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11/21/2014
I’m excited. The weather man says it will be 70 degrees on this day. Right now it is 25 degrees. How can that happen in a matter of days?  I was talking to Erma Hudson tonight on the phone and she said y’all had been freezing too.
11/21/2014
Let’s use this week to share some of our “thankful list” from the NCLAC office. First, I am thankful for dedicated community partners who support the arts in our region. One of these is Bank of Ruston, who holds an annual art exhibition each...
11/21/2014
Lauryn Hill said it best in her 1998 “Superstar” album: “Come on baby, light my fire, Everything you drop is so tired, Music is supposed to inspire, How come we ain’t getting no higher?” The fact is we aren’t getting higher from the music we consume...
11/21/2014
When the temperature begins to drop and the wind begins to howl, sickness has a tendency to set it for all ages. We recently took the boys to the doctor, Tristan for a check up and Asher because his ear was hurting. Unfortunately Asher had an ear...
11/20/2014
When I was waiting on an interview Tuesday, I had some time to kill so I strolled into the courtroom. It was a felony court day and, unsurprisingly, the room was filled from wall-to-wall. I felt a little awkward asking someone to scoot over, knowing...
11/19/2014
About six weeks from now, a new era will dawn in Ruston: the Ronny Walker era. The man who said he has vision for the city and a plan to make that vision a reality, is the man city voters decided they want to lead them for the next four years....
11/18/2014
4-H is continually adding new projects and events that appeal to and benefit the youth of this generation. 4-H offers projects and events in the areas of robotics, outdoor skills and public speaking. These are just a few of the more than 50 project...
11/17/2014
Florida State University football coaching legend Bobby Bowden served as keynote speaker at last week’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes fundraising luncheon and showed he’s as good at guiding young people through the game of life as he is a...
11/16/2014
There are all kinds of reasons for the success of the Arizona Cardinals’ this season. There’s new head Bruce Arians, the revived career of quarterback Carson Palmer, a tough defense and the continued productivity of Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry...
11/16/2014
This is a few days later than the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the day we remember and celebrated as Veterans Day. Yet folks across our land are still mentioning and remembering the brave. We remembered those who signed a blank check...
11/16/2014
Like many Americans, I am a mixture of a variety of different heritages.
11/16/2014
I have an anniversary this week. On Friday I will celebrate six months since my latest surgery, and I’m happy to report that things are going extremely well as I slowly recover from that ankle fusion. Of course there have been surprises along the...
11/16/2014
If anyone was qualified to introduce Bobby Bowden at this week’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes luncheon, it was Skip Holtz. Even sportswriters who are always trying to uncover a unique angle to a story had this one smack them right on their...
11/14/2014
Question: How do I know if my investment firm is really doing a good job for me? When the market goes down, they blame the market. When things go well, they take the credit. How can I know if they are really doing a good job or not? Answer: Perhaps...
11/14/2014
Americans are pretty generous — in fact, 83 percent of us donated money to charitable organizations last year, according to a Gallup survey. And now that we’re entering the holiday season, charitable giving well may be on your mind. Your key...
11/14/2014
Regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman, Social Security will not — and was never designed to — provide all of the income you’ll need to live comfortably during retirement. At best, your income from Social Security will supplement your other...
11/14/2014
Brrrrrrr! It’s cold! I went to bed in 70-degree comfort and woke up in the 30s. Crazy Texas weather. Daughter-in-law, Mary Hilan, comes every week on Tuesday to lunch and go to our Bible study here. Afterwards, we have a while to do whatever and...
11/14/2014
It’s sad that women have an entire month dedicated to recognizing their achievements. African-Americans have the same luxury, as do those of Hispanic heritage. But what about the men and women who have made it possible for these commemorative months...
11/13/2014
Many of you know I used to teach. Even though I only did it for one year, I learned quickly that a good teacher not only connects with his or her students on a psychological level, but an emotional level as well, which is why you hear so many...
11/12/2014
I’m not a big fan of holidays. About the only thing they’ve got going for them is a day off from work — sometimes. In the news business, holidays typically mean more assignments to get done in less time: seasonal stories to write, special events to...