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08/20/2016
We are not unaffected by the tragedies presently being endured by our neighbors, families and friends in South Louisiana. These folks need our help.
08/20/2016
Question: I am dealing with some financial pressures that I’ve never had before. As a result I am just totally overwhelmed. Some days I can hardly get any sleep. Any advice? Answer: Some financial stress is fact of life in our modern world. That’s...
08/20/2016
School here in Lincoln Parish is in full swing. If you have young children going to public schools, your biggest expenditures may be on pens, pencils and notebooks. But if you want those same kids to go to college someday, you’ll eventually face...
08/20/2016
The process for eliminating debt is anything but an easy-to-solve financial equation. Many people wonder if they should pay off their debt as quickly as possible or invest their money, letting debt payments run their course. The answer depends on...
08/19/2016
Today’s Art Talk is from NCLAC member and local artist Kate Sartor Hilburn. She and Patricia Tait Jones are collaborating on a wonderful opportunity to showcase Lincoln Parish through photography. This art exhibition is open for anyone to submit—not...
08/19/2016
Southeast Louisiana is devastated. Thousands of homes are gone, and 13 people are dead due to the historic flooding. Homes have been literally washed way. People have been left with the clothes on their back and maybe whatever they could fit in a...
08/18/2016
“It just kept coming.” That’s how my friend described floodwaters rising to six inches in his Livingston Parish childhood home. I have heard this chilling statement many times. In fact, it haunts me — as I’m sure it does many Louisiana residents. A...
08/17/2016
There’s no doubt about it. Robert Edwin Russ wanted the town that bears his name to be a college town. He donated land for and was a trustee of Ruston College, which in 1894 became the Industrial Institute and College of Louisiana, the forerunner of...
08/15/2016
What do you get when you take a termite-infested children’s room, several generous supporters and an entire community of givers, a year or more of planning, waiting, and working, and one man’s tireless devotion? You get an incredible new children’s...
08/15/2016
I turned the corner during my walk down the street beside our house, and something looked different. At first I couldn’t tell what was wrong, but then it hit me: The streetlight near the end of the cul-de-sac was flickering. Everything seemed dark....
08/15/2016
Kenneth Dixon, Vernon Butler, Jeff Driskel. Louisiana Tech University fans are familiar with those former Bulldogs being chosen in the annual NFL Draft this year. But several non-drafted players are making an unexpected name for themselves during...
08/13/2016
Ad valorem taxes have always been a controversial tax. The majority of citizens don’t have to pay this property tax because either they don’t own any property, or the value of their property falls below the $75,000 homestead exemption threshold. The...
08/13/2016
If you have an interest in looking up obscure holidays and celebrations, you will find that Tuesday is National Roller Coaster Day. As you know, a roller coaster is used as a metaphor for many areas of life — including the financial markets. As an...
08/13/2016
When you set up your investment portfolio, you probably also settled on an asset allocation strategy — for instance, 60 percent stocks and 40 percent bonds. You, perhaps with the help of your Financial Adviser, determined that this particular...
08/13/2016
Question: Do you think Social Security will be there for me when I retire? Answer: My somewhat educated guess is, “Yes, Social Security will be there … but not all there.” One way or the other, I think you’re going to get less. If the Social...
08/12/2016
The 2016 Summer Games of the Olympics are well underway and athletes representing the United States seem to be earning gold medal after gold medal. Now, I’m not usually one for sports, it’s just not my thing, but I have always loved to watch the...
08/11/2016
Seems like just yesterday Lincoln Parish children started summer vacation. Just as quickly as the holiday came, the new school year approached. Most Lincoln Parish schools will begin a full day of classes on Monday. Pre-kindergarten through 12th...
08/10/2016
It happened on South Vienna Street. It happened near Maryland Avenue. It happened on Edwards Drive. And now, it’s happened just off North Trenton Street. In each location, when developers have sought a zoning change or conceptual approval for a...
08/08/2016
When as a young man, or woman, they pin a badge on your chest, you notice a change in how you see yourself and how others see you. You now belong to a family — a green, blue, or khaki brotherhood — one that your friends and family may never truly...
08/06/2016
How some of the former Lincoln Parish college players are doing in the early phases of NFL training camps: LARRY DONNELL: If the initial part of the New York Giants’ camp offers a measuring stick, then this former Grambling State University...