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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...
12/27/2014
There’s some good news and not-so-good news involving Ikemefuna Chinedum Enemkpali. First, the good news. The rookie defensive lineman is making encouraging strides for the New York Jets, so much that he started last week and is expected to do the...
12/27/2014
Anyone who keeps up religiously with Grambling State University’s football program is probably shaking their head over the 2014 season. Who, in his right mind, would’ve ever believed that the Tigers would be one of the most improved squads in the...
12/27/2014
Our newspaper has been filled to the brim with stories about how people have been giving back this season. So, when an email popped into by inbox about how Louisiana was the sixth least charitable state according to a recent study, I was a little...
12/27/2014
Last month I was elected to a third term on the Public Service Commission representing PSC District 5, the North Louisiana seat. I thank all those who voted for me or otherwise supported my candidacy.
12/27/2014
Let me say it: Happy New Year. This is not just a wish. Wishes are from humans and have little substance. We have in place a guarantee, even if we don’t see or feel something better in our meager terms. You shall have a better New Year. It can...
12/27/2014
Asset allocation is a time-tested strategy that can help take the guesswork out of choosing investments for your portfolio. Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket, you spread your eggs (dollars) among a variety of baskets (stocks, bonds and...
12/27/2014
Now that 2015 is upon us, you may be thinking about making some New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps you’ll decide to take up a musical instrument, or hit the gym more often, or even learn a new language. All these are worthy goals, of course — but you...
12/27/2014
Question: I am relatively young, healthy and I take very good care of myself. Yet I am in a group health insurance plan with lots of older people, many of whom do not appear to care about their health at all. Will my rates go down once some of these...
12/26/2014
Christmas Day 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of an event known as “The Christmas Truce.” The scene was described by a British soldier, Captain A. D. Chater, in a letter written to his mother. In his letter, Captain Chater shares something...
12/26/2014
While Christmas has come and gone, the holiday season is still upon us and with New Year’s Day just around the corner safety is important as ever. During New Year’s Eve 2013, there were a total of 39 fatal and injury crashes in the state and five of...
12/24/2014
We lost Joseph several years ago. When it came time for the youth at church to add Jesus’ earthy father to the nativity scene, the carpenter from Nazareth was nowhere to be found. He wasn’t in his usual cardboard box cubby, nor was he under the...
12/23/2014
Recently, the Ruston chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness celebrated Christmas. The 28th annual NAMI Ruston Christmas Banquet celebration was held on Dec. 16 at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center. It was a phenomenal success....
12/23/2014
The LSU AgCenter is offering an eight week Smart Portions program. The Smart Portions program teaches people how to eat healthy and lose weight. Losing weight can be a challenging task unless you have great support. The Smart Portions program is...
12/22/2014
As we head toward 2015, Grambling State University is hoping for a better year as the school finds itself in tumultuous waters to close out 2014. Early this month it was announced that a new state audit of Grambling State University shows equipment...