U.S. military services. • 1975 — The Air Force puts the first woman on operational crew status. • 1976 — The first group of women enters the U.S....