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08/26/2018
Sometimes it’s all in the presentation. That’s my primary feelings about the Urban Meyer situation at Ohio State University. But first let me set this up. There was an old Cosby Show (ironic controversy I know) episode in which daughter Vanessa...
08/25/2018
Only you can decide if claiming Social Security at age 62 or waiting to claim later makes more sense. Lifestyle and philanthropic intentions, marital and employment status, and gender are all factors. When do you claim? If you’re in a position to...
08/25/2018
If you are, or will be, a caregiver for elderly parents or another close family member living with Alzheimer’s disease, you may experience some emotional stress — but you also need to be aware of the financial issues involved and what actions you...
08/25/2018
Question: We’ve got the last kid graduated from college and we’ve probably got 10 or 15 years left before we both retire. It’s going to be close, but we should make it. Having said that, we’re thinking about building our dream house. How crazy is...
08/24/2018
On July 1, 2016, Ruston was approved by the state Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism to be a Cultural District. To further support the arts in Ruston, a Cultural Board was formed and began working on their first project — The Bulldog...
08/24/2018
With homage the late, great Blackie Sherrod, another installment of Scattershooting. When did being politically correct become a part of political campaigns? Unthinkable as it sounds, it’s apparently become part of the new norm. It’s evidenced by...
08/23/2018
Have you ever looked at your landscape and thought you would like to have a butterfly garden? This summer I thought a butterfly garden would be a wonderful addition to my landscape. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize how much there was to consider so...
08/23/2018
Lincoln Parish’s earliest history can be traced back to a location just west of Dubach on Highway 151. The Absalom Autrey House, built in 1849, was home to some of the earliest Lincoln Parish settlers and is widely considered to be the parish’s...
08/22/2018
Lincoln Parish law enforcement officers had themselves a week. About 2 p.m. on Aug. 13 — it was a Monday — the Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call about a person who had literally been tied up at business on Gladway Road. That’s about 24...
08/21/2018
An early childhood educator of 38 years standing left a message asking if I had advice for encouraging cooperation from parents. She reports what every veteran teacher (defined as having 20 years or more classroom experience) I have spoken with...
08/21/2018
“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I’d walk in my garden forever.” — Alfred Tennyson “Connectedness. One thing leads to another. Often in unexpected ways.” — Holly Goldberg Sloan “We talked about old times, and it made me smile that...
08/18/2018
“The people are the only censors of their governors: and even their errors will tend to keep these to the true principles of their institution. To punish these errors too severely would be to suppress the only safeguard of the public liberty. The...
08/18/2018
But for one short moment — an event that did not conclude — history in this nation would have been completely different. We continue sharing interesting, virtually unknown, historical facts that could have made a major impact. We saw how the...
08/18/2018
Question: I’ve done a pretty good job of building up my 401K and I think I’ve got plenty of money in there for when I retire. But how much can I take out each year? Is there some limit on that? Answer: Legally, no. Practically, yes. First, you’ve...
08/18/2018
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,...
08/18/2018
You’ll always want to base your investment decisions on your own needs and goals. But there may be times when you might consider adjusting your portfolio because of risks and opportunities. Now may be one of those times. Here’s some...
08/18/2018
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the Lincoln Parish Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited has outdone itself. They knocked it out of the park when the final results were tallied after the banquet last week, an event that had so many folks...
08/17/2018
It’s intrinsic in this line of work —and this part of it particularly, where the author shares his views about something — that there are occasions where some folks might think the author’s a raving idiot. This will likely be one of those...
08/17/2018
Louisiana has put significant effort into building the number of students who are educated in and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. These fields, known collectively as STEM, help provide a pathway for graduates to grow...
08/16/2018
One of the longest-running projects that D.A.R.T. has sponsored is an art exhibit titled “Beating Hearts: Stories of Domestic Violence,” a photography and writing project inspired by true stories of domestic violence documented by me and Terrie...