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09/15/2017
It’s a difficult thing to lose someone you love without any warning whatsoever. They are here one day, and gone the next. It’s not an easy thing for a mind to process, yet it happens every day — 121 times a day, actually. In America, more than 44,...
09/14/2017
Well done, Louisiana Tech University, for earning a Tier One ranking in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges list for the seventh consecutive year. The rating truly represents what my alma mater offers to the thousands of students who...
09/13/2017
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder can affect many different people, from survivors of natural disasters, such as destructive earthquakes, hurricanes like Harvey or Irma; victims of violent crimes, rape, or sexual assault; survivors of horrific...
09/13/2017
The most telling result of the Ruston’s recent public opinion survey isn’t what respondents said, but who said it. Self-reported age demographics collected through the online poll shows right at 50 percent of the respondents were between age 25 and...
09/12/2017
School is back in full swing. Are there days when you and your children are running late, so you’re out the door without breakfast? Breakfast is an important meal; it jump starts your day. Breakfast means break the fast. Think about it, your body...
09/11/2017
Growing up in southwest Louisiana, I have seen my fare share of hurricanes. I remember when Hurricane Lili, a Category 1 storm, made landfall in Louisiana on Oct. 3, 2001. Three days before my birthday.
09/11/2017
I don’t know that kids nowadays play no-pads sandlot tackle football like we did when I was a kid. Something tells me some electronic gadget has something to do with that. Dubach High School didn’t have a football team, so all football was played...
09/09/2017
You can be a world champion sprinter. But eventually there’ll be one race you just can’t win. Because old as his is, Father Time is always faster I was reminded of that with the deaths of musicians I admire this week. / Walter Becker of Steely Dan,...
09/09/2017
I do not understand. I do not understand, why, in 2017, that we hear and see in our public discourse, topics such as Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan.
09/09/2017
Question: My brother has approached me about serving as a trustee for his kids. It would only go into effect if something happened to him. I guess this is something his lawyer suggested. Is this OK for me to do that? Answer: Be sure you understand...
09/09/2017
September is Life Insurance Awareness Month. And “awareness” is an appropriate designation, because many people remain unaware of the many ways in which life insurance can help families meet their key financial goals. Here are three of the biggest...
09/09/2017
Our company is committed to helping you succeed across all areas of your financial life. Here are five considerations to think about when it comes to tax planning. 1. Analyze your investment portfolio. Review your portfolio to help ensure your...
09/08/2017
“That age.” My doctor first used the phrase about 10 years ago, when approaching the big five-oh, my sugar and cholesterol began to be a problem. “You know, Mark, you’re at that age where ...”
09/08/2017
On Monday, 16 years will have passed since the Al-Qaeda-sponsored terror attacks left almost 3,000 people dead and thousands more wounded. As with many Americans, I can remember where I was and what I was doing when news of the first plane striking...
09/07/2017
There’s just some things that leave you speechless. That’s exactly how my family and I would describe our recent visit to the national 9/11 Museum and Memorial in New York City, just a month shy of the 16th anniversary of the day that changed the...
09/06/2017
I’ve been a college student in another city and another state. I went about my days living an average student life.  I went to class. I studied. I ate in the cafe. I did well, but something was missing.   On a Friday night, my mother called as she...
09/06/2017
Ruston is not a smokestack industry kind of town. Which is all the more reason the Board of Aldermen acted rightly when it agreed to begin the process of creating the city’s first tax incremental financing district. In fact, the TIF district could...
09/05/2017
This week we’re going back to some basics. How to avoid road rage is a good start. I was going to be late for work the other day, and I honked my horn at someone driving very slowly on a two- lane road. Later I determined it was a woman on the...
09/05/2017
While I was growing up, our family left after Sunday School once a month to go visit both sets of grandparents. There was always so much excitement around making that trip — my brother and I were especially close to our grandparents and we loved...
09/05/2017
We have already had many parents and students asking about how to enroll their child in 4-H and when. 4-H enrollment begins this month for Lincoln Parish Schools and we are looking forward to working with the youth of Lincoln Parish this year. We...