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03/20/2018
I was recently rocking down the highway with the Elvis Channel blaring. It always helps to have good, buoyant tunes playing, and I can typically count on Elvis to keep me going. Whether from his ground-breaking early catalog, the sometimes inane...
03/20/2018
I’ve had makeup on my mind the past few weeks because my chorus, Piney Hills Harmony, was readying for regional competition. In fact, we sang our hearts out in Houston this past weekend.
03/18/2018
If you’re a Lincoln Parish basketball fan who loves championship performances, then all it takes is a recent trek down Interstate 20. The further you go west, there’s a title banner waving, first five miles to Grambling and then a little farther to...
03/18/2018
“He wept.” (Another NT translation: “Jesus wept.”) Billy Graham once said: “Tears shed for self are tears of weakness, but tears shed for others are a sign of strength.” “He wept,” just two words, convey deep meaning. The Messiah, the One Who came...
03/18/2018
House Bill 500. Remember it. Our future might depend on it. For years I’ve written about the fact that our state constitution, last rewritten for the ninth time in 1973, has been amended so many times with much of the state budget earmarked to...
03/16/2018
With Edgar Allen Poe as part of the cast, you just can’t go wrong. On Thursday, the curtain was raised on the Ruston Community Theatre’s production of “Murder’s Bad, But Monday Can Kill You” at the Dixie Center for the Arts. A short synopsis of the...
03/16/2018
Something similar to this ran a year ago. It’s a message that needs repeating. Several years ago, Sweetie gave me some bookends for my birthday. These are things you would find on a newspaperman’s desk 50 years ago. One side has a manual typewriter...
03/15/2018
This winter, after deciding to make a new perennial bed and rework an old bed, I thought it important to have the soil tested. I picked up a soil test kit from the Lincoln Parish LSU AgCenter. One soil test is $16. Three tests are $36, a savings of...
03/15/2018
Lincoln Parish continues to witness the rich athletics that has defined this community for decades. In a little less than four months, local universities have showcased world class talents, garnering both individual and team accolades along the way...
03/14/2018
You have to hand it to the Sparta Groundwater Commission. They’re doing what their predecessor commissions should have done at least a decade ago: Ask the Louisiana Legislature for the authority to charge municipalities, industries and anybody else...
03/13/2018
I can’t remember the last time I drove by somebody’s house and saw clothes hanging on the line. Back in the early ’60s, before clothes dryers became so prevalent it was a pretty common sight. As a little kid growing up in North Louisiana, I...
03/10/2018
It’s a annual rite of spring here in Lincoln Parish as gold dust slowly starts dancing through it the air. That dance has been gradual so far, lightly dusting area sidewalks and streets during the few times it’s been dry enough over the past week or...
03/10/2018
There’s a Finnish quote, “Happiness is the place between too little and too much.” In our culture that’s so driven by having more, no matter what we already have, this can be a smart and helpful bit of advice. For families just starting to plan...
03/10/2018
Question: I will be retiring in a few years. I will have Social Security, money in my 401(k), some company stock I’ve acquired over the years and some cash. I think I’ll have enough, but I am not sure the best way to take out money when I need it....
03/10/2018
If you’re single, your retirement goals are your own — you don’t really have to consult with anybody, and you can change your plans whenver you like. However, if you’re married, you and your spouse should develop a joint “vision” encompassing all...
03/09/2018
Welcome to our next installment of”What’s in a Word.” Today’s is a bargain edition, where we’ll look at two words that alternately have much in common and nothing at all. We’ll begin with comprehend, something that Webster says is “the act or...
03/09/2018
The Ruston Community Theatre will raise the curtain on its production of “Murder is Bad, but Monday Can Kill You” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Dixie Center for the Arts. The players have been cast and the scene set for a comedy that won’t leave viewers...
03/08/2018
Chemistry is a fundamental part of our everyday lives. While we may not notice chemistry surrounding us in our every day lives, its properties still continue to work. I must confess, while I love the artistry of science, it was never my strongest...
03/07/2018
My grandmother was in love in Lawrence Welk. She never said so, but all the signs were there. Mamaw knew every biographical detail about the North Dakota-born, Alsatian-accented, accordion playing king of champagne music. Had Google been in...
03/06/2018
Did you observe National Fun Facts with Names Day on Monday? If so, great. If not, please join me in a belated celebration. Never heard of that day? Neither had I until I got curious about what special holidays were approaching. Here’s how...