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01/14/2017
The death of a husband or wife can be an overwhelming experience, compounded by the financial matters you need to consider during this emotional time. Here are three tips to help you through the process: Seek help from trusted sources Locating and...
01/14/2017
Question: I have taken my car in for several repairs in the last couple of months. I assume I’ll need to replace it soon. I might have enough money to pay cash for the next car, but money is tight. Should I try for one of those zero percent finance...
01/14/2017
As we get older, the end of another year takes on greater meaning, in many ways, than it did when we were young. And if you’re a certain age, Dec. 31 has a very specific meaning in terms of your finances, because it’s the deadline for withdrawing...
01/13/2017
I have come to the conclusion that today’s society is largely centered around a YOLO, or “you only live once,” mentality. There is no denying that many college students, myself included, find themselves believing that they will be young forever, so...
01/13/2017
When I was a toddler, I was terrified of dogs. Where my parents live — where I grew up — is on the edge of Toledo Bend Lake, and any loud noises from across the lake would echo even louder on our side. So, when the coyotes got the dogs on that side...
01/12/2017
When one walks through the classrooms of Lincoln Parish schools, they will see plenty of learning going on. Students give full attention, and are taught by educators who truly treat their students as one of their own. The Lincoln Parish school...
01/11/2017
Every time I walk down the hallway in my house, I see my great-grandfather. His portrait hangs there, painted by his son, my grandfather. I don’t know much about John Allen Hearn; he was born on March 12, 1839, in Arkansas. Somewhere along the way...
01/10/2017
Every summer I receive more phone calls about lawn burweed or sticker weed than any other lawn problem that we have. During the summer is when the stickers show up. The stickers are the seeds that the plant produces to get next year’s crop in the...
01/09/2017
What do Timothy Sweet, Lukas Vorsteveld, and Frank Andrew Hoover have in common? Despite Timothy’s last name, none of these men can be classified as sweet. They have all been arrested for stalking country/pop singer Taylor Swift. In 2011, 39-year-...
01/09/2017
In my high school English classes, one of our teachers routinely read aloud to us. I remember our being captivated — even the high school football players — by the voice of Mary Louise Johnston as she recounted the experiences of Pip and Miss...
01/08/2017
Some things I would like to see happen in the sports world in 2017: RETIRE FRED’S TECH JERSEY: It’s time to retire another Louisiana Tech University football jersey number. There’s been two such retirements: Terry Bradshaw’s No. 13 and William...
01/08/2017
I am proudly a southern man, no doubt about it. Ruston is more than far enough north for this New Orleans native, and Friday’s weather firmly reminded me of that fact.
01/08/2017
Your favorite sport? Maybe reading? Football season is still ongoing. Basketball is just cranking into high gear. Spring training is right around the corner. Don’t feel constrained. All the while, entertainment is not limited to wins and losses....
01/06/2017
What better way to kick off the new year than with an exciting night of iconic musicals and famous operas? Louisiana Tech University’s Department of Theatre is singing its way into 2017 with their first production of winter quarter: “Love … and...
01/06/2017
With the ringing in of the new year, everyone seems to be looking for a way to be more of themselves. Some people are beginning new exercise regiments, while others are making a pledge to spend more time with their families. Either way, people are...
01/05/2017
I could go on about how awful 2016 was, but I refuse to. That statement has become cliché. I’d rather spend time on something entirely different. I took a step back and journeyed through my year in 2016 and realized how much I could learn from 2016’...
01/04/2017
Even before Mayor Ronny Walker settled into City Hall, he was dealing with utility issues. On Dec. 13, 2014, about three weeks before Walker took office, the city’s computer systems crashed, causing the loss of about six weeks of utility billing...
01/03/2017
Each year I end the year challenging myself to discover new opportunities for the upcoming year. As the coordinator of the agritourism program at the LSU AgCenter I’m uniquely positioned to assist people who own land they are currently farming or...
01/01/2017
It all makes sense: starting anew in January to create a better version of yourself. It’s what New Year’s Resolutions are all about. But by Day 3 of the New Year, most of us are already making adjustments to those resolutions. And by Day 8, most of...
01/01/2017
Happy 2017! Just saying ‘2017’ seems unreal. In three more years we will close the second decade of the 21st Century, I will be halfway through my sixth decade on this planet plus closing in on a 40-year career. Time is flying and nothing seems to...