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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...
11/21/2013
The season has fallen upon us, and with it comes something that is precious and valuable to the people of North Louisiana — hunting. During this time of year, the brisk, bright mornings mean the sound of guns shooting and dogs barking — deer steak...
11/19/2013
The holiday season is a time for celebrating with friends and family. Don’t let your holiday be a time to remember because of a foodborne illness. To keep your holiday safe follow these four simple steps. • Clean and wash hands and surfaces often....
11/19/2013
Earlier this month, the Lincoln Parish School Board was faced with a historic decision — to charter or not to charter. In October, the LPSB received their first ever charter school application. Since they’d never dealt with one, they had to do a bit...
11/18/2013
It looks like tonight’s the night a deal might be struck between the Lincoln Parish Police Jury and Lincoln Union District Atttorney’s Office. The Lincoln Parish Police Jury has called a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. tonight to finalize and adopt...
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...