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04/17/2017
On May 4, shoppers at Super 1 Foods in Ruston will see a familiar sight. From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. that day, DART staff and supporters will be set up in the front of the store, as we hold our annual Radiothon, broadcast live on the Q, 94.1 FM. For the...
04/17/2017
While enrolled in a college creative writing class, I penned a short fictional piece about a little boy who, in the vernacular, worshipped his father. This boy wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps, and literally tried to do that in his parents...
04/15/2017
I realize many people are likely to disagree with me, and I won’t dodge that fact — I’ll face it head on. But I personally disagree with one of the new physical education standards released Saturday by the Louisiana Department of Education. The...
04/15/2017
If you’ve changed jobs a few times over the years or possibly relocated, chances are you’ve left behind a string of retirement and other accounts along the way. This can make your financial life complicated and difficult to manage. More importantly...
04/15/2017
Question: I just started a new job and the HR guy says I should put as much as I can in our 401K plan. He says I won’t miss the money out of my paycheck, but I’ve got some debts I need to get paid off. Besides, I really don’t know anything about...
04/15/2017
On Saturday, we observe Earth Day, a worldwide event focusing on protecting the environment. As a citizen of this planet, you may want to take part in Earth Day activities. And as an investor, you can learn some valuable lessons from the...
04/14/2017
I believe I speak for majority of the student body here at Louisiana Tech when I say that “adulting” is not a walk in the park for our daily lives. Many of us are full-time students while working, holding positions in organizations, joining new...
04/14/2017
I have always loved the water. Even before I could swim, I had the desire to follow my older brother into its sparkling depths. Because my parents raised my brother and me to have such an affinity for the water, most of our vacations growing up were...
04/13/2017
Maybe it’s our celebrations. Maybe it’s our food. Might even be our water. Whatever the reason, Louisiana set new records in tourism for the fifth consecutive year in a row — one of the only victories the state can be proud of. While no state is...
04/12/2017
What did we do wrong? In the last 12 months, 57 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes have been declared major disaster areas. Eighty-five percent of the state’s 4.7 million people live – or lived – in those areas. “Literally all four corners of our state...
04/11/2017
Most of us have waited and wondered for some time now if we were past the cold weather and able to start planting our spring vegetable gardens. On average we have our last frost somewhere around March 28 – April 1. So at this point I feel pretty...
04/10/2017
Imagine, if you will, a group of college football players, tall, large and muscular, taking one wobbling step after another in delicate high-heeled sandals or stiletto pumps. Imagine male engineering and business majors donning sequined evening...
04/10/2017
I’ve been seeing a nutritionist lately to try and lose some weight and get my blood sugar under control. I’ve always taken pride in my knowing what I’m going to die from eating. I always felt sorry for the healthy eaters who can only guess at what...
04/09/2017
It’s the kind of thing that pushes my buttons and keeps me up at night. When United States warships launched a missile attack on a Syrian base suspected of producing sarin nerve gas weaponry Thursday night (our time), I was immediately drawn in,...
04/09/2017
I recently had the pleasure of watching “Hello Dolly!” all over again. Without a doubt, I loved that movie when it first came out in 1969. However, since having the opportunity to perform in the musical along-side Metropolitan Opera and Broadway...
04/09/2017
Jesus’ friends did not know about the murderous plot until it was too late, but that would not have served any purpose. This close-knit group of Jesus and friends were about to be disbanded and devastated by death and despair. Yet the friendship of...
04/09/2017
Question: My husband and I want to start a family soon. We both work now, but we really would like for me to be able to stay home when we have a family. All of our friends say it’s really hard to do, but we’d really like to. What can we do? Answer:...
04/09/2017
Over time, you will run into various suggestions for investing successfully. Yet upon closer inspection, many of these ideas turn out to be “myths” — which could cause you trouble if you treat them as solid advice. Here are five of these myths,...
04/09/2017
Social Security is an important cornerstone of many retirement income plans. Yet, most Americans aren’t aware of the variety of benefit options and claiming strategies to consider — beyond deciding at what age to begin collecting benefits. This is...
04/09/2017
Lovable Cubbies? How about tough-to-beat Cubbies? As much as we would all love to remember them as a team we loved so much because they’d break our heart, the reality now is trying not to cry because they failed to repeat as world champions. That’s...