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01/05/2018
Got a call Wednesday afternoon from my son Joshua. Heard his mom in the background ordering a Big Mac. No big whoop, right? Wrong. Very, VERY big whoop. Like every morning for the past 5.5 years, Joshua woke up Wednesday in custody of the state of...
01/05/2018
In my high school, we held regular prayer sessions — student guided, of course — and were open with our religious club meetings. This was normal in my school of 350 students. It was only when I was older that I learned that there was confusion in...
01/04/2018
From the beginning, the Teach 1 to Lead 1 program had all the right tools to become successful in Lincoln Parish. Former and current educators loved the idea, the 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s office supported it and even community stakeholders...
01/03/2018
It’s election year in the city of Ruston. Four years ago this coming November, then-Lincoln Parish Police Juror Ronny Walker was elected the town’s 20th mayor, and voters dumped three of the five incumbent aldermen. Two went down in primary; the...
12/30/2017
Carousing through a pile of sports notes that have accumulated during the holiday season. • Five good reasons for Louisiana Tech University fans to be giddy about the 2018 football season: 1: If a 51-10 whitewash of SMU doesn’t get you excited about...
12/30/2017
Question: As I look ahead to 2018, what kinds of realistic financial resolutions can a regular person make? Answer: Only the ones you can keep. All the rest are just dreamy discouragement. Most of the financial resolutions I’ve ever seen can be...
12/30/2017
Your parents and grandparents may have known better about lots of things when you were younger. But you probably shouldn’t be following their example when it comes to managing your money in retirement. “Most retirement income for (our) parents’ and...
12/30/2017
With the arrival of the New Year, many of us will pause and ponder the age-old question: “Who knows where the time goes?” And, as is always the case, none of us really do know. However, wherever the time goes, it will usually be a key factor in your...
12/30/2017
Writing this late Christmas morning, this eventful day so far has been “uneventful.” By that I mean nothing terribly unusual has occurred. I hope that I have not spoken too soon. I hope each of you has had a marvelous holiday season. Ours has been...
12/30/2017
As we head into 2018, there’s a mixed bag of both good and bad when it comes to looking at the state of Louisiana’s financial situation. The good news is that the state has a surplus of funds from last year and appears it will avoid a midyear...
12/28/2017
Good riddance, 2017. Hello, 2018. Starting a new year feels extraordinarily relieving this go around especially after the year almost everyone went through in 2017. Without harping too much on the negatives and anxieties, here are a few of the...
12/27/2017
On the Friday before Y2K — it just happened to be New Year’s Eve — we double backed up all our news stories, printed out the Daily Leader’s circulation records, and made sure we put gasoline in our cars and a little money in our pockets just in case...
12/26/2017
It’s Dec. 26, the day after Christmas. I’m sure most folks awoke this morning recovering from a fog of unbridled noise, exploding wrapping paper, piles of food, the swarm of family and a breakneck pace that had been building for weeks. For them,...
12/26/2017
Lincoln Parish 4-H held the Annual Lincoln Parish 4-H Cooking Contest on Dec. 2 at Tractor Supply of Ruston. 4-H members from throughout Lincoln Parish had the opportunity to enter the Cooking Contest. The contest offered five categories that...
12/23/2017
I got an early Christmas gift Thursday afternoon, one I’m not feeling too good about. Literally not feeling good about. As Thursday afternoon dragged on I felt, and my cough became, worse and worse. I had planned to go to the Lady Techsters vs....
12/23/2017
Merry Christmas! Tomorrow is “the day.” The last couple of times, challenges were issued to myself and others about how we might cause tomorrow, and for that matter, the balance of the holiday season, to make the celebration most meaningful to many.
12/23/2017
Question: My sister stole (she would say borrowed) some money from my parents years ago and never mentioned it again. She never paid it back. It wasn’t much, but it was the principle. My parents are now aging and they have asked me to be the...
12/23/2017
We’ve reached the end of another year — which means it’s just about time for some New Year’s resolutions. Would you like to study a new language, take up a musical instrument or visit the gym more often? All these are worthy goals, of course, but...
12/23/2017
When erroneous rumors of his demise reached Mark Twain, he famously responded, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” Similarly, the estate tax’s impending death is often reported, but unless Congress acts, it’s still alive — at least for now.
12/23/2017
There is something special about the music of this season. The songs of Christmas are heard nearly everywhere — radio stations, shopping malls, concert halls, and sanctuaries. While secular songs such as “Jingle Bells” and “Have a Holly Jolly...