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Columns

10/20/2018
Holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas often make me feel like a child again, as memories of so many wonderful times with family and friends come flooding back into my mind. But Halloween is a different story. I loved the holiday as a child...
10/20/2018
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 However, if you’re not careful, missing or outdated beneficiary designations can easily cause your estate plan to go awry.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...
10/20/2018
If you participate in a pension plan at work, you might be offered a buyout at some point. This could happen if your employer wants to shrink its future pension obligations or if your company has been bought, and your new employer decides to...
10/20/2018
Question: I have a small group of guys that meet with every week. We’re all in our 40s and 50s. One of the things that we all agree on is retirement. We’re not going to do it. We plan to work until we drop. For one, the idea of retirement is not a...
10/19/2018
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following column was written in 2011 by former Livingston Parish News publisher Jeff David for National Newspaper Week. When a New York newspaper mistakenly reported in 1897 the death of Sam Clemens, or Mark Twain if you prefer,...
10/19/2018
I love stories, and I always have. My nose has been buried in a book since I was about 5 years old, and since then, finding me without a good read has been a rarity. Almost nothing makes me happier than spending hours with a book in one hand and a...
10/18/2018
I visited the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for the first time last week to get information about its upcoming expansion, a project reported on Wednesday’s front page. I didn’t see much of the facility face to face, but Warden Jim Tuten gave me a...
10/18/2018
Have you gone to a nursery to purchase a plant only to be confused by the zone indicated? Usually the zone on the label is the plant hardiness zone, but it is becoming common to include heat zones.
10/17/2018
When I was a child, my most important possession was my bicycle, followed closely by my radio. My bike was how I got around. I rode it to school, friend’s houses, pick-up baseball games, shopping centers, and just about anywhere else my heart...
10/17/2018
While new preliminary data showing an increase in the amount of water being pumped out of North Louisiana’s Sparta Aquifer is definitely concerning, it may not be as scary as it initially appears. Not even the U.S Geological Survey, the folks who...
10/16/2018
Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to the safety of children. There are several easy and effective ways that parents can share with kids to help reduce their risk of injury. On the average, children are more than twice...
10/16/2018
As the baseball legend Yogi Berra said, it was déjà vu all over again. Last week I was sitting in my SUV at the traffic light where East Kentucky Avenue intersects U.S. 167 North. Two vehicles were ahead of me in the left-turn lane, and the traffic...
10/16/2018
As chief academic officer and assistant superintendent of Lincoln Parish Schools, my focus is on teaching and learning. Lincoln Parish Schools prides itself on recruiting the most talented teachers, providing meaningful professional development to...
10/16/2018
Louisiana Tech University’s pipeline to the National Football League continues to be impressive. Three of the scheduled starters in Monday night’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers hailed from the Bulldogs’ program: Trent...
10/13/2018
LEWISVILLE, Texas — Mortgage Contracting Services, LLC, a national provider of mortgage-related services, welcomes three new executives to the management team. Ashley Taylor and Bethany Ockerman have been promoted to Assistant Vice President...
10/13/2018
From blazing wildfires and floods to hurricanes and tornadoes, natural disasters make front-page news whenever and wherever they happen. Less headline-worthy are the financial repercussions that follow, which tens of thousands of people are dealing...
10/13/2018
Question: Let me be frank. One of the reasons I have not yet done a financial plan is that I have not found a planner that didn’t just remind me of a salesman. I don’t want a salesman. I don’t want to be sold. I want advice. Is that so hard to find...
10/13/2018
The investment world recently observed a milestone: the longest bull market in history. But what does this mean to you, as an individual investor? For one thing, it suggests that patience and perseverance can pay off. From October 2007 to March...
10/13/2018
I’m confused. What day do we celebrate holidays?  In some segments of society, there are lingering questions from some about whether we should even celebrate certain holidays. As to “when,” I was raised “knowing” that Columbus Day was “always”...
10/13/2018
As I watched coverage of Hurricane Michael’s assault on Florida over the past few days, I started thinking about the massive power outages in that area and the hundreds if not thousands of electric power company workers pouring into the area to...