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07/23/2016
Question: I get zero attention from my broker. I know my account is not his biggest, but I always have to call him to suggest changes, and that’s if I can get him on the phone. Isn’t he supposed to be advising me, not the other way around? Answer:...
07/23/2016
In 1987, Mickey Slaughter was inducted into the Louisiana Tech University Athletic Hall of Fame. Three years later, son Bobby Slaughter led all NCAA players in receptions and was chosen as an All-American, capping off one of the most productive...
07/23/2016
It was one year ago that an event was held in north Louisiana that had folks excited and turned lots of heads. The inaugural banquet of an organization was held that outdoors people still talk about. It was the initial gathering of a new...
07/23/2016
It began as a date night with my wife, and ended with a substantial purchase at Lowe’s Home Improvement. Please allow me to explain. Over the past few months, my wife and I have discussed expanding our patio space by adding to our covered porch....
07/22/2016
Something I learned a long time ago is that you have to find those small moments in life where everything seems to quiet and the only thing that really matters is whatever you are focused on at that moment. I had a lot of those moments in the...
07/21/2016
Notice the title of my column — “Amaya a city boy?” The title plays on my last name and my New Orleans roots. In correct grammar, my title asks if I really am a city boy. When I moved to Ruston in 2010, Ruston’s culture shook me to the core. I...
07/20/2016
Who would have ever thought? Bars and restaurants that serve alcohol in Ruston staying open until 2 a.m.? Heck, not too many years ago, who would have ever thought of bars and restaurants that serve alcohol being in Ruston at all? The city was “dry...
07/16/2016
Sometimes big things come in small packages. I think that will be shown in a couple of weeks, as the documentary “Gleason” hits theaters nationwide July 29. And it’s a documentary that hits home especially hard for me. It’s not a big-budget,...
07/16/2016
Salute, pray for and thank them. They are courageous.  They are not totally fearless, although nearly so. They are only human, not superhuman, but they are superior.  Regardless of their specific religious persuasion or beliefs, they exemplify...
07/16/2016
Today, women are playing an ever-increasing role in making important financial decisions — whether for themselves or for their families. While many of the basic rules of investing hold true for all investors, some life events affect women...
07/16/2016
Question: I hired a financial planner to do a plan for me several years ago. I got a nice boiler plate book I did not understand with a lot of recommendations for me to do. I’ve done some of them, ignored others and changed my mind on several things...
07/16/2016
“Regrets? I’ve had a few.” — Frank Sinatra. Mr. Sinatra, one of the most famous entertainers of the 20th century, did things his way, but he was also familiar with remorse. He’s not alone, of course. We all deal with regrets — and financial ones...
07/16/2016
The stars were sparkling prominently in the skies overlooking Lincoln Parish collegiate teams during the 2015-16 seasons. So much that our final power rankings for the top headliners ended in a share of first place. Kenneth Dixon or Alex Hamilton?...
07/16/2016
I was picking blackberries down on my Jackson Parish hunting club earlier this year when I heard a familiar bird call that caught my attention. I was transported back to the time when I was a barefoot, tow-headed boy and I remember watching my mom...
07/15/2016
My brother is an American Airman. He wakes up every morning, puts on his Airman Battle Uniform and goes to work. Everyday he serves his country in the best way he knows how — as a member of its military. Nick is three years older than me and has...
07/14/2016
If you were born before 1984, go outside of your church, favorite restaurant or walk through Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University’s campuses. Residents might notice something strange. Groups of Millennials can be seen staring...
07/13/2016
When it comes to Christmas lighting, Ruston may never be the Natchitoches of North Central Louisiana, but it won’t be for lack of trying. The city is spending $115,000 on strands of white LED lights to wrap trees and lampposts downtown and swag...
07/11/2016
Many years ago I had the pleasure of going back to the first annual Dubach Baptist Church reunion. Founded in 1901, you’d think we’d had a reunion by now but nevertheless the church was just the way I remembered it before I pointed my 1969 Buick GS...
07/11/2016
Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” At DART, we know that one of the best ways to help the children who enter our program is to encourage and support a good education for them....
07/09/2016
There’s a reason reporting, be it practicing it, teaching it or only talking about it like right now, is so important to me. I’m a news junkie. Always have been, always will be. It’s that simple. Give me a breaking news story and I’m covering it, or...