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Columns

07/16/2016
The stars were sparkling prominently in the skies overlooking Lincoln Parish collegiate teams during the 2015-16 seasons. So much that our final power rankings for the top headliners ended in a share of first place. Kenneth Dixon or Alex Hamilton?...
07/16/2016
I was picking blackberries down on my Jackson Parish hunting club earlier this year when I heard a familiar bird call that caught my attention. I was transported back to the time when I was a barefoot, tow-headed boy and I remember watching my mom...
07/15/2016
My brother is an American Airman. He wakes up every morning, puts on his Airman Battle Uniform and goes to work. Everyday he serves his country in the best way he knows how — as a member of its military. Nick is three years older than me and has...
07/14/2016
If you were born before 1984, go outside of your church, favorite restaurant or walk through Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University’s campuses. Residents might notice something strange. Groups of Millennials can be seen staring...
07/13/2016
When it comes to Christmas lighting, Ruston may never be the Natchitoches of North Central Louisiana, but it won’t be for lack of trying. The city is spending $115,000 on strands of white LED lights to wrap trees and lampposts downtown and swag...
07/11/2016
Many years ago I had the pleasure of going back to the first annual Dubach Baptist Church reunion. Founded in 1901, you’d think we’d had a reunion by now but nevertheless the church was just the way I remembered it before I pointed my 1969 Buick GS...
07/11/2016
Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” At DART, we know that one of the best ways to help the children who enter our program is to encourage and support a good education for them....
07/09/2016
There’s a reason reporting, be it practicing it, teaching it or only talking about it like right now, is so important to me. I’m a news junkie. Always have been, always will be. It’s that simple. Give me a breaking news story and I’m covering it, or...
07/08/2016
In 1894, Louisiana Tech University – then the Industrial Institute and College of Louisiana – was founded. It’s creators and investors developed the idea of adding a college to North Louisiana in order to help improve the industrial economy of the...
07/07/2016
Two I.A. Lewis sixth graders are perfect examples of the Lincoln Parish school district’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics initiative in motion. Benjamin and Jonathan Gunasekaran reached the National You Be The Chemist Challenge in...
07/06/2016
Thanks to genes gone haywire and inhaling copious amounts of second-hand smoke from my father’s cigarettes, I visit the local medical clinic lab more often than just for an annual checkup. My fellow gatherers in the lab waiting area are an...
07/02/2016
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Today, as we near this year’s...
07/02/2016
Independence is both a gift yet something purchased at a high price. As with other gifts from “Nature’s God/Creator/Supreme Judge/Divine Providence” (designations found in the Declaration of Independence), many take this gift for granted. Tomorrow...
07/02/2016
As you know by now, the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union. The “Brexit” vote is expected to have major implications for Britain’s trade and economic relationships — but how might it affect you, as an individual investor?
07/02/2016
Some of the most important conversations you may have will be with your financial Adviser. That’s why he or she will want to get to know you as a person, not just as a client. Your advisor must understand your financial needs so he or she can help...
07/02/2016
Question: Our economy seems like it’s just stumbling along, we can’t trust our government and the debts we’ve piled up stager the imagination. Do you really believe the American Dream is even still possible? Answer: I’m looking forward to Monday —...
07/02/2016
When I was in primary school, my family and I lived in Midland, Texas. I had great teachers in my early years there. My second grade teacher was Mrs. Friemel, and I have many great memories of her. One thing that stands out to me even today is that...
07/02/2016
It’s great being a “resident” of Tech Nation these days. From postseason honors for athletes to a plethora of awards for staff members, this has been a Summer of Swag at Louisiana Tech University. The envelope is over flowing, so let’s open it and...
07/02/2016
(Note: In view of the insanity taking place today regarding our Second Amendment rights, I felt it timely to share with readers my column on the subject I wrote 10 years ago this week.) In recent days, the Crescent City has been making the news...
07/01/2016
Eight years, 4 months and 15 days. That is how long it took for the American colonists to officially gain its independence from Great Britain. More than 70,000 Americans perished in the American Revolution for our nation to break free from the...