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Columns

04/28/2018
I have always been a firm believer that there is a time for work and a time to play, and if you don’t balance things out enough, both sides will suffer. That’s why I was pleased to see that the Louisiana House of Representatives is pondering a bill...
04/28/2018
Whether you’re already investing or are just thinking about it, you should understand risk and the role it plays in a portfolio. And although it may seem simple enough on the surface, risk can be one of the most difficult concepts to grasp —...
04/28/2018
Tax Season is finally over. Of course, how much you pay in taxes depends on a variety of factors, many of which you can’t control. But you might give some thought to how you can manage your investment-related taxes. Here are some suggestions to...
04/28/2018
Question: I own a successful small business. One day I hope to sell it, but it is rather specialized and the market for a business like mine is pretty small. None of my employees are capable of running the business. What would you suggest? Answer:...
04/27/2018
This is an exchange of emails between the author and Michael Morris, who many of you may remember lived here as a child. Another example of God playing that “connect the dots” game He just loves. Mark, I was surprised and delighted to read last week...
04/27/2018
When I was growing up, there were few people in this world more important to me than my grandparents. I spent summers between their homes and some of my fondest memories were made during those visits. While my paternal grandfather passed when I was...
04/26/2018
If you could increase your quality of life, would you? Would you like to add extra years to your life? Dedicating only 30 minutes a day to exercise can do this for you and more. The National Institute on Aging states, “If exercise could be packed...
04/26/2018
Lincoln Parish is no stranger to the You Be the Chemist competition. Local students have represented Louisiana at the national level of the competition for the past several years with twin brothers Jonathan and Benjamin Gunasekaran going back and...
04/25/2018
For as long as I can remember — even longer than that, so I’m told — my grandfather had a paint shop. Gran was a pharmacist by profession, but an artist on weekends and in retirement. Portraits of American Indians and grisly mountain men where his...
04/24/2018
Don’t tell anybody — but I don’t floss regularly. I also don’t even floss every day. I do however make it a habit of flossing right before each dental appointment. My thinking is that if you brush a couple of layers of enamel away and floss your...
04/21/2018
Today, April 22, is Earth Day. First observed in 1970, Earth Day has evolved into an international celebration, with nearly 200 countries holding events to support clean air, clean water and other measures to protect our planet. As an investor,...
04/21/2018
Question: I own a successful small business. One day I hope to sell it, but it is rather specialized and the market for a business like mine is pretty small. None of my employees are capable of running the business. What would you suggest? Answer: I...
04/21/2018
Retirement planning can be challenging, but creating a timeline can help ensure your savings stay on track. Here are some expert tips for helping to ensure your retirement plans are on schedule at every stage. Set an income goal—and know that it...
04/21/2018
Louisiana is near the bottom of rankings when it comes to the overall health of children living in the Bayou State. And the state operating budget passed by the Louisiana House Thursday for the upcoming fiscal year won’t make things any better for...
04/20/2018
As I prove with almost every edition of The (Farmerville) Gazette, I’m not that bright. But something is happening to the industry that provides this forum and my livelihood that doesn’t make a lick of sense. When The Times-Picayune in New Orleans...
04/20/2018
Last week, the Lincoln Parish Library celebrated National Library Week and among the festivities was Fine Free Day. When Vivian McCain, library director, initially suggested the event, I wasn’t sure how it would go over. Sarah Creekmore, operations...
04/19/2018
Teen 4-H’ers learned firsthand how to form and operate a cooperative business at the annual Co-op Youth Leadership Conference held April 6-8 at the LSU AgCenter Grant Walker Education Center in Pollock. “We learned that we are not all that different...
04/19/2018
Since arriving in Ruston in 2010, I’ve thought downtown Ruston looked charming. That charm stems from the historic buildings, the mom and pop stores with a hint of small city feel. Yet, despite its charm, the foot traffic seemed bare — limited...
04/18/2018
I couldn’t have driven down Hilly Avenue if I had wanted to. The pavement was too far under snapped tops of pine trees, spaghetti-like tangles of utility lines and random fragments of bent aluminum. So I walked in with two Ruston firefighters. They...
04/17/2018
OK, time to set the record straight. After my last two columns reflected a darker tone with respect to Elvis, one too many folks have asked if I still liked him. Come on now, how could I not? Just because the story isn’t perfect doesn’t mean it’s...