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02/16/2018
Both of my grandfathers served in the United States military, and while neither of them really ever wanted to talk about it, there were a few times I got my maternal grandfather to answer a few questions. He served in Germany and Korea during the...
02/15/2018
The view of the Lorraine Motel balcony in Memphis, Tennessee, would leave any American speechless. It’s hard to believe that the nostalgic 60s exterior hotel inside a booming 21st century metropolis was the setting of one of our country’s greatest...
02/13/2018
Families at Jonesboro Hodge Elementary School learned the importance of healthy lifestyles through an innovative program, Family Nutrition Night, sponsored by the LSU AgCenter. Participants gathered in the gym where they were welcomed by Katie...
02/12/2018
When I was a kid growing up in North Louisiana; we had some great times camping out. And I learned a lot of important things: 1. You can crouch in the weeds for a long time and never see a single snipe. 2. The end of campfire story “Who Stole My...
02/10/2018
Have you ever developed a fascination for something that seems unlikely and you can’t explain — even to yourself — why? That’s the way I’m feeling right now. I’ve had a strong passion for the Winter Olympics ever since I was a child. Maybe it’s...
02/10/2018
Don’t read any further unless you read this in its entirety. This reads similarly to instructions given at the beginning of an exam or questionnaire and is important.
02/10/2018
Valentine’s Day is almost here — and it’s a pretty big business. In fact, U.S. consumers spent about $18 billion on their valentines in 2017, according to the National Retail Federation. Of course, recipients certainly appreciate flowers, candy,...
02/10/2018
Periodically reviewing your investments to ensure they are on the right track is an important and meaningful measure in working toward your financial goals. Here is a simple but valuable way to get more from your investment strategy. When your next...
02/10/2018
Question: My company has just announced a big restructuring and I am concerned I may be forced to retire. I really thought I had at least five more years here. I’m pretty panicked and I don’t know if I am ready to retire. How do I go about figuring...
02/10/2018
When the announcement was made about an exciting event about to take place in Farmerville, I put a big red circle around the date on my calendar. It’s the “Wild” art exhibit put together and sponsored by the Union Museum of History and Art. There...
02/09/2018
As far as “least likely greetings when answering the phone,” this one absolutely takes the prize. “Good afternoon,” the caller said. “I understand you might be my father.” Say WHAT?! Like many of you, my mobile has been bombarded recently by spam...
02/09/2018
Growing up in Louisiana, Mardi Gras has been a large part of the early months of year since I was little. While I have never attended a parade in New Orleans, I have seen my fair share of plastic beads being thrown to overexcited crowds. It’s fun....
02/08/2018
For the first time in Lincoln Parish history, potentially 500 kindergarten through fifth grade students will embark in the enhanced school calendar pilot program this summer. That’s right. For possibly 500 students the unequivocally most exciting...
02/07/2018
My great-grandfather drove a stagecoach down the Old Wire Road. The east-west route was never a road in modern terms. First it was a trail blazed by Indians and Spanish explorers as they made their way across what’s now North Louisiana, cutting...
02/06/2018
Daddy was always going to work in the oil business. His daddy worked in the oil field for Mobile Oil, others worked for Lion Oil and Dow Chemical. Even growing up Daddy worked around the industry, tending oil wells before and after school. Let’s...
02/05/2018
If you had been a fly on the wall of my chorus director’s house recently, you’d have witnessed her dumping a basketful of small paper pieces into a metal container in the sink and then setting them ablaze. “Is she secretly a pyromaniac?” you, the...
02/04/2018
Let’s face it, probably because of the incredible amalgam of different racial, cultural and linguistic backgrounds we have here, Louisiana is a pretty special — and unique — state. That can be shown in many different ways, and on the snowy morning...
02/04/2018
Beneficiary designations can provide a relatively easy way to transfer an account or insurance policy upon your death. However, if you’re not careful, missing or outdated beneficiary designations can easily cause your estate plan to go awry. We...
02/04/2018
Question: I’ve got an insurance guy trying to sell me on a universal life, cash value insurance policy as a way to invest some of my money. I’ve heard this is usually not a good idea, but my wife likes the idea of having the insurance for longer...
02/04/2018
Just this past year, we’ve seen natural disasters in Texas, California, Florida and Puerto Rico — and looking back even further, it’s not hard to spot other traumas in virtually every part of the country. Whether it’s a tornado, hurricane, flood or...