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04/02/2015
I’m sure everyone in the town has heard the big announcement about the 2015 Louisiana Peach Festival. If not, here it is: Ruston is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for largest peach cobbler ever made during the festival. Brandon...
04/01/2015
The president of the United States has his Cabinet; the mayor of Ruston has his management team. The nine-person team tapped by Mayor Ronny Walker includes representatives from each major city department, plus Ruston’s two newest administrative-...
03/30/2015
This past week, I had the pleasure of meeting with three of the four sororities at Louisiana Tech University, to talk about dating violence. Louisiana Tech is working hard to insure that their students have the information they need about dating...
03/30/2015
There has been both good and bad news in recent days about Louisiana’s favorite springtime commodity — crawfish. At the start of Lent — the time of year mudbugs are most popular — crawfish prices were the highest restaurants and businesses had ever...
03/28/2015
Tramon Williams has added a new chapter to his rags-to-riches story in the National Football League. And it is, indeed, one of the most inspiring tales of going from anonymity to stardom that you will find at any level of the game. The same Tramon...
03/28/2015
Folks will know how large your soul is by the way you treat a dog. — Charles F. Duran This week we will welcome another member to our family —  a white German Shepherd puppy. While my track record with pups hasn’t been the greatest it isn’t because...
03/28/2015
When it comes to challenges, 19-year-old Rachel Barr of West Monroe, then a high school senior, reached for a mark that was almost otherworldly. She set out with a goal very few have attempted and fewer still have accomplished. Her mission? Take a...
03/28/2015
About a year ago, I wrote in my review of “Divergent” that I didn’t consider it a knockoff of “The Hunger Games.” I now feel the need to tweak that stance. Calling the series a full-blown knockoff might be a bit harsh, but the similarities are too...
03/28/2015
It wouldn’t be fair after all the griping I’ve done about the weather not to mention that we are finally having some sunny days. As I sit here by my big double windows, I’m having to adjust the blinds, the sun is so bright here where I’m trying to...
03/27/2015
Coming up next weekend at the Dixie Center for the Arts: Albanie Falletta and the Thrift Set Orchestra. The performance will be April 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 each, or a Dixie Season Ticket. Patrons will enjoy jazz sounds inspired by the ‘20s, ‘...
03/27/2015
3rd Judicial District Attorney John Belton will begin using a Local Area Compensation Enforcement program this month to provide additional revenue for the district attorney’s office, as well as other government agencies. More area traffic tickets...
03/26/2015
I was going to talk about the first time I ever covered a game for the Louisiana Tech University’s men’s basketball team and there were fewer than 100 people at the game. I was going to talk about how I wanted to thank head coach Mike White for...
03/25/2015
Here we go again. Louisiana faces yet another budget deficit. This time, the shortfall for the spending year that begins July 1 is approximately $1.6 billion — at least as nearly as the state’s revenue estimating gurus can calculate. Who knows what...
03/23/2015
I have been working for so long in the field of domestic violence that it is almost automatic for me to use the pronouns “she” and “her” when I am discussing victims and survivors of domestic violence. However, it is important to note that men are...
03/23/2015
It’s happened, and not a moment too soon. After what was seemingly one of the more consistently cold winters Lincoln Parish had seen in years, spring has finally “sprung,” and this morning a healthy dose of sunshine doused the area in its gleaming...
03/21/2015
Two weeks from today we celebrate Easter. For those with children/grandchildren around,  we will make preparations with them in mind.  It has become customary to think of the egg hunt. Yet what do we “hunt” during this time of year?
03/21/2015
Each year more than 500,000 people reportedly go missing. This is an occurrence I never dreamt would happen to a person I know. In the past few weeks, a young 22-year-old girl stopped responding to texts, phone calls and social media contact from...
03/21/2015
Generally, you feel better — more confident — when you’re sporting a new look. Sometimes, even the smallest changes can make a big difference in your attitude. Doesn’t your investment plan deserve the same kind of attention? After all, someday it’s...
03/21/2015
You might not think that 70 1/2 represents any particular milestone. But when you do reach this age, you will have to make some decisions that affect an important aspect of your life — your retirement income.
03/21/2015
Question: I have a kind of unusual question. I have been presented with the opportunity to take two different jobs. One pays much better, but I only think I would like it OK. The second one is really where my passion is, but the pay, while adequate...