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08/07/2018
DEAR ABBY: I am a 50-year-old woman. I have been married to my husband for 28 years and never cheated. We have a good life together, and our sex life has always been great, but I have recently fallen in love with another woman. I haven’t told...
08/04/2018
In this ever-evolving digital age in which we find ourselves, new terms and phrases are often rolled out as fast as technology itself is being upgraded. And over the course of the past year, the phrase “sports diplomacy” is being heard more and more...
08/04/2018
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 —...
08/04/2018
If you’re a single woman, most of your financial challenges and aspirations may resemble those of single men. Men and women face the same economic stress factors of modern life, and both groups have similar financial goals, such as the ability to...
08/04/2018
Question: I own a business and my son has been with me in it for about 10 years. I would like to think that one day I could go to the house and he could run it and eventually inherit it from me. But it just doesn’t seem like he’s catching on to...
08/03/2018
Every summer growing up, there would inevitable be one week where our living room was off limits. There would be axes, water pouches, headlamps, a red and a yellow helmet, yellow and green uniforms and other gear strewn all over the floor and...
08/03/2018
As time travel goes, this is a quick trip around the corner. The Wayback Machine may not make it out of first gear good as we travel back to the summer of 2016. Two of the charter schools that serve students from Union Parish were on Page 1 of The (...
08/03/2018
NCLAC is so happy to see the cultural growth in historic downtown Ruston. One exciting new endeavor is the versatile Esma’s Alley space next door to Sundown Tavern on Park Avenue. Esma’s Alley is a collaborative effort between property owner Esma...
08/02/2018
Summer time proves to be a very busy time for 4-H which may come as a surprise to many. Many times people assume that the 4-H program slows down during the summer time just as school does but that is not the case. The 4-H program actually...
08/02/2018
And just like that, Lincoln Parish witnessed students leaving for the summer a second time this year — one of the few school districts in the country to be able to say that. The inaugural Enhanced School Calendar program ended last week and school...
08/01/2018
Editor’s Note: This is the first of a three-part series on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. One of the challenges many of us may face as we age is dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. Even if your worst fears are realized, the...
08/01/2018
You could almost hear the collective sigh of relief coming from Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker and the city’s five aldermen when, at the end of candidate qualifying for the Nov. 6 primary, they were all unopposed. Not that Walker, District 1 Alderwoman...
07/31/2018
When Baby Boomers get together we often talk about our observations of parenting in these postmodern times, one of which is that today’s parents seem, as a rule, to want to be liked by their children, to want to be their children’s friends. That, we...
07/31/2018
Step inside my house Babe/I’ll sing for you a song I’ll tell you ‘bout where I’ve been/It shouldn’t take too long I’ll show you all the things I own/My treasures you might say Couldn’t be more’n ten dollars’ worth/But they brighten up my day Guy...
07/28/2018
History has strange ways of repeating itself in some form or another, even if it totally changes direction in order to do so. That’s what has been happening in Washington, D.C., in recent days. Late in spring of 2017, some of the biggest news in...
07/28/2018
When would you hire a plumber? There are some malodorous tasks we don’t like to encounter. There is the need for contracting with these professionals for foundation work when constructing a home or office. Then, of course, there can be a leak.
07/28/2018
I think it was the outdoors equipment/supplies catalog that came in the mail last week that started the wheels in my old brain to begin to turn. The creaky wheels could have used a shot of WD-40 but as I contemplated all the gear available for...
07/28/2018
Question: We’ve gotten deeper into debt than I would have ever imagined possible. In addition to my house, we’ve got two car loans and four credit cards. We’re not behind on anything, but I’m paying nearly half my paycheck on loan payments. My...
07/28/2018
If you own a small business (or are self-employed), there are many retirement plan alternatives available to help you and your employees plan your financial future. One popular option for organizations such as sole proprietorships, partnerships,...
07/28/2018
Upon retiring, many people relocate to enjoy a more favorable climate, or to be closer to grown children, or to live in an area they’ve visited and enjoyed. If you, too, are thinking of moving someday, you’ll want to study possible locations, but...