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07/03/2017
This is no lawyer joke. When people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would tell them I wanted to be an attorney. As a kid, I watched Perry Mason on our black-and-white TV and loved it when, always near the end of the show,...
07/01/2017
Out on our deck one night earlier this week, I saw the blinking of a lightning bug flittering across our backyard, and it got me thinking of days from my youth. There weren’t that many fireflies (I call them by both those names) where I grew up in...
07/01/2017
No matter your age or your approach to investing, there is one kind of investment that may be considered for your portfolio: dividend-paying stocks. That’s the opinion of Scott Wren, managing director and senior global equity strategist for Wells...
07/01/2017
Question: I met with a financial planner and we did a workup on what it will take for me to retire one day. It was sobering. In order for me to save enough money to do what we want to do, we’re going to have to make some lifestyle changes. My wife...
07/01/2017
We’re getting close to the Fourth of July, when we celebrate the freedoms we enjoy in this country. The U.S. constitution grants us many of these liberties, but we have to earn others — such as our financial freedom. What steps can you take to...
06/30/2017
Technology is alternately amazing and a curse on society. As it expands, it seems social media is making people much less social. And less civil also. Through a keyboard and a web of wires — and wirelessly — people say all manner of things they...
06/30/2017
During the summer months, students tend to lose a bit of the lessons they learned during the school year. In fact, according to greatschools.org, “Teachers spend an average of four to eight weeks every fall reviewing and reteaching material that...
06/29/2017
Earnest Miles III always loved two things: puzzles and science. The Grambling native, who graduated from Ruston High School and Louisiana Tech University, tells a charming, yet hilarious, story about the first moment he realized he loved science and...
06/28/2017
Here’s an absolute fact: Scientists disagree on global warming. Some say it’s real. Some say it isn’t. Others say the jury’s still out. The dictionary defines global warming as “an increase in the earth’s average atmospheric temperature that causes...
06/27/2017
Have you ever thought about becoming a Master Gardener? Maybe you aren’t even sure what a Master Gardener is. Here is my own definition: A Master Gardener is someone who loves nature, flowers, gardens, trees, fresh vegetables and has tons of fun...
06/26/2017
Wednesday marked the official beginning of summer, so in the spirit of the season, I thought I’d offer a bit of advice as you’re probably spending more time in the great outdoors these days. If you’re wondering how much daylight you’ve got left to...
06/26/2017
The Louisiana coast is a magical landscape. It is home to thousands of different species, including wildlife and vegetation. The Louisiana coastline consists of barrier islands, marshes and swamps stretching along the entire Gulf Coast of the state...
06/26/2017
Thanks to a forward-thinking “game plan” engineered by Rick Gallot and Paul Bryant, the Grambling State University athletics’ department has now entered a new and exciting era. The aforementioned names, of course, belong to President Gallot and...
06/24/2017
In earlier time, some biblical scholars used to live in the quiet world of quiet solitude. Perhaps this was a way of living in peace. One thing for sure, if things got a little bumpy with these folks, they generally had few to “blame,” a word I...
06/24/2017
For Louisiana universities like Louisiana Tech and Grambling State, a battle was won last week as state legislators passed a budget that for the first time in nearly decade during cut funding to higher education while also including full funding for...
06/24/2017
A cornucopia of items, observations and other thoughts from the sports world: • It’s not often NFL executives exhibit the giddiness of a pre-teen when doing a post-draft evaluation of its latest acquisitions. But such doesn’t apply to sixth-round...
06/23/2017
As illustrated time and again in this space, I’m real simple minded. Probably like all children, I loved “Connect the Dots” puzzles. Start at 1, then 2, etc., until you reach the end. It may turn into a flower or a butterfly. Regardless, it was...
06/23/2017
It seems Tropical Depression Cindy will put a major damper on the 67th annual Louisiana Peach Festival. According to the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, all Louisiana Peach Festival activities scheduled for this afternoon have been cancelled and...
06/22/2017
Lincoln Parish schools Superintendent Mike Milstead hit the mark when he said, “We no longer live in an agrarian society.” In other words, communities no longer depend on the whole family to farm during the summer, which means students no longer...
06/21/2017
State and national resources can provide a wealth of information about mental health issues. NAMI Ruston has compiled a list of some of these health resources. State resources NAMI Louisiana, Baton Rouge (225) 291-6262, www.namilouisiana.org...