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Columns

09/03/2014
Hold that deep breath in a little longer, Ruston. The days of budgetary belt tightening will likely continue for at least another fiscal year. If the city’s board of aldermen does as expected, come Tuesday night it will approve the Hollingsworth...
09/03/2014
Recently, I have spent time working on DART training, education and awareness events for the fall. The first event on our calendar is a clergy training seminar, set from 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 16 at the Presbyterian Church of Ruston. Readers might...
09/02/2014
We are approaching the peak season for tropical storms and hurricanes. When looking at long-term averages of hurricanes and tropical storms in the Atlantic Basin, there is a broad maximum from late August through September with a pronounced peak...
09/02/2014
You’ve heard the saying, when you keep doing the same thing over and over again and expect different results, that is the definition of insanity. That’s just what many of us do when we decide to make healthy changes to our eating patterns. You start...
08/31/2014
There’s no absence of star power on Lincoln Parish gridirons this season. From running back Jawaun Wright of Ruston High to wide receiver Chester Rogers of Grambling State University, there are plenty of all-star potential performers to circle on...
08/30/2014
Are we now hustling and bustling?  Maybe too much?  Hurry.  Quick.  Now.  Run.  Faster.  These are some of the words bantered during this time of year with the beginning of fall. Then watch out for holiday shopping.
08/30/2014
It’s no secret to anyone that reads my columns that I’ve had a myriad of health issues. Some have been because of the atrocious genetic cards I was dealt. Some, I’m finally willing to admit, I likely contributed to with a bad diet and exercise...
08/30/2014
Question: I am past retirement age and widowed. My two adult sons still depend on me to pay some of their bills. One has a steady job. The other cannot seem to keep steady work. I am worried that when I am gone they will fight over my money, though...
08/30/2014
On Sept. 8, we observe National Grandparents Day. If you have grandchildren, they will hopefully mark this occasion by sending a card, making a call or, best of all, paying a visit. But however your grandchildren express their feelings for you, you...
08/30/2014
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....
08/30/2014
My dad, T.E. “Doc” Harris died in 1976 after a 30-year career with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) as a predator control trapper. I still remember the name of his first supervisor, Joe Miller. I also remember his supervisor...
08/29/2014
I’ve done it again — put off writing my column until late at night. Here’s hoping my brain is not at sleepy as I am. I should have reminded myself earlier of my dad’s  admonition, “Procrastination is neither a Baptist doctrine, nor a virtue.”  OK,...
08/29/2014
Four male college students have invented a new nail polish that detects date rape drugs. The nail polish called Undercover Colors, changes color in the presence of common date rape drugs like Rohypnol, Xanax and GHB. Undergraduate students at...
08/28/2014
Sex sells. What does it cost? Your soul, apparently. The WE TV network is launching a show called “Sex Box” where couples who are having dating issues “work out” their problems in a box in front of a live studio audience. Yes. This is real.
08/27/2014
It’s time for Gov. Bobby Jindal to back off of 5th District Congressman Vance McAllister. OK, so the GOP political newcomer wasn’t Jindal’s pick in last fall’s special election to fill former Rep. Rodney Alexander’s unexpired term. Barring something...
08/26/2014
Firewood in August — green wood will burn, but too much internal moisture will greatly reduce its fuel value. The term seasoned wood (cut and left to dry) is often used. To achieve 100 percent of the heating value from firewood, cut wood should...
08/26/2014
We have already had many parents and students asking about how to enroll their child in 4-H and when they can. 4-H enrollment will begin in September for Lincoln Parish Schools and we are looking forward to working with the youth of Lincoln Parish...
08/25/2014
It’s that time of year again. Nine years ago this week Hurricane Katrina slammed into the southern part of our state, changing it forever and reminding us all, even in the northern part of the state, that we should remain ever vigil. And after a...
08/23/2014
Last week I said undue worry could lead to depression and perhaps worse. This was prompted by the death of an actor. I wrote words of warning. Many sent me kind comments. I do repeat that some worry can be good. It can keep us aware. Yet too much...
08/23/2014
For about eight months after I finished college the first time, I worked in Monroe and lived in Ruston. On average, I worked six days a week, and didn’t come home until 10 p.m. on early nights and 2 a.m. on late ones.