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Columns

10/11/2017
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times … .” That oft-quoted opening sentence from Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Tale of Two Cities,” could fit the stories of Ruston and Shreveport as each municipality tries to enter the sports complex...
10/10/2017
Cool weather will be here soon.There are many things I love about fall; cool weather, the beautiful red, yellow, and orange leaves, and the State Fair of Louisiana. The State Fair of Louisiana located in Shreveport is full of excitement. Of course...
10/09/2017
John hit Mary. She went to the hospital and received stitches and John said he wouldn’t do it again. Mary went back home. Of course, this story is not factual but a representation of what we see every day at DART. As victim advocates tell this story...
10/09/2017
It’s hard to believe at one time we could only get three TV stations in Dubach. I don’t remember the brand of TV we had. I’m sure it was a Sylvania, Motorola, or Zenith. That’s all Daddy ever bought. It was an important big black box that sat on...
10/09/2017
Although it is chiefly a McNuggets’ version, our Buddy’s Blog has returned with a new look and features, hopefully to enhance your enjoyment of reading about sports. Call it a blogger “teaser.” Now, on to some of those tasty sports McNuggets: • Ex...
10/07/2017
Why did this happen? How could this be? As we were all, at least indirectly, victimized due to the recent murderous tragedy in Las Vegas, I share with you that this nearly struck home with me. Here’s how.  My court secretary, Teresa, has a daughter...
10/07/2017
As Hurricane Nate churns its way inland after a dead-on strike on the Louisiana/Mississippi Gulf Coast, there’s another potential storm that should be monitored early next week. President Donald Trump on Friday kept the public wondering about his...
10/06/2017
The Dixie is pleased to present “John Lee Sanders and Friends” in concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets for reserved seating are $20 at the door or in advance or two for $10 for students in the balcony with cash and an ID. Doors open at 6 p.m.
10/06/2017
Lincoln Parish should be proud of itself. In these last two weeks residents have come together to make a true difference in the lives of people right here at home and in Puerto Rico. Last week, we reported Gov. Jon Bel Edwards had pledged to Puerto...
10/06/2017
We haven’t done this in a while, so an explanation might be in order. Newspapers have been a big part of my life almost all my life. My Mom taught me to read before I started first grade, and newspapers were a primer beyond the “Dick and Jane”...
10/05/2017
Seven years ago, Louisiana Tech officials announced a bold initiative, which would transition the university from a “very good institution to a great one.” Their mission included renovating and building up the campus, continue to improve the...
10/04/2017
The “rebirth of south Ruston.” That’s how Alderwoman Carolyn Cage characterized the section of the Rock Island Greenway shared-use path that will go though her district. But it isn’t just the two miles of bicycling and pedestrian throughway...
10/03/2017
I recently had the incredible opportunity to visit with two ladies—Sandra and Donna Rhodes—who were part of the backup singers during Elvis’ groundbreaking 1969 sessions at American Sound Studios in Memphis. Under the direction of producer Chips...
10/03/2017
More than six million young people across the country today will be celebrating National 4-H Week, which takes place annually during the first full week of October. Lincoln Parish 4-H leverages National 4-H Week to celebrate the great things that...
10/02/2017
DART sponsors many events throughout the year to raise funds, but few are as colorful and fun as Townsend House Gifts’ annual Pumpkin Patch for DART which began Sept. 25 and will run through Oct. 31. On a hot, humid Saturday afternoon last week,...
10/02/2017
Perhaps I should be commended, considering that someone once told me, “I can always tell when the housekeeper has been here — because your bed is made up.” You see, over the past 465 or so days — and now without a housekeeper — I’ve skipped making...
10/02/2017
Question: There are several aspects of my financial planning that I have been intending to do, but they never seem to get done. I am not a procrastinator in most other areas of life, but I guess I have to admit that I am when it comes to financial...
10/02/2017
When you create your financial and investment strategies for retirement, what will you need to know? In other words, what factors should you consider, and how will these factors affect your investment-related decisions, before and during your...
10/02/2017
A key question most pre-retirees wrestle with in deciding when to transition into retirement is, “How do I know if my retirement savings will last through my lifetime? “ An important first step in answering this question is to get a good handle on...
10/02/2017
I’m sure I don’t have to remind you that one of my favorite outdoors activities happens each spring when I join a group of friends for a turkey hunting trip to Menard, Texas. It’s something I look forward to like a little kid waiting on Santa and I’...