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08/24/2015
Alexander Graham Bell once said, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” Thanks to this community, over 30 children served by DART have started the school year prepared for success. They each walked into their classrooms on the...
08/22/2015
Todd Bowles has to be the most pitied head coach in the National Football League during the past month. As the new leader of the New York Jets, the former defensive coordinator (1998-99) at Grambling State University has seen his team suffer a...
08/22/2015
Who will be making a trip to Natchitoches in June for the 2016 induction ceremonies for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame? By the end of today, members of the selection committed will provide that answer after casting their votes at their annual...
08/22/2015
Do you still have hummingbirds buzzing around your feeders? I do. Yesterday, I watched one bully another one away from what he considers his private supply of sugar water. It won’t be many more weeks before it’s time to bring in the feeders because...
08/22/2015
Government is about to change.  Elections are near. What does government really mean to us?  Have we in the United States gone so far as to depend on government to control every one of our moments of living?  We might like to say that we don’t...
08/22/2015
In just a few short weeks Louisiana Tech University will welcome a whole new class of students. Those young men and women will become part of the Ruston and Lincoln Parish community, and most importantly the Tech family, for at least the next four...
08/22/2015
Question: When we started our little business a few years ago we were just excited to be working for ourselves. Now it seems like the business is so busy that it owns us. What do we need to do to take back control of our business and our lives?...
08/22/2015
If you’re a small business — or a self-employed individual — there are many retirement plan alternatives available to help you and your eligible employees plan your financial future. One popular option for organizations such as sole proprietorships...
08/22/2015
Many people look for the “secrets” to investment success. Is it timing the market just right? Is it finding those hot stocks or getting in on the “ground floor” of the next big thing? Actually, these types of moves have little relevance to the vast...
08/22/2015
Have you ever read an article that talks about a new science study that claims to have discovered something new and novel? Yet what the science proves is something that has been known for generations, if not thousands of years. One article that I...
08/22/2015
I finished my column earlier, but being a klutz, I accidently erased lt, so here I am at the eleventh hour starting all over again, so fasten your seatbelts, this could be a bumpy ride. This last weekend was so great though that I am anxious to...
08/20/2015
1,833. That is the total number fatalities caused by Hurricane Katrina, the storm that ravaged the Gulf Coast region almost a decade ago. Never should anyone wish for something so horrific to happen anywhere in the world. Or at least one would think...
08/19/2015
It’s been almost four weeks since John Russell “Rusty” Houser methodically shot up a Lafayette movie theater, killing two people and injuring nine others, before turning his .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun on himself. The funerals for victims...
08/18/2015
The 2015 National 4-H Shooting Sports Youth Leadership Institute took place Aug. 4-8. This youth development program hosted 21 youth from thirteen different states at the campus of California State University, Fresno. The National 4-H Shooting...
08/17/2015
Last week, I shared some statistics on domestic violence that I obtained from a very reputable source, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The numbers were appalling. I reported the average number of people per minute who are...
08/17/2015
Yes, I’m probably old school — pun intended. And school is a little bit later this year, but I still can’t get used to it. It just doesn’t seem quite right. We’re still in the middle of August, but by Friday parish students will start the new school...
08/15/2015
Does the thought of asking your aging parents about the way they handle their household finances—or how they’d feel about moving to a nursing home—fill you with anxiety? You are not alone. However, you can’t afford to delay this conversation. As...
08/15/2015
Summer is almost over, which means it’s “back-to-school” time. If you have young children, you may be purchasing backpacks, pencils, notebooks and similar items. But one day, you could be shopping for colleges — and when you do, you’ll find the bill...
08/15/2015
Question: When we started our little business a few years ago we were just excited to be working for ourselves. Now it seems like the business is so busy that it owns us. What do we need to do to take back control of our business and our lives?  ...
08/15/2015
It’s not secret that I nursed both my babies. Since August is National Breastfeeding Month it seems only fitting that I share parts of my story. It was just a few weeks ago that I reached out to a young woman I went to high school with who recently...