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11/21/2015
When will the Federal Reserve raise interest rates? This question has been on the minds of economists and financial market prognosticators for quite some time now. But what does it mean to you, as an individual investor?
11/21/2015
Wow! That was in the title spot in the Upper Room I was just perusing from cover to cover. I was like a child who had just received a favorite candy bar. The November copy had just arrived in the mail from Shirley Barron. And she always adds a...
11/20/2015
With the addition of two new health food stores in Ruston, life got just a little bit easier. For those who don’t know us, several years ago, my husband was told to go on a gluten-free, dairy-free dish due to increasing health issues. At the time, I...
11/19/2015
The day started off well. My mom gave me a dollar to purchase a bag of Doritos. I approached the cafeteria worker and said, “May I get Doritos please?” The worker, who normally came off pretty grumpy, ignored me altogether. Pretty irritated, I used...
11/18/2015
“If you build it, they will come.” The line that worked for Kevin Costner’s character in “Field of Dreams” is what the city of Ruston hopes will happen in the industrial park that’s being developed on McDonald Avenue near Beacon Light Road. Earlier...
11/16/2015
There is one part of me that wants to slow down our calendar. I want to be present for Thanksgiving, to breathe and pause, slow down and count my blessings. I love Thanksgiving. The ways in which people reach out to one another during this season...
11/16/2015
The answer came Friday as multiple terrorist attacks were carried out in France. Now the question becomes — when will they strike next, and where? Terrifying thought, isn’t it? That’s why they’re called terrorists. The Islamic State of Iraq and al-...
11/15/2015
It’s already been a fantastic football season for Louisiana Tech University. Tech has an overall record of 7-3 record, bowl eligibility, three consecutive wins, West Division leadership in Conference USA and eight games of scoring 33 or more points...
11/14/2015
For the past four years, Ronnie It all started this year back in the spring. We had an unusually mild and wet spring that turned everything green and made it bloom and we loved it. Then came July and somebody turned the spigot off and the thermostat...
11/14/2015
With a birthday on Christmas Eve, it’s only logical that I don’t have the best of feelings toward Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I do like the holiday, it just isn’t my favorite. Some may have started their Christmas shopping as soon as the holiday...
11/14/2015
In the realm of humor, this may be the last sentence in today’s column which has any linguistic accuracy. If some of that contained in today’s words seem inaccurate or just wrong, unfortunately yet laughingly they have been said. Besides, laughter...
11/14/2015
“If the child is a struggling reader or writer, the conclusion must be that we have not yet discovered the way to help him.” — Marie Clay Did you know that learning to read is a challenge for almost 40 percent of children? Many parents and...
11/14/2015
Question: At my new job I was automatically enrolled in the 401(k) plan. I am not sure how much of my paycheck is being put into the plan, but I think it is around 3 percent. Am I allowed to do more? Answer: Yes. And by all means, do more. The only...
11/14/2015
Does the thought of asking your aging parents about the way they handle their household finances — or how they’d feel about moving to a nursing home — fill you with anxiety? You are not alone. However, you can’t afford to delay this conversation....
11/14/2015
During this holiday season, you’ll likely be spending money, in various amounts and in various ways. And you can use this experience to teach your children about money management. Here are a few ideas for doing just that: • Stick to a budget. Tell...
11/14/2015
I’m in such a good place in my life right now. Actually it’s been a bit topsy-turvy. Any radical change has that effect on me. But the beauty of it is that when your world is unsettled and seeming to change almost  daily, not always as you’d like,...
11/13/2015
“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” — John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 1961 I have always felt that Friday the 13th was my lucky day. Is it strange that I feel...
11/12/2015
It started with a haircut and ended with an amazing story to tell. Upon entering the barbershop, which I do every month, I walked in just as I always do greeting everyone there. Little did I know what journey would ensue. One of the shop’s employees...
11/11/2015
A 12-by-12 windowless wooden building with an equal-size fenced play-yard out front doesn’t sound like much to celebrate. But that’s just what the folks at Ruston Animal Control did when the new Cat Haven began to take shape. The facility, which...
11/11/2015
After receiving his draft notice and attending basic training, they sent him to South Central Texas where he learned how to drive a tank. Back before they had night vision and all the guidance systems they have nowadays, the tank driver took...