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05/12/2016
One of my most vivid preschool memories is about growing up with housekeepers. I’m not even sure if that’s what we called them back then or how — on our income — my family could even afford one. What I do know is that they were an important part of...
05/11/2016
It was just coincidence. Fifteen days after Ruston officials announced state transportation decision makers had given tentative approval to plans for the long-sought interchange at Interstate 20 and Tarbutton Road, a large hole appeared in the...
05/09/2016
The end of the school year has become a winning proposition for Louisiana Tech as university students continue chalking up victories in various competitions across the country. A total of $12,500 in cash and prizes were awarded two weeks ago to the...
05/08/2016
Kenneth Dixon’s tumble from a probable second-round selection in the NFL Draft may not be such a bad thing. The all-time leading rusher for Louisiana Tech University just might’ve landed with the right team. And the Baltimore Ravens may very well be...
05/08/2016
Turkey season has ended and it’s time to go fishing, or time to find other activities to do in the outdoors. One of the things many outdoorsmen do this time of year is to give their deer stands the once-over before the weather gets too hot and the...
05/07/2016
On Saturday, Slade and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary, and today we celebrate Mother’s Day. The two days fell the exact same way the weekend we were married. To some that may not seem like that big of a deal, but little did we know that...
05/07/2016
When I was young, I really wanted to be a Brownie. Seeing girls at school in their cute little brown uniforms on meeting days made me think that being involved with the group just had to be the best thing ever. However, when I asked my mom about it...
05/07/2016
 I wonder what Mother’s Day was like for Eve. The first one must have been somewhere between Genesis 4:1 and 4:8. Amidst and between both scriptural verses she gave birth to two children, one of who murdered the other. I suspect, though, that there...
05/07/2016
When you set up your investment portfolio, you probably also settled on an asset allocation strategy — for instance, 60 percent stocks and 40 percent bonds. You, perhaps with the help of your financial advisor, determined that this particular...
05/07/2016
Question: My husband and I are looking at buying a small lake house. The price is pretty good, but I am bothered because we still have some debt we haven’t paid off yet. He said you’ve got to pull the trigger on this kind of thing quickly or...
05/07/2016
If you have a medical appointment this week, you might want to wish your nurse a happy National Nurses Week. This annual event is designed to celebrate the important role nurses play in health care. Of course, while nurses and doctors can help you...
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...