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03/26/2016
In the past week we sprang an hour forward into spring and today we are enjoying the fun of Easter. The warm days have come about, not without the cold Easter snap I’m sure we are all aware of. While spring may not be my favorite time of year — it...
03/26/2016
If you’re at the beginning of your career, you might not be thinking too much about the end of it. But even younger workers should be aware of — and saving for — their eventual retirement. And since you’ve got many years until you do retire, you’ve...
03/26/2016
With taxes and dividend income, seasoned investors have learned the special qualified dividend treatment can increase their after-tax return. They tend to find some dividend-paying stocks and mutual funds attractive because their total return...
03/26/2016
Question: I work at a business that deals in a lot of cash transactions. I am concerned that one of my fellow employees is stealing money from the business. It seems obvious to me, but my boss is kind of out to lunch. Should I tell my boss or just...
03/25/2016
What in the world could compel one to venture into a field of rebar, climb 30-foot trees, crawl through drainage ditches and wade through bayous? One word, a million adventures: Geocaching. Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game...
03/24/2016
I would be lying if I said I never seen anything like it before. My hometown generates floods like Lincoln Parish generates college students. A few unwanted hurricane memories returned when I traveled throughout the community during this month’s...
03/23/2016
Mayor Ronny Walker doesn’t consider asking city voters to approve a three-quarter sales tax increase to be a gamble. But it is. There’s always a risk when you ask people to pay more for anything, especially when the April 9 referendum comes just...
03/21/2016
The worst of times and the best of times. It’s been the tale of two nursing programs for Lincoln Parish colleges in recent months. The worst has come at Grambling State University, which last summer lost its undergraduate nursing program after the...
03/21/2016
Service projects are such a great way for groups to learn how to team up and give their time and energy to benefit others. The Domestic Abuse Resistance Team could not serve our community the way we currently do if it were not for the thousands of...
03/20/2016
There is no denying where my political party affiliations have a tendency to fall. But by that same token I also understand why people want to help those less fortunate. A young woman recently published an article online that left me feeling...
03/20/2016
Palm Sunday. Today Christians observe the beginning of that referenced in some denominations as Holy Week. For many of us, the frenzy of planning for next Sunday’s Easter activities is in high gear. For some this is just another Sunday. In many...
03/20/2016
Question: You wrote last week about the New Socialism, but you did not address the issue of income inequality. Don’t you think that’s the real problem? Answer: “Everything is amazing and nobody is happy.” That’s the unofficial name of a comedy...
03/20/2016
Now that spring has officially sprung, you might look around your home and decide it’s time for some sprucing up. But you don’t have to confine your efforts to your house and yard — you can also engage in a little “spring cleaning” in your...
03/20/2016
If you’ve ever attended a surprise party you know there’s a certain order to it. It typically starts when the door opens and everyone yells “Surprise!” at the unsuspecting honoree. The November budget compromise between Congress and the President...
03/20/2016
For the highly successful Lincoln Parish collegiate football programs of the last two seasons, the cupboard isn’t completely bare for the 2016 season. Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University should be just fine, given that there’s...
03/20/2016
Perhaps it’s because I live on the sunny side of the Mason-Dixon Line that I seem to have gravitated to the southern reaches of several states when it comes to hunting wild turkeys. I’ve taken gobblers from south Florida to South Dakota and from...
03/18/2016
The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is pleased to present the artwork of children in Lauren Dixon’s art classes from Dubach School in the lobby of the Dixie Center for the arts. The work was created by kindergartners through eighth graders and...
03/18/2016
In July, both the Republican and Democratic parties will host their conventions to decide which presidential candidate will be their party’s nomination for the November race. As it stands — on the Republican side at least — Donald Trump has 673...
03/17/2016
I’ll never forget the first time I saw The Who in 2014 at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The Who are an English class rock band from the 60s. Many will recognize their songs as the theme songs to the CSI series. Their biggest singles...
03/16/2016
I remember the first time I got to mail a letter by myself. I was 5 years old. Almost always when my mother went to the post office to buy stamps or drop envelopes into the brass slots labeled “LOCAL” and “OUT OF TOWN,” I went, too. The post office...