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12/11/2016
Does this make sense?  He was the “worst” and simultaneously the best. He might be the best quarterback to have ever played football.  This paradox of language originated from one of the greatest athletes ever to hail from Ruston, Bert Jones. Bert...
12/11/2016
It absolutely took the holidays to get me to pry my newest CD out of the player on my desk. Once Dec. 1 rolls around it’s time to have the holiday tunes going, but this year it took all the discipline I could muster up to make me remove “The Wonder...
12/11/2016
A variety of topics to discuss in the sports world today: PERFECT BOWL: Had Louisiana Tech University’s football program concocted the ideal setting for its third straight postseason berth, they couldn’t have done better than Fort Worth, Texas. The...
12/11/2016
“I’ll soon be 75 years old and have hunted deer since I was 10 years old,” said retired Columbia utility operator, James Curry Stuart. :I’ve killed some deer but nothing like the one I got last month. This buck is the kind of deer I’ve been after...
12/10/2016
Question: My mother is old and insists on living by herself. Someone working for her has been “borrowing” money from her. Then the other day I found out her bank sent someone to her house to sell her some financial product I don’t think she...
12/10/2016
At this time of year, your life is probably more hectic than usual — so you may have assembled an impressive “to do” list. This can be a helpful tool for organizing your activities in the near future — but have you ever thought of developing a “to...
12/10/2016
Retirement represents a shift from depending upon income from work to accessing other income sources such as Social Security, pensions, annuities, savings, and investments. Making this transition from the asset accumulation phase of your financial...
12/09/2016
“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas ... perhaps ... means a little bit more!” — Dr. Seuss, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” Christmas is supposed to be...
12/08/2016
Walking through the entranceway of one of the vendors during the Holiday Arts Tour, I began to notice something. With the bright white lights and a Christmas wreath hanging, it really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Lincoln Parish...
12/07/2016
Today is Pearl Harbor Day. My mother never told me much about Pearl Harbor. Not that she didn’t remember that Sunday morning; she did. She was 13 years old. Mostly what Mama told me was how afraid everyone was, how my grandfather would listen to the...
12/06/2016
Agritourism gives rural economies a boost in the fall. Because of mild weather conditions this year, many of our pumpkin patches, corn mazes and farm tours will extended their season into November giving guests an opportunity to visit more than...
12/05/2016
This fall has been a wild ride of ricocheting emotions for me. My husband and I celebrated our 30th anniversary and I had my 60th birthday, both occasions bringing sweet reflections and celebrations. At the same time, my sister Diane was diagnosed...
12/05/2016
Wish I was back on the bayou. Rollin with some Cajun queen. Wishin’ I were a fast freight train, Just a chooglin’ on down to New Orleans. Not sure what chooglin means, but it sure sounds like fun. John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival wrote...
12/04/2016
Reasons why fans of Grambling State University and Louisiana Tech University have loved their football so much this season: (We penned a similar column a couple of weeks ago, but given that the G-Men and ’Dogs earned berths in their league title...
12/03/2016
While many times Ruston and New Orleans seem to be worlds apart, I consider both my hometowns. I grew up in the Crescent City, the son of parents hailing from Lincoln and Jackson parishes. So I was heartbroken on Thursday after learning of the road...
12/03/2016
True thanks stems from true belief. Last Sunday was just a couple of days after many of us “formally” gave thanks. It was our collective Thanksgiving Day celebration. We “officially” started a formal recognition, from a governmental standpoint,...
12/03/2016
With the holiday season upon us, you may well be busier than usual. However, by spending a few minutes reviewing your investment scenario of this past year, you can see where you’ve been, where you might be going, and what you need to do to keep...
12/03/2016
Parents often worry about how they’ll save for their retirement years after juggling years of paying for food, education, and other expenses related to their children. But childless retirees may face different obstacles when it comes to retirement...
12/03/2016
Question: I need to begin looking at my retirement planning seriously. I have a 20-year time horizon. What kinds of things do I need to do? Answer: Check your calendar, your watch … or maybe your birth certificate. I’m guessing your time horizon is...
12/03/2016
“So you be you, and I’ll be me — that’s the way it’s supposed to be ... And we’ll be living you and me, together differently.”