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05/23/2013
That annoying beeping, sounding much like a giant utility truck in reverse gear, echoed through the air of northwest Ruston Wednesday night. Thank goodness there was barely a cloud in the sky. The City of Ruston tested (it was supposed to be a...
05/22/2013
Some of the old pictures are brown-tones of downtown Ruston when Trenton and Vienna streets were just barely paved and open to two-way traffic. One photo, taken the year I was born, shows railroad waiting platforms on either side of Trenton. The...
05/21/2013
Someone asked me the question the other day, “Why does the 4-H program still teach kids to raise animals when so few people start careers in livestock these days?” Reasonable enough question, but the 4-H livestock projects aren’t only about teaching...
05/21/2013
I have never been an Angelina Jolie fan. I never quite got over what many people — probably Ms. Aniston included — viewed as her theft of one Mr. Brad Pitt, teen heartthrob to the generation just proceeding my own, from girl-next-door beauty...
05/20/2013
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a...
05/19/2013
The recent dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas marked another chapter in chronicling the American Presidency and, as one of the many people involved in making the event a success, I had a ringside seat to a moment in...
05/18/2013
The beards, duck calls and “Happy, Happy, Happy” recitations are everywhere. There is absolutely no getting away from the Robertsons. I am talking, of course, about Phil Robertson and the famous “Duck Dynasty” family.
05/18/2013
Interest rates are at historic lows. But they will rise eventually. If you invest in fixed-income vehicles, such as bonds, what might higher rates mean for you? As is almost always the case in the investment world, there’s no simple answer. First,...
05/18/2013
It used to be relatively simple to plan for retirement: You’d just circle the date on the calendar when your pension was set to kick in and have your co-workers start planning your send-off party. But that was then. These days, retirement planning...
05/18/2013
Question: Since I have turned fifty, my attitude towards money has really changed. I am much more careful, I save and I am working to reduce debt. I wish we could get the message out to the younger generation. How would you say they are doing in...
05/18/2013
Once your baby is home from the hospital and you and your family have settled into a predictable pattern of feedings, diaper changes and naps, the work of establishing a healthy foundation for your baby has just begun.
05/18/2013
Hope each of you had a great Mother’s Aay last Sunday. Mine turned out not to be. I missed church. Goes to show you, we never know what another day will bring.
05/17/2013
It has been said many times that when a child is acting up all it needs is a good spanking, but is that true? As a child, I am sure just as many others, I received spankings, even the stereotypical spankings at the Catholic school — not from nuns,...
05/16/2013
Change can be a good thing, even if at times it might seem a little bittersweet. hat’s the current mood around Louisiana Tech University as Daniel Reneau moves into his final month of presidency while Les Guice begins his transition in taking over...
05/16/2013
Rarely do I spend much time reading about celebrities in the news. Usually, because of the variance in reporting of the news; the stories tend to destroy my curiosity when there are so many different ones. However, Angelina Jolie has stepped out...
05/15/2013
And the loser is … good government. But we shouldn’t be surprised. After all this is the story of a Louisiana governor who figuratively lops off the heads of any appointee who disagrees with him, zaps from legislative leadership lawmakers who don’t...
05/14/2013
Families looking for educational, fun vacations are considering overnight stays on family farms to experience “haycations.” If you own a farm and would like to turn your farm into a day or overnight vacation, the LSU AgCenter can assist you with...
05/14/2013
I was a teenager during the peer-to-peer file sharing revolution. Napster, LimeWire and similar programs were all the rage.
05/13/2013
Last Monday was like any other Monday. After having attended an extremely beautiful and heartwarming wedding, I spent Monday — my day off — resting, recuperating and getting ready for the workweek ahead. I had the luxury of enjoying the day, to do...
05/11/2013
I come from a long line of “green thumbs.” I can see my great-grandmother in her bonnet and apron, on her knees scraping spotless sidewalks of packed dirt within her neatly groomed yard. Flowers bloomed around the edge of her neatly simple home. It...