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02/09/2017
The home of André Samford Jr. and LaDana Samford is full of warmth and love with an abundance of strength and perseverance. At the center of it all, there’s four-month-old André Sanford III, the Grambling couple’s first child together. André III is...
02/08/2017
Happy almost Valentine’s Day, Louisiana. Come Monday, the Legislature will go into a 10-day special session, and the glow radiating from Baton Rouge won’t be the blush of a dozen red roses on their way from your honey. Unless, that is, you’re in...
02/07/2017
The LSU AgCenter is working on building healthy communities one community at a time in order to help make the healthy choice the easy choice for all Louisianans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Louisiana holds the...
02/06/2017
The idea occurred to me as I pulled into the Super 1 Foods parking lot. So I said a small prayer that if someone was in the store who could be blessed by my speaking with him or her, for me to recognize the opportunity and act appropriately. Then I...
02/06/2017
Today is confession time. I knew, sooner or later, I would have to “fess up” and place the proper cards on the table. So here goes. As a youngster, I talked to myself. Wait, a timeout. I should clarify it as more “announcing” than talking. Much of...
02/05/2017
There is a real good chance that when I hit the woods in a few weeks checking for turkey sign, I’ll find a bonus. Likely, I’ll find a shed buck antler or two. Seldom does a year go by that I don’t run across discarded headgear from a good buck or a...
02/05/2017
I’ll admit it. I’m one of those people who consider today a national holiday of sorts. Super Bowl Sunday. In the words of longtime Louisiana Tech sports broadcaster Dave Nitz — “You gotta love it!” And this afternoon and tonight I’ll have the time...
02/05/2017
Optimism is alive and well in this community. There is good reason for this. We do not live in a utopian or perfect community, but these are quite exciting times in our region if we have even the slightest objective or positive outlook. Our area is...
02/04/2017
Regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman, Social Security will not — and was never designed to — provide all of the income you’ll need to live comfortably during retirement. At best, your income from Social Security will supplement your other...
02/04/2017
Question: No offense, but none of you financial people knew that Trump was going to win the election or that the stock market would react to it like it has. Then again neither did I. But if nobody knows what the future holds, what is the big benefit...
02/04/2017
Last year, Americans spent more than $19 billion on Valentine’s Day gifts, according to the National Retail Federation, with the majority of this money going to flowers, candy, cards and an evening out. These gifts were thoughtful, of course, and no...
02/04/2017
I have a favorite coffee cup that I like to use in the morning. It is just the perfect size to hold my bold coffee that helps me awaken each day. Then at night I frequently fill it with hot tea as I relax at the day’s end. The best part about...
02/03/2017
There is never a dull moment in Lincoln Parish, it seems. Even with the colder weather, residents still have plenty of things to tempt them out of their warm homes and in community activities. Theatre-goers will be especially happy with two upcoming...
02/02/2017
Fifty-one years. That’s how long it took for the Lincoln Parish school system to be declared unitary after United States District Judge Robert James handed down the ruling that effectively ended a federal desegregation lawsuit filed against the...
02/01/2017
Ernie Stevens and his buddies never set out to start a museum. The group of young Vietnam veterans just wanted Ruston’s rather drab American Legion hall to look a bit more like the enlisted men’s clubs and officers clubs they were used to. “So, we...
01/30/2017
“When I finally get myself together/I’m going to get down in that sunny southern weather/ And going to find a space inside to laugh/separate the wheat from the chaff/’Cause I feel like I owe it to someone.” That lyric is from a song called “Almost...
01/29/2017
It’s time to break out the Germ-X. There’s a bug crawling around the Boatright house. Our youngest daughter got it first, and now our oldest one is in bed, feverish and feeling miserable. Both doctor offices we used were booked until Monday, and we...
01/29/2017
Paradise is not going to be found here, nor will we see the “perfect” form of government, one comprised of “perfect persons” who produce perfect results.
01/29/2017
In 1960, Elvis was in a marathon studio session that produced the soaring single “Surrender.” This new English-language version of an old Italian ballad was a special request from the rock star as he continued the evolution of his music. After the...
01/29/2017
Question: I thought I would be a lot closer to being able to retire now. But I may be working a lot longer. I guess I’m OK with that, but how many others are in my situation? It seems to me it could be a lot. Answer: Your instincts are correct....