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07/12/2014
“They kept us safe. They are like family.”
07/12/2014
Baseball’s best players gather in Minneapolis this week to participate in the All-Star Game. If you’re a fan or even a “weekend athlete,” you can admire these players for their abilities, even if you — like the vast majority of humanity — can’t hope...
07/12/2014
Many women end up managing their finances alone at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, the first time many of them get involved with financial matters is during a crisis, such as a spouse’s death or divorce. We’ve prepared a list of thought-...
07/12/2014
Question: My business has recently taken off. My income is up dramatically. I really feel like this is going to last! But I want to be wise with the way I handle this new money. What do you suggest? Answer: Congratulations on your newfound business...
07/12/2014
Recently I had a great surprise. In fact, it was such a shock I thought I was hallucinating. As I walked down the hallway to the dining room, I came face to face with a duplicate of Kathy Barr, of Ruston/Choudrant. As I reached her, it was all I...
07/12/2014
Several headlines on the local sports beat while wondering whatever happened to former Louisiana Tech University wide receiver (and 1985 New Orleans Saints’ training camp participant) Mike Dellacano: BOUND FOR BAHAMAS: It may sound like some major...
07/12/2014
Mind-boggling. That is how I react every time I scan down the list of accomplishments registered by Trey Hadnot during his amazing (or mind-boggling) track and field career at Louisiana Tech University. It’s a long list that can stack up against any...
07/11/2014
This week has seen a flurry of activity here in the Dixie Center for the Arts, and it gets me excited for fall when the new “season” of programs will begin. One of the best things about having our NCLAC office inside the Dixie Center is that we are...
07/11/2014
With money tight in everyone’s budget these days, it only makes sense that Grambling residents would be a tad worried after recent board of aldermen meetings. During a board meeting last month, the board voted to reduce the number of hours each...
07/10/2014
When I was growing up, the United States was a world “superpower.” As much as I hate to admit it, I don’t think anyone believes that anymore — not even U.S. citizens. The decline in patriotism has had a pronounced effect on our morale and, like a...
07/09/2014
The only thing consistent about politics is its inconsistency. Take, for starters, the race to fill the 3rd Judicial District’s Division B judgeship. Back in January, state Sen. Rick Gallot, D-Ruston, announced he was running for the seat being...
07/08/2014
July is usually the peak month for harvesting and enjoying fruit in north Louisiana. Freestone peaches are ripening and finding their way to the markets, figs ripen this month and of course the July 4 favorite, watermelons, are plentiful. The...
07/08/2014
If you could increase your quality of life, would you? Would you like to add extra years to your life? Dedicating just 30 minutes a day to exercise can do this for you and more. The National Institute on Aging states, “If exercise could be packed...
07/07/2014
Anyone who knows me can tell you that I am an animal lover. We have always had our own dogs, and since we live out in the country, we often find stray pups. A few years ago, I counted heads around our house, and we had 13 dogs at one time! There...
07/07/2014
Let me warn you, it’s not going to last. In fact, it’s already fading away. But for those who spent much of your Fourth of July weekend outdoors, you probably took notice. The weather was incredible. It was rather hot and sticky during Peach Fest...
07/05/2014
Question: I have $20,000 from a bond that matured. I would like to pay down our $55,000 mortgage. It has a 5.5 percent rate and we pay $850 a month. My husband wants to invest it in a mutual fund. We are less than 10 years from retirement. Which...
07/05/2014
Derek Jeter is 40 going on 20. Are you sure he didn’t get a transfusion from Ernie Banks and is blessed with some of that forever young blood? You sure would fool me. Jeter, as you should be well aware of by now, is playing his final season of Major...
07/05/2014
Wade Simoneaux has returned to the high school coaching ranks. And if past results provide any accurate barometer, the future could bode well for the ex-Nicholls State University player. The former head coach at Louisiana Tech University was...
07/05/2014
I awoke today bursting with pride that I am an American, writing on July 4. The Fourth is our day of celebration. We celebrate the most significant governmental and sociological “experiment,” as it was once called, in the history of the world. This...
07/05/2014
Most people spent the weekend enjoying fireworks, the outdoors, barbecue and an extra day off of work, all in celebration of Independence Day. Hopefully, many people also remembered to celebrate those who fought for that freedom. If the past is...