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05/07/2014
You might think that softball was derived from baseball, but you would be off the mark. The game of softball originated in Chicago on Thanksgiving Day in 1887. A group of about 20 college men gathered in the gymnasium of the Farragut Boat Club in...
05/07/2014
Gov. Bobby Jindal never gives up. Despite the fact that his chances of being the 2016 Republican presidential nominee appear to be slim, Jindal keeps on trying. Take, for example, his recent flip-flop on the controversial Common Core education...
05/06/2014
Not many plants can grow in the low light levels cast by large trees, including southern turf grasses. In most cases it is better to plant plants that are shade tolerant, like many ground covers or the signature shade plant of forests — the fern.
05/06/2014
Livestock is still one of the popular projects that we have in 4-H. One of the important things to realize is that a livestock project can be for anyone. It’s not just about teaching young people to raise animals. In fact, the primary purpose of the...
05/05/2014
Don’t you love living in a small town? As a military kid, I moved more than 15 times and attended 11 schools before I graduated from high school. When I moved to Ruston in 1983, I was taken aback when people knowingly gazed at me as they asked, “You...
05/05/2014
I spent the first six weeks of my life encased in glass at West Jefferson Hospital, a suburb of New Orleans. Kind of like a fish in an aquarium, I had my own small living space surrounded by the real world located on the other side of that glass...
05/04/2014
A cornucopia of notes along the Lincoln Parish (and elsewhere) sports trail: • Add the name of Trey Hadnot to the list of outstanding athletes from Ruston High School. The sprint/relay star at Louisiana Tech University is winding down an honor-...
05/04/2014
Mike Green was ahead of his time. Oh, he perfectly fit into the era (1969-73) in which he played at Louisiana Tech University. It was just that he was one of those rare athletes who comes along maybe once in the lifetime of a fan, coach, teammate or...
05/03/2014
I had a speck of dust in the corner of my eye the other evening. I blinked trying to remove it. I then realized it was 35 years. I was thoroughly enjoying a reoccurrence and repetition of that which started in my life 35 years prior. And the events...
05/03/2014
Money can be a topic people are reluctant to discuss, but having an open, transparent dialogue about your finances should be the goal when it comes to your relationship with your Financial Advisor. An integral part of the client-advisor relationship...
05/03/2014
You didn’t see it on your calendar, but Tax Freedom Day fell on April 21 this year. So, why not mark the occasion by beginning to look for ways to become a “tax-smart” investor?
05/03/2014
Question: As I approach retirement, I know there is a lot I need to protect myself and my wife against. I don’t want to be Chicken Little and run around scared all the time. But I also don’t want to be foolish and leave myself unprotected if I can...
05/02/2014
We recently published an article from the Associated Press on the use of tanning beds by minors. The article stated how both the House and Senate have agreed to prohibit anyone under the age of 18 from using a tanning bed in the state of Louisiana....
05/02/2014
Over the course of this weekend, the Republican Party of Wisconsin will be voting on whether or not they should add seceding from the United States to their official platform, an idea pushed forward by the Tea Party. Unless you are from Wisconsin,...
05/01/2014
A friend of mine always tells me to write something funny and although I know that news is typically a serious matter, I’m going to attempt to appease my friend this week. Yesterday was a national celebration for mean girls everywhere. It was the...
04/30/2014
Business processing outsource centers and distribution centers may be Ruston’s best economic development prospect for the future. After all, those businesses often operate 24/7, have no adverse environmental impact and typically mean lots of new...
04/29/2014
Herbs have played an important part in man’s life for countless years — in his politics, romance, love, religion, health and superstition. Today many gardeners have abandoned planting herbs in favor of the more showy and trendy flowering plants....
04/29/2014
Rural areas have become popular tourist destinations. People want to get away from their rushed life styles and relax in a slower paced environment. They also want to learn how to do agriculture related activities like milk the cow, plow the field...
04/28/2014
It’s down to the stretch run for local March of Dimes fundraising efforts with the annual March for Babies set to wrap things up on May 10 at the Maxie Lambright Intramural Center on the campus of Louisiana Tech University. Efforts to raise funds...
04/26/2014
Baseball was special made for fathers and sons. The grand old game progresses at a pace that grumpy folks might believe is too boring and slow. But for fathers and sons, it’s absolutely ideal. All the better to soak in the priceless bond that...