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02/21/2018
Ruston’s very, very short term millennial mayor has said he’s tired of being told to “go die in a fire” and that he’s learned a lesson from a thoughtless post of a video showing a body hanging from a tree. Logan Paul now says all he wanted to do was...
02/20/2018
“My kids were ecstatic. They were so excited that they were actually jumping up and down.” I don’t know about you, but I get a pretty clear image in my head when I envision that type of response — someone actually demonstrating unabashed delight in...
02/20/2018
Registration for 4-H summer camp is underway for all fourth- through sixth-graders. Because 4-H Summer Camp is one of the most important events that 4-H offers for youth, planning has to start early. Camping is one of the most valuable experiences...
02/19/2018
I’d like to report the latest TV-watching adventures of someone we’ll call Shirley. Shirley thinks she just took part in something historic. She thinks she participated in one of the final go-rounds of paper TV-watching diaries that are distributed...
02/19/2018
In announcing its Top 10 list of the Best Performances in Super Bowl history, Doug Williams was ranked No. 1 by the NFL Network. Not that it should be surprising. The former All-American at Grambling State University was the first African-American...
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...