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02/13/2016
Question: My husband is self employed. I used to work, but stopped when we started having children. We are fortunate that he makes enough for me to stay home with our children. He just took out a very large life insurance policy on himself. It...
02/13/2016
No matter your age or your approach to investing, there is one kind of investment that may be considered for your portfolio: dividend-paying stocks. That’s the opinion of Scott Wren, Managing Director and Senior Global Equity Strategist for Wells...
02/13/2016
If you have a child in college, you’re probably familiar with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which must be completed to help ensure that students don’t miss out on federal and state grants, work-study jobs and loans. But you might...
02/12/2016
“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” — Martin Luther King Jr. As I shift through the sheets of written history about the arts in Ruston, I’m intrigued. Last Sunday, my coworker shared a little about the special edition our...
02/11/2016
Americans love social media. According to digitaltrends.com, a website dedicated to finding facts about social media, the average American checks their Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts a staggering 17 times a day. If you consider...
02/10/2016
Edwards Drive residents didn’t win their case before Ruston’s Planning and Zoning Commission in January, but they didn’t exactly lose, either. Neighbors on the 56-year-old street that’s tucked behind a variety of businesses on Cooktown Road, sought...
02/08/2016
In last week’s column, I introduced the topic of teen dating violence. Since February is National Teen Dating Awareness Month, this seems like a very pertinent time to become more aware of this growing problem which is can threaten the health,...
02/08/2016
It’s days like these I know what it means to miss New Orleans. Mardi Gras for anyone who has ever experienced it in the Big Easy is a special thing. And if you grew up there, all the more so. It’s a Louisiana tradition. So every Mardi Gras I begin...
02/06/2016
People say if you are doing what you love then you will never work a day in your life. I agree, and luckily from time to time I get to delve into my first love of history. While I never really cared for some parts of history — such as Latin...
02/06/2016
Question: I retired early a few years ago and thought I had enough money to last me. Now I’m not so sure. I have been taking money out of my portfolio and watching it go steadily down. I am in my late 50s and really don’t want to go back to work...
02/06/2016
Americans spent nearly $19 billion in Valentine’s Day gifts last year, according to the National Retail Federation. Much of this money went for gifts with short shelf lives, such as candy, flowers and restaurant meals — and about $700 million was...
02/06/2016
Many people who were once married or in a committed relationship are faced with managing finances alone at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, the first time many individuals experience handling complicated financial matters is during a...
02/06/2016
When I was growing up, my parents taught my brother and me to respect them, to respect our elders, to respect our friends and of course to respect our teachers as well. Even if we did not particularly like the way a teacher taught us, we were to...
02/06/2016
I wasn’t crazy about “Kung Fu Panda” in 2008, but I loved “Kung Fu Panda 2” in 2011. So I had high hopes for “Kung Fu Panda 3,” using the logic that maybe this franchise gets better as it progresses. Alas, it seems to have reached its creative...
02/05/2016
When I moved to Ruston to attend Louisiana Tech University in fall 2006, I remember thinking that the campus was really easy to maneuver — on foot, anyway. There were students lounging in the Quad, and freshmen like me wandering around hoping we...
02/05/2016
There are certain social stigmas our society is severely confused about. We emphasize what we perceive to be beautiful and sexy, when in reality, the definition of beauty is unique to each individual. So who are we to say one thing is beautiful and...
02/04/2016
When my grandmother prayed the rosary every year, she did it twice — once before hurricane season and once before the New Orleans Saints season. Rest her soul, poor Mamaw never saw the Saints win the Super Bowl in 2009, she passed away in 2004. But...
02/03/2016
It finally happened. Terrorism struck Lincoln Parish. It came in the middle of a Monday night on the silent wings of social networking app Instagram. About 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 25 — the Monday in this story — a Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s deputy received...
02/01/2016
February is here. If you are like most of the world, February means one thing: Valentine’s Day. The official day of love, plus chocolates, flowers, cards, and perhaps even jewelry. Many people may not know that February is also National Teen...
02/01/2016
Another year, around spring with our state universities facing what could become devastating budget cuts. It’s seemingly become par for the course for universities here in Louisiana. And as our state legislators try to find a way out of a financial...