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12/03/2013
Recently I discussed protecting tender plants in the landscape, but now that temperatures are reaching below the freezing point on a regular basis, most plants will benefit from severe cold weather protection. Winter protection of woody plants and...
12/03/2013
4-H is continually adding new projects and events that appeal to and benefit the youth of this generation. 4-H offers projects and events in the areas of robotics, outdoor skills and public speaking. These are just a few of the more than 50 project...
12/03/2013
I’m not going to lie. Sometime around early to mid-November, I start to wake up with a spring in my step. For a few months at the end of each year, the air becomes cooler, the world lights up with holiday decorations and my favorite holiday tunes...
12/02/2013
Andy Griffith would be proud. One of the most amazing things for me about living in Ruston and Lincoln Parish is the sense of community and camaraderie here. Not only are people here friendly, always stopping to say hello and ask about friends and...
12/02/2013
If there are certain times when we might expect complete peace and safety within the home, tenderness between family members, and an overall sense of well-being, it might be during pregnancy and during the holidays. But according to a publication...
11/30/2013
This is a time of year I get to give you suggestions as to what to get for your outdoors-minded spouse for Christmas, and with this cold nasty weather, what could be better than settling back in front of the fireplace reading a good outdoors book?...
11/30/2013
Sometimes words aren’t heard. They don’t stick. It’s kind of like when I throw a boiled spaghetti noodle against the refrigerator door and it doesn’t stick; I know that there’s more cooking in order (by the way, I don’t suggest this technique in the...
11/30/2013
Don’t you love this time of year? The holidays truly are the most wonderful time of the year. In fact, it really is magical. If we’re lucky, Mother Nature has smiled on us and we’re enjoying more seasonable temperatures. There are twinkling lights...
11/30/2013
Pardon me if I step outside of the sports world on this Sunday morning, even if it occupies a few paragraphs before we delve into some sports topics. But given the circumstances of past several months, it’s only fittin. I guess suffering a minor...
11/30/2013
When you add a child to your family, either through birth or adoption, it’s obviously an exciting and joyful time in your life — and it’s also a busy one, as you deal with all the challenges and commitments faced by all parents. However, hectic as...
11/30/2013
Question: A year ago, my husband and I sat down and set some financial goals. We wanted to get out of debt and start saving some money — neither of which we have ever done. A year later, we have not made any real progress. We have the income … we...
11/30/2013
Opening a savings account with your local bank may provide an easy way to put money away for safekeeping, but the thought of doing more can be tempting. While your money will earn a small rate of interest with a savings account, you may want to...
11/29/2013
Last month, I talked about how we all have patterns and habits in our lives that need healing. I talked about the revelation I had about the need to move out of God’s way, so God could change my life pattern of cramming too much into a small amount...
11/29/2013
I lost November instead of December this year. When I got sick in Ruston last year and missed Christmas, I swore that would never happen again, so guess I got a jump on it this year and spent November in the hospital, and now I’m out and ready for...
11/29/2013
The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is pleased to announce the exhibition of “Origins and Approaches,” new works by Father Frank Folino. In partnership with Crescent City Coffee, NCLAC presents quarterly art exhibitions that feature work by...
11/29/2013
While many people have been up-and-at-it since 6 p.m. last night, I have not. I am not one of those who thrives at the thought of shopping all night for a savings of 25 percent. I am, however, one of those people who is a firm believer in starting...
11/27/2013
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year …” This is probably the only Christmas carol I like to sing, and I sing it all throughout the year. Once we hit October, it’s almost like we are sprinting towards the finish line of a marathon. We give it...
11/27/2013
Never underestimate the power of a scarecrow. Especially not when it’s in the hands of Ruston’s District 5 Alderwoman Marie Riggs. Riggs represents probably the most culturally and ethnically diverse district in the city. District 5 is close to...
11/26/2013
What many regard as the nation’s first Thanksgiving took place in1621 as the religious separatist Pilgrims held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest. The day did not become a national holiday until 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln...
11/26/2013
There are certain things that people don’t tell you about growing up. Some of them you just have to figure out for yourself, and some are just things you wouldn’t believe anyway if someone tried to tell you. This time of year, when the newspaper...