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03/20/2016
If you’ve ever attended a surprise party you know there’s a certain order to it. It typically starts when the door opens and everyone yells “Surprise!” at the unsuspecting honoree. The November budget compromise between Congress and the President...
03/20/2016
For the highly successful Lincoln Parish collegiate football programs of the last two seasons, the cupboard isn’t completely bare for the 2016 season. Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University should be just fine, given that there’s...
03/20/2016
Perhaps it’s because I live on the sunny side of the Mason-Dixon Line that I seem to have gravitated to the southern reaches of several states when it comes to hunting wild turkeys. I’ve taken gobblers from south Florida to South Dakota and from...
03/18/2016
The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is pleased to present the artwork of children in Lauren Dixon’s art classes from Dubach School in the lobby of the Dixie Center for the arts. The work was created by kindergartners through eighth graders and...
03/18/2016
In July, both the Republican and Democratic parties will host their conventions to decide which presidential candidate will be their party’s nomination for the November race. As it stands — on the Republican side at least — Donald Trump has 673...
03/17/2016
I’ll never forget the first time I saw The Who in 2014 at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The Who are an English class rock band from the 60s. Many will recognize their songs as the theme songs to the CSI series. Their biggest singles...
03/16/2016
I remember the first time I got to mail a letter by myself. I was 5 years old. Almost always when my mother went to the post office to buy stamps or drop envelopes into the brass slots labeled “LOCAL” and “OUT OF TOWN,” I went, too. The post office...
03/14/2016
My feelings on the current state budget are convoluted. But that’s only to be expected — so’s the budget situation itself. Part of the rush to create some kind of budget solutions have resulted in lingering questions — days following the end of the...
03/12/2016
My first experience with gushing water was when I was younger than my oldest son. He’s 4 years old. I don’t remember it, I can really only talk about it through what has been told to me over the years. To be honest there are two stories — I don’t...
03/12/2016
I love to hear my daddy tell stories, and trust me when I tell you he’s got a million of them. Some you would expect to hear; however, among the most priceless are those from experiences that have occurred outside his personal wheelhouse. And...
03/12/2016
Question: What do you think of all these young people supporting an avowed socialist for president? Don’t you think it’s a bunch of rabble that need to get a job? Answer: What are we to make of socialism’s newfound popularity — particularly among...
03/12/2016
Young adults from all economic backgrounds have been living with the realities of a challenging economy, limited job offers, and increased living expenses. If your children are among those going through a lean period in their career or personal...
03/12/2016
April showers may bring May flowers, but March is National Umbrella Month. While ranking high on the list of truly obscure celebrations, this “Month” can still teach us a few things — especially if we think about “umbrellas” that can help us protect...
03/11/2016
With more than 10 inches of rain having fallen over Ruston in the last 48 hours, it’s no surprise that the scanner in our news room was constantly screaming to life with orders for ambulances, boats and rescue crews. People were being trapped in...
03/09/2016
Former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was right. No, that’s not a misprint. Bobby Jindal was right when, a little over three years ago, he told the Republican National Committee’s mid-winter meeting the GOP needed to “stop being the stupid party.”...
03/07/2016
My sinuses won’t agree, but I love this time of year. Springtime brings a sense of newness and freshness, and seems to offer all kinds of fun here in Lincoln Parish. For me, it begins this upcoming weekend with the annual Ruston Parks and Recreation...
03/06/2016
So just who is this Eric Konkol? That’s what Louisiana Tech University basketball fans were asking when he was announced as the successor of Mike White as the Bulldogs’ head coach. A year later, we have the answer. He’s a personable, pleasing young...
03/06/2016
Very rarely does the national news really hit home for me. Sure there are happenings throughout the nation that we could tie in locally in some way or another, but I don’t find that many stories that break nationally that really resonate. That is...
03/06/2016
Jim and Bill were on a long journey traveling a bumpy highway. Jim asked Bill: “Where are we?” Bill responded: “We are in the state of disarray.” Jim said: “I thought we’re in Louisiana.” Bill answered: “That’s what I said. We’re in the state of...
03/06/2016
Question: Mom and Dad didn’t really set such a great money management example for us kids. But I can see us all following in their footsteps. One of my brothers actually filed for bankruptcy because of all his credit cards. I don’t want this to...