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Columns

06/27/2014
Apparently North Korea’s Leader Kim Jong Un doesn’t have much of a sense of humor. Funnyman Seth Rogen’s “The Interview,” is set for release in October and according to North Korea, this will be an “Act of War.” The movie, which features Rogen...
06/26/2014
Gov. Bobby Jindal recently signed a bill that will release nonviolent drug offenders from jail one year early if they agree to participate in rehabilitation. Great. Then what? Although the idea of this new law is appealing to me I’m not so sure how...
06/25/2014
“Good things come to those who wait,” the saying goes. It looks like the Union-Lincoln Regional Water Supply Initiative is going to have to wait a little longer. The ULRWSI is the bi-parish organization that wants to pipe water from Lake D’Arbonne...
06/24/2014
One of the advantages of growing your own herbs is being able to harvest fresh herbs when you need them for whatever the occasion calls for, cooking, potpourri, decorations, etc. Proper harvesting and preservation of herbs for future use allows...
06/24/2014
Amusement parks are fun but why not have a different experience this summer. Pack up your family for a series of road trips close to home that allow you and the family to get in touch with agriculture. These agritourism venues will provide memorable...
06/23/2014
The countdown is on! Ruston’s annual Louisiana Peach Festival presented by Squire Creek is set for Friday-Sunday and is always one of my favorite weekends of the year. Why? Let me count the ways (or reasons). 1.) The food. Who doesn’t love good old...
06/21/2014
Another well-deserving class was recognized with the state’s highest honor in sports on Saturday night in Natchitoches. Among the honorees: former Louisiana Tech University women’s basketball star Venus Lacy. Now, who’s next from Lincoln Parish to...
06/21/2014
This weekend is one of my favorites on the annual sports calendar. For someone who appreciates the tradition of athletics’ success in our state, it doesn’t get any better than being in Natchitoches in mid-June. It’s the 2014 edition of the Louisiana...
06/21/2014
“I wonder what would have happened if...?” In pondering history I often ask this question. Here are short examples. I wonder what would have happened if  Robert E. Lee had accepted the position as Chief General of the forces of the United States at...
06/21/2014
The other night, I was sitting at the dinner table about to get to the task of cleaning up, when all of a sudden I noticed that my foot was fiercely itchy. I looked down and saw a red bump somewhere between the size of a pencil tip and eraser. My...
06/21/2014
Summer is almost here — which means it’s officially vacation season. You may be looking forward to “getting away from it all,” but, as you know, vacations actually require a fair amount of planning. And it might surprise you to learn that some of...
06/21/2014
Question: I have been trying to turn around and start doing things right financially. But sometimes I get pretty discouraged when see how well off some of my peers are. How can I know if I’m doing well enough? Answer: Author Dan Sullivan points out...
06/21/2014
Editor’s Note: This is the first in a two-part column about the basics of investment. The next portion will run in the June 29 edition. When you invest in a company, you become an owner of the company with a vested interest in the company’s...
06/20/2014
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the NFL’s Washington Redskins’ trademarks, saying they are “disparaging to Native Americans.” This isn’t the first time the federal trademark board has done this. In 1999, they chose to...
06/19/2014
By reading this headline, one would probably assume I’m being snarky. But, think of it in a more literal sense and you’ll begin to understand the context of this column. Everyone makes mistakes. Some small. Some big. Some, in our judicial system’s...
06/18/2014
You have to hand it to Ruston’s Board of Aldermen. It’s reached a success level that few, if any, public bodies ever attain. On June 2, the board of aldermen made everybody happy. That’s the night the board unanimously approved the city’s first...
06/17/2014
Lincoln Parish 4-H is having a 4-H Summer Fashion Workshop July 8-10 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. It will be held at the Lincoln Parish Police Jury Complex, 2nd Floor at 307 North Homer St. in Ruston, The workshop is for 4th - 8th graders. The workshop...
06/16/2014
Many of you have noticed that the temperatures are finally feeling like summer again, edging up into the 90s over the past couple of days. With children out of school for summer break, mid-afternoons can be a little hot this time of year, but there’...
06/16/2014
When you think of DART and the services we offer, what kind of person comes to your mind? Many of you may say that DART helps women who are being abused. That is true. But DART also serves men who are being abused, which is a growing number. We also...
06/15/2014
Not everybody can be in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, which is closing in on yet another induction ceremony this month — Saturday in Natchitoches. But through the years, and despite not being accorded the state’s ultimate honor in sports, there...