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01/24/2014
This past summer, I assisted a friend with preparing a few dancers for a competition. My job was to critique each of the kids’ performance and do a mock interview. The first couple of dancers (girls) went through the process effortlessly. The third...
01/23/2014
Moving to a new place can be a scary thing. It’s not just about taking your physical being and placing it in an unfamiliar environment; it’s the uprooting of your entire life. The elements involved seem endless: new workplace, new house, new friends...
01/22/2014
Of all the issues with which municipalities must deal, zoning may be one of the trickiest. That’s because when it comes to telling somebody what they can and can’t do with their property, things can get mighty personal real quickly. Ruston has had...
01/21/2014
There are many Lincoln Parish 4-H Club programs that offer opportunities to young people. The important thing to remember about 4-H programs is that the key component is the benefits that they bring to our young people in the parish. The number one...
01/20/2014
Laughter through tears. It was something I experienced a lot over the past weekend — something many journalism types from all over the country experienced as they paid tribute to one the field’s giants — late Louisiana Tech journalism department...
01/19/2014
As my plane sped along the tracks from the Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia, I smiled. One day after Christmas I flew to Washington, D.C., for the winter leadership conference hosted by American Israel Public Affairs Committee. My...
01/19/2014
This is what I call a cold, dreary, lazy day here in Dallas. I’m not sure how it will be when you read this. It’ll be different — that’s for sure. Every day here is. People are dying here from the flu, so except for church, I am trying to stay in. A...
01/19/2014
This time a year ago, Louisiana Tech’s Ryan Allen and Quinton Patton were like so many other folks around the country: gearing up to watch the Super Bowl. Today? They’re on the verge of playing in the world championship game. Allen and his New...
01/18/2014
“The spoken discourse may roll on strongly as the great tidal wave; but, like the wave, it dies at last feebly on the sands. It is heard by few, remembered by still fewer, and fades away, like an echo in the mountains, leaving no token of power. It...
01/18/2014
Success is a journey, not a destination. This year Choudrant High School received the school letter grade of an “A,” and we must remind ourselves that this success is part of a journey, and not our destination.
01/18/2014
As recently as 2006, when I transferred to Louisiana Tech University, the tour for potential journalism students included a stop in Wiley Hilburn’s office to view his own personal “Hall of Fame.” Upon that wall hung the photos of past Tech Talk...
01/18/2014
The benefits of Roth IRAs are undeniable: no required minimum distributions (RMDs) for an owner and, perhaps best of all, no income tax on qualified distributions. For those investors who meet the income requirements to fund a Roth, choosing one is...
01/17/2014
I have all sorts of news for you in today’s Art Talk. First up is an Arts Academy class to be offered from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday. This will be taught by Rachel Johnston, and will be for students ages 7-12. Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and...
01/17/2014
In remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr. we set aside time each year to remember what he did for our country in terms of civil rights. Each of our local universities does a wonderful job of remembering MLK. Louisiana Tech University will hold a...
01/17/2014
Though I am an obnoxiously loud and opinionated person, there are few things that really bother me in life. However, along with people who say homosexuality is a choice and girls who think tights are pants (they are not; Blair Waldorf said so in...
01/17/2014
Whatever happened to the Party of freedom?
01/16/2014
No matter the prominence we have in the community, we all have an opportunity to be a role model or a mentor to someone. Something I have learned throughout the course of my life — first when working in a day care as a senior in high school and now...
01/15/2014
Ruston Parks and Recreation Department is preparing to host the Eighth Annual Furry Fun Walk. The free event is scheduled to get underway at 9:30 a.m. March 8. The community and their four-legged friends are encouraged to come out and enjoy the...
01/15/2014
The summer of 2002 was everything you’d figure a Ruston summer to be: hot and hotter. But the temperature wasn’t the only boiling point. After months of background work, a newly incorporated political action group called LINCPAC was about to launch...
01/14/2014
How do you protect yourself from germs? This is peak season for colds and flu. This week I’ve had the privilege to show students at Cypress Springs how to reduce their risk of bacteria and viruses. Students learned how germs spread by applying...