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Columns

11/13/2016
This college football season around Ruston and Grambling has been like bungee jumping. Once you’re hooked on it, no telling what might happen. But it’s going to.be wild and fun. Here’s some of the reasons why 2016 for Louisiana Tech University and...
11/11/2016
From Mac and PC consumers to Democrat to Republican voters, there is no doubt the world is getting more and more polarized. I have seen people on Facebook argue over religious ideas, celebrity scandals and cell phones. I have seen divisive and often...
11/11/2016
Well, the election is finally over and whether your choice for office won or lost, I think we can all agree that we are happy that we won’t have to go through that circus again for another four years. But, now that it is over we can focus on another...
11/10/2016
My father is a stern man. He not only looks intimidating, but his personality and demeanor fit his physical attributes almost to a tee. However, I recently heard my father cry like I hadn’t heard him in a long time, and I thought it was important to...
11/09/2016
Nobody knows more about the history of the buildings in the heart of downtown Ruston than does city Economic Development Director Kristi Lumpkin. She can tell you when they built, what’s significant about the structure and what’s changed over the...
11/08/2016
The moon waxes, we wax our cars and at homecoming you can wax nostalgically , but we are going to talk about waxing camellias. These lovely, cool-weather beauties should begin blooming soon and waxing the flowers will add a new dimension of...
11/07/2016
When I was a kid, I used to privately roll my eyes when one of my elders would start a sentence with: “Well, back in my day, we didn’t have these …” Well, you youngsters can start rolling your eyes at me now because, just today, I caught myself...
11/05/2016
Let’s face it, it’s been a pretty crazy campaign season leading up to Tuesday’s presidential election. And don’t be surprised if things get even crazier over the next 72 hours. Many people, political experts included, feel that Tuesday could become...
11/05/2016
How much money will you need in retirement? To arrive at an estimate, you should consider various factors, such as where you’ll live, how much you plan to travel, and so on. Not surprisingly, you’ll also need to think about health care costs, which...
11/05/2016
Does the thought of asking your aging parents about the way they handle their household finances — or how they’d feel about moving to a nursing home — fill you with anxiety? You are not alone. However, you can’t afford to delay this conversation. As...
11/05/2016
Question: I’ve always made financial plans every few years. Looking back, none of them have ever worked out like I planned. So why plan? Answer: I think you know why, but I’ll take the bait. Twenty years ago, Bob Castiglione told me, “Money is not...
11/04/2016
We all know those people. They’re the ones who are sure to pop up on social media feeds any time an event of some controversy arises. They’re the ones you can always count on to throw in their two cents about the random hot topic of the day. The...
11/04/2016
With the early votes in, the people of Louisiana have only to wait for Election Day to see who will become our next commander-in-chief. But, with the polls as close as they are, what happens if there is no definite winner? What if neither candidate...
11/03/2016
We made it, America. The 2016 presidential election to decide our nation’s next leader is only a mere five days away. Seems like just yesterday candidates were pouring in from left and right to announce their bid. Ted Cruz, the Republican senator...
11/02/2016
The summer I finished eighth grade, my friend Alan sneaked me into Ruston High School. He was going to be a sophomore that coming fall, and me, a lowly freshman. Alan figured if I knew where my classes were and the most direct route to get from one...
11/01/2016
4-H is an amazing youth organization that offers youth the opportunity to showcase their variety of talents in so many diverse ways. One of the opportunities we offer Lincoln Parish 4-H Members is the opportunity to perform their talents. Each year...
10/31/2016
The hubby and I were watching the movie “The Tooth Fairy” the other day — not for the first time, I must admit. We’re fans of such fare. I also must admit that I can watch a movie repeatedly and still be surprised by some of the lines and scenes. I’...
10/30/2016
Terry Paxton Bradshaw is everywhere. Fox NFL Sunday. A comedy reality show titled “Better Late Than Never.” Shingles commercial. Late night talk shows. A sit down with popular Golf Channel interviewer Dave Feherty. Terry may be just shy of his 70th...
10/30/2016
Every year without fail it’s going to happen. I write stories for Louisiana Sportsman about big bucks and I get a tip about someone who has downed a trophy buck, I schedule the interview and the information the hunter shares with me has all the...
10/30/2016
In recent years we’ve heard much on how Louisiana Tech has established itself as a Tier 1 school and one of the leading research universities in the nation. Don’t be surprised if Tech garners even more attention in upcoming weeks and months because...