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09/05/2015
As you’re well aware, we’re living in difficult economic times. Consequently, you may be forced to make some financial moves you wouldn’t normally undertake. One such move you might be considering is taking out a loan from your 401(k) plan — but is...
09/05/2015
This has been one busy time, friends. I left The Villages and went back to Churchill, but after two days, I had to go back to rehab. The situation reminded me of some of my other bad decisions. As the doctor told Susan about her preemie baby, Emma...
09/05/2015
We all have our routines every morning when we awaken. Some of us get up to have our coffee and a quiet devotional time with God; some of us go to the gym or a fitness class to get in our daily workout; some of us go out and begin yard work or...
09/04/2015
On Sept. 12, area folks will have the opportunity to experience a brand new event in Ruston — the first Ruston Makers Fair. The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is so pleased to let people know about this free-to-the-public festival that’s been...
09/03/2015
I always enjoy a good film. As a child, when summer vacation hit, my family joined a summer plan to rent an unlimited amount of films for one rate at Blockbuster — hard to believe they don’t exist anymore. I rented two DVDs nightly and popped...
09/03/2015
It’s late August 2005. It’s been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina did its best to wash away the collective soul of my native state of Louisiana, years since the levees were repaired and Lake Ponchartrain was refilled with our tears. It may take many...
09/02/2015
If all goes according to plan, Ruston’s Board of Aldermen will adopt the city’s 2016 budget Tuesday night. The proposed $57 million spending plan for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, is Mayor Ronny Walker’s administration’s first attempt at...
08/31/2015
At DART’s annual community-wide training event, Collaboration is the Key, the audience gathered at the Ruston Civic Center represented a wide array of professions and passions. Law enforcement members sat with counselors, professors visited with...
08/31/2015
It was a tough weekend for all New Orleans natives, myself included. Ten years ago, a part of our lives was swept away by the murky floodwaters of a storm named Katrina. The City That Care Forgot was suddenly transformed into a city that no one...
08/29/2015
Over the past few weeks I have heard multiple stories of how the recent Community Trust Bank upgrade or conversion has affected area residents. Well you’re not alone. My family has been affected by the conversion since the Friday leading into the...
08/29/2015
We’re getting close to Labor Day, a celebration of the men and women who roll up their sleeves and go to work each day. If you’re in the workforce yourself, you can appreciate this recognition of your efforts. And as an investor, you can employ...
08/29/2015
Question: I would like to have a second home on a lake and I want to have it in time for our kids to enjoy. I’m not sure what to do next with this goal. Any suggestions? Answer: At this point you have no goal — just a daydream. There is nothing...
08/29/2015
If you can answer “yes” to either of the following questions, then maybe it is: “Are you the sole employee of your business?” or “Does your business employ only you, your co-owners, and spouses?” Chances are — even if you did answer “yes” — you’ve...
08/29/2015
“Sinister 2” is a dreadful movie, as was the 2012 original. The premise is that a demon called Bughuul gets very young children to murder their families and then turns them into ghosts to haunt new families. The killings are preserved in old movies...
08/28/2015
I’ve been told all my life that I’m kin to the late newspaper columnist-political humorist Will Rogers. I wouldn’t know how to go about proving or disproving that. I guess I could join one of those on-line ancestry sites but I might find that I’m...
08/28/2015
Julia Cameron writes in her book The Artist Way, “Art is an act of the soul, not the intellect. When we are dealing with peoples’ dreams-their visions, really — we are in the realm of the sacred. We are involved with forces and energies larger than...
08/27/2015
Exactly 10 years ago today, my life would forever change. At an age where I was beginning to feel the end of my adolescent years, on Aug. 27, 2005, I was forced to grow up faster than ever and retreat to my aunt and uncle’s house in Tyler, Texas. A...
08/26/2015
I don’t talk much about myself. Not that I have any secrets. Ask me and I tell you pretty much whatever you want to know. Don’t ask and I won’t volunteer anything. But today I’m breaking with tradition. I’m getting a little tired of losing former...
08/25/2015
We have already had many parents and students asking about how to enroll their child in 4-H and when. 4-H enrollment will begin in September for Lincoln Parish Schools and we are looking forward to working with the youth of Lincoln Parish this year...
08/24/2015
Sometimes it only takes doing the right thing. Recent events in Lincoln Parish were successful in pulling people together. Saturday night around 500 people attended the Mt. Harmony Baptist Church/Trinity Vision Bridging The Gap Between Racial Lines...