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Columns

10/31/2015
Louisiana Tech University’s latest group of Hall of Fame inductees have had their fair share of honors through the years. From being chosen to All-American teams to being recognized for their record-setting feats or valuable roles in championship...
10/31/2015
I’m going fishing this weekend on north Louisiana lakes with a group of fellow media members and what does the forecast call for? Rain! I’m not complaining one bit if me going fishing causes it to rain, all I can say is BRING IT ON!
10/31/2015
Oct. 24 brought on a slew of elections for Louisianans, most of which I’m sure those who even somewhat pay attention to politics weren’t surprised by. As for the race for the governor of Louisiana, I wasn’t surprised and I don’t think many people...
10/31/2015
If you are reading this article, sipping coffee and preparing to head off for church and other Sunday morning functions, stop. It’s time to panic. If you did not change your clocks last night, or at the designated 2 a.m., then you are already one...
10/31/2015
I’m among those across the baseball universe that still mourns the passing of the great Yogi Berra. I grew up loving Yogi Berra. I’m sure at first it was simply because of his unique name. But as I grew older, I became more aware of the man and what...
10/31/2015
Regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman, Social Security will not— and was never designed to — provide all of the income you’ll need to live comfortably during retirement. At best, your income from Social Security will supplement your other...
10/31/2015
November is National Adoption Awareness Month. If you’re considering adoption, you know that it will change your life in many ways. And you’ll need to prepare for many of these changes — including the financial ones, because adoption can be...
10/31/2015
Question: My wife and I agree that we need a budget, but whenever I suggest that we stop talking about it and start living on a real budget, she gets defensive and says I am pressuring her. What should I do? Answer: Author John Maxwell tells the...
10/31/2015
It’s hard to know where to start here. They are all so busy there’s not much time for me, but when we are together it’s great. I have an especially good time when Morgan’s boyfriend, Cameron comes over on the weekend and brings his guitar.
10/31/2015
I have witnessed a miracle this week. With all the rain that has finally come, the grass in the yards of our community has quickly turned green again after looking like straw for so many months. The grass, trees and plants have been suffering from...
10/30/2015
Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part column by Grambling State University President Willie Larkin on becoming president of GSU. As an aside, it should be noted that the attendance at the football game was the second largest crowd in the...
10/30/2015
For most parents, finding the costume their child wants while staying under budget is the most difficult part of Halloween. However, for the parents with little ones suffering from food allergies, taking the unsafe candy away at the end of a fun-...
10/30/2015
Today I must thank some special people for making the Oct. 23 ARToberfest a success. First of all, ARToberfest began six years ago as a way to raise funds for North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s annual Holiday Arts Tour. We now use the funds from...
10/29/2015
Goblins, ghouls and zombies with no conscious — oh my. It’s that time of the year again. Besides Christmas and Mardi Gras, Halloween is my favorite celebration of the year. I love it for the costumes, the spookiness of the night and all of the sweet...
10/29/2015
Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part column by Grambling State Univeristy President Willie Larkin.
10/28/2015
My young friend reached to remove the accordion-style sunshade that was stretched across the front windshield of my car. “Just fold it like a map,” I said. The flimsy, silver shade didn’t want to cooperate. “You know, like a map,” I said. “I’ve...
10/26/2015
All month long, you have been reading columns from me and articles from the Ruston Daily Leader staff about Domestic Violence Awareness Month. You have seen vivid pictures of the Pumpkin Patch for the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team. You have read...
10/26/2015
Yes, Lincoln Parish finally saw a change in its weather over the weekend as a significant rain drenched the area for the first time in months. But the changes from Mother Nature are probably only beginning. Ocean and atmospheric conditions over the...
10/24/2015
Politics are a funny thing. For starters, they are one of the few things that can make or break friendships. But they are also one of the ideals that bring together an entire country. Saturday, we were among hundreds of thousands Louisianans who...
10/24/2015
In just a few days, witches, zombies and vampires will be converging on your house, asking for candy. As is the case every Halloween, you’ll likely be merely amused over the sight of these costumed characters. But in other areas of life, such as...