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03/09/2014
For the past few years, leaner times have forced many individuals and households to juggle everyday expenses and find various ways to trim the family budget. Everything from cutting out specialty coffee drinks and expensive vacations to buying more...
03/09/2014
Say this about Louisiana Tech University’s basketball Bulldogs — even when suffer a rare loss, they are fun to watch. It was that way last year and it’s certainly been that way this season. They’re the best entertainment money can buy in Ruston....
03/07/2014
As I look out my window at the ice on the ground, I remember that day before yesterday, I was in short sleeves sitting in Susan and Jonathan’s back yard eating crawfish. It was the first I had had this season. Jonathan’s mother from Fairfax, Va.,...
03/07/2014
Writer’s Note: Cotton Fuller passed away this week. I wrote this about him not too long ago. So long Cotton. May you rest in the arms of our Loving Savior. Somebody once said that there were so many Colvins living in my hometown of Dubach that if...
03/07/2014
This year 4 million babies will benefit from March of Dimes research, vaccines, education and breakthroughs. In 2013: • $23 million was invested in research to defeat premature birth and other infant health problems. • 2.3 million moms, dads and...
03/06/2014
There are several common words that our current social media-crazed culture is changing: friend, like, follow and creep. Isn’t it strange how you can be “friends” with someone on Facebook and that’s where the relationship ends? In reality, you’re...
03/05/2014
Whether you have had a good day or a bad day, your arrival home is greeted with a wag of the tail and unconditional love. On Saturday, local pet owners will have a chance to repay that pet’s affection by participating in the Eighth Annual Ruston...
03/05/2014
I’ll be honest. I don’t pay my bills online. I don’t have a debit card. I don’t know how to check my bank balance using the World Wide Web. Other than years of habit using stamps and envelopes, I have no idea why I evidently continue to presume the...
03/05/2014
It is time to hang another jersey high above the Karl Malone Court at the Thomas Assembly Center. There is currently no shortage of such emblems of super stardom derived from the school’s men’s and women’s teams, but an update is in order. How about...
03/04/2014
Pomegranate originated in southern Asia and was widely cultivated from India to the Mediterranean during ancient times. From Spain, it was introduced into the Americas by Spanish missionaries during the 16th century. Its colorful, orange-red flowers...
03/04/2014
The tourism industry in Louisiana boasts many trails: culinary, hiking, paddling, golf, sugar, holiday lights, nature, birding, recreational, history, black history and creole just to name a few. What all these trails have in common is that they...
03/03/2014
Is this the start of March or April? Because I definitely feel like I’m being fooled. I realize that in these parts we often get one last cold spell in March, but considering we first got our taste of this winter’s frozen precipitation in November,...
03/03/2014
Pumpkin Patch ... Candlelight Vigil … Christmas Angels … Darts for DART …Radiothon … Beatles Tribute Concert. What do all of these DART events have in common? They are just a few of the projects we undertake to raise funds and awareness.
03/03/2014
If you are living with a mental illness (a consumer), do not despair. Millions of people are just like you. Numerous notable consumers have or continue to enrich our lives. You also have a contribution to make to society. According to the National...
03/01/2014
With 20-plus wins and honorable mention votes in the national polls in recent weeks, Louisiana Tech University’s men have been attracting large crowds at home and well-deserved media attention. Plus, this question from long-time followers of the...
03/01/2014
A couple of weeks ago, area television weathermen were facing the real likelihood of having to wipe egg off their collective faces when they predicted that north Louisiana was about to be encased in a winter wonderland. We rushed to the store and...
03/01/2014
What’s the first step in any weight loss or health plan? Examine those nutrition facts, found in that familiar rectangle on the side of food packages. Having been overweight my entire life, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t seriously consider...
03/01/2014
Happy Shrove Tuesday. I know what Tuesday is, but what does “shrove” mean? Most define this as “fat.” So, for those who are overweight, is this an annual day of celebration? Another definition: to impose penance or punishment on a sinner. That seems...
03/01/2014
It is quite the challenge to attempt to understand our state’s complex new system of evaluating and rating schools. At times we as educators feel as though we are aiming for a moving target as the rating system appears to change almost daily....
03/01/2014
It takes time and effort to build an investment strategy that fits your goals. But several factors can disrupt even the best-crafted plan. The simple day-to-day movements of the financial markets can pose a real threat to the health of your...