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Columns

08/24/2016
Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part column on recognizing the signs of depression in teens. Adolescence is a time of many challenges. Developing bodies and social and academic stresses can be difficult. Major depression in your...
08/24/2016
You almost have to feel sorry for the Union Lincoln Regional Water Supply Initiative. For 14 years now, they’ve faithfully made repeated trips to Baton Rouge and Washington, D. C., in search of money for $100 million for a pipeline project aimed at...
08/22/2016
For the fourth year in a row, men in Lincoln Parish are forming ranks and standing up to be counted. DART’s 2016 Men Standing Strong campaign has officially launched, and this year’s leaders are an impressive group of men. They are: Drake Mills,...
08/22/2016
When I drive down Lewisville Road, on my way to somewhere, I see him sitting there — off to the west — sometimes in the morning, sometimes in the afternoon. I’ve thought about stopping but I still consider myself a mild-mannered polite Southern...
08/22/2016
The run, or should we write The Run, can still be viewed by modern day, computer-savvy football fans on YouTube 57 years later. But any true and passionate LSU fan doesn’t need what the author of The Run now calls ‘’a fading yellowish film clip’’...
08/21/2016
Every four years, the stars shine on the Summer Olympic Games. That’s certainly the case with the Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. And especially with a trio of names who will be remembered far into the future. Michael Phelps, Simone Biles, Usain...
08/21/2016
I was a Goldonna High School senior when I last visited the building that Elvis left. Today, seniors head to the beaches of Florida or other Gulf destinations for senior trips as a last blast before leaving high school and headed to college or jobs...
08/20/2016
Maybe it’s just a case of bad timing. It’s been debated in the Daily Leader newsroom. Between Aug. 8 and Aug. 14, Louisiana was battered by roughly 6.9 trillion gallons of rain. As the flooding there continues, 40,000 homes have been damaged; 13...
08/20/2016
We are not unaffected by the tragedies presently being endured by our neighbors, families and friends in South Louisiana. These folks need our help.
08/20/2016
Question: I am dealing with some financial pressures that I’ve never had before. As a result I am just totally overwhelmed. Some days I can hardly get any sleep. Any advice? Answer: Some financial stress is fact of life in our modern world. That’s...
08/20/2016
School here in Lincoln Parish is in full swing. If you have young children going to public schools, your biggest expenditures may be on pens, pencils and notebooks. But if you want those same kids to go to college someday, you’ll eventually face...
08/20/2016
The process for eliminating debt is anything but an easy-to-solve financial equation. Many people wonder if they should pay off their debt as quickly as possible or invest their money, letting debt payments run their course. The answer depends on...
08/19/2016
Today’s Art Talk is from NCLAC member and local artist Kate Sartor Hilburn. She and Patricia Tait Jones are collaborating on a wonderful opportunity to showcase Lincoln Parish through photography. This art exhibition is open for anyone to submit—not...
08/19/2016
Southeast Louisiana is devastated. Thousands of homes are gone, and 13 people are dead due to the historic flooding. Homes have been literally washed way. People have been left with the clothes on their back and maybe whatever they could fit in a...
08/18/2016
“It just kept coming.” That’s how my friend described floodwaters rising to six inches in his Livingston Parish childhood home. I have heard this chilling statement many times. In fact, it haunts me — as I’m sure it does many Louisiana residents. A...
08/17/2016
There’s no doubt about it. Robert Edwin Russ wanted the town that bears his name to be a college town. He donated land for and was a trustee of Ruston College, which in 1894 became the Industrial Institute and College of Louisiana, the forerunner of...
08/15/2016
What do you get when you take a termite-infested children’s room, several generous supporters and an entire community of givers, a year or more of planning, waiting, and working, and one man’s tireless devotion? You get an incredible new children’s...
08/15/2016
I turned the corner during my walk down the street beside our house, and something looked different. At first I couldn’t tell what was wrong, but then it hit me: The streetlight near the end of the cul-de-sac was flickering. Everything seemed dark....
08/15/2016
Kenneth Dixon, Vernon Butler, Jeff Driskel. Louisiana Tech University fans are familiar with those former Bulldogs being chosen in the annual NFL Draft this year. But several non-drafted players are making an unexpected name for themselves during...
08/13/2016
Ad valorem taxes have always been a controversial tax. The majority of citizens don’t have to pay this property tax because either they don’t own any property, or the value of their property falls below the $75,000 homestead exemption threshold. The...