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07/03/2018
So the 50 greatest players in Joe Aillet history have been announced and the list is probably open for future debate. Imagine what a list of Top 10 Bulldogs in the history of the ‘Joe’ would attract in the debating circles. Well, get ready. Here’s...
07/03/2018
PawPaw Colvin raised tomato plants in hot beds and sold them to people in Dubach and the surrounding area. His lush garden had peas, beans, watermelons, corn, and greens. He always had a spot in his garden set aside for who he called his little “...
06/30/2018
Individuals who are married or in a committed relationship face the possibility they’ll end up managing finances alone at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, the first time many experience handling complicated financial matters alone is during...
06/30/2018
Question: I am concerned that the rest of 2018 could be very slow economically. If that’s true, what does it say about the stock market? Answer: Stop trying to aim at a target you can’t see. Doing so usually results in harm to yourself or others....
06/30/2018
We’re getting close to the Fourth of July, our national Independence Day. This celebration may get you thinking of the many freedoms you enjoy. But have you thought of what you might need to do to attain financial freedom? Your first step is to...
06/30/2018
“Gratitude” and “focus” were mentioned last week while discussing the Fourth of July. I strongly believe we are in the midst of a society that is best among the nations, although imperfect. Honoring and understanding history, we should be alert and...
06/30/2018
“Don’t shoot the messenger” is supposed to be a metaphorical phrase. But on Thursday for journalists around the country, it became quite literal. Painfully and heartbreakingly real. Journalists are a tough breed. We have to be. Being thin-skinned...
06/29/2018
Like many from that time, she came from a large family. Emphasis was placed on the word used as a modifier: She was one of nine surviving children.
06/29/2018
As journalists, we understand that sometimes our job puts us into situations in which we can not control the outcome — breaking news can send you any where at any time. Our job is simple — which is why is can be quite complicated sometimes — report...
06/28/2018
The former state Board of Regents commissioner of higher education may have ruffled feathers when he expressed his stance on two-year institutions as opposed to four-year schools. Joseph Rallo, who retired earlier this year, said in several...
06/27/2018
The Union Lincoln Regional Water Supply Initiative might want to temper its excitement over language in a committee-approved version of the federal Water Resources Development Act reauthorization. Not that the verbiage OKd by the Senate Environment...
06/26/2018
At a friend’s request, I recently took a cell-phone photo of a miniscule rose bush that had been planted in her front yard earlier this spring. I was over at her house, feeding her cats, when I noticed the tiny red blooms. The baby Seven Sisters...
06/23/2018
Every day I drive past the ongoing work along Woodward Avenue on my way home. And I get amazed on a daily basis. I’ll admit to having some mixed feelings living so close to the area and seeing the expanse of red dirt, looking much like the Mars...
06/23/2018
Investment planning is like doing a jigsaw puzzle except the pieces don’t always come in one box — often you have to gather them from a variety of sources. When putting an investment plan together, you have to combine information on assets, debt,...
06/23/2018
Summer is here — and so is vacation season. Americans spend a lot on their summer getaways — more than $100 billion in 2017 alone, as reported in Travel and Leisure magazine. When you hit the road, you will enjoy getting away from your regular...
06/23/2018
Question: Can you tell me what really makes for a good financial plan? I’m not really sure what all I should try to plan for. What do most people do? Answer: What do most people do? Nothing. Or they wait, saying they’ll do “something” later....
06/22/2018
Unlike maybe a majority of guys who grew up in northeast Louisiana, I never spent much time in the woods or on the water.
06/22/2018
With the Louisiana Peach Festival beginning today, I’ve been a little curious about the origin of the delicious fruit. Peaches have been my favorite fruit long before I even knew where Ruston, Louisiana was. Its roots are interesting and not exactly...
06/20/2018
Ruston’s Board of Aldermen has created a potential mess for itself and possibly for the city. By a 2-3 vote at its June 4 meeting, the board refused to approve a subdivision plat that met all of the city’s requirements. Nobody remembers such a...
06/19/2018
My family was, and still is, full of music lovers. Most of us started at an early age. I’m guessing my big sister Jean was the first one to bring music into our house. She had a little box-shaped monograph record player that had a handle and folded...