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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...
02/09/2018
Growing up in Louisiana, Mardi Gras has been a large part of the early months of year since I was little. While I have never attended a parade in New Orleans, I have seen my fair share of plastic beads being thrown to overexcited crowds. It’s fun....
02/08/2018
For the first time in Lincoln Parish history, potentially 500 kindergarten through fifth grade students will embark in the enhanced school calendar pilot program this summer. That’s right. For possibly 500 students the unequivocally most exciting...
02/07/2018
My great-grandfather drove a stagecoach down the Old Wire Road. The east-west route was never a road in modern terms. First it was a trail blazed by Indians and Spanish explorers as they made their way across what’s now North Louisiana, cutting...
02/06/2018
Daddy was always going to work in the oil business. His daddy worked in the oil field for Mobile Oil, others worked for Lion Oil and Dow Chemical. Even growing up Daddy worked around the industry, tending oil wells before and after school. Let’s...
02/05/2018
If you had been a fly on the wall of my chorus director’s house recently, you’d have witnessed her dumping a basketful of small paper pieces into a metal container in the sink and then setting them ablaze. “Is she secretly a pyromaniac?” you, the...
02/04/2018
Let’s face it, probably because of the incredible amalgam of different racial, cultural and linguistic backgrounds we have here, Louisiana is a pretty special — and unique — state. That can be shown in many different ways, and on the snowy morning...
02/04/2018
Beneficiary designations can provide a relatively easy way to transfer an account or insurance policy upon your death. However, if you’re not careful, missing or outdated beneficiary designations can easily cause your estate plan to go awry. We...
02/04/2018
Question: I’ve got an insurance guy trying to sell me on a universal life, cash value insurance policy as a way to invest some of my money. I’ve heard this is usually not a good idea, but my wife likes the idea of having the insurance for longer...
02/04/2018
Just this past year, we’ve seen natural disasters in Texas, California, Florida and Puerto Rico — and looking back even further, it’s not hard to spot other traumas in virtually every part of the country. Whether it’s a tornado, hurricane, flood or...
02/02/2018
On my 15-minute drive to work each day, there is a chance that I will encounter some sort of emergency vehicle in the process of doing their job, which usually means red and blue flashing lights. With an estimated 240 million calls are made to 9-1-1...
02/01/2018
Halloween always comes with sweet candies. Christmas brings together much needed time with family. But there has always been something about Mardi Gras that makes it my favorite holiday to celebrate. Maybe I enjoyed the exclusivity — New Orleans...
01/31/2018
During all of my growing up years, my mother and I had season tickets to the Louisiana Tech Concert Association. We saw plays and musicals, listened to jazz, watched ballets, heard some of the best orchestral performances around and even took in...
01/30/2018
Every summer I receive more phone calls about lawn burweed or sticker weed than any other lawn problem that we have. During the summer is when the stickers show up. The stickers are the seeds that the plant produces to get next year’s crop in the...
01/29/2018
Somebody once told me that the best reason to be home at a decent hour is because the only people out after midnight are cops and drunks. Me and my best buddy, Terry “T-bone” Presley, were up past the witching hour one night having a late-night...
01/28/2018
Unless you hunt deer with stick and string, it’s time to clean the rifle and store it along with your other hunting equipment and camo stuff back where it was when you took it out in October. Except for a few days left for primitive firearms hunting...
01/27/2018
When I was a young boy, attending church was a weekly practice in our household. My parents instilled within me the pattern of church attendance. It shouldn’t surprise you to learn that some of my earliest memories as a child involve church...
01/27/2018
Thanks to the frigid weather that struck Lincoln Parish in December and earlier this month, most area pocketbooks have taken a big hit because of increased energy and gas prices. Weather can’t be controlled, and I knew when temperatures got as low...