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08/10/2017
The new school year has arrived. Teachers, staff and administration gear up for thousands of Lincoln Parish students heading to school for the first time since the final bell rang at the beginning of summer. Lincoln Parish schools superintendent...
08/09/2017
Here’s what’s wrong in Louisiana. In July, Gov. John Bel Edwards sent at letter to House Speaker Taylor Barras asking Barras to identify a plan he is willing to support to keep the state from plummeting off the fiscal cliff upon which it is rather...
08/08/2017
“Focus on Photography, Bicycle Adventures, Lift Off, Micro Magicians, See Them Sprout, Play the Role” ... Can you believe these are 4-H projects that any 9 through 19-year-old can participate in when they become a member of the largest youth...
08/07/2017
As the DART child advocate, I come across a lot of children that do amazing things. It makes me sad when I see an adult — only every now and then — discount the importance of what children can offer our world. The children I work with have been...
08/07/2017
Kentrell Brice wants to be known for more than just that “smash-the-face-mask” hit in the 2016 NFC playoffs. You have to remember it. Brice, who prepped at Ruston High before playing collegiately at Louisiana Tech, leveled a vicious tackle on Dallas...
08/07/2017
I stood in front of my chorus last Thursday, as I have for the past three weeks, demonstrating choreography for a song we’re returning to the repertoire after several years’ absence. In my best Julia Child voice and with flailing arms, seeking...
08/07/2017
I have always been a fan of odd holidays. National Hot Dog Day and National Ice Cream Day are two of my favorites. As I was sitting at my desk trying to think of what to write about next, I decided to look up what holiday would fall on the day this...
08/05/2017
After several days of ballyhooing over the Tech Press Box honor bestowed upon your columnist, let’s now turn to someone who is more than worthy and deserving of being similarly recognized. Major Lawrence J. Fox. To the readers of the Ruston Daily...
08/05/2017
Last week, relating one of the most difficult cases I’ve ever handled, I described a “cruelty to juvenile” case that was probably more. The issue of where to conduct the trial came up. What was a fair venue? I concluded that Raymond Helsley Jr....
08/05/2017
It was announced earlier this summer that Louisiana has written a 50-year, $50 billion master plan to save its coast. While not yet fully funded, the plan calls for spending $25 billion on restoring lost sections of land and $6 billion on elevating...
08/05/2017
A mid-summer phenomenon kicked off for the first time three years ago and is about to make its appearance again. The Lincoln Parish Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited will hold its annual banquet Thursday night at the Ruston Civic Center. The first...
08/04/2017
Several times over the last few years you’ve learned how the author is amazed at the heart of people in Union Parish. That sentiment is going to take an unexpected turn today and ask the question: Can people be kind to a fault? Sadly, it seems they...
08/04/2017
Let the viewing party planning begin. In just two weeks, the Great American Eclipse will make its way across the United States. If you want to catch it locally that Monday, there is a unique opportunity to do so in a beautiful, natural environment...
08/03/2017
Down in the recesses of Louisiana Tech University’s Keeny Hall, you used to be able find a mischievous, ragtag group of young “rebels” working diligently on reporting the happenings of campus life. Those “rebel rousers” were college-aged journalists...
08/02/2017
If you are living with a mental illness, do not despair. Millions of people are just like you. Numerous notable consumers/ peers have enriched or continue to enrich our lives. You also have a contribution to make to society. National Alliance on...
08/02/2017
The year I was born, the French withdrew their military support from Vietnam. By the time I started first grade in 1960, the Vietcong had formed under the name of the National Liberation Front for South Vietnam. I was in high school when the Tet...
08/01/2017
What random acts of kindness have you done lately? Perhaps it is time for us to be more aware of how our behavior affects others. Kindness is contagious. You know how good you feel for having helped someone, and you make the world a better place —...
08/01/2017
I see that many home gardens that were started this spring are coming to an end this year. A few plants are still putting out but many have finished producing quality vegetables. Spring gardening has really grown in past years and many of us enjoy...
07/31/2017
A Florida man was recently charged with “transporting illegal aliens” after at least 10 people died in the back of a tractor-trailer in San Antonio, reports NPR. There were a total of 39 people in the trailer, all of whom were immigrants. Before I...
07/31/2017
Instead of choosing a career in sales, sometimes I wish that I had gone on to medical school and became a doctor. I don’t think the fact that I spent half my scholastic life on academic probation, and the only science class I ever passed was...