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Columns

11/28/2015
Time really is flying, folks, and I don’t think it is altogether because I am so cotton pickin’ old.
11/27/2015
For Lincoln Parish college football fans, it couldn’t be scripted any better. It’s all on the line for Grambling State and Louisiana Tech over the next two weekends as rivalry wekend strikes. And it will all be nationally televised. For the Bulldogs...
11/27/2015
Ruston Community Theatre is kicking off the holiday season with the timeless classic “A Christmas Story,” sponsored by Lynne Gnemi of Gnemi Financial Strategies. Adapted for stage by Philip Grecian, the play is based on the hit 1983 movie which...
11/27/2015
In the last week, you have seen many articles, columns and editorials about being thankful during the holiday season. So many, in fact, you may be thankful they will soon be teetering off, to resurface next year. But, last weekend my holiday spirit...
11/26/2015
Lincoln Parish holds many attractions for every person in the family. The parish has Grambling’s Eddie Robinson Museum, for the sports lover, downtown Ruston, for the shopping lover, and Dubach’s Chicken Festival, for the — well — chicken lover....
11/25/2015
Today is Thanksgiving Eve. What, you’re stocking’s not hung by the chimney with care? There’s no mistletoe in the hallway? Well, surely the tree is decorated and the giant inflatable snowman, waving in the front yard. Yep, today is Thanksgiving Eve...
11/24/2015
There are many positive character traits that as a parent I want to instill in my children: “Love God,” “Respect your Mom and Dad,” and “Don’t punch your sister.” It would be hard to argue that those would be bad things to teach your children. One...
11/23/2015
It’s that time of year where we’re reminded to think about all the things we should be thankful for and grateful about as much into the “most wonderful time of the year” — the holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. So I’d like to...
11/23/2015
Louisiana Tech University’s baseball program has had a connection of Royal-ty with the 2015 World Series’ championship organization through the years. Since Major League Baseball began staging its annual draft in 1966, seven players from the...
11/23/2015
In one short week, the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team has experienced an incredible amount of partnership and support from Louisiana Tech University. I don’t know about you, but when I was in college, my focus was on the insulated world of my...
11/22/2015
In January 2014 the estimated number of homeless veterans in the United States totaled almost 50,000. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, on a single night in January 2014, 578,424 people were experiencing homelessness — meaning...
11/21/2015
Question: I let some guy talk me into taking some of my money out of the bank and putting it in his investment program. I have not really kept up with how it’s done. I’m not really sure what I have or if this guy is on the up and up. Suggestions?...
11/21/2015
The debt dilemma 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...
11/21/2015
When will the Federal Reserve raise interest rates? This question has been on the minds of economists and financial market prognosticators for quite some time now. But what does it mean to you, as an individual investor?
11/21/2015
Wow! That was in the title spot in the Upper Room I was just perusing from cover to cover. I was like a child who had just received a favorite candy bar. The November copy had just arrived in the mail from Shirley Barron. And she always adds a...
11/20/2015
With the addition of two new health food stores in Ruston, life got just a little bit easier. For those who don’t know us, several years ago, my husband was told to go on a gluten-free, dairy-free dish due to increasing health issues. At the time, I...
11/19/2015
The day started off well. My mom gave me a dollar to purchase a bag of Doritos. I approached the cafeteria worker and said, “May I get Doritos please?” The worker, who normally came off pretty grumpy, ignored me altogether. Pretty irritated, I used...
11/18/2015
“If you build it, they will come.” The line that worked for Kevin Costner’s character in “Field of Dreams” is what the city of Ruston hopes will happen in the industrial park that’s being developed on McDonald Avenue near Beacon Light Road. Earlier...
11/16/2015
There is one part of me that wants to slow down our calendar. I want to be present for Thanksgiving, to breathe and pause, slow down and count my blessings. I love Thanksgiving. The ways in which people reach out to one another during this season...
11/16/2015
The answer came Friday as multiple terrorist attacks were carried out in France. Now the question becomes — when will they strike next, and where? Terrifying thought, isn’t it? That’s why they’re called terrorists. The Islamic State of Iraq and al-...