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Columns

11/01/2014
Elections are supposed to be open. They should not involve unknown monsters hiding in the dark. Advertising requires that a responsible candidate identify himself. Yet to this day, some creep around hiding behind anonymous names, phone calls,...
11/01/2014
This past month, which was National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I’ve spent a lot of time learning, thinking and writing about domestic violence. While Ruston and Lincoln Parish are amazing — you only have to consider the recent designation...
11/01/2014
I am a proud daughter today. Of course, I’m proud of my parents every day for more reasons than I could list in this column. But today I’m especially proud and with good reason — this weekend daddy was celebrated at Louisiana Tech University’s...
11/01/2014
November is Long-Term Care Awareness Month — a month dedicated to educating the public about the need to prepare for the potentially devastating costs of long-term care. And the more you know about these expenses, the better prepared you will be to...
11/01/2014
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, many...
11/01/2014
Question: I gave my money to a financial advisor a few years ago and I have not been happy at all. And it is more than just the fact that I’ve lost money. I just don’t feel like he knows I am alive. Is it too much to expect to be able to find...
11/01/2014
Last year we had a stray cat visit LifeHouse. We found out that she was a female after a litter of precious kittens were born under the house! Shortly after the kittens were born, the momma cat fled the scene, and we were left with six kittens. We...
11/01/2014
I’m been thinking of a special day — for me alone, that is. This past week, on Oct. 28, is the day 70 years ago that I was married at Fort Wolters, Mineral Wells, Texas, where my father was chaplain during World War II. I’d planned to be married...
10/31/2014
By now everyone has seen their fair share of ghosts, goblins and ghouls. But the safety of this fun filled holiday should continue on into the night. If you haven’t left your home yet to take the little ones trick-or-treating then listen up. To...
10/30/2014
It’s no secret that our judicial system here in the 3rd District is being inundated with criminalization and arrests. It’s easy to point a finger of blame, but what isn’t easy is finding a solution to the growing cost and concern this brings to the...
10/29/2014
Of all the things my mother and I did together when I was a kid, dying Easter eggs and carving pumpkins where among the best. Every Easter, we’d pour vinegar in a paper cup, add the color tablet, watch the concoction fizz, then dunk Grade A large...
10/28/2014
My coworkers and I just returned from a road trip this week. We traveled to Baton Rouge to attend a three-day training. We always enjoy traveling together. It gives us a chance to share work ideas and catch up with each other’s family. One thing we...
10/27/2014
For the 14th consecutive year, a throng of scarlet, life-sized silhouettes is standing sentinel in Ruston. This year, they are displayed in front of The Bridge Community Church, at the intersection of Kentucky and Highway 167 North. The growing...
10/27/2014
Editor’s note: This is a continuation of O.K. Davis’ blog that began in Sunday’s Ruston Daily Leader sports section. FUN FACT • Former Ruston High quarterback PATRICK RAMSEY set 20 school passing records, including single season records for passing...
10/27/2014
It was announced last week that a search committee established to pick Grambling State University’s next president hopes to have the selection made by sometime in April. In light of the financial issues GSU has faced in recent years, there is no way...
10/27/2014
Old Grambling, dear Grambling we love thee, dear old Grambling. As an alumna from the Class of 1978, I love my alma mater. She may not be perfect, but she offers the best she can to each and every student who earns the opportunity to experience what...
10/26/2014
This is a great time to be a college football fan in Lincoln Parish. Not just any college, mind you, but specifically Grambling State University and Louisiana Tech University. The Tigers and Bulldogs are giving their faithful followers plenty to...
10/26/2014
Talk about a year making a huge difference for the football programs at Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University. But that’s definitely the story lines that have evolved over the past 12 months for the Bulldogs and Tigers. When the...
10/25/2014
Devastation. The place: Jackson Parish. The date: Sept. 12, 1961; one day short of 40 years before the horrific 9-11 in 2001. This was my first encounter with what I later learned to be first responders. I was reminded of this event just the other...
10/25/2014
While Christmas is my overall favorite holiday, when it comes to holidays at the Ruston Daily Leader, Halloween and Thanksgiving are my favorite. Thanksgiving is the No. 1. That’s because, for just a little while, we as a newspaper family take a...