Today is dedicated to the main man in many people’s lives — their fathers.
Being a father is a beautiful, yet challenging, experience. And, the impact that fathers have on their children’s lives is immense.
According to the National Fatherhood Initiative, children who live absent their biological fathers are, on average, at least two to three times more likely to be poor, to use drugs, to experience educational, health, emotional and behavioral problems, to be victims of child abuse and to engage in criminal behavior than their peers who live with their married, biological (or adoptive) parents.
Today is a time when many across the parish are snuggled up in blankets inside their homes with family.
The majority are likely opening Christmas presents under a decorated tree or just enjoying spending time with those they love. Some will take this time to strengthen bonds with extended family, while others will reach beyond familial ties by going caroling or visiting nursing home residents.
The Ruston Fire Department teamed up with the Lincoln Parish Library on Wednesday to discuss fire safety with children in the community.
Fire safety is something we should all be practicing and teaching future generations about as often as possible.
Eric Brazzel, the public education officer with the Ruston Fire Department, discussed an important fact that most of us often forget. In most cases, it isn’t the fire itself that kills people, but it is the inhalation of smoke that results in death.