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12/07/2017
Almost every Grambling City Council meeting, Grambling Police Chief Tommy Clark sounds like a broken record. “Please remember to lock your vehicles,” says Clark with a sense of fatigue from repetition. “If you don’t lock your cars, things get stolen...
12/06/2017
Santa Claus makes me tired. It isn’t enough he’s been hanging out among the pumpkins and a couple of frazzled-looking, musket-toting Pilgrims standing guard at the local big-box discount store since Labor Day. Now, the Jolly Old Elf and his eight...
12/05/2017
Wow. I really feel loved when I go into our school garden schools. Students are so excited; they shout “It is garden day.” For the past six years students at Cypress Springs Elementary have participated in gardening. Cypress Springs was the first...
12/04/2017
Dairymen are different. I know this because I grew up a block away from Buster Delony’s dairy, manure and mosquito farm — and plus my father-in-law was one.
12/03/2017
Question: My mother’s friend is trying to get her into some business deal. I think it has to do with selling something, and she’s got mom convinced that she’s going to get rich by just making a few phone calls to friends and neighbors. She’s...
12/03/2017
Only you can decide if claiming Social Security at age 62 or waiting to claim later makes more sense. Lifestyle and philanthropic intentions, marital and employment status, and gender are all factors. When do you claim? If you’re in a position to...
12/03/2017
Some people dream of retiring early. Are you one of them? If so, you’ll need to plan ahead — because a successful early retirement can’t be achieved through last-minute moves. So, if you’re determined to retire early, consider taking the following...
12/02/2017
Where do we go from here? Like it or not, it looks like North Korea has become a nuclear power after last week’s successful missile launch flew in a trajectory long enough to show that it could reach the East Coast of the United States. The good...
12/01/2017
Though they’re the couple that conceived me, I was raised by grandparents. I’ll explain.
12/01/2017
If you are looking to get into the Christmas spirit, I know where you can find it — the Dixie Center for the Arts. The Ruston Community Theatre held their opening night of “A Christmas Carol” Thursday evening, and I have to say that I was impressed...
11/30/2017
Travis Napper, Ruston Lincoln Convention and Visitor’s Bureau president, hit the proverbial nail on the head. “Ruston is much different than it was 15, 10, five, even three years ago,” said Napper, who has been living in Ruston 15 years. While there...
11/29/2017
Sales tax figures can be a bit illusive. Take for instance, the individual business classifications that sometimes show an 80, 100 or even 1,000-plus percent jump over the previous reporting period. While the increases leave the entities receiving a...
11/28/2017
While I still find myself somewhere between the fog of too much turkey and dressing and the barrage of Christmas decorations and wrapping paper, one thing is for sure — my heart is still filled with a sense of profound gratitude and unmistakable joy...
11/28/2017
4-H is continually adding new projects and events that appeal to and benefit the youth of this generation. 4-H offers projects and events in the areas of robotics, outdoor skills and public speaking. These are just a few of the more than 50 project...
11/27/2017
I must admit: I cringed when I saw the glut of Christmas decorations and paraphernalia in the big box stores before Halloween. I winced when I witnessed the Hershey’s Holiday Bells ringing several weeks ago on their seasonal commercial. (But that...
11/25/2017
Ever heard of a “lef’forme?” For ease, a “lefforme.” Yes, you have. You’ve even said it, not knowing its spelling. Before the explanation of “lefforme,” I trust you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, the oldest accepted holiday in our nation’s history...
11/25/2017
The news of the death of Charles Manson reverberated across the nation last week, including Louisiana, where the facts surrounding his passing can be tied directly into recent news in the Bayou State.
11/25/2017
To help achieve your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you should save and invest regularly. But that’s only part of the picture. You also need to protect your financial assets in various ways. One such method is guarding your...
11/25/2017
Question: Why do all the investment commercials say that past performance is no indication of future performance (or something like that)? That doesn’t make sense to me. Real life isn’t like that — in my business; you’re evaluated on results....
11/25/2017
Periodically reviewing your investments to ensure they are on the right track is an important and meaningful measure in working toward your financial goals. Here is a simple but valuable way to get more from your investment strategy. When your next...