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Columns

09/14/2015
Well, it’s upon us again — political season. Some, not me of course, think it should be lawful to take aim at politicians from a duck blind or maybe a deer stand. I disagree. However, I do admit that the thought of occasionally thinning out their...
09/14/2015
I recently had the privilege of visiting with the Grambling State University football team, to talk to them about dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. My experience was unconditionally positive.
09/12/2015
Fourteen years ago I was sitting in band class when we heard the news. I would stay in that classroom on the backside of Caldwell Parish Junior High School for the rest of the school day. My husband was somewhere else in the school. My dad was...
09/12/2015
Regardless of what your estate may be worth, you need to plan. If you are not confident about whether your family would have to pay federal estate taxes if you died tomorrow, chances are you can gain confidence. Unless your estate is worth more than...
09/12/2015
We observe National Grandparents Day today. If you’re a grandparent, you might get a card or a little present from the grandkids. However, you will probably get greater pleasure from the gifts you give them. And if you’d like to make a financial...
09/12/2015
Question: I am job hunting. I had a series of interviews with a company and thought they were interested. Now they tell me I am not a good fit for the position. I am very frustrated and discouraged by this news. To be honest, my confidence is shot...
09/12/2015
Well, here I am in the rehab wishing to get back to Churchill. I have an appointment this week to decide. I told ’em I know the therapy routine so well now that I can do the exercises without the machines. Keep your fingers crossed for me...
09/12/2015
“A Walk in the Woods” It happened again. A film playing on less than 2,000 screens beat out the big bad wannabe blockbuster (“The Transporter Refueled,” which indeed is very bad) playing on over 3,000. That film is the Appalachian Trail travelogue...
09/11/2015
Each fall, NCLAC invites Lincoln Parish sixth graders to a unique performance at the Dixie Center for the Arts. This year we will be hosting Zig’s Musical Journey. This is an interactive cross-curricular and multicultural music experience with Zig...
09/11/2015
Editor’s note: This is the second part of a two-part column on DeQuanna Alexander’s experience during Hurricane Katrina. My sister, who was crying her heart out began to tell my mom to tell her sons that she loved them, and that she wants them
to do...
09/10/2015
Football is a dangerous sport. I feel like the nation rehashed this fact after a recent event surrounding the pastime — which happened not too far down the road from Lincoln Parish. Tyrell Cameron, a 16-year-old Franklin Parish High School football...
09/10/2015
Editor’s Note: This is the first part of a two-part series on DeQuanna Alexander’s experience during Hurricane Katrina. I was only 12 years-
old when the hurricane known as Katrina drastically changed my life. I remember getting
a vacation packet...
09/09/2015
On your mark, get set … And the horses are out of the gate. Well, sort of. Candidate qualifying for the Oct. 24 primary is underway. Finally voters are beginning to learn who’s really running and who’s just making noise. Though we won’t know for...
09/08/2015
Editor’s note: Mondays with DART runs today due to the Labor Day holiday. • Bruising, abrasions, or cuts in the hair or scalp area, in different stages of healing. • Bald spots, indicating that hair has been torn out. • Partner always accompanies...
09/06/2015
The inaugural banquet of the newly formed Ruston Area Whitetail Unlimited chapter is officially in the books and from all accounts the banquet committee knocked it out of the park. I have been part of a number of such banquets over the years and I...
09/05/2015
Editor’s note: In this 10th anniversary after Hurricane Katrina, last week Bleich shared some of his own experiences. This is the second part of that column. After more Katrina survivors arrived, I made a friendship with a man (whose name I omit)...
09/05/2015
School’s back in session, but I’m still enjoying such a summertime high. This summer was such fun because Tom and I were able to get away on several little mini-excursions. One of the reasons they were so incredible is the fact that most included at...
09/05/2015
I spent years on the sidelines of the Caldwell Parish High School Spartans cheering on my classmates. Throughout the years there were several instances where players were carried off the field and sometimes they were taken away in an ambulance. As I...
09/05/2015
Question: I have a mutual fund that I have owned for more than 10 years. I only have about 10 percent of my money in it. I really like the manager and his philosophy, but he’s been getting killed lately. I feel like he’s been out of sync with the...
09/05/2015
The process for eliminating debt is anything but an easy-to-solve financial equation. Many people wonder if they should pay off their debt as quickly as possible or invest their money, letting debt payments run their course. The answer depends on...