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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...
10/04/2013
Just the other day, I overheard someone stating they didn’t have the time to read, due to being busy with school and work. I was a little hard pressed due partly to the fact that working a full-time job, being a mother and a wife I still manage to...
10/03/2013
With all the chaos going on with the shut down of the federal government, it is nice to see someone on state-level giving back. On a personal level, I don’t follow politics, but with the recent developments that have occurred, I have perked up to...
10/02/2013
Nobody’s ever quite known what do with the Louisiana Tech and Grambling State University lab schools. They’re not totally public schools, and they’re not totally private schools, either. A. E. Phillips and Alma J. Brown Elementary, Grambling Middle...
10/01/2013
This summer, I had the opportunity to travel to Michigan to make a presentation and attend the National Extension Tourism Conference. Ted Eubanks, president and CEO of Fermata Inc. and Great American Trails, both involved in sustainable recreation...
10/01/2013
I often wish that the only thing I had to worry about when considering what to eat for lunch or whether or not I’ll accept a treat offered by a friend or colleague is whether it will add an inch to my waistline. Lots of people obsess about what they...
09/30/2013
A funny thing happened during this month’s Lincoln Parish Police Jury meeting — something that’s become a rarity in the world of today’s politics. You see, the LPPJ went against the wishes of several of its members in order to listen to the majority...
09/29/2013
We have an upcoming election to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Congressman Rodney Alexander effective this past Thursday the 26th. The election is scheduled for Oct. 19. The runoff is Nov. 16. That’s right, as if we never have any...
09/27/2013
“Prisoners”
09/27/2013
Can you imagine burning a candle and somewhere in the wax is a tiny plastic bag containing a ring valued at $10, $100, $1,000 or even $5,000? My guess would be no, since that was my original reaction. But there is a company, a legitimate company —...
09/27/2013
The term superbug does not just refer to the transformer-looking grasshoppers hiding out in the backyard; recently, it has become a popular term for drug-resistant diseases that are rapidly growing in the United States. According to a recent report...