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Columns

05/23/2015
I wonder sometimes what the last thoughts were of the fallen.
05/23/2015
I recently ran into someone who was passing through Ruston and had the opportunity to talk to them about our community. It turns out they already knew quite a bit and were talking about how much they love coming to Lincoln Parish. In fact, they said...
05/23/2015
I am really missing my granddaughter Marnie, who has left after a long stay to go home to Alabama. I can never repay her for all she has done for me, but I do believe she knows how thankful I am. However, it is good to be well and able to be here on...
05/23/2015
Tomorrow, our nation will celebrate Memorial Day as we take time to remember those who have literally given their lives to serve our nation. Men and women, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters who signed up, served, and sacrificed. The idea of...
05/22/2015
The North Central Louisiana Arts Council once again invites area artists of all ages to participate in the 28th annual Peach Festival Art Exhibit June 22 through July 8 at the Ruston Civic Center.  For the first time the show will last three weeks...
05/22/2015
There must be something in the water here. Last Friday night, I went to see Dauzat St. Marie at Sundown Tavern. The folk duo put on an excellent performance of songs about heartbreak and life. I also found that the band seemed to have a strange...
05/21/2015
I remember the smell vividly. I describe it as murky swamp water with a hint of mildew and expired milk. The first Hurricane Katrina destroyed home I visited looked like it was part of a war zone, bombed by swamp water and debris. But even after I...
05/20/2015
What? Is there a crack in the dike? If all goes as expected, Ruston’s Board of Aldermen will amend the city’s downtown parking regulations in June to once again create some free, all-day parking places. About 20 spaces on the west side of the block...
05/18/2015
We’ve seen assaults by Mother Nature of ice and wind already in 2015. Now we can count floods in the mix, too. By the time you read this, it will already have been a long day for many of us in Lincoln Parish. For me, that day started shortly after 3...
05/18/2015
It was a Town Hall, with the mayor and the sheriff and the district attorney, each speaking seriously, advocating support of DART and the end of domestic violence, for the good of all. It was a Community Fundraiser, with pastors and bank officials,...
05/16/2015
Since the assassination of John F. Fitzgerald Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, the United States of America entered into a 24-hour news cycle. I am a big proponent of knowing what is going on in the country and the world, but sometimes enough is enough....
05/16/2015
My life is about to change this week. On the 19th my granddaughter, Marnie, from Alabama, who has been with me for an extended time until she felt I was well and able to fend for myself again, is going home on Tuesday. I’m glad to be all well, but...
05/15/2015
Last Sunday was Mother’s Day — the day we said all the things we should be saying to our mothers year-round. We gifted our mothers flowers, chocolates and jewelry to show how much we really appreciate all they have done to not only create us, but to...
05/15/2015
The NCLAC office wishes to make a few announcements to readers today. First of all, a big thank you to this year’s Pick Your Picasso donors, and others who have donated specifically toward our Summer Arts Camp program: Jonathan Donehoo, KLS Physics...
05/14/2015
Everett Alexander, the late father of a man I recently interviewed, was a World War II veteran and was a part of what is widely considered the greatest generation in American history, the G.I. generation. The G.I. Generation was children of the...
05/13/2015
Whoa up there before you get too overjoyed. Just because Louisiana’s proposed capital construction bill contains millions of dollars worth of projects for Lincoln Parish doesn’t mean (a) the money is immediately forthcoming, or (b) that the funds...
05/11/2015
At the time my weekly column was due in to the Leader, I was at the 14th annual DART Radiothon at Super 1 Foods, listening to good-natured Bob Day of Q 94.1 FM as he interviewed local leaders and special guests. I was busy greeting visitors,...
05/11/2015
Progress has been made in the push to save the Louisiana higher education system from suffering devastating budget cuts heading into the new fiscal year. But there’s still plenty of work to be done before the end of the legislative session occurs a...
05/11/2015
If you were traveling through downtown Dubach headed in the direction of the old cotton gin, you passed the Butler’s home on your left. The building next to their home with the almost-always-open door was the cleaners they owned and operated. They...
05/09/2015
My two cents worth on all things sports: TAKE A BOW: Since it has enjoyed one of its most successful years in school history, it was only proper and fitting that Louisiana Tech University’s athletic department roll out the red carpet this week....