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04/19/2018
Teen 4-H’ers learned firsthand how to form and operate a cooperative business at the annual Co-op Youth Leadership Conference held April 6-8 at the LSU AgCenter Grant Walker Education Center in Pollock. “We learned that we are not all that different...
04/19/2018
Since arriving in Ruston in 2010, I’ve thought downtown Ruston looked charming. That charm stems from the historic buildings, the mom and pop stores with a hint of small city feel. Yet, despite its charm, the foot traffic seemed bare — limited...
04/18/2018
I couldn’t have driven down Hilly Avenue if I had wanted to. The pavement was too far under snapped tops of pine trees, spaghetti-like tangles of utility lines and random fragments of bent aluminum. So I walked in with two Ruston firefighters. They...
04/17/2018
OK, time to set the record straight. After my last two columns reflected a darker tone with respect to Elvis, one too many folks have asked if I still liked him. Come on now, how could I not? Just because the story isn’t perfect doesn’t mean it’s...
04/17/2018
Last week our minister gestured to the table at the back of the classroom. “We’ve got two kinds of doughnuts,” he said, managing to be nonchalant and gracious at the same time. “Help yourself.” Inwardly, I kind of turned up my nose at the suggestion...
04/15/2018
Mother Nature wreaked much havoc late Friday night into Saturday morning, not only here in Lincoln Parish but across the state and much of the country. Yes, we had a tornado strike the southern part of Ruston, but as bad as it was, it could have...
04/15/2018
Don’t be too depressed today —April 15. You get it, “tax day.” There were some positive things that occurred on this date in history, but one must search. Here are a couple of examples. On this date one of the greatest athletes in the history of...
04/14/2018
Question: I really want to get financially organized and planned out. How do I do that and where do I start? Answer: In order for priorities to be profitable, they must first be planned and then be practiced. John Maxwell writes, “There are two...
04/14/2018
Investment planning is like doing a jigsaw puzzle except the pieces don’t always come in one box — often you have to gather them from a variety of sources. When putting an investment plan together, you have to combine information on assets, debt,...
04/14/2018
If you’re a gardener, your busy season is at hand, as April has been designated National Garden Month. But could the skills you deploy at gardening be transferred to other areas of your life — such as investing? Here are a few ideas for doing just...
04/14/2018
I still remember the very first gobble from a wild turkey I ever heard. Some 40 years ago, I was on Jackson Bienville wildlife management area early on a spring morning and sitting by my side was V.E. “Blue” Parkman, one of only a handful of hunters...
04/13/2018
Fashion Week wraps up Saturday and even from someone who knows very little about fashion itself, I have to say I am impressed with the way the event brought the community together. When I first interviewed Kelley Hogan, owner of The Fashion, about...
04/12/2018
Most of us have waited and wondered for some time now if we were past the cold weather and able to start planting our spring vegetable gardens. On average we have our last frost somewhere around March 28 – April 1. So at this point I feel pretty...
04/12/2018
There’s really only one word to describe Wednesday’s University of Louisiana System Day — awe-inspiring. In front of the state Capitol and the statue of former Gov. Huey Long statue stood a sea of blue, purple, green, black and gold representing the...
04/11/2018
Water doesn’t run uphill. Nobody knows that better right now than the Sparta Groundwater Commission. Just when the commission was on the cusp of at least getting the Louisiana House Natural Resources Committee to hear a long-sought proposal that...
04/10/2018
Believe it or not, parents can be rude to their children sometimes. What parents call “guidance,” children hear as “criticism.” Some criticism is deserved if it is constructive. However, criticism is very bad manners if it is unnecessarily harsh,...
04/10/2018
If you want to see him slowly shake his head and roll his eyes; call him a legend, suggest that he’s famous. Those words are nice; but they don’t fit someone with his demeanor. They do however fit someone, anyone, whose lifetime body of work is as...
04/08/2018
Handcuffs are meant to restrain. They are meant for the criminal. In the world of criminal justice: defining crime, apprehending criminals, housing those accused and convicts, sentencing, and post-sentence handling of those punished, a most...
04/08/2018
We at the Ruston Daily Leader consider ourselves to be your community watchdog, so we’re asking that our readers help us help them by giving us questions we all need answered. And in order to do we’re using an idea that was the brainchild of Daily...
04/07/2018
Once I caught the incurable case of gobbler fever, springtime each year couldn’t get here fast enough. After downing my first gobbler in 1992, I bagged 13 more over the next eight years, nine in Louisiana and four in Alabama. Then Ruston friend, Al...