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02/17/2018
“What goes up must come down.” Blood, Sweat and Tears probably wrapped up the 2018 income tax situation for Louisiana taxpayers with those lyrics from the band’s 1968 hit “Spinning Wheel.” That’s because the recent tax bill passed by the U.S....
02/17/2018
Question: My husband and I own a business. We have children in the business, but we honestly are not sure if they want to own it long-term. In order for us to retire, we’ll either need to sell the business to our children or to a third party. I...
02/17/2018
As an investor, you’ll face many decisions over the years. How much should you invest? Where should you put your money? When is it time to sell some investments and use the proceeds to buy others? Some people enjoy making these choices themselves...
02/17/2018
Whether you’re already investing or are just thinking about it, you should understand risk and the role it plays in a portfolio. And although it may seem simple enough on the surface, risk can be one of the most difficult concepts to grasp —...
02/16/2018
Both of my grandfathers served in the United States military, and while neither of them really ever wanted to talk about it, there were a few times I got my maternal grandfather to answer a few questions. He served in Germany and Korea during the...
02/15/2018
The view of the Lorraine Motel balcony in Memphis, Tennessee, would leave any American speechless. It’s hard to believe that the nostalgic 60s exterior hotel inside a booming 21st century metropolis was the setting of one of our country’s greatest...
02/13/2018
Families at Jonesboro Hodge Elementary School learned the importance of healthy lifestyles through an innovative program, Family Nutrition Night, sponsored by the LSU AgCenter. Participants gathered in the gym where they were welcomed by Katie...
02/12/2018
When I was a kid growing up in North Louisiana; we had some great times camping out. And I learned a lot of important things: 1. You can crouch in the weeds for a long time and never see a single snipe. 2. The end of campfire story “Who Stole My...
02/10/2018
Have you ever developed a fascination for something that seems unlikely and you can’t explain — even to yourself — why? That’s the way I’m feeling right now. I’ve had a strong passion for the Winter Olympics ever since I was a child. Maybe it’s...
02/10/2018
Don’t read any further unless you read this in its entirety. This reads similarly to instructions given at the beginning of an exam or questionnaire and is important.
02/10/2018
Valentine’s Day is almost here — and it’s a pretty big business. In fact, U.S. consumers spent about $18 billion on their valentines in 2017, according to the National Retail Federation. Of course, recipients certainly appreciate flowers, candy,...
02/10/2018
Periodically reviewing your investments to ensure they are on the right track is an important and meaningful measure in working toward your financial goals. Here is a simple but valuable way to get more from your investment strategy. When your next...
02/10/2018
Question: My company has just announced a big restructuring and I am concerned I may be forced to retire. I really thought I had at least five more years here. I’m pretty panicked and I don’t know if I am ready to retire. How do I go about figuring...
02/10/2018
When the announcement was made about an exciting event about to take place in Farmerville, I put a big red circle around the date on my calendar. It’s the “Wild” art exhibit put together and sponsored by the Union Museum of History and Art. There...
02/09/2018
As far as “least likely greetings when answering the phone,” this one absolutely takes the prize. “Good afternoon,” the caller said. “I understand you might be my father.” Say WHAT?! Like many of you, my mobile has been bombarded recently by spam...
02/09/2018
Growing up in Louisiana, Mardi Gras has been a large part of the early months of year since I was little. While I have never attended a parade in New Orleans, I have seen my fair share of plastic beads being thrown to overexcited crowds. It’s fun....
02/08/2018
For the first time in Lincoln Parish history, potentially 500 kindergarten through fifth grade students will embark in the enhanced school calendar pilot program this summer. That’s right. For possibly 500 students the unequivocally most exciting...
02/07/2018
My great-grandfather drove a stagecoach down the Old Wire Road. The east-west route was never a road in modern terms. First it was a trail blazed by Indians and Spanish explorers as they made their way across what’s now North Louisiana, cutting...
02/06/2018
Daddy was always going to work in the oil business. His daddy worked in the oil field for Mobile Oil, others worked for Lion Oil and Dow Chemical. Even growing up Daddy worked around the industry, tending oil wells before and after school. Let’s...
02/05/2018
If you had been a fly on the wall of my chorus director’s house recently, you’d have witnessed her dumping a basketful of small paper pieces into a metal container in the sink and then setting them ablaze. “Is she secretly a pyromaniac?” you, the...