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December 27th

2014 HEART OF DALLAS BOWL PHOTO GALLERY

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Top left: Louisiana Tech team captains Houston Bates, Kenneth Dixon, Mitch Villamez and Hunter Lee (left to right) showed their solidarity to the field for the opening coin toss. Tech won the toss and deferred to the second half.
Top right: Tech junior running Kenneth Dixon (28) stiffarms a Fightin’ Illini player attempting to make a tackle en route to an 80-yard touchdown reception for the game’s opening score.
Middle left: A large contingent of Tech fans were on hand to cheer on the Bulldogs.

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Commending LPDC, LPSO for their hard work

It is only a matter of time before the Lincoln Parish Detention Center is in tip-top shape.
After two inmates escaped from the LPDC in September a state of emergency was issued for the fencing surrounding the facility.
Warden Jim Tuten approached the Lincoln Parish Police Jury to have funds approved for not one, but two fences.
The first being a 10-foot fence which would surround the designated trustee area, and would be equipped with razor wire, lights and cameras.

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Ruston beats the statistics

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Our newspaper has been filled to the brim with stories about how people have been giving back this season. So, when an email popped into by inbox about how Louisiana was the sixth least charitable state according to a recent study, I was a little flummoxed.

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PSC plans for the future

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Last month I was elected to a third term on the Public Service Commission representing PSC District 5, the North Louisiana seat. I thank all those who voted for me or otherwise supported my candidacy.

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Staying thankful for the New Year

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Let me say it: Happy New Year. This is not just a wish. Wishes are from humans and have little substance. We have in place a guarantee, even if we don’t see or feel something better in our meager terms.
You shall have a better New Year. It can start today. Just allowing past promises to happen eliminates “wishing.” Something “better” is right around the corner. Humans cannot “wish” into existence that which our Father has promised.

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Changing your asset allocation

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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 cash). The baskets can be further divided within each type of investment.

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Consider these New Year’s financial resolutions

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Now that 2015 is upon us, you may be thinking about making some New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps you’ll decide to take up a musical instrument, or hit the gym more often, or even learn a new language. All these are worthy goals, of course — but you could also gain some key benefits by working to achieve some financial resolutions.
Here are a few to consider:

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Healthier people will have higher lifetime medical costs

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Question: I am relatively young, healthy and I take very good care of myself. Yet I am in a group health insurance plan with lots of older people, many of whom do not appear to care about their health at all. Will my rates go down once some of these people retire?
Answer: I don’t think you’re going to like this answer.

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New Year’s resolution event at Gibson’s

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The public is invited to attend “New Year’s Resolutions Day” at Gibson’s Natural Grocer from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday as they host several local gyms and fitness clinics in Gibson’s Community Room.
Each will have a table providing information on their program so that you can easily shop around and ask questions to determine which is the best one to meet your 2015 health and fitness goals.
There will also be plenty of product samples from Gibson’s various vendors and a giveaway or two to boot.

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December 26th

Lasting peace in a chaotic time

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Christmas Day 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of an event known as “The Christmas Truce.”
The scene was described by a British soldier, Captain A. D. Chater, in a letter written to his mother. In his letter, Captain Chater shares something astonishing.

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