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Columns

08/31/2015
It was a tough weekend for all New Orleans natives, myself included. Ten years ago, a part of our lives was swept away by the murky floodwaters of a storm named Katrina. The City That Care Forgot was suddenly transformed into a city that no one...
08/29/2015
Over the past few weeks I have heard multiple stories of how the recent Community Trust Bank upgrade or conversion has affected area residents. Well you’re not alone. My family has been affected by the conversion since the Friday leading into the...
08/29/2015
We’re getting close to Labor Day, a celebration of the men and women who roll up their sleeves and go to work each day. If you’re in the workforce yourself, you can appreciate this recognition of your efforts. And as an investor, you can employ...
08/29/2015
Question: I would like to have a second home on a lake and I want to have it in time for our kids to enjoy. I’m not sure what to do next with this goal. Any suggestions? Answer: At this point you have no goal — just a daydream. There is nothing...
08/29/2015
If you can answer “yes” to either of the following questions, then maybe it is: “Are you the sole employee of your business?” or “Does your business employ only you, your co-owners, and spouses?” Chances are — even if you did answer “yes” — you’ve...
08/29/2015
“Sinister 2” is a dreadful movie, as was the 2012 original. The premise is that a demon called Bughuul gets very young children to murder their families and then turns them into ghosts to haunt new families. The killings are preserved in old movies...
08/28/2015
I’ve been told all my life that I’m kin to the late newspaper columnist-political humorist Will Rogers. I wouldn’t know how to go about proving or disproving that. I guess I could join one of those on-line ancestry sites but I might find that I’m...
08/28/2015
Julia Cameron writes in her book The Artist Way, “Art is an act of the soul, not the intellect. When we are dealing with peoples’ dreams-their visions, really — we are in the realm of the sacred. We are involved with forces and energies larger than...
08/27/2015
Exactly 10 years ago today, my life would forever change. At an age where I was beginning to feel the end of my adolescent years, on Aug. 27, 2005, I was forced to grow up faster than ever and retreat to my aunt and uncle’s house in Tyler, Texas. A...
08/26/2015
I don’t talk much about myself. Not that I have any secrets. Ask me and I tell you pretty much whatever you want to know. Don’t ask and I won’t volunteer anything. But today I’m breaking with tradition. I’m getting a little tired of losing former...
08/25/2015
We have already had many parents and students asking about how to enroll their child in 4-H and when. 4-H enrollment will begin in September for Lincoln Parish Schools and we are looking forward to working with the youth of Lincoln Parish this year...
08/24/2015
Sometimes it only takes doing the right thing. Recent events in Lincoln Parish were successful in pulling people together. Saturday night around 500 people attended the Mt. Harmony Baptist Church/Trinity Vision Bridging The Gap Between Racial Lines...
08/24/2015
Alexander Graham Bell once said, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” Thanks to this community, over 30 children served by DART have started the school year prepared for success. They each walked into their classrooms on the...
08/22/2015
Todd Bowles has to be the most pitied head coach in the National Football League during the past month. As the new leader of the New York Jets, the former defensive coordinator (1998-99) at Grambling State University has seen his team suffer a...
08/22/2015
Who will be making a trip to Natchitoches in June for the 2016 induction ceremonies for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame? By the end of today, members of the selection committed will provide that answer after casting their votes at their annual...
08/22/2015
Do you still have hummingbirds buzzing around your feeders? I do. Yesterday, I watched one bully another one away from what he considers his private supply of sugar water. It won’t be many more weeks before it’s time to bring in the feeders because...
08/22/2015
Government is about to change.  Elections are near. What does government really mean to us?  Have we in the United States gone so far as to depend on government to control every one of our moments of living?  We might like to say that we don’t...
08/22/2015
In just a few short weeks Louisiana Tech University will welcome a whole new class of students. Those young men and women will become part of the Ruston and Lincoln Parish community, and most importantly the Tech family, for at least the next four...
08/22/2015
Question: When we started our little business a few years ago we were just excited to be working for ourselves. Now it seems like the business is so busy that it owns us. What do we need to do to take back control of our business and our lives?...
08/22/2015
If you’re a small business — or a self-employed individual — there are many retirement plan alternatives available to help you and your eligible employees plan your financial future. One popular option for organizations such as sole proprietorships...