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12/01/2017
If you are looking to get into the Christmas spirit, I know where you can find it — the Dixie Center for the Arts. The Ruston Community Theatre held their opening night of “A Christmas Carol” Thursday evening, and I have to say that I was impressed...
11/30/2017
Travis Napper, Ruston Lincoln Convention and Visitor’s Bureau president, hit the proverbial nail on the head. “Ruston is much different than it was 15, 10, five, even three years ago,” said Napper, who has been living in Ruston 15 years. While there...
11/29/2017
Sales tax figures can be a bit illusive. Take for instance, the individual business classifications that sometimes show an 80, 100 or even 1,000-plus percent jump over the previous reporting period. While the increases leave the entities receiving a...
11/28/2017
While I still find myself somewhere between the fog of too much turkey and dressing and the barrage of Christmas decorations and wrapping paper, one thing is for sure — my heart is still filled with a sense of profound gratitude and unmistakable joy...
11/28/2017
4-H is continually adding new projects and events that appeal to and benefit the youth of this generation. 4-H offers projects and events in the areas of robotics, outdoor skills and public speaking. These are just a few of the more than 50 project...
11/27/2017
I must admit: I cringed when I saw the glut of Christmas decorations and paraphernalia in the big box stores before Halloween. I winced when I witnessed the Hershey’s Holiday Bells ringing several weeks ago on their seasonal commercial. (But that...
11/25/2017
Ever heard of a “lef’forme?” For ease, a “lefforme.” Yes, you have. You’ve even said it, not knowing its spelling. Before the explanation of “lefforme,” I trust you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, the oldest accepted holiday in our nation’s history...
11/25/2017
The news of the death of Charles Manson reverberated across the nation last week, including Louisiana, where the facts surrounding his passing can be tied directly into recent news in the Bayou State.
11/25/2017
To help achieve your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you should save and invest regularly. But that’s only part of the picture. You also need to protect your financial assets in various ways. One such method is guarding your...
11/25/2017
Question: Why do all the investment commercials say that past performance is no indication of future performance (or something like that)? That doesn’t make sense to me. Real life isn’t like that — in my business; you’re evaluated on results....
11/25/2017
Periodically reviewing your investments to ensure they are on the right track is an important and meaningful measure in working toward your financial goals. Here is a simple but valuable way to get more from your investment strategy. When your next...
11/22/2017
If you’re finding it a little harder to feel thankful this Thanksgiving Eve than you think you should, that’s OK. It’s been a tough 12 months since a stuffed turkey last graced the dining table. Still, almost weekly, we hear about a presidential...
11/21/2017
This is the time of the year that your garden will produce a variety of vegetables. Even though we have some cooler weather, there is still enough sunshine during the days to have a vegetable garden. An advantage of gardening in the fall and winter...
11/20/2017
Have you ever tried to find the spot in Bienville Parish where Bonnie & Clyde were ambushed? Try finding it, I dare you. It ain’t easy. It took me a few tries to locate the small monument. I was beginning to think somebody had stolen it or...
11/18/2017
As Thanksgiving Day nears, I’m reminded of how thankful I am for our veterans of foreign wars and the sacrifices made by our American military service members. Unfortunately, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Parnell-Burt Post 3615 located in Ruston don’...
11/18/2017
Thanksgiving is almost here. Ideally, this day should be about more than football and the imminent arrival of Black Friday mega-sales. After all, the spirit of the holiday invites us to be grateful for what we have and for the presence of our loved...
11/18/2017
Even with a solid retirement plan in place, life can include big and unexpected changes — often unanticipated. About 46 percent of retirees left the workforce earlier than planned, according to the 2016 Retirement Confidence Survey released by the...
11/18/2017
Question: I’ve always wanted to have $1,000,000 when I retire. What’s the best way to get there from where I am? I have about $100,000 now and about 20 years to retire. Answer: I grew up with dogs.
11/17/2017
There are few certainties in life. The sun rises each morning in the east and sets each evening in the west. The check out line you get in at the store will immediately become the slowest. Someone who doesn’t share your top-flight driving skills...
11/17/2017
In Ruston, city officials are urging citizens to be more thoughtful about how they get rid of unwanted goods. In other words — recycle. Recently, members of the Louisiana Tech University’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers hosted a...