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01/02/2016
Question: My wife and I are determined that no matter what, neither of us will allow the other to go into a nursing home. That being the case, do I really need long-term care insurance? Answer: It’s a huge mistake to equate long-term care insurance...
01/02/2016
Regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman, Social Security probably will not — and was never designed to — provide all of the income you’ll need to live comfortably during retirement. At best, your income from Social Security will supplement...
01/02/2016
Jeff Driskel will be gone and so will Johnathan Williams. And Kenneth Dixon and Nicholas Peoples, too. But there will be other valuable players returning to Lincoln Parish football programs in 2016. Some could very well elevate into a similar...
01/02/2016
The year 2015 was a year marked with high points and dark valleys. On April 30, my brother, Tom, two years younger than me, lost his battle with a debilitating illness. We buried Tom in DeRidder two days later. Tom and I grew up together with our...
01/02/2016
God never tells us ahead of time where we’re headed, but it’s always better than where we came from. I’ve had a brand new experience — one I never expected to have. I had a stroke … but I’m going to get over it. I had the stroke in Prattville,...
01/02/2016
Christmas celebrations have come and gone. New Year celebrations have come and gone. And now here we are into the New Year — 2016 — it’s hard to believe. It is amazing how time passes so quickly. Many people have enjoyed celebrating the holiday...
01/01/2016
North Central Louisiana Arts Council is so excited to announce a new, larger than life exhibition opportunity for visual artists. We have partnered with Driggers Outdoor to present an opportunity for NCLAC member artists to have artwork displayed...
01/01/2016
Happy New Year. I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions. The point of setting a goal that I’m not really going to keep escapes me. Now, I know there are people who set their New Year resolutions, make plans and keep them. I’ll be the first to...
12/31/2015
So long, 2015, and hello, 2016. Another year will go with Father Time and Baby New Year is close to birth. What a year 2015 was. Lincoln Parish had plenty of major events happen this year. The Ronny Walker administration began a new era of politics...
12/30/2015
If Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker had been asked during his campaign whether he’d raise taxes if elected, he would have said no. It’s a good thing he wasn’t asked. Because Walker’s $80 million package of citywide infrastructure maintenance and...
12/30/2015
It happened around this time three years ago. Until the day it happened, I had never experienced anything quite like it. It was something that would happen in a movie, right before the end credits roll. What I experienced that day is what we in my...
12/29/2015
First, a questionnaire: (True or False) ___ I want big, beautiful, mature plants as soon as possible in my spring flower beds. ___ I would like to acquire these big, beautiful plants for pennies on the dollar. ___ I have experienced past...
12/28/2015
No, the unseasonably warm weather didn’t make it feel a lot like Christmas last week. But at least it looks like we’re cooling back down closer to normal for our New Year’s celebrations. As one sometimes accused of looking at life through rose-...
12/26/2015
Football success is contagious for Lincoln Parish collegiate teams again. For the second consecutive year, Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University have enjoyed record-setting performances and highlight-producing wins, so much that...
12/26/2015
Christmas has come and gone and now within the week the new year will be upon us. Like most people I have a tendency to make those open ended New Year’s resolutions, which have ranged from simple tasks I knew I would accomplish to ones that I have...
12/26/2015
“Right?” Some of us annoyingly often end sentences with “right.” Right? Today that word has a different spin. During the last frenzied days before Christmas, I had a couple of meaningful visits. These made me think that there are so many for and...
12/26/2015
Question: What sorts of things should I be thinking about when I set financial goals for the New Year? Answer: Let me suggest these: • Resolved: I will take responsibility for my financial life. Steven Covey defined responsibility as your response-...
12/26/2015
The countdown to 2016 has just about begun. If you’re like many people, you might be mulling over some New Year’s resolutions, such as hitting the gym more, learning a new language or taking a cooking class. All are worthy goals, but why not add...
12/26/2015
If you own a small business, there are many retirement plan alternatives available to help you and your eligible employees save for retirement. For most closely-held business owners, a Simplified Employee Pension Individual Retirement Account was...
12/24/2015
My brother and I typically do not like to attend holiday functions. It’s not that we do not mind socializing. We just like to have small-scale holiday events exclusively featuring our family. So it should come as no surprise while growing up, we...