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Columns

06/25/2015
On an excruciatingly hot morning — that melted the rubber on the bottom of my shoes — families from around Lincoln Parish gathered under the shade to watch the Juneteenth parade march down Main Street in Grambling. While the parade ran, the sounds...
06/24/2015
I never like visiting my New Orleans relatives. Even planning the excursion always turned into a family feud. With every mile past Alexandria, the tension heightened. When we finally turned onto Milam Street, where my paternal grandparents lived in...
06/22/2015
We’ve had more rain in recent weeks than I remember in quite some time. That fact has resulted in more of things I like even less — mosquitoes, fleas and ticks. Fleas and ticks become more widespread when humidity levels are between 50 and 90...
06/22/2015
School is out, and our community is filled with summer fun. This week, people from our town, parish, state and region will be visiting for the Louisiana Peach Festival.We will enjoy great music, crafts, activities and, of course, peach ice cream....
06/20/2015
There will be no shortage of exciting players to watch for Lincoln Parish’s two collegiate programs during the 2015 football season. The following list features 10 names — five for Louisiana Tech University and five for Grambling State University —...
06/20/2015
Right off the bat, some might feel a Bill Engvall response, author of the song “Here’s Your Sign,” in saying  “I am awake, or I wouldn’t be reading this.”  Here’s your sign, Joe.  Fair enough.  Yet fathers in our country need to wake up with a...
06/20/2015
The first city police services were established in Philadelphia in 1751. Since that time there have been hundreds of thousands of men and women step into a calling that is now being undermined at every turn. In recent months and years we have heard...
06/20/2015
Question: My brother is a doctor and lives a doctor’s lifestyle. My husband and I have jobs that do not pay nearly as well. We try not to compare, but my husband is constantly making comments about what they have and what we don’t. I am proud of my...
06/20/2015
What’s your most valuable asset? While you are still working, this asset may actually be your future income — so you need to protect it. And you can do so by maintaining adequate life insurance, which can help provide your family with the financial...
06/20/2015
Protecting your retirement nest egg and sustaining your retirement income are challenging enough. Taking precautions to help guard your investments from fraud is important. People who are older can be common targets for fraud and financial crimes....
06/20/2015
You meet the most interesting people here at Churchhill Estates. That’s part of the charm of the place. Several I have met have been people of importance to the Dallas area. One lady, Dot, who I have really come to enjoy, was once head of the women’...
06/19/2015
On Wednesday, the United States Treasury announced a woman will finally be put on paper currency in 2020. Placing a woman on paper currency has been in talks for some time now in the United States. In fact, most of those talks were about placing a...
06/18/2015
I shook his hand. I told him how much he meant to the state I love. I looked at him straight in the eyes — the eyes of one of the biggest liars ever — and thanked him for all he has done for my city. I mean who wouldn’t. At the time, no one realized...
06/17/2015
My colleague asked me the other day about the Cold War. Specifically, whether those of us alive back then thought we’d live through the standoff between the United States and the former Soviet Union. That got me to thinking about the old federal...
06/15/2015
As Father’s Day approaches, I find myself thinking of the fathers and sons who have helped DART in so many ways. Many of you may not be aware of this, but our community stands out in Louisiana for the active role that men play in domestic violence...
06/15/2015
How can you not love Lincoln Parish in June? Yes, the weather can be warm if not just plain hot. But over the next two weeks, it’s time for two of the parish’s biggest celebrations of the year. It actually all started Sunday as Grambling began its...
06/13/2015
That time of year has already gotten underway again. If you’re new to Ruston you may not be familiar with what I’m talking about, so here’s a heads up. It’s about to get peachy around town. The 2015 Louisiana Peach Festival, which has been dubbed “...
06/13/2015
This has been a week to remember. I spent a half day with grandson-in-law Jonathan at the bank trying to sort out the mess that has happened to me. Someone got into my account and stole a sickening amount from me. I thought about how hard my husband...
06/12/2015
The Ruston Farmers Market will have a Farm-to-Table Fundraiser on June 20 at the Historic Fire Station. The event will showcase many of the Ruston Farmers Market offerings with local, seasonal, freshly prepared dishes by Rosemary’s Kitchen. There...
06/12/2015
On Monday, United States District Judge James Brady, of Baton Rouge, ordered the release of 68-year-old Albert Woodfox from prison after 40 years of solitary confinement, according to an article in the New Orleans Advocate. Woodfox is the last of...