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05/06/2017
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...
05/06/2017
With Mother’s Day around the corner, you might wonder if you should go beyond chocolates and flowers this year and give Mom something that can help her far into the future. What sort of financial gift can improve her life?
05/06/2017
In our culture we are constantly putting up boundaries and setting certain limits by which to live. Many times we do this in order to protect ourselves and those we love. We teach our young children to stop at the edge of the sidewalk, so they don...
05/05/2017
Before I left for college, I was given three very important pieces of advice: have fun, study hard and most importantly, don’t become a liberal. Unfortunately, I’ve come to realize all of those things are easier said than done these days.
05/05/2017
Some of the first conversations I remember having with my father were about family history. I was raised to believe that it is important that one know where they came from. After all, as my dad likes to say, if you don’t where you have been, you can...
05/04/2017
On New Year’s Eve back home in Metairie, my mother preached for roughly 30 minutes on the importance of not drinking and driving. I ensured her that no one in my party would drive because we were taking an Uber to downtown New Orleans. That was the...
05/03/2017
Just minutes before midnight on Easter Sunday, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call requesting an ambulance to come near the intersection of U.S. 167 and Nell Street in Dubach. Deputies arrived on the scene a short time later to...
05/01/2017
For the 16th year in a row, Super 1 Foods in Ruston will open its doors to Domestic Abuse Resistance Team advocates, friends and supporters for our annual Radiothon. From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Thursday, the parking lot will be filled with the...
05/01/2017
I was a POK — a peach orchard kid. News of Mitcham Farms’ planting new trees has set me to reminiscing about my childhood peach connection. In the late ’50s my father, Flavil Hollis, who never completely got the soil from his family’s Union Parish...
04/29/2017
Let me begin by saying I’m not a doomsday theorist believing that global warming will bring the end of life as we know it as we slowly move toward the next century. But I do believe in climate change. And I do believe it’s something we must consider...
04/29/2017
It’s Kentucky Derby time again. Even if you’re not much of a horse racing fan, you might appreciate all the Derby’s pageantry — the mint juleps, the women’s beautiful hats, the singing of “My Old Kentucky Home,” and so on. But if you look beyond...
04/29/2017
Question: I grew up in a home where my parents did not talk about money at all. It wasn’t until my father died that I knew anything about his financial situation, and it wasn’t good. Now that I’ve got children of my own in high school and elementary...
04/29/2017
Your parents and grandparents may have known better about lots of things when you were younger. But you probably shouldn’t be following their example when it comes to managing your money in retirement. “Most retirement income for (our) parents’ and...
04/28/2017
In today’s world, the general population has a slew of things to keep track of and care about on a day-to-day basis. From keeping up with work, school and those in our lives and in the world around us, there is a basic expectation set for how much...
04/28/2017
Florien High School is a small building, housing around 300 K-12 students on the edge of Toledo Bend Lake. There is not much to see other than its brown brick outsides with its flaking yellow letters proclaiming it’s motto: “Building a Tradition of...
04/27/2017
Tonight we finally get back to a little football as the NFL holds the first round of its 2017 draft. The New Orleans Saints look to be a major player in this this year’s draft with two first round picks, and no, I don’t see the Saints giving one of...
04/27/2017
I recently started the HBO miniseries “John Adams” which chronicles more than 50 years of the second president of the United States of America and what role he played in shaping the early days of our country. The series opens well before he became...
04/26/2017
On a spring afternoon sometime during the mid 1980s, my co-worker Ruth and I traipsed through briars, weeds and near-impenetrable brush just west of Dubach looking for Absalom Autrey’s grave. We found it, along with the graves of his first wife,...
04/25/2017
As summer approaches many teens begin applying for summer jobs to earn extra income. For those teens lucky enough to live on a working farm, they may not have to complete a job application. Instead, they will need to develop a business plan to...
04/24/2017
Did you ever see the scene from the movie “The Sixth Sense” when little Haley Joel Osment tells Bruce Willis, “I see dead people?” That film represented the freaky notion that the young boy could see and talk to those who have passed on. As...