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Columns

10/29/2015
Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part column by Grambling State Univeristy President Willie Larkin.
10/28/2015
My young friend reached to remove the accordion-style sunshade that was stretched across the front windshield of my car. “Just fold it like a map,” I said. The flimsy, silver shade didn’t want to cooperate. “You know, like a map,” I said. “I’ve...
10/26/2015
All month long, you have been reading columns from me and articles from the Ruston Daily Leader staff about Domestic Violence Awareness Month. You have seen vivid pictures of the Pumpkin Patch for the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team. You have read...
10/26/2015
Yes, Lincoln Parish finally saw a change in its weather over the weekend as a significant rain drenched the area for the first time in months. But the changes from Mother Nature are probably only beginning. Ocean and atmospheric conditions over the...
10/24/2015
Politics are a funny thing. For starters, they are one of the few things that can make or break friendships. But they are also one of the ideals that bring together an entire country. Saturday, we were among hundreds of thousands Louisianans who...
10/24/2015
In just a few days, witches, zombies and vampires will be converging on your house, asking for candy. As is the case every Halloween, you’ll likely be merely amused over the sight of these costumed characters. But in other areas of life, such as...
10/24/2015
Question: I am in the process of selecting a financial advisor to work with. I have asked some friends who they use, and I’ve even talked to a few myself. Some were just sales-types, but I have narrowed it down to three. They are each different,...
10/24/2015
Can it be? I’ve been here two weeks and still trying to rid myself of my lazies. We were invited out to dinner with Marnie’s husband’s family but I not only played hooky but also didn’t make it to church again so unlike me, but I’m trying to regroup...
10/24/2015
Several days ago, we had a hickory tree cut down near our house. It had been struck by lightning and was slowly leaning toward a neighbor’s house, so it had to come down. In the process of cutting the limbs to use for firewood, my 5-year-old son and...
10/24/2015
“Goosebumps” is based in a series of kids’ books from the mid-90s. The books were advertised as scary, but more than anything they were just weird. Most of them saw a monster du jour making life difficult for a bland teenage main character until...
10/23/2015
The Dixie Center for the Arts is excited to have Davis and Johnson and the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra back in Ruston. Best friends and Louisiana Tech University Alumni, Jeremy Davis and Clay Johnson with their 11-piece band, have been traveling...
10/23/2015
With everyone talking about the upcoming elections and the hopeful change that will come with the results, I want to talk about my own kind of change. We’ve lived in Ruston, this time around, for more than three years. In that time we have never...
10/23/2015
For more than 10 years, October has been a month where football teams wear pink socks, pink ribbons and shirts and pink is somehow incorporated into food. The reasons for this — October is the month for breast cancer awareness. It seems now there’s...
10/22/2015
Call me spoiled, but when I was a child, my family loved me enough to fill two toy boxes worth of action figures, toy soldiers and other toys meant for boys. I played with them all, but I always resorted to a little Spider-Man action figure I used...
10/21/2015
We’re in the home stretch. The light at the end of the long political tunnel is beginning to shine more brightly. Come Saturday night, we’ll know who’s in the runoff for governor, who’s the Lincoln Parish clerk of court, who’s the assessor and who...
10/20/2015
If you have been interested in becoming a Master Gardener it’s now time to begin registering for the 2016 class. Master Gardeners volunteer their time to educate the community in many areas of gardening throughout Lincoln Parish. So today I thought...
10/19/2015
October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, is a time when DART’s focus is on education, awareness, and prevention. We plan a variety of awareness events throughout the community, such as the Pumpkin Patch at Townsend House Gifts and our Men...
10/19/2015
Burn bans have been an all too common occurrence in Louisiana in recent years. But statewide burn bans are a whole other story. Still, as of this morning, Louisiana remains under a statewide burn ban in response to extremely dry conditions, abnormal...
10/17/2015
Throughout the recent months in Lincoln Parish the Lincoln parish Fire District No. 1 has been issued a burn ban, retracted the ban and reissued it again. About a decade ago, maybe a little more, I was vacationing with my family in Colorado. When we...
10/17/2015
The Louisiana Department of Education has a new plan for high school graduates, which is to be job ready or college ready beginning with the graduating class of 2018. In order to do this, our state and country have transitioned from the 3 Rs of...