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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...
09/03/2016
It is so important to vote. Your vote should carry the same weight as the candidate seeking office. Your vote should be as important as that of any other person in the country. Yet look at our antiquated method of selecting the president. No reader...
09/03/2016
My parents have moved back to town. After more than 45 years of life in the country, they have downsized into a beautiful home just around the corner from us. As they finalized the move, we gathered in what had been our family home to take one last...
09/03/2016
Did you know that National Grandparents Day is only a week away? While this “Day” is not as widely known as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, it is nonetheless important, as it recognizes the key role that grandparents play. If you are a grandparent...
09/03/2016
You may already know where you want to spend your retirement years — a small beachfront town, perhaps, or within the heart of your favorite city. But one thing that tends to escape some soon-to-be retirees’ minds is what that living space will look...
09/03/2016
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....
09/02/2016
The only thing I have ever really been good at is expressing myself through the written word. I was never gifted with beautiful singing voice or talent with an instrument, but I have discovered that there are plenty of people in this parish who are...
09/02/2016
Like a crisp breeze on an autumn morning, change has come whirling through Grambling State University. This change is sweet and crisp like fresh peaches during a scorching summer; savory. GramFam has finally gotten a president that matches their fly...
09/01/2016
Some folks get it and some don’t. Some people like football and some just don’t understand the sport’s appeal — to each his own. I don’t understand how NASCAR fans can watch three hours of automobiles riding in circles, but that’s none of my...
08/31/2016
Editor’s note: This is the second part of a two-part column on treating teens with depression. Treatment The first step in treating your teenager with major depression is to obtain an accurate diagnosis from a health care provider (primary care...
08/31/2016
Both of my grandparents’ houses had front porches. But the one at 452 Columbia St. in Shreveport was my favorite. Maybe that’s because we visited it more often than the one on Milan Street in New Orleans. Or maybe it was because Mamaw’s porch in...