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05/20/2017
Question: I pay a lot of insurance premiums and sometimes I just feel insurance poor. Is that unusual? Answer: Sometimes stupid things spoken by clever people can sound very wise. I suspect you’ve heard someone grouse about “all those premiums I...
05/20/2017
You probably won’t see it on your calendar, but May 29 is 529 College Savings Day, or 529 Day for short. This day, named after the 529 plan, a popular college-savings vehicle, is designed to promote people’s awareness of the need to save and invest...
05/20/2017
Protecting your retirement nest egg and sustaining your retirement income are challenging enough. Taking precautions to help guard your investments from fraud is important. People who are older can be common targets for fraud and financial crimes....
05/20/2017
Louisiana has long been known as the world’s “incarceration capital.” But if proposed legislation passes in upcoming weeks, the number of people behind bars in our state could significantly lessen, saving Louisiana millions of dollars in the process...
05/19/2017
In a cute house on a quiet street in Grambling lives a couple who have shared more than 60 years of adventures and love. As I pulled into the driveway, the Rev. Henry Island waved me inside and led me to the sitting room. His wife, Clotie “Pete”...
05/18/2017
Action definitely speaks louder than words. State Rep. Helena Moreno, D-New Orleans, is embodying that statement with her recent approach to prevent opioid overdoes in Louisiana. Moreno has been instrumental in helping reduce opioid overdoses in a...
05/17/2017
Bella learned to ride her bicycle without training wheels last week. It was a little tenuous at first; her daddy had to hold the back of the bike and push her off. But now, she cuts the turns in the cul de sac in front our houses like a mini Maria...
05/16/2017
RSVP is an abbreviation of a French phrase meaning “please respond to this invitation.” Why does it seem so difficult to respond to an invitation? Obviously someone thinks enough of you to invite you to their special occasion. If it is a formal...
05/16/2017
The LSU AgCenter was proud to host more than 300 Lincoln Parish 4-H members, leaders, parents, and volunteers as they learned “Be 4-H Fit — Practice Fitness” at the 2017 Lincoln Parish 4-H Achievement Day held May 11 at the North Louisiana...
05/15/2017
Later this year texting will celebrate its 25th anniversary. As for me, this month marks my third year of the text. Yeah, I’m a little behind the times. Maybe that explains why I’m kind of annoyed by all the typos I — and others — make. Maybe I’m...
05/13/2017
A serving of Lincoln Parish sports items with your Sunday morning cup of coffee: As the most-stat heavy slot receiver in college football last year, there’s a lot to like about former Louisiana Tech University star TRENT TAYLOR. New San Francisco...
05/13/2017
Some of you will be reading this prior to the day; some on the day and others a few days after. No matter, today is a special day where we honor our mothers — it’s Mother’s Day. Let me tell you about mine or rather, let my sister, Linda, share her...
05/13/2017
What is a “miracle?” It has been partially defined as an “extraordinary event in the physical world ascribed to a supernatural cause,” or, an “event manifesting or considered as a work of God.” Have you ever seen or been in the presence of a miracle...
05/13/2017
It’s been well more than 12 years now since Barbara Jean Peters Boatright left this Earth for her heavenly home. Mother’s Day has never been the same since my mom passed away in October of 2004. Don’t get me wrong, I love spending Mother’s Day with...
05/12/2017
With spring quarter coming to a close as finals week quickly approaches, most of us come to the end of another school year at Louisiana Tech. While many students are anxious for summer break and ready to hit the beaches with our fellow semester...
05/12/2017
Sunday is Mother’s Day. Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early...
05/11/2017
At the height of Fox’s show “American Idol” more than 132 million record breaking votes were cast in the final showdown between blues guitarist Phillip Phillips and the singer-songwriter Jessica Sanchez. At least one family member, friend and...
05/10/2017
“You don’t watch YouTube?’ the young teenager asked, a somewhat incredulous, though polite, tone in her voice. “No,” I said, and almost added, “I don’t watch much of anything. I work.” But I figured that might be too intellectually taxing for the...
05/09/2017
At the beginning of the Masters Golf Tournament this year, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus honored their great friend, Arnold Palmer. In one of the articles I read, it talked about Arnold Palmer’s great love of etiquette — not just golf etiquette —...
05/08/2017
DART’S 16th Annual Radiothon sped by, to the tune of classic country hits on the Q 94.1, the unmistakable voice of Bob Day, and the steady arrival of guest speakers, each sharing why they believe domestic violence is a threat throughout our...