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02/22/2014
For Valentine’s Day, our family received several heart balloons filled with helium. While they initially floated briskly to the ceiling, the air has begun to leak out, and they do not float as high as they once did. Much like the helium that keeps...
02/21/2014
Ruston Community Theatre, one of NCLAC’s partners here at the Dixie Center for the Arts, will have on-stage action next week with its production of “Same Time, Next Year,” a romantic comedy by playwright Bernard Slade.
02/21/2014
I recently read a true story about an older widower who was looking through a family trunk and just now found a handwritten poem titled “Just One More Day.” The piece was written more than 30 years ago just days before his wife died after a...
02/21/2014
Ruston High School’s football program will have a new look for the 2014. Actually, make that two new looks. First of all, say so long to home games being played on grass. Artificial turf will be the new playing surface at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium...
02/21/2014
It’s not every day that adults get to see the pure joy on a child’s face. This is especially true of children who may be deemed underprivileged. The Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana is a home away from home for more than 130 local...
02/21/2014
The media gets a bad reputation. News organizations, glossy magazines and the 10 o’clock news have all been blamed for things like reporting bias or showing images that influence young people to act in irresponsible ways. But I never thought I would...
02/20/2014
It’s almost here. I can feel it. Just a little longer. Spring is in the air. I know technically we’re still on the tail end of winter but what’s getting me through these short days and long nights is knowing that soon enough, flowers will bloom...
02/19/2014
If any state should understand the value of good water, Louisiana should. After all, 20 percent of the state is covered by water, and 40 percent of the coastal wetlands in the lower 48 states are in Louisiana. A substantial portion of Louisiana’s...
02/19/2014
We need to love people with a force that is natural, and by natural I mean like nature, like a waterfall or wind or waves on the ocean. Love is effortless. There is no explanation for a person who loves, save God. To let God’s love flow through you...
02/18/2014
It has been a few years since we have had a winter like this year. Temperatures have been well below average for most of the “winter months” and wintery precipitation has been experienced several times over the winter. These conditions will have an...
02/18/2014
Unless you have formed a relationship with a pet, you will never understand what a pet lover goes through when they are faced with the loss of a pet whether by death or not being allowed to keep a pet in an unwelcome environment such as a nursing...
02/18/2014
What really happens to that sandwich you eat after you swallow it? Students at Alma J. Brown will find out as they tour the Louisiana Body Walk exhibit on Friday. The Louisiana Body Walk is an exhibit that travels the state to teach students the...
02/18/2014
As winter quarter is swiftly coming to a close, I can’t help but think of the concept of time. It is something so real and measurable, and yet intangible. The only way it seems within your grasp is when it is slipping away. It seems like last week...
02/17/2014
Today I am overwhelmed by the generosity of our friends and neighbors, as they reach out to demonstrate their support of DART and our work in a variety of ways.
02/17/2014
Maybe it’s because it seems so foreign to us here in Lincoln Parish. Maybe because it’s reminds us in some ways of games we used to play as children. At any rate, the curling craze is catching on across the country, and if you pay attention, you’ll...
02/16/2014
God, I give you fair warning. When Mike Reed shows up at the pearly gates any day now, be prepared for the best handshake since John Wayne. Reed, who passed away recently, didn’t just shake hands. He would apply a vise-like grip that would leave the...
02/15/2014
I think in North Louisiana we might help the Olympics, American economy, Russians and the Weather Channel all at the same time. (Note: this is written on Wednesday at the height of the ice mess.) Although  not a big fan of the Winter Olympics, but...
02/15/2014
The year 2013 was very good for the students, faculty and parents of Choudrant Elementary. In the State Department’s accountability program, the school was awarded a letter grade of “B” and was only four-tenths of a point from an “A.” Because of the...
02/15/2014
Lincoln Parish residents are pretty lucky. I’ve lived in other places, and known people from other places, and I’m prepared to say that Lincoln Parish has one of the best library’s around. But, you don’t have to take my word for it. Late last month...
02/15/2014
Question: I’ve started a new job, and we’re cutting back on everything at my house. My wife and I are having a disagreement about life insurance and our retirement plan. I say we need to keep putting as much money as possible in our retirement plan...