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02/08/2014
He who hesitates is lost. He who forgets is in trouble. “He” is narrow. Certainly no woman could possibly forget that this upcoming Friday is Valentine’s Day. This is a reminder to the guys: don’t forget. Some guys might have possibly forgotten in...
02/08/2014
Even though it’s only February, college financial aid officers are already gathering documents, crunching numbers and otherwise working to determine grants for the school year that starts this coming fall. If you have children you plan on sending...
02/08/2014
Question: Back during the financial crisis, I had most of my money in my 401K plan in one of those target date retirement funds. I thought it would be more conservative than what it was. That thing went down as much as my other more aggressive...
02/08/2014
A gradual transfer of wealth is occurring among Americans: Baby boomers are starting to receive an estimated $8.4 trillion in inheritances from older generations, according to a paper published by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College...
02/08/2014
When I think back on places and people that occupy a special niche in my memory, one guy and the area he calls home pops up on my mental screen … southwest Louisiana and Sammie Faulk. I can close my eyes and see a gentle fellow, deeply tanned, thin...
02/08/2014
The only place comfortable for strolling today is down memory lane. I try hard not to keep talking about the weather, but I cannot believe it is as cold in Ruston as it is out here. It actually got up to 40 today, but is back in the 20s tonight and...
02/07/2014
Bootsie (Wiley Hilburn Jr.) was my older brother and even though more than seven years separated our ages we were alike in many respects and different in a just a few. For instance we both had the same oddities — no sense of direction, not good...
02/07/2014
Day after day there are men and women on the streets of Ruston and Lincoln Parish who provide a service to residents. Those individuals go above and beyond what we as residents perceive their duty to be. Officers and deputies alike take a personal...
02/07/2014
Last summer, I met a man named Patrick. He was an extremely nice guy and kept to himself. He never bothered anyone and spent his free time playing games with his friends and doing what made him happy. Patrick is just a normal person. However, quite...
02/06/2014
I’m of the opinion that society today has about as much depth as a kiddie pool. This year, so far, has been proving me right. 2014: Year of the Vapid. For those of you who don’t know the word “vapid” means shallow. According to the Google online...
02/05/2014
Dan Hollingsworth never planned to go into politics. He wanted to own his own broadcast facility. So, in 1954, he went to work for a Mississippi television station as a transmitter engineer.
02/04/2014
With the intense cold weather we have recently experienced, a natural question to ask is what effect this will have on insects. While optimistic gardeners are hoping that it will wipe them out, especially the types we like the least like stinkbugs...
02/04/2014
Can you believe we are one month into the New Year! How is it going for those of you that made the New Year’s resolution to drop some unwanted pounds? Resolutions are hard to keep if you don’t have the support and encouragement from friends and...
02/04/2014
Recently, I went through the drive-thru at the Subway on California to order food for my roommate. When I was requesting what veggies she wanted on her sandwich, the server proceeded to tell me they were out of ranch dressing and tomatoes. Being...
02/03/2014
Sunday’s slow, steady rain had to look pretty good to area firefighters who spent much of January fighting grass fires that plagued a very dry Lincoln Parish in recent weeks.
02/03/2014
There have been numerous suicides reported in the national news. These two articles provide suggestions for recognizing and helping a suicidal person. The major source of this information was helpguide.org. The following are suggestions for spotting...
02/03/2014
As National Dating Violence Awareness Month arrives, DART is proud to be partnering with student groups on the campuses of Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University. Alpha Chi Omega will partner with us at Louisiana Tech and the BSW...
02/02/2014
In recent weeks, ESPN has been airing the must-see documentary called “The Book of Manning.” Of the many well-done programs included in the “30-for-30” series, this may the best. It chronicles the life and times of football’s first family, which is...
02/01/2014
Intermittently some of you request comments about special topics. I have formerly addressed the joys of grandparenting. Fellow grandparents, we have a camaraderie stemming from shared laughter. Yet I wonder: will my grandchildren one day ask “Why...
02/01/2014
Simsboro High School recently received the school performance score for the 2012-2013 school year and the faculty and staff at the school were thrilled with the results. Our school scored a 93 or “B” on our school performance score —the highest...