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06/24/2017
For Louisiana universities like Louisiana Tech and Grambling State, a battle was won last week as state legislators passed a budget that for the first time in nearly decade during cut funding to higher education while also including full funding for...
06/24/2017
A cornucopia of items, observations and other thoughts from the sports world: • It’s not often NFL executives exhibit the giddiness of a pre-teen when doing a post-draft evaluation of its latest acquisitions. But such doesn’t apply to sixth-round...
06/23/2017
As illustrated time and again in this space, I’m real simple minded. Probably like all children, I loved “Connect the Dots” puzzles. Start at 1, then 2, etc., until you reach the end. It may turn into a flower or a butterfly. Regardless, it was...
06/23/2017
It seems Tropical Depression Cindy will put a major damper on the 67th annual Louisiana Peach Festival. According to the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, all Louisiana Peach Festival activities scheduled for this afternoon have been cancelled and...
06/22/2017
Lincoln Parish schools Superintendent Mike Milstead hit the mark when he said, “We no longer live in an agrarian society.” In other words, communities no longer depend on the whole family to farm during the summer, which means students no longer...
06/21/2017
State and national resources can provide a wealth of information about mental health issues. NAMI Ruston has compiled a list of some of these health resources. State resources NAMI Louisiana, Baton Rouge (225) 291-6262, www.namilouisiana.org...
06/21/2017
When the dispatcher’s voice coming across the newsroom scanner summoned the Ruston Fire Department for a baby-not-breathing-in-a-backyard-swimming-pool call, all of us figured we knew the story one of us would have to write the next day. We were...
06/20/2017
Last week I wrote about preparing yourself for an interview. It is now time to address the responsibilities of the interviewer. Interviewing may seem easy to some people, but you can get yourself and your company into a lot of trouble by asking...
06/20/2017
It’s summer time and many kids are home. How do children prepare their lunches? Children, college students and adults alike like a quick meal in minutes. Many of us use the microwave for this task, “meals in minutes.” I teach a cooking class for...
06/19/2017
There is a news article from Utah that tells the story of an 8-year-old boy hopping his neighbors’ fence to retrieve a ball that had gone over into the other yard. When the boy landed in the yard, three pit bulls attacked him. He was bitten and...
06/19/2017
I was having lunch the other day with my childhood-friend-turned-billionaire, Ty “Tycoon” Pendergrass, when the subject of the baseball park in Dubach came up. “You do realize that we had one the finest baseball parks in the state of Louisiana. It...
06/19/2017
Time for another “Buddy’s Blog Banter.” Today, we put the highlight marker on various individuals with local connections who have been making news in the sports world: DOUG WILLIAMS: Finally, after months of speculation, Doug Williams received a...
06/17/2017
Father’s Day is always special for me as a day I set aside time to spend with my daughters and treasure the value of family time spent together. But it’s also a day I treasure for remembering my dad and the father-like figures who have played such a...
06/17/2017
Question: I am the father of two children. Just to be blunt, one is a giver and the other is a taker. My wife and I own a business they both work in and I am worried that when we are gone, our taker will overwhelm our giver. How do we keep that from...
06/17/2017
Father’s Day is here. Dad will probably like any gifts you give him, of course, but this year, why not go beyond the ordinary? By presenting your father with an appropriate financial gift, you can bring him some benefits that can keep on giving.
06/17/2017
Which one is right for you? With the decline of corporate pensions and the aging U.S. population putting stress on the Social Security system, the burden of saving and planning for retirement falls increasingly on individuals. This is especially...
06/16/2017
As a wee tyke, my Dad took me to College Town Barber Shop where Vernon Whitlock gave me my first haircut. Until I was 12, it was the place where I got every haircut. Mr. Vernon was Dad’s barber, though I never really understood why. By the time I...
06/16/2017
Summer has officially begun and we all know what that means — family vacations. Two-week adventures are not all there is to the summer months, and if you plan carefully, there are several locations right here in Lincoln Parish that can offer your...
06/15/2017
While Juneteenth is a celebration of the enslaved becoming free, it feels much bigger than that. Time travel to any point in history and try to find a significant amount of time where the average African American did not face some sort of hardship....
06/14/2017
One year ago this month, Ruston’s Board of Aldermen decided to spend $50,000 to hire a local engineering firm to create and maintain a web page specifically designed for residents to be able to keep track of the progress of Moving Ruston Forward...