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Columns

02/17/2014
Maybe it’s because it seems so foreign to us here in Lincoln Parish. Maybe because it’s reminds us in some ways of games we used to play as children. At any rate, the curling craze is catching on across the country, and if you pay attention, you’ll...
02/16/2014
God, I give you fair warning. When Mike Reed shows up at the pearly gates any day now, be prepared for the best handshake since John Wayne. Reed, who passed away recently, didn’t just shake hands. He would apply a vise-like grip that would leave the...
02/15/2014
I think in North Louisiana we might help the Olympics, American economy, Russians and the Weather Channel all at the same time. (Note: this is written on Wednesday at the height of the ice mess.) Although  not a big fan of the Winter Olympics, but...
02/15/2014
The year 2013 was very good for the students, faculty and parents of Choudrant Elementary. In the State Department’s accountability program, the school was awarded a letter grade of “B” and was only four-tenths of a point from an “A.” Because of the...
02/15/2014
Lincoln Parish residents are pretty lucky. I’ve lived in other places, and known people from other places, and I’m prepared to say that Lincoln Parish has one of the best library’s around. But, you don’t have to take my word for it. Late last month...
02/15/2014
Question: I’ve started a new job, and we’re cutting back on everything at my house. My wife and I are having a disagreement about life insurance and our retirement plan. I say we need to keep putting as much money as possible in our retirement plan...
02/15/2014
Often investors find that a significant portion of their assets may have accumulated in one particular stock. Perhaps you have a long career working for the same company, or you may have acquired stock through inheritance. If this is the case, it is...
02/15/2014
Valentine’s Day is almost here. This year, instead of sticking with flowers or chocolates for your valentine, why not give a gift with a future? Specifically, consider making a meaningful financial gift. However, a “meaningful” gift doesn’t gain its...
02/14/2014
Sonny Dykes is dealing with another heartbreaking moment in his head football coaching career. In his next to last season as the top coach at Louisiana Tech University, he and the Bulldogs’ family mourned the loss of running back Tyrone Duplessis....
02/14/2014
The past week has seemingly been one for the record books for North Louisiana with it’s below freezing temperatures and large amounts of ice. Sitting at work Tuesday afternoon, the uproar of shock and awe began on the winter weather front since the...
02/13/2014
When deciding what to write for my column this week there were three facts that came to mind: 1. Ice storms are a major inconvenience 2. Valentine’s Day is great if you’re not single and 3. When you’re young you get sad, as singer/songwriter Ryan...
02/12/2014
Maybe the fact that the temperature outside went from 17 degrees to 70 degrees in two days’ time had something to do with the flurry of local and regional political activity over the last few weeks. Ruston Alderman Jim Pearce bowed out of this fall’...
02/11/2014
During this time of year I always receive calls on using turf weed and feed products. One must remember that weeding and feeding are two different operations. Normally these operations are accomplished separately, but sometimes they can be done in...
02/11/2014
Each year Americans spend $646 billion on outdoor recreation. That sounds like a lot of money, but when you think of all the people you know who engage in hunting, fishing, birding, wildlife viewing, camping, hiking and canoeing, the numbers become...
02/11/2014
As the winter Olympics are in progress, watching these athletes perform reminds me of the endless devotion they possess in order to make the road to Sochi a possibility. The amount of effort that has been set aside perfecting their skills and the...
02/10/2014
As the most romantic day of the year approaches, everyone’s mind turns to love. Symbols of it are everywhere right now: roses, chocolates, jewelry, cards. But here at DART, and on our two college campuses, we are redefining love. At our dating...
02/10/2014
Editor’s Note: This is the second part of a two-part column on suicide. The first column was in the Feb. 3 edition of the Ruston Daily Leader. There have been numerous suicides reported in the national news. This article provide suggestions for...
02/10/2014
Be careful what you wish for. Lincoln Parish may get a big taste of that old adage over the next 48 hours. While Old Man Winter and Mother Nature have waltzed more than seemingly ever before in central and south Louisiana in recent weeks, they’ve...
02/09/2014
Rest in peace, “Mr. Bill,” and thanks for being so special to your family and many friends. Bill Bradshaw, 86, passed away recently following a lengthy illness. I got to know him more than 40 years ago when I began writing about one of his three...
02/08/2014
Because I’m on a super healthy eating kick, some people might think this column is just because I’m just grumpy about the chocolates I won’t be eating on the sweetest holiday of the year on Friday. But, the reality is, excessive sugar intake has...