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01/06/2016
Donald Trump is no dummy. Brazen, yes. A bully, absolutely. Scary, you bet. But dumb? Not hardly. His ability to hone in on America’s dissatisfaction with the way the nation is being governed — 75 percent dissatisfaction among voters and in general...
01/04/2016
Here we are on the first Monday of 2016, and Mother Nature is continuing the quirky behavior she showed in 2015 into the new year. This time she’s dancing with Old Man River. I know it isn’t a big problem here in the piney hills of Lincoln Parish,...
01/04/2016
For the majority of the population, stalking is not considered to be a serious issue. In fact, it is often used in a joking context. “Are you stalking me?” someone will ask, smiling, and everyone will laugh. In fact, during a recent lunch at...
01/02/2016
I read an article recently on how a schoolteacher could possibly help prevent a mass shooting from happening. The idea was simple, place a fire extinguisher in each classroom. Once an intruder has entered the school and classes have been put on...
01/02/2016
As I’ve aged I have learned some pretty revealing things about myself. In fact, some have been pretty surprising. So much so that I actually engaged myself in a test not long ago to see if one of my more recent revelations was actually true.
01/02/2016
Have you broken your New Year’s resolution yet? Gotcha. It’s only been two days and you slipped. Didn’t you? Seriously, are you and I into the process of making New Year’s resolutions? Before continuing let me say Happy New Year to each and every...
01/02/2016
Question: My wife and I are determined that no matter what, neither of us will allow the other to go into a nursing home. That being the case, do I really need long-term care insurance? Answer: It’s a huge mistake to equate long-term care insurance...
01/02/2016
Regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman, Social Security probably will not — and was never designed to — provide all of the income you’ll need to live comfortably during retirement. At best, your income from Social Security will supplement...
01/02/2016
Jeff Driskel will be gone and so will Johnathan Williams. And Kenneth Dixon and Nicholas Peoples, too. But there will be other valuable players returning to Lincoln Parish football programs in 2016. Some could very well elevate into a similar...
01/02/2016
The year 2015 was a year marked with high points and dark valleys. On April 30, my brother, Tom, two years younger than me, lost his battle with a debilitating illness. We buried Tom in DeRidder two days later. Tom and I grew up together with our...
01/02/2016
God never tells us ahead of time where we’re headed, but it’s always better than where we came from. I’ve had a brand new experience — one I never expected to have. I had a stroke … but I’m going to get over it. I had the stroke in Prattville,...
01/02/2016
Christmas celebrations have come and gone. New Year celebrations have come and gone. And now here we are into the New Year — 2016 — it’s hard to believe. It is amazing how time passes so quickly. Many people have enjoyed celebrating the holiday...
01/01/2016
North Central Louisiana Arts Council is so excited to announce a new, larger than life exhibition opportunity for visual artists. We have partnered with Driggers Outdoor to present an opportunity for NCLAC member artists to have artwork displayed...
01/01/2016
Happy New Year. I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions. The point of setting a goal that I’m not really going to keep escapes me. Now, I know there are people who set their New Year resolutions, make plans and keep them. I’ll be the first to...
12/31/2015
So long, 2015, and hello, 2016. Another year will go with Father Time and Baby New Year is close to birth. What a year 2015 was. Lincoln Parish had plenty of major events happen this year. The Ronny Walker administration began a new era of politics...
12/30/2015
If Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker had been asked during his campaign whether he’d raise taxes if elected, he would have said no. It’s a good thing he wasn’t asked. Because Walker’s $80 million package of citywide infrastructure maintenance and...
12/30/2015
It happened around this time three years ago. Until the day it happened, I had never experienced anything quite like it. It was something that would happen in a movie, right before the end credits roll. What I experienced that day is what we in my...
12/29/2015
First, a questionnaire: (True or False) ___ I want big, beautiful, mature plants as soon as possible in my spring flower beds. ___ I would like to acquire these big, beautiful plants for pennies on the dollar. ___ I have experienced past...
12/28/2015
No, the unseasonably warm weather didn’t make it feel a lot like Christmas last week. But at least it looks like we’re cooling back down closer to normal for our New Year’s celebrations. As one sometimes accused of looking at life through rose-...
12/26/2015
Football success is contagious for Lincoln Parish collegiate teams again. For the second consecutive year, Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University have enjoyed record-setting performances and highlight-producing wins, so much that...