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12/20/2014
When I first got my driver’s license at 16, I immediately had them put the little heart that indicates my desire to be an organ donor. I’ve always thought that if I’ve passed away, and they can use my organs to save someone else’s life, I’d be glad...
12/20/2014
During the holiday season, you no doubt have a lot going on in your life — work functions, gatherings with friends and neighbors, tracking down the elusive “perfect gift,” etc. But you may find it valuable to add one more event to your calendar: a...
12/20/2014
Question: What exactly is an estate plan? I hear people talking about them, but I am not sure what one is exactly. Where do you get one? Who does that for you? Answer: Even though you are not sure what an estate plan is, I’ve got news for you: you’...
12/20/2014
Millions of Americans choose to “give back” to their communities by making donations to their favorite charities each year. In fact, according to the Giving USA Foundation and Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University, charitable contributions...
12/19/2014
This has been one of the busiest number of days I’ve had in a row for a while, but one day turned out to be more than I had anticipated. I woke up early expecting rain, but of course it was still and almost sunny, so I was rushing around trying to...
12/19/2014
I recently read a Facebook post that brought serious insight. It stated, “Just a reminder to all you parents out there to be modest with your gifts from Santa. Not all parents have ton of cash to spend on making their kids’ Christmas special, so it...
12/18/2014
Four years ago, I arrived on Louisiana Tech University’s campus by way of New Orleans to start my collegiate career. I was young, ambitious and had recently made a bad decision to highlight my hair blonde as if I was part of some 90s boy band....
12/17/2014
Don’t look now, but election season is just around the proverbial corner. Yep, the books have just closed on the 2014 runoffs, but 2015 portends to be politically active, too. That’s the year we elect parish police jurors, sheriff, clerk of court,...
12/16/2014
Lincoln Parish 4-H held the Annual Lincoln Parish 4-H Cooking Contest on Dec. 6 at Tractor Supply of Ruston. 4-H members from throughout Lincoln Parish had the opportunity to enter the cooking contest. The contest offered six categories that...
12/15/2014
Driving through Ruston recently, I admired the vivid Christmas decorations and shimmering lights downtown. Our whole city glows with color. The Civic Center is majestic in its red and white outline, and I love the illuminated silhouette of the squad...
12/15/2014
Colors of the Christmas season can be seen all over Ruston, with much of the credit due to Louisiana Tech University’s Agriculture Department. Every year, Tech Farm sells poinsettias and Christmas cacti of all shapes and sizes with proceeds going to...
12/13/2014
Cleaning off the notepad with some leftover notes, quotes and observations from the sports world: • For Tech Nation, this couldn’t have worked out any better. The Bulldogs — Conference USA West Division champs and league runner-up — have a...
12/13/2014
Editor’ Note: An excerpt from the Bethlehem Bugler newspaper; author Josephus Printus. Dec. 18, 2 B.C. Today was just another routine day except for heavy traffic. The weather was mild; crowds were growing. I saw a young traveling couple and asked...
12/13/2014
I’m not going to lie, it’s starting to get a little scary out there. When I first took on this healthy lifestyle, I was excited at the concept that one of the benefits of frequent exercise is a healthier immune system. It’s a pretty well-known and...
12/13/2014
Santa has come early for me this year. And while not what you would expect, the gift that has arrived is something that I value in so many ways.
12/13/2014
Warren Buffet, the “Oracle from Omaha,” is considered one of the most successful investors in history. Yet while the investment world may seem complex, Mr. Buffet’s advice is actually pretty simple. Here are a few Buffet quotes, along with some...
12/13/2014
Question: Somebody told me about a deal where you can give an insurance company a set amount of money and they promise to give you a check for as long as you live. What is that? And how can they afford to do that? Answer: You are referring to a...
12/13/2014
Money can, after all, grow on trees — family trees. And judging by the $8.4 trillion baby boomers are expected to inherit from older generations in coming years, we’re not talking chump change. In fact, roughly two-thirds of boomer households will...
12/13/2014
Kenyon McNeail was a long-range legend during his Louisiana Tech University basketball career. Now, he’s extended his talent for sinking 3-point shots from another area code to the international scene. The former Bulldogs’ star is among the leading...
12/12/2014
I keep thinking about waiting — preparation — and what it means to wait with expectation in this Advent season ... to prepare room in our hearts for the coming of the Christ child as Christians. I keep wondering about how many people will actually...