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07/25/2014
In the earliest pages of scripture, we learn how God created the heavens and the earth, crafting with limitless creativity all the beauty and diversity we see on earth. But the crown of God’s creation was when He made man and woman. In Genesis 1:27...
07/25/2014
I had such a wonderful time in Ruston last weekend that I am still playing it over and over in my head. It was a short trip and I didn’t expect much except to spend one night with my daughter Becky and her husband Harold and the other with Erma...
07/25/2014
I should have known better than to attempt to take both boys grocery shopping with me on a Saturday morning. But I’ve done it before, and I am sure I will do it again. This trip however made me realize just how much of my childhood is coming back. I...
07/25/2014
One morning several years ago, I found myself driving a van loaded with flowers to be delivered to florists in North Louisiana. It was early morning and my eyelids were struggling like the tired beams in an aged, dilapidated house. At 60 miles per...
07/24/2014
Republican Sen. Rand Paul (KY) and a few certain colleagues are paving the way to reform the criminal justice system — and there’s no other state that needs this more than Louisiana. Louisiana has a lot of claims to fame, but being the prison...
07/23/2014
Business owner Louise Adams is right when she says there’s a parking problem in downtown Ruston. Consultant Ken Tipton is also right when he says there’s not a parking problem downtown. But either way, watch for recommendations from city...
07/22/2014
Summer time proves to be a very busy time for 4-H, which may come as a surprise to many. Many times people assume that the 4-H program slows down during the summer time just as school does, but that is not the case. The 4-H program actually...
07/21/2014
The shocking headline of the July 16 Ruston Daily Leader caught my attention right away. “Man faces battery, drug charges ­— Suspect allegedly beat pregnant girlfriend.” The story told of Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s deputies traveling down a local...
07/21/2014
Keeping an eye on international news can be a nerve-wracking experience right now, even here in the smaller town confines of Ruston. Israel said it killed Hamas militants who entered the country today, while officials in Gaza said Israel shelled a...
07/19/2014
At 7:45 p.m., on June 28, the text message began to appear on my cell phone. It read simply: “Buddy, where would we be without our friends and faith?” On the previous day, Bobby Dower and I had chatted briefly. Both of us, if you will, were swapping...
07/19/2014
Every crappie fisherman knows the importance of being on the lake and fishing around shallow structure in the springtime to locate and catch big spawning crappie. Dangling jigs or shiners around shallow root systems can produce some eye-popping...
07/19/2014
Today’s thoughts are personal. In another sense, they are not personal because today’s subject, my father, Dr. L.C. “LaMoyne” Bleich, as objectively as I can say it, had quite an impact in this community. The reason I share these comments now is...
07/19/2014
The other day, I ran into my favorite drug store for a quick purchase. On my way out, the aisle I incidentally chose to use to walk toward the checkout counter turned out to be the seasonal aisle. Already, it was half-filled with a selection of...
07/19/2014
If you’re in a marriage that’s ending, you’ll need to gather certain financial documents to help you evaluate your assets and understand the financial position you’re in. Some of the information may be at your fingertips, but some might require...
07/19/2014
Question: I got frightened during the last financial crisis a few years ago. I pulled my money out last spring and sat on the side lines for a very long time. I got back in, but I’m not sure when the markets might go back down. And I don’t want to...
07/19/2014
If you think back to your math classes in high school or college, you may remember that many of the problems involved the use of variables. Changing these variables around in any fashion would change the outcome of the problem. Similar situations...
07/18/2014
As I told you last week, my whole being was focused on my little turnaround trip to Ruston this weekend and at one point it appeared I wouldn’t make it, so I gave myself a pity party. Then I  read my daily devotion from Sarah Young’s  book, “Jesus...
07/18/2014
This summer has been an eventful one for us here in the NCLAC office. We’ve had a team of eager interns who have helped us in our endeavors, and since the summer is almost over, their internships will end as well. Tess Stickney has been working...
07/18/2014
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines hate as “intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger or sense of injury.” By this definition, I hate to succeed — that is I channel what is normally seen as a negative emotion to fuel my...
07/18/2014
Who decided marijuana should be illegal? Who decided alcohol consumption should start at a certain age? Who decided that BPA was bad for you? Who decided the effects of cocaine could be detrimental to a person’s health? Before you read too much into...