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05/13/2014
The LSU AgCenter was proud to host more than 400 Lincoln Parish 4-H members, leaders, parents and volunteers as they learned “Don’t Be Chicken About Nutrition” at the 2014 Lincoln Parish 4-H Achievement Day held April 23, at the North Louisiana...
05/12/2014
As area schools begin wrapping up their academic year, the state Legislature is hard at work in Baton Rouge working out the finances for the upcoming school year. But the question remains, will there eventually be some good news in store for workers...
05/10/2014
It doesn’t get any better than this time of the year. Call it the “Perfect Storm,” where all of the major sports overlap to give a sports junkie the ultimate high. Like baseball? It’s in full swing now. Football? The NFL held its annual draft this...
05/10/2014
I would love to get to spend some time with Dick Jones’ uncle Evander Pritchart. You talk about a fellow who could turn an ordinary outdoor adventure into one that will stick with you for a lifetime, Uncle Evander could do it. So you’re scratching...
05/10/2014
At least once a week, I am asked by someone the following question: “What is your favorite sport?” It may be a longtime friend who knows me well, yet remains baffled about my infatuation with sports. Or it may be someone I just met and exchanged...
05/10/2014
Another school year is drawing to a close. If you have young children, you might be planning for their summer activities. But you also might want to look even farther into the future — to the day when your kids say “goodbye” to their local schools...
05/10/2014
Question: Has anyone ever tried to figure out how much you would have to pay someone to do all the work a mother does? Would it be different for working mothers and stay at home mothers?  Answer: “The phrase ‘working mother,’ author Jane Sellman...
05/10/2014
It’s easy to have confidence in investments made during bull markets: share prices climb and any losses from poor decisions are usually recovered quickly. But times of increasing market volatility tend to magnify mistakes, and many investors may...
05/10/2014
If we’re doing it right, throughout our lives we continue to learn, grow and improve. With that process, a lot can change in a short time. Five years ago, I couldn’t have told you what gluten was without looking it up on Google. Now, the definition...
05/10/2014
I don’t believe in our land that we have yet heard the end of this controversy, but for the moment, let us pray. I did not say “may” we pray.
05/10/2014
I recently revisited the entire “From Elvis in Memphis” album from start to finish. A perpetual presence on the “best of” album lists throughout the industry, this landmark 1969 recording saw Elvis return to his Memphis roots for the first time...
05/10/2014
This has been yet another week with things buzzing as usual. One of the things I enjoyed was the Elvis Presley impersonator who came to perform for us. He was really good and I believe he even outdid Elvis swiveling his hips. Plus — was kissing all...
05/09/2014
When I first started working at the Ruston Daily Leader I was given the task of covering an event at our local Boys and Girls Club. Since then the organization has held a special place in my heart, and I have sort of been adopted as one of their own...
05/09/2014
A buddy and I were talking the other day. He was having some issues with a friend of his. He went on and on about his friend’s failings. After listening for a while — and I don’t know why the idea popped into my head — I stopped him and said: Well,...
05/08/2014
One of the largest celebrations in the Americas just took place, but most of us don’t know why — I’m talking about Cinco de Mayo. The Hispanic culture has always intrigued me. Well, I say always. I was a Spanish major (also a journalism major) but,...
05/07/2014
You might think that softball was derived from baseball, but you would be off the mark. The game of softball originated in Chicago on Thanksgiving Day in 1887. A group of about 20 college men gathered in the gymnasium of the Farragut Boat Club in...
05/07/2014
Gov. Bobby Jindal never gives up. Despite the fact that his chances of being the 2016 Republican presidential nominee appear to be slim, Jindal keeps on trying. Take, for example, his recent flip-flop on the controversial Common Core education...
05/06/2014
Not many plants can grow in the low light levels cast by large trees, including southern turf grasses. In most cases it is better to plant plants that are shade tolerant, like many ground covers or the signature shade plant of forests — the fern.
05/06/2014
Livestock is still one of the popular projects that we have in 4-H. One of the important things to realize is that a livestock project can be for anyone. It’s not just about teaching young people to raise animals. In fact, the primary purpose of the...
05/05/2014
Don’t you love living in a small town? As a military kid, I moved more than 15 times and attended 11 schools before I graduated from high school. When I moved to Ruston in 1983, I was taken aback when people knowingly gazed at me as they asked, “You...