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08/14/2017
As usual, there’s a large group of outstanding high school football players lined up to earn headlines on Friday nights in North Louisiana. The dynamic duo of quarterback Justin Rogers and wide receiver Terrace Marshall of Bossier City Parkway. Pass...
08/14/2017
My brother and I are 18 months apart. We have always been very close growing up. He would let me paint his nails or dress him up in my play dresses, and I would play with cars with him or play soldiers outside. Our friend group tended to be the same...
08/14/2017
In the fall of 1979, I graduated from Louisiana Tech. When he called me in; my academic advisor said that I had actually exceeded the maximum amount of tuition paid my any un-incarcerated student in Louisiana. My diploma said I had earned a degree...
08/12/2017
It’s in the numbers. The law of averages always catches up to us. That includes celebrity deaths. The older we get, the more likely it is that we’ve felt the loss of someone we admired from afar for whatever reason. It happened again for me last...
08/12/2017
Asset allocation is a strategy that can help take the guesswork out of choosing investments for your portfolio. Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket, you spread your eggs (dollars) among a variety of baskets (stocks, bonds, and cash). The...
08/12/2017
Question: I read somewhere that on average I need 70 percent of my working income in retirement. Does that sound about right? Answer: Last week we began examining this issue by identifying four bases you need to cover in your planning for retirement...
08/12/2017
Unless you live near an amusement park that does a lot of advertising, you probably didn’t know that Wednesday is National Roller Coaster Day. Actual roller coasters provide people with thrills. But as an investor, how can you stay calm on the “...
08/12/2017
Unless you live near an amusement park that does a lot of advertising, you probably didn’t know that Wednesday is National Roller Coaster Day. Actual roller coasters provide people with thrills. But as an investor, how can you stay calm on the “...
08/11/2017
“How do you think he’s going to do?” “What do you think of him?” The “he” and “him” cited above in the most commonly asked questions I’ve encountered over the last two weeks is Heath Murry, the new executive director at D’Arbonne Woods Charter...
08/11/2017
From kindergarten to 12th grade, I went to the same public school in the small village of Florien. I graduated with a small class of 40 — the second largest class that had moved on from that building. We saw each other every day and we knew all of...
08/10/2017
The new school year has arrived. Teachers, staff and administration gear up for thousands of Lincoln Parish students heading to school for the first time since the final bell rang at the beginning of summer. Lincoln Parish schools superintendent...
08/09/2017
Here’s what’s wrong in Louisiana. In July, Gov. John Bel Edwards sent at letter to House Speaker Taylor Barras asking Barras to identify a plan he is willing to support to keep the state from plummeting off the fiscal cliff upon which it is rather...
08/08/2017
“Focus on Photography, Bicycle Adventures, Lift Off, Micro Magicians, See Them Sprout, Play the Role” ... Can you believe these are 4-H projects that any 9 through 19-year-old can participate in when they become a member of the largest youth...
08/07/2017
As the DART child advocate, I come across a lot of children that do amazing things. It makes me sad when I see an adult — only every now and then — discount the importance of what children can offer our world. The children I work with have been...
08/07/2017
Kentrell Brice wants to be known for more than just that “smash-the-face-mask” hit in the 2016 NFC playoffs. You have to remember it. Brice, who prepped at Ruston High before playing collegiately at Louisiana Tech, leveled a vicious tackle on Dallas...
08/07/2017
I stood in front of my chorus last Thursday, as I have for the past three weeks, demonstrating choreography for a song we’re returning to the repertoire after several years’ absence. In my best Julia Child voice and with flailing arms, seeking...
08/07/2017
I have always been a fan of odd holidays. National Hot Dog Day and National Ice Cream Day are two of my favorites. As I was sitting at my desk trying to think of what to write about next, I decided to look up what holiday would fall on the day this...
08/05/2017
After several days of ballyhooing over the Tech Press Box honor bestowed upon your columnist, let’s now turn to someone who is more than worthy and deserving of being similarly recognized. Major Lawrence J. Fox. To the readers of the Ruston Daily...
08/05/2017
Last week, relating one of the most difficult cases I’ve ever handled, I described a “cruelty to juvenile” case that was probably more. The issue of where to conduct the trial came up. What was a fair venue? I concluded that Raymond Helsley Jr....
08/05/2017
It was announced earlier this summer that Louisiana has written a 50-year, $50 billion master plan to save its coast. While not yet fully funded, the plan calls for spending $25 billion on restoring lost sections of land and $6 billion on elevating...