Higher Education in Cenla

Posted September 2016

September 2016 CoverToday, more than ever, a higher education may not only set a student on a successful career path, but can prepare the student for a competitive global job market. Albert Einstein once said, “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” With the world’s economy as it is, a higher education—a key to training the mind to think—continues to be the best investment a student can make in his or her future. In Central Louisiana, students are fortunate to have several colleges and universities to choose from to continue their postsecondary education, including Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana State University at Alexandria, Northwestern State University in Natchitoches or through one of the colleges [...]

River Oaks Showcases Pure Louisiana Talent

Posted September 2016

Lots of Louisiana will be found at River Oaks Arts Center in downtown Alexandria this Fall. The featured artist in the Bolton-Davis Gallery during the latter part of August will be Caroline Youngblood, who grew up surrounded by cotton fields on Breston Plantation, located in Riverton. After graduating magna cum laude with a B.F.A in […]

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The Magic of Words

Posted September 2016

Words can be dangerous and can tear a person apart.  Yet words can also be a real blessing when we use them to compliment or encourage someone, or to bring peace when a person is in despair. I remember so well when my Mama died.  It was a blustery cold day in January as we […]

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Rapides Symphony Orchestra Celebrates 50 Years

Posted September 2016

We are pulling out all the stops for the Rapides Symphony’s 50th Season this year!  It all starts with our annual September 24th Pops on the River concert.  For this concert, entitled “Celebrating the American Spirit”, we are going to pack as much into one patriotic celebration as possible–favorite American songs, a salute to our […]

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Get The Lead Out!

Posted September 2016

Lead poisoning can be devastating at any age, but is particularly destructive in very young children due to its effects on the developing brain.  The events in Flint, Michigan have highlighted this long-standing issue of national importance.   Lead is a naturally occurring heavy metal that is also found in older paint (pre-dating 1978), some […]

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Qualified Charitable Distributions

Posted September 2016

Qualified whats?  A qualified charitable distribution (QCD) is a tax-free distribution from your IRA to certain types of eligible public charities. They have been around for almost a decade and, in 2015, this tax planning tool has been made permanent. Let’s review some of the rules related to this action, as summarized in an August […]

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Today I Am Proud

Posted September 2016

Last month, my Cenla Focus piece was titled “Today I Am Sad”.  I shared with you my thoughts and concerns regarding the human race and the path of self destruction we had chosen.  Ever the optimist, I ended with a note of hope that tomorrow would bring about a change for the better. Recently, friends, […]

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