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12/13/2014
Cleaning off the notepad with some leftover notes, quotes and observations from the sports world: • For Tech Nation, this couldn’t have worked out any better. The Bulldogs — Conference USA West Division champs and league runner-up — have a...
12/13/2014
Editor’ Note: An excerpt from the Bethlehem Bugler newspaper; author Josephus Printus. Dec. 18, 2 B.C. Today was just another routine day except for heavy traffic. The weather was mild; crowds were growing. I saw a young traveling couple and asked...
12/13/2014
I’m not going to lie, it’s starting to get a little scary out there. When I first took on this healthy lifestyle, I was excited at the concept that one of the benefits of frequent exercise is a healthier immune system. It’s a pretty well-known and...
12/13/2014
Santa has come early for me this year. And while not what you would expect, the gift that has arrived is something that I value in so many ways.
12/13/2014
Warren Buffet, the “Oracle from Omaha,” is considered one of the most successful investors in history. Yet while the investment world may seem complex, Mr. Buffet’s advice is actually pretty simple. Here are a few Buffet quotes, along with some...
12/13/2014
Question: Somebody told me about a deal where you can give an insurance company a set amount of money and they promise to give you a check for as long as you live. What is that? And how can they afford to do that? Answer: You are referring to a...
12/13/2014
Money can, after all, grow on trees — family trees. And judging by the $8.4 trillion baby boomers are expected to inherit from older generations in coming years, we’re not talking chump change. In fact, roughly two-thirds of boomer households will...
12/13/2014
Kenyon McNeail was a long-range legend during his Louisiana Tech University basketball career. Now, he’s extended his talent for sinking 3-point shots from another area code to the international scene. The former Bulldogs’ star is among the leading...
12/12/2014
I keep thinking about waiting — preparation — and what it means to wait with expectation in this Advent season ... to prepare room in our hearts for the coming of the Christ child as Christians. I keep wondering about how many people will actually...
12/12/2014
On this Sunday afternoon, I’m having a special date with my church granddaughter, Lori James. The reason it is so special is because she has never been to a ballet. I’m amazed since she has traveled the world with her husband, Bobby, and seen sights...
12/12/2014
In recent weeks, I have gotten multiple phone calls and emails about scammers. Scammers main goal is to attempt to collect money from innocent bystanders. It is a travesty that people fall victim to these scams and do not realize what they really...
12/10/2014
Let’s face it, I’m a homebody. Maybe part of the reason is because when I was a kid, even the preliminary discussions of our family’s going out of town were, well, let’s start with agonizing. What was of paramount importance was that everybody be on...
12/09/2014
In my last article, I talked a bit about bed bugs. We talked a little about how those little guys can hitch hike into your house. I had said that buying/trading at garage sales, Facebook markets and Craigslist are now the No. 1 way that bed bugs can...
12/08/2014
It really is the most wonderful time of the year, but that could quickly turn in the other direction if you aren’t careful when choosing and putting up your Christmas decorations. Each year hospital emergency rooms treat about 8,700 people for...
12/08/2014
The first week of December has ended, and all over our community, people are reaching out to DART. We have gratefully received gestures of compassion and kindness from so many different groups of people.
12/07/2014
On further review, and based solely on monetary reasons, I should have picked another profession. Had I followed the advice, suggestions or even pleadings of various relatives and friends, it might very well have happened. My grandfather on my Dad’s...
12/07/2014
In basic terms, a mutual fund is a company whose main objective is to professionally invest a pool of money in securities and earn a positive return for shareholders. In this way, these companies allow you to “mutually” share the rewards and risks...
12/07/2014
As 2014 draws to a close, you may want to look back on the progress you’ve made this past year in various areas of your life — and that certainly includes progress toward your financial goals. At the same time, you may want to make some end-of-year...
12/07/2014
Question: I have never asked my parents if they have long-term care insurance or anything like that. Would it be wrong of me to ask? Answer: Tim Berry wishes he had. When Tim’s father announced his open heart surgery, Tim was assured his father’s...
12/07/2014
Memories of history can be overcome with the glitter or glamor of the present. We know that we are in the “Christmas season.” Not many of us think of from where we have come. We are caught up with the inundation of advertising and “must have”...