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02/27/2013
In just a few short weeks, families will have the opportunity for the sixth year in a row to participate in the Junior Auxiliary’s Annual Dinner and a Movie Event. This event, which is free except for the $7 dinner tickets, offer families a chance...
02/27/2013
When I was a high school senior, the trend in national secondary education was hiring people to teach subjects like chemistry, foreign language, specialized mechanical or business classes and even journalism, who were professionals in those fields,...
02/26/2013
Driving around the city and countryside I have noticed many yellow, white and multi-colored flowers mingling within the browns and greens of the season’s landscapes. You can find them in formal beds, scattered in the landscape and in groups...
02/26/2013
One hundred and sixteen pounds, or maybe it looks better like this: 116 pounds! That’s how much Smart Bodies participants have lost in four weeks! Twenty-eight people signed up to participate in the LSU AgCenter Smart Portions Program from Lincoln...
02/26/2013
Every time a character in a movie or television show visits a college or university for the first time, it is always a magical place. They always seem to stumble into a philosophy class, which is theoretically the most collegiate, academic sort of...
02/25/2013
As many know, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was handing out the most sought after awards this past weekend for a few entertainers in the movie industry. I am going to go out on a limb here and say many of the major cable channels...
02/23/2013
Depending on the reporting agencies and the statistics analyzed, farming and ranching is considered to be one of the most dangerous jobs in America. In fact, farming is more dangerous than coal mining, which at one time had the highest number of...
02/23/2013
Today’s comments are specifically meant to honor and recognize a gentleman and scholar, a local citizen of Ruston, who has accomplished something magnificent. There is a phenomenon in society that we tend not to notice talent right under our own...
02/23/2013
Not everyone gets one, but it’s always a welcome sight — a tax refund. If you receive a refund this year, how can you best put it to work? The answer depends, to a large extent, on the size of your refund. In 2012, the average tax refund was about $...
02/23/2013
Since the Great Recession started nearly five years ago, the number of older Americans in the workforce has increased significantly. By some estimates, there are roughly 25 percent more people age 65 and older who are still on the job. And while...
02/23/2013
Question: I got out of college a few years ago and went to work for a company, starting off in their management training program. Once that was over, I was assigned a position, which is OK, but I do not think this company has much of a career path...
02/23/2013
Some leftover notes along the sports beat: • If someone said a year ago come 2013 NCAA bracket-watching time for men’s basketball, that Louisiana Tech University would be included in the weekly national polls and regarded as almost a lock for...
02/23/2013
Periodically, I run across a news article that is both humorous and sad. Yesterday, someone forwarded me one such article (thanks, Mom!). It was discussing the findings of a research study from the University of Vermont that tracked popular words...
02/23/2013
My friend, Velda Murphy, had her 100th birthday party on Saturday at my church, Meadows Baptist. The affair was “standing room only.” I’m telling you, friends, Texans know how to throw a party, and this one was over the top. I think it was supposed...
02/22/2013
Do you remember the first time someone called you a “rat fink” and you double-dog dared them to call you that again? How about “eeny-meeny-minny-moe”? If you turned out to be “moe,” you were either in, out or it. I have many nostalgic friends;...
02/22/2013
As a woman, there is a significant amount of pressure to be attractive at all times. We spend extra time in the morning to apply that additional layer of mascara or try to straighten out that one wave in our hair. Some women even go to the extent of...
02/21/2013
This is the time, year’s ago, I recall being so frustrated trying to find a place to file my taxes. I never knew having your taxes evaluated for free was an option. There are many places to file federal taxes for free, but getting state taxes is not...
02/21/2013
Feeling cruddy is no fun. Unfortunately, that’s something I know all too well as I’ve been battling a case of the crud for at least a couple of weeks now. Horribly congested sinuses and broncial tubes, sweating one minute and shivering the next,...
02/20/2013
Back when I was still in my 20s, I had a pair of jeans that was a size too big. I kept them to remind that me that I had attained a weight-loss goal. Occasionally, I’d wear those jeans around the house, or maybe down the street to babysit. They were...
02/19/2013
Late winter blooming trees always lift the spirit, after a gray, damp winter season. During the past months, we have had many days where there seemed to be no color in the landscape, but recently purple, white and pink blossoms have appeared,...