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01/08/2015
On Dec. 6 Lincoln Parish 4-H Clubs held the 4-H Cooking Contest at Tractor Supply of Ruston. 4-H members from throughout Lincoln Parish had the opportunity to enter the Cooking Contest in 12 individual divisions. The divisions were as follows: Beef...
01/07/2015
All right, that’s it. No more. I’m fed up clear to the top of my hunter’s orange toboggan hat. The very idea that north Louisiana culture is apparently being assessed nationwide — and maybe even worldwide — by the likes of so-called reality shows...
01/05/2015
Happy New Year! If you are like me, you are still adjusting to saying and writing “2015” rather than “2014.” I have had to correct the date on several letters and checks since New Year’s Day arrived. But while I struggle to remember that we are in a...
01/05/2015
Thinking hard about making New Year’s resolutions, I realized there are many I could try: • The old standard of getting fit and in better shape • Cutting down on my soft drink intake, which is a big part of my “shape” • Better managing my time in...
01/04/2015
I’ve done it the last several years, or at least ever since they’ve clogged the December calendar page with more bowl games than commercials on car insurance. Yes, and I’ll express my discontent with teams carrying records of 6-6 or —honest — one...
01/04/2015
“What the heck!” The only thing unusual was the results from the pain medicine. First off — it burned something fierce, then — I went out of my mind — to a very unhappy place. I decided I was dying and being embalmed. They had some things on my legs...
01/04/2015
This is the season to be merry and celebrate the New Year. Accompanying this season is the season for flu, stomach bug, bronchitis, pneumonia and other weather-changing related illnesses. Well, this year I have experienced some of both seasons —...
01/03/2015
“Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” Some people attribute this quote to Buddha, some to Nelson Mandela and others to a disciple of Buddha. Regardless, it’s a quote that has been spouted in various...
01/03/2015
In a 1970’s “Pogo” comic strip Walt Kelly used a famous phrase: “We have met the enemy and he is us.” I don’t like enemies. I prefer friends or “pals.”
01/03/2015
Tomorrow school revs back up after the holiday break and things will get back to normal throughout schools in Lincoln Parish. And I suspect for our teachers and administrators that will come as somewhat of a relief after the craziness that occurs...
01/03/2015
If you are interested in saving for retirement, here’s some good news: For 2015, the IRS has raised the maximum contribution limits for 401(k) plans from $17,500 to $18,000. And if you’re 50 or older, you can put in an extra $6,000, up from $5,500...
01/03/2015
Question: Why do you think family businesses so often fail after the first generation? How can I prepare to make that transition with my own family business? Answer: Most businesses in this country — and in the world for that matter — are family...
01/03/2015
While there are many individuals who have plenty of money to invest, more than a few hesitate to do so because they are unsure of exactly how or where to invest their money. And while it may seem a logical conclusion that the more money you have the...
01/02/2015
I have never been much of a TV watcher. I was always been more of a reader. But in recent years I have found myself latching on to a few television shows to the point that I would say is a tad obsessive. There is one thing in common with the books I...
01/01/2015
2015 is here, which means we begin a whole new year filled with memories. What an interesting year 2014 was. It was filled with wonderful stories around the world, such as a mass ALS awareness campaign known as the “Ice Bucket Challenge”, new...
12/31/2014
For most of us, New Year’s resolutions aren’t worth the paper they’re written on, but maybe the City of Ruston can buck that trend when 2015 draws in a few hours. After all, it will be a new day at City Hall, and not just the kind of new day that’s...
12/30/2014
In my last two articles, we learned what bed bugs look like and how to do your own bed bug inspection. Today would be a great time to discuss how to protect your home from a bed bug infestation. The first thing that you must do is realize that...
12/29/2014
It’s something young athletes are taught from the beginning — never give up on a play. Always run hard to first base, even when you know it’s an easy out coming up. Always run down the court in case there’s a chance at a rebound. And always run out...
12/29/2014
Out with the old. In with the new. No stigma. No regrets. No blame. No lack of information. Three New Year’s Resolutions that each of you can achieve in 2015: Educate yourselves about mental health • Read the Leader’s news articles, editorials and...
12/29/2014
Area residents have kept an eye on falling gas prices with a smile on their faces knowing that their monthly gasoline budgets are shrinking, leaving more money to spend on other necessities. Administrators at Grambling State University and Louisiana...