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06/03/2014
Looking for some great learning opportunities for your children this summer? Summer workshops will teach your children skills that will last a lifetime. Myself and volunteers Beth Liberatos and Helen Boersma are presenting “Cooking with Kids,” a...
06/02/2014
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and its Ruston chapter issue the following statement about the May 23 tragedy in Santa Barbara, California: NAMI shares the sadness of other Americans over the Santa Barbara tragedy and extends our...
06/02/2014
If you or someone you love is a victim of domestic violence, there is encouraging news from this year’s legislative session in Baton Rouge. Compared to last year, when shelters were threatened with drastic budget cuts which would have resulted in...
06/02/2014
As June 1 rolled around yesterday, the annual hurricane season kicked off. While we don’t have to have the same concerns as our coastal brethren in south Louisiana, experience has shown we can be affected by hurricanes here in the northern part of...
05/31/2014
Maybe there’s a lull coming up for Lincoln Parish sports with the summer months, but there is plenty to look forward to once the 2014-15 school year kicks off. Some of the topics that are due to be making headlines in upcoming months:
05/31/2014
If you read the Holy Bible today, I suspect you didn’t consider its compilation. I personally believe that the Canons of the Bible contents contain the inspired word of Almighty God. But where did they come from on this globe? How was our Bible...
05/31/2014
While they could try, I don’t think anyone could win an argument by saying that the Robertson family has had no impact on North Louisiana. Love them or hate them, millions of people across the country have eyes on us because of the family that loves...
05/31/2014
Question: I am getting close to retirement. Because of my experience with my parents, I am worried about what will happen to our finances if my husband or I should come down with Alzheimer’s. What can we realistically do to prepare for that? Answer...
05/31/2014
In many areas of your life, you’re probably aware that it’s useful to keep emotions out of your decision-making — and that’s certainly the case with investing. However, it can be difficult to keep your feelings from influencing your investment...
05/31/2014
“Not me,” you say. You’re young. You’re healthy. You eat right, exercise and get regular check-ups. Just a few of the reasons people today are living longer. In fact, since the 1960s, life expectancy has increased between 1.5 and two years each...
05/30/2014
It’s been a busy week, and I woke up this morning feeling great and ready to meet the day. It was a wonderful feeling. I have to tell you about my Memorial Day celebration. It took place at the home of one of Susan and Jonathan’s neighbors. Before I...
05/29/2014
There are many qualities I find attractive about our state superintendent of schools John White. Unfortunately, none of them are qualities that I would look for in the type of man who runs education for our children. He’s articulate, educated,...
05/28/2014
Businessman Bill Elmore’s entry into the Ruston mayor’s race adds a new dimension to the campaign for the city’s top job. Ronny Walker, who for all practical purposes has been the lone candidate in the race for almost a year, now has competition in...
05/27/2014
This spring season there has been no shortage of cool weather and rainfall. These environmental conditions are conductive to disease development. In the recent weeks many gardeners have brought samples of leaves, flowers and plants with various...
05/27/2014
Many dread the task of maintenance of their lawn such as mowing and watering. In this article are tips that will help you maintain your lawn, keep it in a good healthy condition and have your neighbors envious of your lush green lawn.
05/26/2014
Maybe it’s because I’ve had so many family members serve in the military, but for whatever reason, Memorial Day has always held a special significance for me. My grandmother’s brother Leon died on a battlefield in France during World War I, the “war...
05/24/2014
Think of all the high school athletic teams across the country that have never won a state championship in any sport, much less just one. No telling how many have that dubious distinction. All of which makes what Cedar Creek recently did even more...
05/24/2014
Pardon me while I shy away from all things sports with today’s blog. But I just had to write something about the good time I had last weekend attending the reunion of our 1964 Ruston High School graduation class. If you are keeping score at home,...
05/24/2014
How can war be forgotten? The thought is horrific. War is sometimes necessary. Sometimes  results can be futile if there is no “winner” as such. Wars have been fought over very important issues; sometimes the issues were not as important, at least...
05/24/2014
My friend James Skinner and I were recently talking with several folks about a summer long ago when we worked together. We were both just out of high school and had been hired at Marbury Rexall Drugs, a wonderful opportunity for each of us. However...