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05/22/2018
It’s already been a shining season for Lincoln Parish’s college baseball teams. Even better, the Louisiana Tech Diamond ’Dogs are still alive and ready to battle for their second NCAA playoff appearances over the past two seasons. Not so for the...
05/19/2018
The last thing I told a co-worker as I left the Daily Leader late last Saturday night was “Don’t be surprised if I end up in the hospital by morning. I just don’t feel right.” She’s told me since that she didn’t take me seriously, and with good...
05/19/2018
Why do you invest? If you were like most people, you’d probably say that, among other things, you want to retire comfortably. Obviously, that’s a worthy long-term goal, requiring long-term investing. But as you journey through life, you’ll also...
05/19/2018
Question: I’ve been hearing advertisements on the radio for annuities for retirement. What are these and do I need one? Answer: Annuities may be a useful tool in your retirement income toolkit. But they are no substitute for a plan. At its simplest...
05/19/2018
Even with a solid retirement plan in place, life can include big and unexpected changes — often unanticipated. About 46 percent of retirees left the workforce earlier than planned, according to the 2016 Retirement Confidence Survey released by the...
05/18/2018
Anyone living in this area either recognizes, or will come to learn, that outreach is vital to our community life. Most recently, there has been new and renewed energy in our area evidenced by the expanding outreach of our policy makers, businesses...
05/18/2018
My family has always been one for adventure. So, it was no surprise when my parents purchased two used kayaks from the local fishing, bait and tackle shop. At first I wasn’t to keen on the idea of being suck in a little one-person floaty, but it...
05/18/2018
Exactly why escapes me, but I keep up with dates. There’s the obvious — birthday, anniversary, etc. But I also remember seemingly trivial things like June 15, 1215 and Aug. 2, 1776 and even May 23, 1934.
05/17/2018
We know it is important to get daily exercise. We need about 150 minutes a week. In our daily chores there are many ways to get in a little exercise each day. When shopping, park a good distance from the business’ front door, which gives you more...
05/17/2018
For the past several years, Lincoln Parish schools have realized and implemented curriculums that focus heavily on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As the world changes, and advances in technology seamlessly changing every day, that...
05/16/2018
Louisiana, you might want to wait before you get too deep into those back-slapping, “I-told-you-they-wouldn’t-do-it” celebrations regarding the future of several state Medicaid programs. Because, despite the upcoming special legislative session and...
05/15/2018
My husband, Tom, and I just returned from an incredible trip to Ireland. And yes, it’s as green and spectacular as they say. However, there were definitely some challenges to being there, and one I was happy to relinquish to Tom — driving our rental...
05/15/2018
If things have been around awhile, you might think there’s nothing new to say about them, right? Things like sliced bread — or the wheel — or the squeezable ketchup bottle. Perhaps information regarding those items was great news once upon a time,...
05/12/2018
Speaking at the Eddie G. Robinson Museum in Grambling on Thursday, Louisiana Lt. Gov. Bill Nungesser talked about his fondness for “staycations.” A staycation is a combination of the words “stay” and “vacation,” happens when in which an individual...
05/12/2018
Nobody likes unexpected tax bills or IRS penalties. So how can you minimize the possibility of errors on your return? And if an error does still slip through, what then? In both cases, it’s often a matter of paying close attention to documentation.
05/12/2018
Mother’s Day is here. If you’re a mother with grown children, you might receive flowers, candy, dinner invitations or some other type of pleasant recognition. However, you might find that you can get more enjoyment from the holiday by giving, rather...
05/12/2018
Question: My wife and I are planning to build a house soon. It will be a luxury home and fortunately we can afford it. We are at odds over what kind of mortgage to get. She wants a shorter mortgage because she doesn’t like being in debt. I lean...
05/11/2018
Vince Lombardi was the epitome of a successful coach in the National Football League. At the end of each year, the team that wins the Super Bowl receives the Lombardi trophy. Almost 50 years since the last game he coached, no one has eclipsed his...
05/11/2018
When I was 9 years old, my mom gave me a book about witches, wizards and boy named Harry Potter. I already had a love for reading and because it was a new adventure designed for my age group, she bought it for my brother and me to share. From the...
05/10/2018
I was driving through town last week and saw a gentleman spreading fertilizer in a lawn. I realize we hit temperatures in the 70s but I’m thinking to myself that it’s way too early to be putting out fertilizer for any of our lawn grasses. After many...