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04/11/2015
Next week, we observe the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has inspired millions of people to take action to improve the environment. But the lessons of environmentalism can also be applied to other areas of life...
04/11/2015
Question: What do you think is the next financial crisis ahead for our country and what can we do to get ready for it? Answer: Often when I get this one, the questioner is looking for me to sanction some version of “start a garden, clean your gun...
04/11/2015
Larry Cordaro didn’t just make a debut appearance as head coach for LSU-Alexandria men’s basketball this year. He became the most popular person on campus. Under the leadership of the Ruston native and Ruston High School graduate, the start-up...
04/11/2015
One day this past week, Marnie, her son Cade and I had a wonderful day with my church granddaughter, Lori  and her son Russell, who is a year older than Cade. I wasn’t sure how the boys ages 12 and 13 would do on first acquaintance, That seems like...
04/10/2015
One of our biggest Dixie Center for the Arts events is right around the corner. On April 18,the 10th annual Joe Woods Wildwood Express Showcase will again grace the historic Dixie stage. The show begins at 6 p.m. featuring songs that we know and...
04/10/2015
With Earth Day coming up on April 22 and this week’s Think Green Early Event at the Lincoln Parish Early Childhood Center on Wednesday, I began to think about how important it is that we not only take steps to be more environmentally-friendly...
04/09/2015
Three years ago, I had the pleasure of attending a journalism conference in Tennessee. During my trip to the conference, my professor, another student and I made a pit stop in Memphis, Tennessee. We explored several places, but what caught my eye...
04/08/2015
Back during the Cold War with the former Soviet Union, the escape plan for Barksdale Air Force Base was to beat a fast path to the Louisiana Tech University campus. Obviously, the giant B-52s of the 2ND Bomb Wing couldn’t come, but the essential...
04/06/2015
A small boy arrives at DART’s shelter, angry and confused about the violence he has seen at home between his mother and his father. During Children’s Group, our child advocate and a student intern teach a fun lesson called “Hands Are Not For...
04/06/2015
It really isn’t a funny situation, but a crucial one facing our state legislators as they move toward next week’s start of the legislative session. Under the worst-case scenario of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s budget, the state’s college and universities...
04/04/2015
It’s not every day you receive a panicked phone call alerting you that someone of importance will be in town in a few short hours. Well, that is what happened to me earlier this week. If you pick up the paper regularly, you know Louisiana Secretary...
04/04/2015
Well, here we are in the full blush of spring and it feels wonderful. Our pool here opened on Wednesday and new bathing suits are on display it seems at every store. They even have the more modest one piece ones, which I can only guess are in...
04/03/2015
Spring is finally here. The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is happy to announce that the Ruston Garden Club will be presenting Jolis Jardins, a Garden Tour, from 9:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. April 25. The tour will feature lovely gardens at three area...
04/03/2015
On the way back from an interview Thursday, I had a craving for kombucha tea. Kombucha tea is a fermented drink made with sugar, tea, bacteria and yeast, that is said to boost the immune system. I stopped by The Olde Wheat Barn, located at 301...
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...