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Columns

05/21/2016
The ministry staff from our church returned last week from a three-day planning retreat. One afternoon, our pastor left a three-hour time slot in our schedule for “team building” exercises. On prior retreats, we might have played bocci ball or gone...
05/20/2016
I watched as the jurors chatted with one another quietly, seated in the jury box in the large courtroom on the second floor of the Lincoln Parish Courthouse. They quieted as the judge entered and took his seat. He began to explain to those seated in...
05/19/2016
The 2015-16 Ruston High School Bearcat Motorsport Team consisted of Casey Baxter, Nathan Hegab, Madison Wooley, Kendall Carter, Micah Williams, Justin Griffin, Devin Rowland, Aaron Freeman, Trevor Morris and Daniel Cheng. Remember these names...
05/18/2016
Could it be? Could it really, really be that after years of talking — and even pleading by some residents — Ruston is actually going to have curbside recycling? Appears so. If all goes according to plan, the city will begin picking up paper,...
05/16/2016
If April showers bring May flowers, Lincoln Parish should be looking good for the next few months. That’s if we don’t float away. The incredible weather we enjoyed over the weekend inspired me to buy a bunch of plants Sunday afternoon to help...
05/14/2016
The Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, better known as TOPS, has made headlines yet again. Except this time it isn’t because the state Legislature has saved a program that has sent thousands of college-age Louisianans on to further their...
05/14/2016
Politics 2016 — what just happened? Some call the political world distasteful. I have heard the term “blood sport.” Some might think it entertaining. This year’s theatrical production of national politics might be historically significant. We...
05/14/2016
If you’ve changed jobs a few times over the years or possibly relocated, chances are you’ve left behind a string of retirement and other accounts along the way. This can make your financial life complicated and difficult to manage. More...
05/14/2016
We’re at the end of another school year. If you have younger kids, you might be thinking about summer camps and other activities. But in the not-too-distant future, your children will be facing a bigger transition as they head off to college. Will...
05/14/2016
Question: I enjoy what I do and I may not ever want to retire. Yet everything I read about financial planning assumes I am going to retire one day. Other than retirement, what’s the point of financial planning? Answer: There is a world of difference...
05/14/2016
Oh, if only all current and former athletes were like P.J. Brown when it comes to dealing with the media. I knew this long before Teddy Allen and I were assigned by Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Executive Director Doug Ireland to write the profile...
05/14/2016
It might take awhile for me to thank everybody responsible for making my recent trip to Toledo Bend a resounding success. I’ll start with thanking Johnny Wessler, Executive Director for Louisiana North, a marketing company that promotes tourism for...
05/14/2016
My world is not as bright as it was only a few days ago — I have lost a true friend. I only knew her for two decades, about 20 years, but I am forever wiser and richer for having known her as a friend and confidant. Even though she was about 25...
05/13/2016
As I have noted before in several of my columns, I was born into a family of readers. My parent’s living room — and now my brother’s unused room — is covered in bookshelves, floor to ceiling, with the exception of a wood heater that sits on a...
05/12/2016
City of Grambling Day travelers are currently experiencing a special treat. Residents, along with Grambling High School students, drove down to Baton Rouge this morning to attend a legislative session, speak with elected officials and watch how the...
05/12/2016
One of my most vivid preschool memories is about growing up with housekeepers. I’m not even sure if that’s what we called them back then or how — on our income — my family could even afford one. What I do know is that they were an important part of...
05/11/2016
It was just coincidence. Fifteen days after Ruston officials announced state transportation decision makers had given tentative approval to plans for the long-sought interchange at Interstate 20 and Tarbutton Road, a large hole appeared in the...
05/09/2016
The end of the school year has become a winning proposition for Louisiana Tech as university students continue chalking up victories in various competitions across the country. A total of $12,500 in cash and prizes were awarded two weeks ago to the...
05/08/2016
Kenneth Dixon’s tumble from a probable second-round selection in the NFL Draft may not be such a bad thing. The all-time leading rusher for Louisiana Tech University just might’ve landed with the right team. And the Baltimore Ravens may very well be...
05/08/2016
Turkey season has ended and it’s time to go fishing, or time to find other activities to do in the outdoors. One of the things many outdoorsmen do this time of year is to give their deer stands the once-over before the weather gets too hot and the...