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01/14/2014
Four years ago Sunday, marks the date of the Haitian earthquake where more than 200,000 people perished. The earthquake had a magnitude of 7.0 and left a wake of collapsing buildings and rubble in the capital city of Port-au-Prince. Even after four...
01/13/2014
A few years ago talk of a potential bird flu outbreak had people fearful of the possibility of a serious outbreak throughout the country. But while bird flu has not yet really ever taken hold in the U.S., we, including north Louisiana, are in the...
01/12/2014
Louisiana Tech University’s recent upset win over Oklahoma in Norman sent some shock waves over the nation’s college basketball landscape. The unranked Bulldogs stunned the Top Ten ranked Sooners in overtime. That victory could also bode well for...
01/11/2014
“I need your help. Won’t you help me?” Some remember that famous campaign slogan of former Gov. John J. McKeithen when he ran for office. He pronounced the second “help” as “hep.” One of my resolutions in my small world of journalism is to seek...
01/11/2014
Several years ago, Monroe chef and entrepreneur Cory Bahr opened up 102 a Bistro. It saw some success, but ultimately left the city. Bahr, who once won an episode of “Chopped,” is a well-known man, with a restaurant in the heart of downtown Monroe....
01/11/2014
When you leave a job — whether due to layoff or for any reason — you are often faced with a decision about your 401(k) or other retirement plans. Over time, you may be in the same position as many other employees who have accumulated substantial...
01/11/2014
When you’re working to achieve your financial objectives, you will encounter obstacles. Some of these can be anticipated — for example, you won’t be able to invest as much as you want for retirement because you have to pay for your mortgage. Other...
01/11/2014
Question: My boss has offered me the opportunity to buy into our business, but it will cost me some upfront money. I know you say never to go into debt, but how else will I get the money to buy into this business? Answer: Ouch! I feel like the guy...
01/11/2014
I’ve spent this week with Susan and Jonathan and enjoyed every minute of it. Great-grandbaby Sydney still had unopened Christmas presents, so although New Year’s has come and is moving on, we had another Christmas tree celebration. It reminded me of...
01/11/2014
If you’re uninsured, there’s still time to sign up for health insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace and avoid the penalty. The Affordable Care Act requires that most Americans obtain health insurance by 2014 or pay a tax penalty. The penalty...
01/10/2014
A few months ago, I ran across a little mystery involving some very old tombstones in Union Parish that had the last name Brewster. Ebenezer Cemetery is located on the corner of Hicks-Frazier Road and Highway 33, or so I have been told. I have not...
01/10/2014
Before the Christmas holidays I had the chance to swing by the Lincoln Parish Museum to talk with James White and Margaret Ann Emory, museum director, about an exhibit they currently have on display. This exhibit of churches illustrated by White was...
01/09/2014
“Rest and be thankful.” — William Wordsworth On Sunday night, I taught the teenagers in my youth group about gratitude. Yes, we just came out of the holidays that emphasize the importance of being thankful for what we have, not always wondering why...
01/08/2014
When Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth was notified several weeks ago that the city is in line for an additional $4 million from the state for the Tarbutton Road interchange project, he was quick to thank other governmental entities and the local...
01/07/2014
If you live or work on a farm, ranch or other agricultural enterprise you have lots of potential to supplement your existing income through the addition of agritourism opportunities. Today’s generation is interested in eating healthier and having “...
01/06/2014
There’s a reason I live in Louisiana and have for nearly all of my life. And there’s a reason the farthest north I’ve ever lived is Arkansas. Today is a prime example of that reason. I grew up in New Orleans. I remember Christmas mornings warm...
01/06/2014
Out with the old and in with the new. No stigma. No regrets. No blame. No lack of information. New Year’s Resolutions to achieve in 2014: • Educate yourselves about mental health. • Read the Leader’s news articles, editorials and announcements...
01/05/2014
A sports fan in Lincoln Parish would have been best to keep a scorecard handy during 2013. Not for keeping up with the players, but for administrative changes. This was one the busiest seasons ever for such transactions. Start with Louisiana Tech...
01/05/2014
In the Jan. 1 edition, we published a story focused on helping residents get out of debt. While I had the ear of local financial professionals, I also asked about the other hot topic when it comes to personal finances — savings. Despite seeing an...
01/05/2014
A new year is now beginning to settle into our minds as we date those checks, letters, memos, and other such documents that we are so accustomed to handling on an almost daily basis. As 2013 begins to gradually fade we anticipate new beginnings...