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Columns

09/19/2013
So, apparently, I have been living under a rock. At 6 p.m. Oct. 10, the third annual Wiggin’ Out dinner and fundraiser will be held at Squire Creek. I never knew what Wiggin’ Out was until I met with Vicki Caskey, founder of Wiggin’ Out, last week...
09/18/2013
Every September as the new school year gets underway, I am back in Mrs. Garrett’s freshman advanced English class at Ruston High School.
09/17/2013
4-H, the largest youth development organization in the world, is a community of over six million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. 4-H follows the philosophy of learning by doing. The fundamental 4-H...
09/16/2013
It was an unprecedented night in Ruston last Thursday. Nine Super Bowl rings, Three Super Bowl MVPs together on one football field. Other than Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, such is a rare sight anywhere, let alone Joe Aillet...
09/14/2013
Fall is almost officially here — and if you’re like most people, you’re probably wondering how summer went by so fast. Those trips to the lake or the beach are fading in memory now, giving way to helping kids with homework, raking leaves and the...
09/14/2013
Question: I find it very hard to make financial decisions. It’s like I think about it a long time and then I do nothing. Any suggestions? Answer: It sounds like you’re a “Cautious Thinker” when it comes to money decisions. I find that people...
09/14/2013
Bond market volatility is back. No, that’s not an oxymoron. But it is an understandable source of apprehension, and one that could tempt you to respond to short-term movements. Instead, focus on ways to prepare the fixed income portion of your...
09/13/2013
For a few minutes each day I take the time to scour the Internet in search of some odd or better yet interesting news that has happened across the country or world. I wasn’t as shocked as many people would be to see a Miss America contestant proudly...
09/13/2013
A beautiful fall day suddenly turned tragic. I was in Junior High at Carroll Gardens Community School in Brooklyn when it happened. I was only 10 years old and my sister had walked me to school about an hour before. Sept.11, 2001, is a day that I...
09/12/2013
I spent most of my weekends growing up on Barham Road in Dubach. When I was younger, before U.S. Highway 167 was expanded, my family scoured the hills of Barham Road. My grandparents lived on that road before I was born and will likely live there...
09/11/2013
I didn’t want to go to the conference. I figured I could learn as much from sources right here in Louisiana. But the corporate bosses thought otherwise. So, being a dutiful reporter, I made my reservations, packed my carry-on bag and called a friend...
09/10/2013
Very often when people are talking with me about where they learned something or why they did something it is because they read it on the Internet. Apparently, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest are looked at by some as the greatest sources...
09/10/2013
I have covered the Lincoln Parish School Board for about three years. During that time, I really can't think of a time when some construction project wasn't either ongoing or in the process of being approved. Students who graduated as recently as...
09/09/2013
I’ll be the first to admit that in recent years I’ve become disillusioned with many forms of our government. And I wasn’t shocked by the recent resignation of U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, who attributed his move to the fact that “Rather than...
09/07/2013
I never played ball for Coach Doug Colvin, but when I heard that a bunch of his old ballplayers were gathering in Dubach to honor him, I knew I wanted to go. That afternoon, when I turned off of Hico St. and onto the parking lot of the First...
09/07/2013
When I climb on my exercise bike during the pre-dawn hours, an Elvis movie can keep me pedaling. For weeks now, I’ve been glued to the Golden Globe winning Elvis on Tour, an amazing 1972 documentary film that includes concert footage, offstage...
09/07/2013
Editor’s Note: This column was written prior to the revelation of the wording of the new ordinance mentioned in today’s front page story. The British are coming. Well, maybe that is a little dramatic.
09/07/2013
Crises that buffet the financial markets have become commonplace in recent years: 2008’s banking crisis, the housing market implosion, credit woes at home and abroad, currency fluctuations, natural disasters. As a result, stock prices have been...
09/07/2013
Generally speaking, if you’re efficient at a particular task, you’ll get good results without wasting effort. As you’ve already learned from your life experiences, it’s usually far better to be efficient at something than to be inefficient — and...
09/07/2013
Question: I am way behind in starting to save for retirement. I am not really comfortable with the stock market, but I know I need to invest some of my money if I ever want to retire. Should I go for the high risk stuff and just ignore the ups and...