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09/18/2016
I glance over at the calendar and see that within two weeks, my focus is about to make a drastic change. I have been helping my wife work on flowerbeds in our yard and although I emerge from a couple of hours of digging and raking all tired and...
09/16/2016
Historically black colleges and universities or HBCUs are the most valuable assets to brown men and women. They came about because blacks weren’t allowed to attend college or PWIs (predominately white institutions.) The best thing that we can do...
09/16/2016
When I first met Sarah Albritton, I was nervous. I had seen her art, read stories behind her work and spoken with some of her closest friends. She is a celebrity in my mind and when I saw her sitting in a chair in the corner of Gallery 203, speaking...
09/15/2016
I received a quality education from Louisiana Tech University. Many Lincoln Parish residents obtained the same education. When Les Guice, Tech president, handed me my diploma, I grinned from one ear to the other. Of course, it was an honor receiving...
09/14/2016
Today would have been my mother’s 88th birthday. Surely, she isn’t a day over 45 or maybe 50. Well, alright, perhaps 60. But it really doesn’t matter. Mama died in early 2005. She was 76. My mother was born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1928. It was the...
09/13/2016
More than six million young people across the country today will be celebrating National 4-H Week, which takes place annually during the first full week of October. Lincoln Parish 4-H leverages National 4-H Week to celebrate the great things that...
09/11/2016
Growing up, I often heard stories about Pearl Harbor and World War II and the fact that my generation would never go through such trauma. The same with the death of John F. Kennedy. My parents were children when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor bringing...
09/11/2016
One of the many extraordinary things about being a grandfather is the refreshing viewpoint of tiny human beings. I have 10 young grandchildren, and a few of them are just starting to discover the world, which means they say the craziest things.
09/11/2016
Question: I always thought that if I could retire with $1 million I would be set. Now that I’m almost there, I can tell I’m not as secure as I thought I would be. In fact, I don’t know if I would feel much different if I had twice as much money....
09/11/2016
It’s Open Enrollment Season, so if you work for a medium- or large-sized company, you will need to make some choices regarding your employee benefits — and these choices can have a big impact on your financial situation. Depending on your employer,...
09/11/2016
If you can answer “yes” to either of the following questions, then maybe it is: “Are you the sole employee of your business?” or “Does your business employ only you, your co-owners, and spouses?” Chances are — even if you did answer “yes” — you’ve...
09/11/2016
Hallelujah, another college football season is here for Lincoln Parish teams. And that means excitement, suspense and no telling what else might happen for the next several months. Here are some of the reasons why it’s neat to be a Louisiana Tech...
09/11/2016
It’s now been a month since a record-breaking fundraising banquet was held in Ruston when the Lincoln Parish Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited was held with an overflow crowd in attendance.
09/11/2016
Sometimes in the evenings I will partake in a cup of hot Yogi Tea. One of the reasons I love this brand of tea is because there is a short message written on the tab of every tea bag like a small thought for the day. Most of these messages are...
09/08/2016
It is amazing how much damage a bewilderingly vicious eight-letter word can do. If you haven’t said it yourself, then you’ve probably heard someone say, “That’s retarded.” Those unaware of the harm the word causes, or choose to ignore it, use it to...
09/07/2016
For almost all of my growing up years, I lived on the same street. I was 5 years old when we moved to Ridge Drive. There were a bunch of kids on the block, 17 in all, when you count the younger siblings who arrived over time. Thirteen of those 17...
09/06/2016
Are you cooking for one or two people these days? Remember when you were preparing meals for your family?  My girls and husband have favorite dishes that I prepare. It always gives me a sense of accomplishment when they rave about the dish and...
09/04/2016
A serving of sports items with your Sunday morning cup of coffee: RICH HISTORY: No reminder is needed for any avid sports fan residing in the friendly boundaries of our city and Lincoln Parish. Ruston and the area is rich in sports history, as...
09/04/2016
Thirty-five years ago, two turkey hunting cousins from the Union Parish hamlet of Downsville, whittled out a crude turkey call that didn’t look like much but what it lacked in looks, it made up for it with the sound it produced that would flat-out...
09/03/2016
On Monday we celebrate Labor Day, a holiday developed at the end of the 19th century to honor those who work hard for their money. The holiday owes its origin to the push of labor unions and the desire of the Grover Cleveland administration to...