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04/04/2014
One of our biggest Dixie Center events is right around the corner. On April 12, the ninth annual Joe Woods Wildwood Express Showcase will take the historic stage at 6 p.m. We celebrate the life and legacy of Joe as we bring back band members who...
04/03/2014
Lately, I’ve been having terrible dreams. Basically, some of the worst things that could happen to me in real life (or at least in my imagination) have been playing out in my dreams. Night before last I dreamed there was a wild animal stuck in my...
04/02/2014
The British are coming to Ruston Parks and Recreation again this summer. With the World Cup only a few months away and with around 20 million Americans now playing the sport, the No. 1 soccer company in the United States and Canada, Challenger...
04/02/2014
By the time the qualifying period for the fall elections is over in August, there could easily be more than 100 people vying for the close to 40 different offices on the ballot. Some of those are statewide positions and others, multi-parish. But the...
04/01/2014
Everyone is excited about the arrival of warmer weather. While most gardeners are busy preparing the garden areas, many are already planting their favorite ornamental and vegetable plants. Searching nurseries for new varieties and old favorites is...
04/01/2014
Prescribed burning is an agricultural management practice and, in Louisiana’s row crop production, has often been used primarily during or soon after harvest. In grazing lands management, prescribed burning generally takes place in late winter or...
03/31/2014
Could it be true? Is there finally a little bit of light shining at the end of the long, cold and dark tunnel known as Louisiana’s state budget. Apparently that could be the case. With Louisiana’s economic picture brightening, legislative leaders...
03/29/2014
What do Mercer, North Dakota State and Dayton have in common? Answer: they all pulled off upset victories in the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Those three teams were given about as much of a chance of defeating their opponents...
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...