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10/18/2013
I find myself eagerly waiting to watch the critically acclaimed movie “Twelve Years a Slave,” a story about a free man from the North sold into slavery in the South. However, I found myself shocked after learning in my world geography class this...
10/17/2013
History truly amazes me. We walk down the same paths — sit on the same land — as the people before us did. We can look at the books and manuscripts from hundreds of years ago. There is nothing quite like being able to touch and feel history.
10/16/2013
If it weren’t so serious it would be funny: The federal government is suing the Ruston Housing Authority for allowing people to live where they want to live. “Between 2007 and at least 2011, the staff at RHA has followed a practice of deferring to...
10/15/2013
What a difference a few weeks make when it comes to fall weather. The cool temperatures have finally arrived and in a few weeks the first frost is possible. With the average first freeze date coming in mid-November, October is an ideal month to...
10/15/2013
It isn’t uncommon for us to claim to be “starving” when our stomach’s start to growl and it’s been several hours since our last meal. But, in reality, for the majority of us, hunger isn’t really something we understand. However, according to Feeding...
10/14/2013
It took everything I had to walk away empty handed. On Saturday I attended 4 PAWS Palooza at the organization’s Rodeo Road animal shelter. I knew I’d have a wonderful time meeting and greeting fellow dog lovers at the event. I didn’t know I’d fall...
10/13/2013
The future holds many uncertainties, and your retirement is no exception: “What age should I retire?” “How long will I live in retirement?” “When should I start taking Social Security?” “How will rising medical costs affect me?” That’s why planning...
10/13/2013
Congress has designated the third week in October as National Save for Retirement Week — which means it’s a good time to think about your own retirement savings strategies. Ensuring that you have enough money to support your chosen retirement...
10/13/2013
Question: My husband and I run a small business. My father recently passed away and left us with some money. We are not sure whether to put the money into our business or set it aside. How should we decide? Answer: My own pet theory of human...
10/13/2013
The New Orleans Saints recently announced they would add a Ring of Honor to the Mercedes Benz Superdome, recognizing the franchises’ top players of all times. Officials said three players will be announced to the new Ring of Honor on Nov. 10 as the...
10/11/2013
“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights.” — Maya Angelou Cooler weather is finally upon us. It never seems to fail that this is the...
10/11/2013
One of the greatest novelists of our generation has passed away. Tom Clancy died Oct. 1 at the age of 66. Clancy’s found success quickly; his first novel, “The Hunt for Red October,” earned the praise of President Ronald Reagan. Of the 26 novels he...
10/10/2013
It’s no secret that the federal government is partially shut down as of Oct. 1. No matter what side of the political coin we are on, the shut down is scary. Numerous federally-funded entities around the country have been shut down and hundreds of...
10/09/2013
Ruston’s Board of Aldermen has a bit of a dilemma. It’s unofficially said it’s willing to help the local Head Start program, but exactly how to do so is a problem. Just as the board was about to vote in September on the city’s budget for the fiscal...
10/08/2013
There are many things I love about fall; cool weather, the beautiful red, yellow and orange leaves, shorter days and the State Fair. When I was in high school my Uncle Tom had close ties with the Cooperative Extension Service. He would encourage me...
10/08/2013
Educators across the state have been in an uproar over the new Compass teacher evaluation system since it was passed by the Louisiana Legislature. If you recall, even teachers in Lincoln Parish were a little upset when State Superintendent of...
10/07/2013
I wish I was one of the special ones. But I guess I don’t know where to sign up and get on the list. It’s no secret Ruston is a school-based town, with many Louisiana Tech and Grambling State students living here as well as faculty and staff members...
10/06/2013
The once proud stripes that adorned Grambling State that adorned the university’s athletics logo have taken a beating during the past year. Inarguably — no, make that for sure — the worst school year for athletic success for thereof during the past...
10/05/2013
Question: I am in my early 50s. I can hardly believe that retirement is only ten years away. It seems very likely that I will have to take Social Security early to make ends meet. Will it be there for me when I need it? Answer: Social Security will...
10/05/2013
Since the Great Recession started nearly five years ago, the number of older Americans in the workforce has increased significantly. By some estimates, there are roughly 25 percent more people age 65 and older who are still on the job. And while...