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Columns

07/18/2015
Louisiana Tech is my alma mater, a place dear to me. To some, it may be early to talk  football, but for us fans it is not.  Today, though, I don’t emphasize sports. I feel compelled to say things about Tech which are important having little to do...
07/18/2015
If you own a small business, there are many retirement plan alternatives available to help you and your eligible employees with retirement planning. For most closely-held business owners, a Simplified Employee Pension Individual Retirement Account...
07/18/2015
Question: I want to start saving money for the future, but I don’t have a lot. But I know I need to do something. So I am thinking about putting $100 a month into a mutual fund. Do you have a suggestion about which one? Answer: “I need to do...
07/18/2015
What’s your most valuable asset? While you are still working, this asset may actually be your future income — so you need to protect it. And you can do so by maintaining adequate life insurance, which can help provide your family with the financial...
07/18/2015
An eight-win regular season, appearance in the Conference USA championship game and a victory in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. No wonder Louisiana Tech University football fans were in such a season-long, giddy mood in 2014. Well, may we urge them to...
07/18/2015
The memory of something that happened to me decades ago is still as vivid as if it had happened yesterday. I was squirrel hunting down home along Clear Branch one cool clear fall morning when I spied a squirrel foraging for acorns in an oak 50...
07/18/2015
One death is one too many. But two deaths within a month’s time, that’s just not fair. In the game of life, though, the rules are tossed out the window. And so, the Ruston High School family mourns the loss of two men who guided the Bearcats’...
07/18/2015
So much has happened recently, I hardly know where to begin; however, I can tell you, “I’m On the Road Again.” I am moving to Alabama. It is quite a daunting idea when I think of once again moving to another state and begin another and possibly last...
07/17/2015
Pluto has been all the rage the last few days, since NASA’s New Horizons space probe flew within 8,000 miles of the dwarf planet on the morning of July 14. Nearly a decade after New Horizons launched, a major discovery in our lifetime has been made...
07/17/2015
The walls of businesses and buildings across Ruston have been decorated with beautiful pieces of work and all of it was by the hands of all local artists. As a resident, I have been so lucky to enjoy all of the art these artists have brought to us...
07/16/2015
Police body cameras recently became the center of debate following the deaths of several individuals at the hands of police. Many police departments, including Grambling State University’s, adopted the clip-on body cameras. And Americans seem to...
07/15/2015
OK, I’m convinced. The world is coming to an end. In the space of just four short days in June, the United States Supreme Court, those nine lawyers who usually take 40 forevers to agree on anything, ruled on Affordable Health Care, same-sex marriage...
07/13/2015
The ties that bind a family together can be strong. My family found that out Sunday. The Ruston family as a whole found that out Sunday. It all started with the tragic incident Saturday night that left two of our residents dead. They were relatives...
07/13/2015
“Flower it up.” I have lost count at the number of times that Jimmy “Chick” Childress playfully instructed me to do so with any story I might be writing about him and Ruston High School’s football team. As sure as we would end an interviews on a...
07/13/2015
All summer long, DART’s Child Advocate, Jodie Forsse, has been busy planning activities for the children served by DART. There have been water days and cookouts at the shelter, and game days and movie nights at the Bridge Community Church. From...
07/11/2015
How many people can boast having traveled to more than 20 states in our great country? I’m willing to bet not as many as you might think. Sure that is still less than half, but visiting a little more than 20 states is a nice little accomplishment....
07/11/2015
“Terminator Genisys” is one of the most confusing movies I’ve seen in a long time, or at least since “Interstellar.” If I assigned pushpins to the events of this movie, put those pins on a bulletin board, and tried connecting them with string in...
07/11/2015
I’m just now settling down after all the July 4th celebrations. The one I enjoyed the most was here at Churchill Estates. It was so appropriate for us older folks.
07/10/2015
The Louisiana gubernatorial primary election will take place on Oct. 24. Before then, I recommend becoming more familiar with each candidate and really getting involved in your state’s politics. Governors are important in so many ways and your...
07/10/2015
The Boys and Girls Club third annual Jazzland benefit concert will take place at 7 p.m. July 18 at The Dixie Center for the Arts. The concert will feature noted Southern-rock/soul artist Marc Broussard and open with a performance from Ruston native...