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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...
03/28/2015
When it comes to challenges, 19-year-old Rachel Barr of West Monroe, then a high school senior, reached for a mark that was almost otherworldly. She set out with a goal very few have attempted and fewer still have accomplished. Her mission? Take a...
03/28/2015
About a year ago, I wrote in my review of “Divergent” that I didn’t consider it a knockoff of “The Hunger Games.” I now feel the need to tweak that stance. Calling the series a full-blown knockoff might be a bit harsh, but the similarities are too...
03/28/2015
It wouldn’t be fair after all the griping I’ve done about the weather not to mention that we are finally having some sunny days. As I sit here by my big double windows, I’m having to adjust the blinds, the sun is so bright here where I’m trying to...
03/27/2015
Coming up next weekend at the Dixie Center for the Arts: Albanie Falletta and the Thrift Set Orchestra. The performance will be April 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 each, or a Dixie Season Ticket. Patrons will enjoy jazz sounds inspired by the ‘20s, ‘...
03/27/2015
3rd Judicial District Attorney John Belton will begin using a Local Area Compensation Enforcement program this month to provide additional revenue for the district attorney’s office, as well as other government agencies. More area traffic tickets...
03/26/2015
I was going to talk about the first time I ever covered a game for the Louisiana Tech University’s men’s basketball team and there were fewer than 100 people at the game. I was going to talk about how I wanted to thank head coach Mike White for...
03/25/2015
Here we go again. Louisiana faces yet another budget deficit. This time, the shortfall for the spending year that begins July 1 is approximately $1.6 billion — at least as nearly as the state’s revenue estimating gurus can calculate. Who knows what...
03/23/2015
I have been working for so long in the field of domestic violence that it is almost automatic for me to use the pronouns “she” and “her” when I am discussing victims and survivors of domestic violence. However, it is important to note that men are...
03/23/2015
It’s happened, and not a moment too soon. After what was seemingly one of the more consistently cold winters Lincoln Parish had seen in years, spring has finally “sprung,” and this morning a healthy dose of sunshine doused the area in its gleaming...
03/21/2015
Two weeks from today we celebrate Easter. For those with children/grandchildren around,  we will make preparations with them in mind.  It has become customary to think of the egg hunt. Yet what do we “hunt” during this time of year?
03/21/2015
Each year more than 500,000 people reportedly go missing. This is an occurrence I never dreamt would happen to a person I know. In the past few weeks, a young 22-year-old girl stopped responding to texts, phone calls and social media contact from...
03/21/2015
Generally, you feel better — more confident — when you’re sporting a new look. Sometimes, even the smallest changes can make a big difference in your attitude. Doesn’t your investment plan deserve the same kind of attention? After all, someday it’s...
03/21/2015
You might not think that 70 1/2 represents any particular milestone. But when you do reach this age, you will have to make some decisions that affect an important aspect of your life — your retirement income.
03/21/2015
Question: I have a kind of unusual question. I have been presented with the opportunity to take two different jobs. One pays much better, but I only think I would like it OK. The second one is really where my passion is, but the pay, while adequate...
03/21/2015
Can you believe it? I am thrilled beyond measure that spring has sprung. Even if it gets cold and damp again, it won’t feel the same to me. Have I ever told you how much I hate those last days of winter? It‘s like I’m worn out with it and another...
03/20/2015
We are excited to announce details about this year’s NCLAC Summer Arts Camps. There are changes in store for 2015, and we hope you send the children in your lives to experience camp with NCLAC for a fun, multidisciplinary arts encounter.
03/20/2015
Mama told me when I was young “Come sit beside me, my only son And listen closely to what I say And if you do this it’ll help you some sunny day” “Oh, take your time, don’t live too fast Troubles will come and they will pass You’ll find a woman and...
03/19/2015
Tickets were in hand. Dedicated readers know my appreciation and love for music festivals and music as a whole. Readers might remember my writing about my excitement about attending Buku Music and Art Project in New Orleans that occurred this past...