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05/06/2016
First of all, be sure to mark your calendars for Monday as the Louisiana Tech University Percussion Ensemble will present their final performance of the school year. The concert will include a popular xylophone rag titled Triplets, which features...
05/06/2016
“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts...
05/05/2016
Eddie Robinson was a man of integrity. The legendary former Grambling State University head football coach loved GSU as much as the university continues to love him. The love is warranted. However, the community loves Robinson more for what he did...
05/04/2016
The Union Lincoln Regional Water Supply Initiative board is in a pickle. Louisiana’s Department of Administration, the government’s management arm and hub of its financial operations, has refused to exempt the ULRWSI from the standard 25 percent...
05/02/2016
The Domestic Abuse Resistance’s Team annual fundraising efforts are ongoing, with DART’s Radiothon set for Thursday. As we’re reminded this week about domestic violence we’re reminded how often men lash out and abuse women. And sometimes, in the...
05/02/2016
It’s only taken me 60 years to write about how they met. It was in 1937 or ’38. He was 22 and making $10 a week working as a delivery boy for a grocery store. His rural route took him right by her house. She was 15 and just out of high school. As...
04/30/2016
Many of you may not realize it but I once had an offer to perform athletically at the collegiate level. Sounds crazy, right? Sometimes it’s hard for me to believe it myself, but it’s true. You see, leading up to high school I did everything under...
04/30/2016
As you set aside money for retirement, you’re probably thinking about planning for necessities, such as housing, food and transportation. You may also be budgeting for some luxuries, such as travel, dinners out and gifts for family members and...
04/30/2016
Question: I went to see my financial guy about retiring and all we talked about was my mutual funds. I know that is important, but do I also need to be talking to an attorney for my will? And what about long-term care? Answer: Medicine used to be...
04/30/2016
Mother’s Day is almost here, so start shopping for the flowers or candy for Mom. But this year, why not also go beyond the traditional? Specifically, if your mother is still working but getting close to retirement, consider providing her with a gift...
04/29/2016
This week it was announced that two staff members at the Lincoln Parish Library were named as recipients of two distinguished Louisiana Library Association awards. Both Sarah Creekmore and Jeremy Bolom have worked hard in order to get these awards...
04/29/2016
Football will always be king in the South, with baseball and basketball in a distant second place. However, it’s past time for the South to catch on to the best kept secret in sports, playoff hockey. The NHL is nearing the conclusion of the first...
04/28/2016
Small acts, when multiplied by thousands of Lincoln Parish students and businesses, can transform the community. Obviously Adopt-A-School program members understand this to be true. Those partnerships are made possible through the Ruston-Lincoln...
04/27/2016
Pitiful. There’s just no other word for the 12 percent voter turnout in the April 9 referendum that resulted in a pending three-quarter-cent city sales tax increase. Only 1,405 people bothered to vote on an issue that, come July, will not only bump...
04/25/2016
To stay on TOPS or not, that’s the question Louisiana is facing. And it looks like deserving college students will get their chance. The Louisiana Legislature is dealing with how to fund the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students.
04/24/2016
Target recently made headlines for its decision to take a stance on an issue concerning just who is allowed in gender specific bathrooms. The store indicated its stance on the issue of gender identify, which allows a person to use whatever bathroom...
04/24/2016
Tom and I recently watched the movie “October Sky” again. It’s one of those great “based on a true story” films that can really inspire and challenge you. In a nutshell, it’s the story of Homer Hickam and the Rocket Boys, students from the coal...
04/24/2016
1984. For those born later than many of us, that is a book title. It was published by George Orwell in 1949. With developments in technology, using some “Orwellian” verbiage, “Big Brother” is alive and well. Because of recent events and...
04/24/2016
The popularity and accessibility of retirement plans has resulted in Americans holding a significant portion of their assets in 401(k)s or other employer-sponsored retirement plans and IRAs. For many, these accounts represent the largest portion of...
04/24/2016
Question: I am in my 50s and plan to retire within the next ten to fifteen years. What should I plan for with respect to health care costs? Answer: A lot of uncertainty. That doesn’t mean to throw up your hands and surrender. It just means that...