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04/21/2018
Today, April 22, is Earth Day. First observed in 1970, Earth Day has evolved into an international celebration, with nearly 200 countries holding events to support clean air, clean water and other measures to protect our planet. As an investor,...
04/21/2018
Question: I own a successful small business. One day I hope to sell it, but it is rather specialized and the market for a business like mine is pretty small. None of my employees are capable of running the business. What would you suggest? Answer: I...
04/21/2018
Retirement planning can be challenging, but creating a timeline can help ensure your savings stay on track. Here are some expert tips for helping to ensure your retirement plans are on schedule at every stage. Set an income goal—and know that it...
04/21/2018
Louisiana is near the bottom of rankings when it comes to the overall health of children living in the Bayou State. And the state operating budget passed by the Louisiana House Thursday for the upcoming fiscal year won’t make things any better for...
04/20/2018
As I prove with almost every edition of The (Farmerville) Gazette, I’m not that bright. But something is happening to the industry that provides this forum and my livelihood that doesn’t make a lick of sense. When The Times-Picayune in New Orleans...
04/20/2018
Last week, the Lincoln Parish Library celebrated National Library Week and among the festivities was Fine Free Day. When Vivian McCain, library director, initially suggested the event, I wasn’t sure how it would go over. Sarah Creekmore, operations...
04/19/2018
Teen 4-H’ers learned firsthand how to form and operate a cooperative business at the annual Co-op Youth Leadership Conference held April 6-8 at the LSU AgCenter Grant Walker Education Center in Pollock. “We learned that we are not all that different...
04/19/2018
Since arriving in Ruston in 2010, I’ve thought downtown Ruston looked charming. That charm stems from the historic buildings, the mom and pop stores with a hint of small city feel. Yet, despite its charm, the foot traffic seemed bare — limited...
04/18/2018
I couldn’t have driven down Hilly Avenue if I had wanted to. The pavement was too far under snapped tops of pine trees, spaghetti-like tangles of utility lines and random fragments of bent aluminum. So I walked in with two Ruston firefighters. They...
04/17/2018
OK, time to set the record straight. After my last two columns reflected a darker tone with respect to Elvis, one too many folks have asked if I still liked him. Come on now, how could I not? Just because the story isn’t perfect doesn’t mean it’s...
04/17/2018
Last week our minister gestured to the table at the back of the classroom. “We’ve got two kinds of doughnuts,” he said, managing to be nonchalant and gracious at the same time. “Help yourself.” Inwardly, I kind of turned up my nose at the suggestion...
04/15/2018
Mother Nature wreaked much havoc late Friday night into Saturday morning, not only here in Lincoln Parish but across the state and much of the country. Yes, we had a tornado strike the southern part of Ruston, but as bad as it was, it could have...
04/15/2018
Don’t be too depressed today —April 15. You get it, “tax day.” There were some positive things that occurred on this date in history, but one must search. Here are a couple of examples. On this date one of the greatest athletes in the history of...
04/14/2018
Question: I really want to get financially organized and planned out. How do I do that and where do I start? Answer: In order for priorities to be profitable, they must first be planned and then be practiced. John Maxwell writes, “There are two...
04/14/2018
Investment planning is like doing a jigsaw puzzle except the pieces don’t always come in one box — often you have to gather them from a variety of sources. When putting an investment plan together, you have to combine information on assets, debt,...
04/14/2018
If you’re a gardener, your busy season is at hand, as April has been designated National Garden Month. But could the skills you deploy at gardening be transferred to other areas of your life — such as investing? Here are a few ideas for doing just...
04/14/2018
I still remember the very first gobble from a wild turkey I ever heard. Some 40 years ago, I was on Jackson Bienville wildlife management area early on a spring morning and sitting by my side was V.E. “Blue” Parkman, one of only a handful of hunters...
04/13/2018
Fashion Week wraps up Saturday and even from someone who knows very little about fashion itself, I have to say I am impressed with the way the event brought the community together. When I first interviewed Kelley Hogan, owner of The Fashion, about...
04/12/2018
Most of us have waited and wondered for some time now if we were past the cold weather and able to start planting our spring vegetable gardens. On average we have our last frost somewhere around March 28 – April 1. So at this point I feel pretty...
04/12/2018
There’s really only one word to describe Wednesday’s University of Louisiana System Day — awe-inspiring. In front of the state Capitol and the statue of former Gov. Huey Long statue stood a sea of blue, purple, green, black and gold representing the...