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11/30/2013
Question: A year ago, my husband and I sat down and set some financial goals. We wanted to get out of debt and start saving some money — neither of which we have ever done. A year later, we have not made any real progress. We have the income … we...
11/30/2013
Opening a savings account with your local bank may provide an easy way to put money away for safekeeping, but the thought of doing more can be tempting. While your money will earn a small rate of interest with a savings account, you may want to...
11/29/2013
Last month, I talked about how we all have patterns and habits in our lives that need healing. I talked about the revelation I had about the need to move out of God’s way, so God could change my life pattern of cramming too much into a small amount...
11/29/2013
I lost November instead of December this year. When I got sick in Ruston last year and missed Christmas, I swore that would never happen again, so guess I got a jump on it this year and spent November in the hospital, and now I’m out and ready for...
11/29/2013
The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is pleased to announce the exhibition of “Origins and Approaches,” new works by Father Frank Folino. In partnership with Crescent City Coffee, NCLAC presents quarterly art exhibitions that feature work by...
11/29/2013
While many people have been up-and-at-it since 6 p.m. last night, I have not. I am not one of those who thrives at the thought of shopping all night for a savings of 25 percent. I am, however, one of those people who is a firm believer in starting...
11/27/2013
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year …” This is probably the only Christmas carol I like to sing, and I sing it all throughout the year. Once we hit October, it’s almost like we are sprinting towards the finish line of a marathon. We give it...
11/27/2013
Never underestimate the power of a scarecrow. Especially not when it’s in the hands of Ruston’s District 5 Alderwoman Marie Riggs. Riggs represents probably the most culturally and ethnically diverse district in the city. District 5 is close to...
11/26/2013
What many regard as the nation’s first Thanksgiving took place in1621 as the religious separatist Pilgrims held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest. The day did not become a national holiday until 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln...
11/26/2013
There are certain things that people don’t tell you about growing up. Some of them you just have to figure out for yourself, and some are just things you wouldn’t believe anyway if someone tried to tell you. This time of year, when the newspaper...
11/25/2013
Earlier than ever, it seems, Christmas decorations are up and Christmas music is playing on the radio. Perhaps we are all ready for the special magic of this time of year. The sounds, smells and music; the excitement of family visits that only...
11/25/2013
The Boy Scouts of America motto says it best — “Be Prepared.” That’s something the Ruston Daily Leader believes, and as watchdogs for our community, something we strive to achieve. And that’s why you saw the story on the front page of Sunday’s Daily...
11/25/2013
After a record-setting, brief stay with a Top 25 ranking in 2012, it has been a difficult transition for Louisiana Tech University fans this season. So much that some fans in Tech Nation have been wanting to put Skip Holtz’ head on the chopping...
11/23/2013
Who are they? Thursday is our nationally recognized day of Thanksgiving. This particular Thanksgiving, I wish to offer and give a special thanks to a certain set of people. Clearly, I do not omit anyone or any group. Yet this year I had a deep and...
11/23/2013
Opening a savings account with your local bank may provide an easy way to put money away for safekeeping, but the thought of doing more can be tempting. While your money will earn a small rate of interest with a savings account, you may want to...
11/23/2013
Thanksgiving is almost here. If you have the financial resources to provide a comfortable life for your family, you have reason to be thankful. And if you can afford to share some of your “bounty” with charitable organizations, you may want to be as...
11/23/2013
Question: A year ago, my husband and I sat down and set some financial goals. We wanted to get out of debt and start saving some money — neither of which we have ever done. A year later, we have not made any real progress. We have the income ... we...
11/22/2013
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.
11/22/2013
Everyday we go through the motions of getting ready for work or school just to get on with our normal day-to-day routine. Most of us get in our vehicles to make the trek to work and whether the drive is only a couple minutes or for a full hour, we...
11/22/2013
The North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s 16th Annual Holiday Arts Tour began last night, with evening shopping hours in conjunction with Main Street Christmas Open House. The Tour continues today, from 4-8 p.m., with 30 plus visual artists on site...