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07/10/2014
When I was growing up, the United States was a world “superpower.” As much as I hate to admit it, I don’t think anyone believes that anymore — not even U.S. citizens. The decline in patriotism has had a pronounced effect on our morale and, like a...
07/09/2014
The only thing consistent about politics is its inconsistency. Take, for starters, the race to fill the 3rd Judicial District’s Division B judgeship. Back in January, state Sen. Rick Gallot, D-Ruston, announced he was running for the seat being...
07/08/2014
July is usually the peak month for harvesting and enjoying fruit in north Louisiana. Freestone peaches are ripening and finding their way to the markets, figs ripen this month and of course the July 4 favorite, watermelons, are plentiful. The...
07/08/2014
If you could increase your quality of life, would you? Would you like to add extra years to your life? Dedicating just 30 minutes a day to exercise can do this for you and more. The National Institute on Aging states, “If exercise could be packed...
07/07/2014
Anyone who knows me can tell you that I am an animal lover. We have always had our own dogs, and since we live out in the country, we often find stray pups. A few years ago, I counted heads around our house, and we had 13 dogs at one time! There...
07/07/2014
Let me warn you, it’s not going to last. In fact, it’s already fading away. But for those who spent much of your Fourth of July weekend outdoors, you probably took notice. The weather was incredible. It was rather hot and sticky during Peach Fest...
07/05/2014
Question: I have $20,000 from a bond that matured. I would like to pay down our $55,000 mortgage. It has a 5.5 percent rate and we pay $850 a month. My husband wants to invest it in a mutual fund. We are less than 10 years from retirement. Which...
07/05/2014
Derek Jeter is 40 going on 20. Are you sure he didn’t get a transfusion from Ernie Banks and is blessed with some of that forever young blood? You sure would fool me. Jeter, as you should be well aware of by now, is playing his final season of Major...
07/05/2014
Wade Simoneaux has returned to the high school coaching ranks. And if past results provide any accurate barometer, the future could bode well for the ex-Nicholls State University player. The former head coach at Louisiana Tech University was...
07/05/2014
I awoke today bursting with pride that I am an American, writing on July 4. The Fourth is our day of celebration. We celebrate the most significant governmental and sociological “experiment,” as it was once called, in the history of the world. This...
07/05/2014
Most people spent the weekend enjoying fireworks, the outdoors, barbecue and an extra day off of work, all in celebration of Independence Day. Hopefully, many people also remembered to celebrate those who fought for that freedom. If the past is...
07/05/2014
I read the other day in my Yoga Journal magazine that anxiety is the “new disease” of our culture — the plague of our time. The article I was reading was written by a yoga master teacher, who has spent his long healthy life studying people,...
07/04/2014
Ruston Community Theatre is excited to announce its upcoming 2014-15 Season: “’Til Beth Do us Part,” a Jones-Hope-Wooten comedy, will run from Oct. 9-12, and is sponsored by Northwood Medical Center. The dates for holiday favorite “The Best...
07/04/2014
The Fourth of July is here and that means good food and sparklers for both the young and old. But before the good times get underway taking safety precautions is always a must. And for some people, that will have to start extra early. In recent news...
07/04/2014
Former President Bill Clinton said “There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.” The Declaration of Independence was signed 238 years ago today, and as we all prepare to celebrate with our friends and...
07/03/2014
I don’t think a horse has ever been beaten so much without dying but the beast that has become Common Core just doesn’t want to snuff out. I received an interesting letter in my email the other day containing a petition from several “prominent”...
07/02/2014
I don’t remember the first time I saw Elmore Mayfield. But I remember the last time. It was June 2, at what would be the final Ruston Board of Aldermen meeting that Mayfield would attend. He came in as usual, carrying a cold can of Diet Coke and...
07/01/2014
In recent years succulent plants have become popular additions to the landscape. Succulent (Latin: succos = juice, sap) plants from more than 60 families and 300 genera have evolved special thickened water-storage tissues. By making the most of...
07/01/2014
Farm weddings are gaining in popularity as couples seek to make their special day unique. Hosting a wedding on a farm is also another way landowners can share their beautiful surroundings with others and increase their supplemental income. So, what...
06/30/2014
Pre-schoolers at Emmanuel Baptist Day Care Center gather around simulated telephones and keyboard books to learn 911 Safety Training. They learn about what a real emergency is, how to dial 911 and what to say to the operator if they are ever in that...