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02/05/2017
I have a favorite coffee cup that I like to use in the morning. It is just the perfect size to hold my bold coffee that helps me awaken each day. Then at night I frequently fill it with hot tea as I relax at the day’s end. The best part about...
02/03/2017
There is never a dull moment in Lincoln Parish, it seems. Even with the colder weather, residents still have plenty of things to tempt them out of their warm homes and in community activities. Theatre-goers will be especially happy with two upcoming...
02/02/2017
Fifty-one years. That’s how long it took for the Lincoln Parish school system to be declared unitary after United States District Judge Robert James handed down the ruling that effectively ended a federal desegregation lawsuit filed against the...
02/01/2017
Ernie Stevens and his buddies never set out to start a museum. The group of young Vietnam veterans just wanted Ruston’s rather drab American Legion hall to look a bit more like the enlisted men’s clubs and officers clubs they were used to. “So, we...
01/30/2017
“When I finally get myself together/I’m going to get down in that sunny southern weather/ And going to find a space inside to laugh/separate the wheat from the chaff/’Cause I feel like I owe it to someone.” That lyric is from a song called “Almost...
01/29/2017
It’s time to break out the Germ-X. There’s a bug crawling around the Boatright house. Our youngest daughter got it first, and now our oldest one is in bed, feverish and feeling miserable. Both doctor offices we used were booked until Monday, and we...
01/29/2017
Paradise is not going to be found here, nor will we see the “perfect” form of government, one comprised of “perfect persons” who produce perfect results.
01/29/2017
In 1960, Elvis was in a marathon studio session that produced the soaring single “Surrender.” This new English-language version of an old Italian ballad was a special request from the rock star as he continued the evolution of his music. After the...
01/29/2017
Question: I thought I would be a lot closer to being able to retire now. But I may be working a lot longer. I guess I’m OK with that, but how many others are in my situation? It seems to me it could be a lot. Answer: Your instincts are correct....
01/29/2017
The holidays are now a month behind us, which means it’s about time for another season: Tax Season. While you may not find it particularly festive, you can get through this season with a minimum of stress — if you’re organized. That means, among...
01/29/2017
Asset allocation is a 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 cash). The...
01/29/2017
I keep wanting to call or text Lanky Wells. I just know he’s going to answer. No matter how busy he was or what he had on his non-stop schedule. He always did, whatever the occasion. New Year’s Eve (“Have a great New Year, brother.”) Christmas Eve...
01/29/2017
Whether in the major leagues or sandlot baseball, there is one admonition coaches insist players follow. When the hitter connects with the ball and an infielder scoops it up for what should be an easy out, the hitter could find himself riding the...
01/27/2017
It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words — but what about a memory? What is the worth of a living picture of what we have done, complete with the smells, sounds and sensations?
01/27/2017
For a fourth consecutive year, Louisiana Tech University School of Design is hosting the Louisiana Biennial: National Juried Exhibition in the F. Jay Taylor Visual Arts Center. While the art came from all over the nation, some of the highest award...
01/26/2017
Once cannot help but notice the dramatic change occurring in Grambling. In a matter of only a couple of years, a new elementary through high school was created, a new administration took over at Grambling State University and Grambling’s dream...
01/25/2017
Thank you, Louisiana Legislature. We appreciate your concern about the quality of our drinking water, but really, a mandated fee so that the state can hire water checkers? Yes, really. And the result for every Louisiana water customer is an...
01/24/2017
The LSU AgCenter is working on building healthy communities one community at a time. Louisiana residents are not making the grade. The hard fact is Louisiana ranks first in obesity and overweight residents. The United States has an adult obesity...
01/23/2017
It happened last week. Actually, it had been sneaking up on me for some time. Something I couldn’t avoid. Even so, when it finally occurred, I felt kind of like Fred Sanford when he used to clutch his chest on the TV show “Sanford and Son” and call...
01/23/2017
When Kentrell Brice sent Cole Beasley reeling into an East Texas county hospital recently, I immediately recalled similar moments in gridiron purgatory. And all had a Kentrell Brice imprint on them. At Ruston High School, at Louisiana Tech...