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12/12/2013
Nights are getting colder and longer as we are settling in for winter. With these long, cold nights come trips to local grocery stores and businesses later in the evening. With those late evenings comes a danger for travelers locally. Every day, we...
12/11/2013
Looking for the hottest fitness trends? What’s in and what’s out? We have barely digested our Thanksgiving feast and already the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has predicted what fitness developments will be trending in 2014. A new...
12/11/2013
Billy Ray Marshall had been in South Vietnam just more than five months when he died from hostile fire on Nov. 20, 1969 in Long An Province. Marshall was 23 years old. Lonnie Bridges was 20 when he died on Feb. 8, 1969, in Long Khanh Province. He...
12/09/2013
There’s just something about Christmastime in Ruston. It’s the colors brightening things up and the spirit floating through the air like Sugar Plum fairies dancing through the night. Take a trip to Railroad Park if you don’t believe me, it’ll be...
12/08/2013
There’s some good news and not so good, discouraging news regarding Louisiana Tech University’s football program. The good news: the 2013 season is now history, one mired with a 4-8 record. But the not so good news? The Bulldogs will have one their...
12/07/2013
I will return to a serious mode next week, but in that Christmas shopping is on the minds of many, I thought I’d share one of the greatest gifts of all that most of us have — a sense of humor. In that vein, I thought that I would share some stories...
12/07/2013
Question: Over the past few years I have read more and more about financial advisors who have stolen their clients’ money. Is this sort of thing on the rise? How do I protect myself against that? Answer: When they asked Willie Sutton why he robbed...
12/07/2013
As an investor, you’ll eventually need to make all sorts of decisions — and some will be difficult. But there’s one choice you can make that can be relatively easy: reinvesting stock dividends. It’s simple to reinvest dividends — you just need to...
12/06/2013
What a Thanksgiving. One of my best. I left the hospital and with the doctor’s permission, went the next day for a fabulous vacation with family to Gaylord Texan Lodge. I will try but probably can’t do it justice, to tell you about this fairyland...
12/06/2013
“Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” — President Franklin D. Roosevelt Although I am a day early,...
12/06/2013
Every now and then I think the good Lord sends me an angel — something or someone to remind me how quickly life’s fortunes can change. This time it was young Dylan Black. I struck up a conversation with Dylan the other day at a local Minden...
12/05/2013
Adopting one child won’t change the world — but for that child — the world will change. — Unknown December is a time of holiday cheer and the spirit of giving is all around. Many people are helping Santa by making a list of what their children want...
12/04/2013
Vance McAllister used to say with some pride that he had never been to Washington, D. C. He can’t say that anymore. Two days after voters in the Lincoln Parish-inclusive 5th Congressional District elected him to fill former U.S. Rep. Rodney...
12/03/2013
Recently I discussed protecting tender plants in the landscape, but now that temperatures are reaching below the freezing point on a regular basis, most plants will benefit from severe cold weather protection. Winter protection of woody plants and...
12/03/2013
4-H is continually adding new projects and events that appeal to and benefit the youth of this generation. 4-H offers projects and events in the areas of robotics, outdoor skills and public speaking. These are just a few of the more than 50 project...
12/03/2013
I’m not going to lie. Sometime around early to mid-November, I start to wake up with a spring in my step. For a few months at the end of each year, the air becomes cooler, the world lights up with holiday decorations and my favorite holiday tunes...
12/02/2013
Andy Griffith would be proud. One of the most amazing things for me about living in Ruston and Lincoln Parish is the sense of community and camaraderie here. Not only are people here friendly, always stopping to say hello and ask about friends and...
12/02/2013
If there are certain times when we might expect complete peace and safety within the home, tenderness between family members, and an overall sense of well-being, it might be during pregnancy and during the holidays. But according to a publication...
11/30/2013
This is a time of year I get to give you suggestions as to what to get for your outdoors-minded spouse for Christmas, and with this cold nasty weather, what could be better than settling back in front of the fireplace reading a good outdoors book?...
11/30/2013
Sometimes words aren’t heard. They don’t stick. It’s kind of like when I throw a boiled spaghetti noodle against the refrigerator door and it doesn’t stick; I know that there’s more cooking in order (by the way, I don’t suggest this technique in the...