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10/23/2010
It may be the subject matter — death, incapacity and taxes — that causes us to avoid estate planning. However, the fact is that no matter what your age or how much wealth you’ve accumulated, you need an estate plan to protect yourself, your loved...
10/23/2010
Question: I pay so much for insurance. but I’m not even sure if what I have is the right kind or amount. How do I lower my bill and make sure I have the right kinds of insurance? Answer: Imagine coming out of Giganto-Mart one day and not being able...
10/23/2010
The candidate was stumping for votes and happened upon a reservation full of Indians. He asked the chief if he could speak to the tribe and the chief graciously consented. Mr. Politician got to talking and each time he made a point, a loud shout...
10/23/2010
For many, there can be no better feeling than when the Ruston Bearcats beat the Neville Tigers in football. What a time for celebration! Having just come off the big rivalry win, adrenaline flows wildly with the anticipation of more Bearcat...
10/22/2010
There’s no doubt the worldwide economic downturn has been felt in Lincoln Parish the past couple of years, but we’ve actually been more fortunate than much of the rest of the nation. Think about all of the construction that’s gone on in Lincoln...
10/21/2010
You may have experienced those kind of slow motion seconds in which the brain somehow resolves itself to accept disaster. A few days ago as I was driving down Louisville in Monroe, an SUV of three 18-year-olds sailed through their stop sign on the...
10/21/2010
Hours after departing the Dixie Center for the Arts, a question floated around in my head. Which was sweeter? The red cake or the live theater production? It was a toss-up. I wasn’t in the line to receive a serving of the cake created by Sam Wheat,...
10/20/2010
Fall is officially here, and with its arrival comes another exciting kickoff to the 2010-11 season of Louisiana high school athletics.  Here in Louisiana, when the days get shorter and the weather starts to change, we think football. More than just...
10/20/2010
Most of us spend at least some amount of time considering how healthy the food we place in our mouths each day actually is – especially with the general societal focus on being thin, beautiful and living forever (or at least as long as you can)....
10/19/2010
There is sometimes a difference between a trip and a vacation. A trip is simply a physical movement to another location; a vacation has a connotation of an element of relaxation being involved. I have no wild guess as to before last Jan. 12 how many...
10/19/2010
All parents want their children to grow up healthy and happy, but when should parents start to take necessary measures to ensure they have the best chances of a successful future? Is it during infancy, toddlerhood? Parents can actually start their...
10/19/2010
The Sparta Groundwater Commission, which is the governmental committee designed to address the issue of the depleting Sparta Aquifer, recently developed a 501c3 charity devoted to educating the public about the need to practice water conservation....
10/17/2010
You may not see it posted on your calendar, but this is National Save for Retirement Week. This annual event, endorsed by Congress, is designed to raise awareness about the importance of saving for retirement — so why not take some time this week...
10/17/2010
Question: How do you know when you have done enough financial planning? It seems you could spend all your time and money planning and never enjoy your life. Surely there is a good balance. Answer: Have you ever water-skied? If you are big and clumsy...
10/13/2010
Some people mourn the recent loss of recycling services in Lincoln Parish, and others are attempting to do something about it. Due to loss of federal funding, Trailblazer Recycling, Conservation and Development removed all of its recycling bins...
10/12/2010
Last Friday, I got the chance to hang out at the Ruston Fire Department Central Station with Buddy the Arson Dog; his owner Ric Abbott, a lieutenant investigator with the State Fire Marshal; and a bunch of kids from the Lincoln Parish Early...
10/11/2010
Everyone loves Girl Scout cookies, even though they aren’t made from real Girl Scouts, as Wednesday Adams once so smugly pointed out. My favorites are Tagalongs and Do-Si-Dos. I’d like to say that every time I buy a box of the cookies I think back...
10/07/2010
The work of Lincoln Parish voters is yet to be done in 2010. In November, area residents will have the opportunity to vote on 10 state Constitutional Amendments and a library support tax renewal. Additionally, they can make their choices in multiple...
10/05/2010
My tribute to this man is well-deserved, in a way overdue but also quite timely. It is inadequate as I could write pages of tribute, but he would not have wanted that. And again, most of all, it is totally in order and justified. He was first and...
09/29/2010
There are numerous names instantly identified with Louisiana Tech University athletics. They are familiar to all who keep up with, and love, the success that the university has had in the sports arena through the years: Terry Bradshaw, Karl Malone,...