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04/06/2016
Jott Delcambre didn’t have to ask Ruston’s Planning and Zoning Commission to consider conceptual approval of the apartment complex he wants to build on South Barnette Springs Street. He could have forged ahead, bought the property and contracted for...
04/04/2016
It never ceases to amaze me about how much Louisiana Tech University has placed itself on the cutting edge of science research. On Wednesday, Tech’s College of Engineering and Science will host Jodi Cooley, international dark matter expert and...
04/02/2016
Feel the Bern. The saying has become synonymous with being a Bernie Sanders supporter. But I think there are different connotations behind the phrase. More than one video has recently gone viral showing a young man demonstrating support for both...
04/02/2016
It is raining the day I write these words. I wish to express some heartfelt thanks. Normally, a comment about rain would be most insignificant. It does remind us of the most unusual period of whether that many of us have experienced in a long time...
04/02/2016
Question: I am in my late 50s and I know I can’t retire by 65. But even if I work to age 70, is that really going to make that much difference? Answer: More than you might think. Not long ago someone asked me to help them evaluate their retirement...
04/02/2016
As a result of the loss of corporate pensions and concerns about the long-term viability of Social Security, most Americans anticipate having to be personally responsible for funding their retirement to a degree that would have been unimaginable...
04/02/2016
To be successful at investing, some people think they need to “get in on the ground floor” of the next “big thing.” However, instead of waiting for that one “hot” stock that may never come along, consider creating an asset allocation — a mix of...
04/02/2016
Save for athletics, Louisiana Tech University’s three candidates for the annual NFL Draft would’ve likely never crossed paths. Running back Kenneth Dixon grew up in Strong, Arkansas. Defensive lineman Vernon Butler is from Summitt, Arkansas....
04/02/2016
Last Saturday morning was nearly blue pure perfect for opening day of turkey season in Louisiana. Clear skies and a chill in the air greeted me as I parked my truck, gathered my gear and began making my way to the spot I had already picked out. It...
04/02/2016
The College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech University will host Jodi Cooley, international dark matter expert and associate professor of physics at Southern Methodist University, as part of the Wallace Herbert Memorial Astronomy...
04/01/2016
After the pouring rain at the beginning of March, several parishes in Louisiana were flooded, and hundreds of people displaced. However, Lincoln Parish banded together as a community to help those in need, and on top of all of the donated clothes,...
03/31/2016
I will admit I lack communication with my grandparents. I never met my grandfather on my mother’s side and my grandmother on my mother’s side passed away more than a decade ago. All I have left is my step-grandfather and grandmother from my father’s...
03/30/2016
For about as long as I can remember, my image of Ruston founder Robert Edwin Russ was that of a dour, cunning man with a cold personality. The bronze, eyeless bust of the city’s founder that stares blankly at everybody who enters the foyer at the...
03/28/2016
Kenneth Dixon made a lot of headlines during the 2015 football season. If it wasn’t for becoming Louisiana Tech University’s all-time leading rusher, it was for being chosen as the top running back for the North squad at the Senior Bowl. And then...
03/28/2016
Imagine the following scene. Three young children are playing with the family dog, a gangly young puppy with one crooked ear. They are playing chase and rolling on the ground, and everyone is laughing. Suddenly the children’s father comes outside...
03/28/2016
Officials at Grambling State and Louisiana Tech universities must be breathing a little easier, at least for a while, after receiving a little good news last week. Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration announced March 24 that Louisiana's colleges...
03/28/2016
I would like to take this opportunity to inform the citizens of Lincoln Parish and all surrounding parishes of the upcoming spring break, which for most area schools will end April 4. With all the excitement of being on holiday break, I would like...
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...