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05/09/2015
If you’re a working parent, you know firsthand about the difficulties of finding quality, affordable care for your children. But eventually, your kids head off to school, and those child care bills go away, or at least diminish greatly. When that...
05/09/2015
The next time you meet with your financial advisor, you may want to discuss new ways to manage your portfolio. For instance, one increasingly popular option among individual investors is managed accounts. A way to tap into resources traditionally...
05/09/2015
Question: I’m pretty sure my parents need to do some estate planning, but money is never a thing we have talked about much in our family. My father has been very successful at what he’s done and I know he would hate for the government to get so much...
05/09/2015
I spent four days in the hospital and it’s behind me now. What caused my illness? I had a home health nurse who came to see me who changed my medicine, even giving me half of the subscribed blood pressure dose. Later in the evening, I was in the...
05/08/2015
Ruston is warm and green again. I confess I can only harbor warm feelings for cold weather and barren landscapes for so long. This has been one of those rare springs for north Louisiana. You know the kind, where we actually have a spring? I love the...
05/08/2015
On Thursday night, I attended Ruston Spring Art Crawl. To say that I was impressed would be an understatement. I have attended other art crawls in other cities, but I had never seen such life in a community as I did in Ruston last night. Through...
05/08/2015
This week the Internet has exploded with videos of people, guys and girls alike, placing a bottle over their lips and holding it there for 30 to 60 seconds or more. Once the bottle is released, the person’s lips appear massive and have doubled in...
05/07/2015
“The artists ask to respectfully not take photos or record video of the performance tonight,” the guy behind the soundboards said. The part I love most about concerts is the anticipation that builds before the artist or band comes out. Usually,...
05/06/2015
Ruston, we’ve got a problem. There aren’t enough places here to live. Specifically, there aren’t enough places for students to live as Louisiana Tech University eyes upping enrollment to 15,000 by 2020. With that in mind, developer Michael Watson...
05/04/2015
One week before DART’s 14th Annual Radiothon finds me excited and hopeful. I am excited because this is going to be such a great radiothon.Bill Brown and the Q 94.1 FM radio staff are, as usual, on top of things to insure that we have a smooth...
05/04/2015
It wasn’t what I wanted to hear. And it was terrifying. I was out on our deck with our kids and dogs last night when I realized I left my cell phone inside. As I opened the sliding glass door I heard my phone ringing. I saw it was a call from my...
05/02/2015
Work ethic — an idea that has been seemingly been forgotten by many individuals in today’s society, and has instead been replaced with a sense of entitlement. I was raised in a home where a single mother worked two and sometimes three jobs to keep...
05/02/2015
The NCLAC office has a number of programs being planned right now. Make sure to mark your calendars so you can join us. Spring Art Crawl: next week on Thursday, nine shops will be participating in downtown Ruston’s Spring Art Crawl from 6 - 9 p.m....
05/01/2015
The Lincoln Parish Library is something to behold. In my 27 years, I have lived in several different cities and visited several different libraries across the country, and by far the Lincoln Parish Library is the best library I have ever had the...
04/30/2015
Every time Aug. 29 rolls around, a part of me starts to endure the same feeling I felt 10 years ago: fear. On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast region. For several days, I was uncertain about my home, my life and my future. I...
04/29/2015
When it comes to economic development, Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker doesn’t let grass grow under his feet. He’d rather grow jobs. Take the tiny motorcycle that’s sat parked beside Walker’s desk for almost the entire four months he’s been mayor.
04/28/2015
When looking back at the history of the LSU AgCenter 4-H Youth Development Program, you find a rich tradition that has made a positive impact on a massive number of people on so many levels and I am one of those people. Today, as the Lincoln Parish...
04/27/2015
If you have never listened to DART’s Annual Radiothon before, this is the year to change that. On May 7, you will definitely want to tune in to the official station of the old-school country music lover, Bill Brown’s Q 94.1, for DART’s 14th Annual...
04/27/2015
These are the kinds of days where I truly “know what it means to miss New Orleans.” That’s because the first weekend of New Orleans’ annual Jazz and Heritage Festival just ended, and I’ve heard so much about all the fun going on there despite a few...
04/25/2015
Short servings of sports with your Sunday morning coffee: DANDY DEPTH: If the recently concluded spring drills offer any measuring stick, Louisiana Tech University has more than just one quarterback on its 2015 roster. Ever since his transfer from...