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01/10/2014
A few months ago, I ran across a little mystery involving some very old tombstones in Union Parish that had the last name Brewster. Ebenezer Cemetery is located on the corner of Hicks-Frazier Road and Highway 33, or so I have been told. I have not...
01/10/2014
Before the Christmas holidays I had the chance to swing by the Lincoln Parish Museum to talk with James White and Margaret Ann Emory, museum director, about an exhibit they currently have on display. This exhibit of churches illustrated by White was...
01/09/2014
“Rest and be thankful.” — William Wordsworth On Sunday night, I taught the teenagers in my youth group about gratitude. Yes, we just came out of the holidays that emphasize the importance of being thankful for what we have, not always wondering why...
01/08/2014
When Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth was notified several weeks ago that the city is in line for an additional $4 million from the state for the Tarbutton Road interchange project, he was quick to thank other governmental entities and the local...
01/07/2014
If you live or work on a farm, ranch or other agricultural enterprise you have lots of potential to supplement your existing income through the addition of agritourism opportunities. Today’s generation is interested in eating healthier and having “...
01/06/2014
There’s a reason I live in Louisiana and have for nearly all of my life. And there’s a reason the farthest north I’ve ever lived is Arkansas. Today is a prime example of that reason. I grew up in New Orleans. I remember Christmas mornings warm...
01/06/2014
Out with the old and in with the new. No stigma. No regrets. No blame. No lack of information. New Year’s Resolutions to achieve in 2014: • Educate yourselves about mental health. • Read the Leader’s news articles, editorials and announcements...
01/05/2014
A sports fan in Lincoln Parish would have been best to keep a scorecard handy during 2013. Not for keeping up with the players, but for administrative changes. This was one the busiest seasons ever for such transactions. Start with Louisiana Tech...
01/05/2014
In the Jan. 1 edition, we published a story focused on helping residents get out of debt. While I had the ear of local financial professionals, I also asked about the other hot topic when it comes to personal finances — savings. Despite seeing an...
01/05/2014
A new year is now beginning to settle into our minds as we date those checks, letters, memos, and other such documents that we are so accustomed to handling on an almost daily basis. As 2013 begins to gradually fade we anticipate new beginnings...
01/05/2014
When you start out in your career, you’re probably not thinking much about retirement. At this point, your picture of a “retirement lifestyle” may be, at best, hazy, hidden as it is behind a veil of experiences you’ve yet to encounter. But as you...
01/05/2014
Question: My husband and I had simple wills drafted 20 years ago, where we leave everything to each other. We just want everything to go to our kids when we’re gone. Do we need to have somebody look at our wills if that’s all we want to do? Answer:...
01/05/2014
If the prospect of asking your aging parents about the way they handle their household finances — or how they’d feel about moving to a nursing home — fills you with apprehension, you are not alone. However, it’s the kind of conversation you can’t...
01/03/2014
OK folks. We’re beginning a brand new chapter in our lives — a chance to do many things different; yet, still not forget all the years we’ve already spent. Monday is very special to me. Oddly enough on Jan. 6, all those years ago, my dad was laid to...
01/03/2014
I grew up in the Texas Panhandle where there are not many trees, much less fruit trees. I am often intrigued at watching a tree bear its fruit and having the opportunity to witness its growth from the beginning tiny flowering buds all the way to the...
01/03/2014
Every few days, Asher and I go for a walk around our neighborhood and visit with the animals at the top of the hill, as well as the immediate neighbors we have adopted as grandparents. When we visit them we always discuss a variety of topics, but...
01/03/2014
It’s time to kick off New Year’s resolutions and start 2014 off right. As people are putting their resolutions into play there are quite a few that are among the most popular every year. According to usa.gov, the most popular New Year’s resolutions...
01/01/2014
Today is New Year’s Day. For most people that means food, football and maybe a few well-intended resolutions. But for local political junkies, today begins the official countdown to the 2014 election season. And what a year it’s shaping up to be....
12/31/2013
Lincoln Parish 4-H held the Annual Lincoln Parish 4-H Cooking Contest on Dec. 7 at Tractor Supply of Ruston. 4-H members from throughout Lincoln Parish had the opportunity to enter the Cooking Contest. The contest offered five divisions that...
12/30/2013
During the past two weeks, I have seen Christmas Spirit poured out on DART from all over this community. I have watched as so many different people and groups stepped out to support families they had never even met before. The Lady Techsters...