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03/29/2014
Jason Hatcher now has the best of several worlds. The former Grambling State University star added some lucrative digits to his paycheck by signing as a free agent with the Washington Redskins. Not only did the Jena native bag the biggest contract...
03/29/2014
As I’m sure you’ve surmised by now, I’m a turkey hunter. Nothing gets me quite so worked up as to be standing on a hill in the gathering light of a spring morning and hearing the rattling, throaty sound of a boss gobbler announcing to all female...
03/29/2014
Someone recently asked about the first time I saw Elvis, and I gladly waded into the events of that spectacular March afternoon in 1975. We had great seats in the Monroe Civic Center mezzanine. Though a fair distance from the stage, I knew that I...
03/29/2014
Easter season is fun. It is sacred. There are four weeks left. Families, traditional and universal, celebrate. We have Easter egg hunts, eat chocolate (at least I do) and dress well for church. We might explain the bunny. Easter is celebrated by the...
03/29/2014
I’ve mentioned before that I come from a very blue collar, paycheck-to-paycheck sort of family. So does my husband. So, when my husband and I (my fiance at the time) started looking at the sort of financial goals we wanted to focus on as we merged...
03/29/2014
If you’re like many travelers, you get a little nervous when your airplane goes through some turbulence. And if you’re like a lot of investors, you may get somewhat jumpy when the financial markets are volatile. Yet flight turbulence probably isn’t...
03/29/2014
Question: Does Social Security pay you if you become disabled? Answer: Sometimes. But they aren’t afraid to say no. According to a 2004 General Accounting Office report regarding the Social Security Administration, 60 percent of all first time...
03/29/2014
In spite of the continued woes of the economy, small business owners are showing increased optimism about the next 12 months, according to a recent Wells Fargo / Gallup Small Business Index survey. However, despite their generally sunny outlook,...
03/29/2014
This has been one strange week, and I’m not just referring to the weather. I just came in from watching great grandbaby Sydney riding around out front in her toy airplane. She will be 2 years old in a month and it is hard  to believe it’s flying by...
03/28/2014
With Crimea’s recent hotly debated vote to be annexed into Russia, many Western countries are looking into ways to punish the superpower for what they see as a breach of international protocol. While starting an armed conflict with Russia has been...
03/28/2014
Earlier this week you may have read about the Lincoln Parish Detention Center gearing up to begin hosting educational classes for inmates. But what you may not realize is that Lincoln Parish isn’t the first place to begin implementing such practices...
03/27/2014
It takes different strokes for different folks. For instance, the older I get the happier I am to live in a small town. But for many people, the slow-paced lifestyle just doesn’t suit. I just came back from a three-day trip to New Orleans and...
03/26/2014
Today could be the day the Louisiana Senate decides whether to endorse a proposal that would allow the next step toward a long-talked-about pipeline from Lake D’Arbonne to Farmerville and Ruston to be taken. A bill by Sen. Mike Walsworth, R-West...
03/25/2014
The key to achieving successful environmental-friendly gardens and landscapes is based on reducing plant stress. This includes managing pest problems which weaken plants, thus making them more susceptible to other problems or even death. Homeowners...
03/25/2014
March is National Nutrition Month. National Nutrition Month is a good time to be more thoughtful of the foods you are fueling your body with. Are your food choices nutrient-dense foods? These foods provide vitamins, minerals, and other elements...
03/24/2014
Have you been wishing you could find a worthy cause to support? Has your club or organization been searching for a great project? Are you in need of community service hours but want to have fun in the process? The Domestic Abuse Resistance Team can...
03/24/2014
As area school children enjoy spring break this week, many parents will be looking for ways to spend that time. And with the weather as beautiful as it is today, there may be no better time to take the opportunity to check out some of the biggest...
03/22/2014
I love sports lists. Well, not all of them, such as the one NFL Network featured recently on the Top 10 quarterbacks to wear jersey No. 12. For the most part, I am in agreement with those who comprised this group, from Broadway Joe Namath to Aaron...
03/22/2014
No matter how many times you come face-to-face with it, I’m not sure if death is something anyone ever truly understands. On Thursday afternoon, my family laid to rest my maternal grandfather. I sat in a church listening to the happy, gurgling...
03/22/2014
Slavery is evil.  It ripped our nation apart 150 years ago. In one fashion it was legally abolished with the 13th amendment. Yet vestiges remained; some know they still exist. There is another form of slavery becoming more prevalent across our...