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08/23/2014
A Sunday morning’s worth of notes, observations and tidbits from the sports world: • Former Louisiana Tech University football head coach Jack Bicknell has made yet another move in the National Football League.
08/23/2014
No more waiting. Football arrives at all levels the next two weeks. Many of the college teams — Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University included — kick off next weekend. On the following week, the high school competition begins...
08/23/2014
On Sept. 1, we observe Labor Day — a celebration of the American worker. Of course, you work hard at your own job, but, when you think of it, every worthwhile endeavor in life requires significant effort — and that’s certainly the case with...
08/23/2014
Asset allocation is a time-tested strategy that can help take the guesswork out of choosing investments for your portfolio. Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket, you spread your eggs (dollars) among a variety of baskets (stocks, bonds and...
08/23/2014
Question: We are a nation in decline. This president is a joke and the rest of the crew in Washington is going to legislate us into bankruptcy. Where do you see our economy going in the coming years? Answer: I’ve got some bad news for you and some...
08/22/2014
Life is settling down, except for a few happenings. My biggie was the party at the church for Earl and Lenda Thompson’s 50th anniversary. I’m telling you, these folks know how to party. The stars of the show were our pastor and his wife, Scott...
08/22/2014
This past week, my family was able to realize a dream that has been on my “bucket list” for several years. With suitcases packed, a van full of fuel and a heart full of dreams, we set out for Colorado Springs, Colorado. Without question, this is a...
08/22/2014
The cost of raising children can be equated in more than just dollars. And even though there are different parenting styles, I’m sure we can all agree that it takes a lot of time and money. But to me, the return investment is much more than parents...
08/22/2014
The suicidal death of well-known actor Robin Williams prompted my concern about the increase of untreated clinical mental illness cases in the United States. Williams’ death on Aug. 11 proves that seeking help when suffering from mental illness isn...
08/22/2014
Beginning on Sept. 2 in Homer, the North Central Louisiana Arts Council will hold a photojournalism workshop titled My Vision, My Voice for youth involved with Seeds of Light in Homer. Seeds of Light is a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to...
08/21/2014
People amaze me — the way they can overcome, screw up, get knocked down, overcome again — you never know what life is going to throw at you. The wind can blow and suddenly, your life is moving in a totally different direction. When I saw our current...
08/20/2014
The veil is lifting. Candidate qualifying for the Nov. 4 primary election began this morning. By the end of day Friday, we’ll know how many of the 63 positions up for re-election this year will be contested. Filing qualifying papers and plunking...
08/19/2014
What can be said about this August weather? This summer has been pleasantly enjoyable with moderate temperatures and adequate rainfall. The one condition which has made the last few weeks less than ideal is the high humidity. Working in the garden...
08/19/2014
There are many insects that cause problems with landscape plants. We have been dealing with many of these for quite some time. But now there is a new scale insect that has been attacking crape myrtles in north Louisiana and Texas cities. This scale...
08/18/2014
It’s the hottest craze going right now — the ice bucket challenge. The idea is simple: Take a bucket of ice water, dump it over your head, record it and post the video on social media. It’s cold, it’s fun and it’s contagious. But these ice bucket...
08/16/2014
Her outstanding track career at Ruston High School is over, but Linzie Hebert is far from finished. The same passion and dedication that she exhibited as a Lady Bearcat distance runner (1,600-meter and 3,200-m runs) is now being used in the highly...
08/16/2014
The road of worry — read a map; try to avoid that route. We all worry in different degrees and circumstances. This is normal. Worry can cause us to be aware and prepare. It may make some of us fall on our knees in prayer. Sometimes worry can lead...
08/16/2014
Once upon a time, my husband and I ate out a lot. Like, twice in one day on a regular basis, a lot. But, now that we’re both finished with school and are trying to get healthy, it’s more like once a week — or less — that we find ourselves eating...
08/16/2014
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...
08/16/2014
Question: My daughter graduates from college in May. Starting out, she will have no assets to speak of. Once she starts receiving an income stream, what should her priorities be? Health insurance? Cash contingency fund? 401(k) match? In short, what...