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April 9th, 2011

Time to air dirty laundry

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What am I doing standing under my carport with my dirty underwear and towel in my hand?

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Help improve students' performance

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The time has come to address the proverbial elephant in all of our living rooms as we acknowledge this reality: Nearly half of our Lincoln Parish youngsters showed up on the first day of kindergarten this fall without the skills they needed to learn to read (DIBELS benchmark data, Brigance Inventory of Early Development scores). Before their days in school had even begun, an obvious “achievement gap” already existed among our youngest students.
Between the years of one and three exists a unique opportunity to stimulate children’s language, cognitive, emotional and physical development.

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Fire volunteers protect area people, property

Lincoln Parish has seen a number of blazes — damaging multiple structures — within the past few months.

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Weigh mortgage options carefully

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If you’re purchasing a new home or refinancing your existing one, you’ve got some mortgage-related decisions to consider. And since your mortgage may well be the biggest financial transaction you ever make — and one that can affect your long-term financial goals, such as retirement — you’ll want to weigh your options carefully.
What types of choices might you face? Here are some of the most important ones:
• Fixed or adjustable? With a fixed-rate mortgage, your payment will remain the same throughout the life of your loan.

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Learn about the advantages of mutual fund investing

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In basic terms, a mutual fund is a company whose main objective is to professionally invest a pool of money in securities and earn a positive return for shareholders.

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Be financially prepared in case of natural disaster

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Question: I remember when Hurricane Katrina hit our state, I was just thankful it missed our area. But I can only imagine how devastating it would be to lose everything! Is there any way to prepare financially for something like that?
Answer: When Katrina hit our state, we sustained a blow unlike any we’ve ever experienced in our lifetimes.
All of us had friends, relatives and loved ones who sustained terrific losses. Thankfully, most who were spared the fury of Katrina responded to the call to help our fellow Louisianans.

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Ruston’s Emogen Marketing honored

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Emogen Marketing Group was honored with Best of Print at the American Advertising Federation (AAF)-Northeast Louisiana Chapter awards banquet held March 29 in West Monroe.

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Jim Taylor Ford earns President’s Award

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Ford Motor Company has announced that Jim Taylor Ford Lincoln in Ruston is a winner of the 2010 President’s Award.

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Woodward selected for Leadership Institute

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The Louisiana Supreme Court recently announced the inaugural class of the Louisiana Judicial Leadership Institute. Judge Cynthia T. Woodard, of the Third Judicial District Court, is one of the thirty-six judges selected to participate in the Leadership Institute.

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McKinney Honda winner

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Pictured is Michelle Kelley of Ruston with Richie McKinney of McKinney Honda.

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