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10/02/2013
Nobody’s ever quite known what do with the Louisiana Tech and Grambling State University lab schools. They’re not totally public schools, and they’re not totally private schools, either. A. E. Phillips and Alma J. Brown Elementary, Grambling Middle...
10/01/2013
This summer, I had the opportunity to travel to Michigan to make a presentation and attend the National Extension Tourism Conference. Ted Eubanks, president and CEO of Fermata Inc. and Great American Trails, both involved in sustainable recreation...
10/01/2013
I often wish that the only thing I had to worry about when considering what to eat for lunch or whether or not I’ll accept a treat offered by a friend or colleague is whether it will add an inch to my waistline. Lots of people obsess about what they...
09/30/2013
A funny thing happened during this month’s Lincoln Parish Police Jury meeting — something that’s become a rarity in the world of today’s politics. You see, the LPPJ went against the wishes of several of its members in order to listen to the majority...
09/29/2013
We have an upcoming election to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Congressman Rodney Alexander effective this past Thursday the 26th. The election is scheduled for Oct. 19. The runoff is Nov. 16. That’s right, as if we never have any...
09/27/2013
“Prisoners”
09/27/2013
Can you imagine burning a candle and somewhere in the wax is a tiny plastic bag containing a ring valued at $10, $100, $1,000 or even $5,000? My guess would be no, since that was my original reaction. But there is a company, a legitimate company —...
09/27/2013
The term superbug does not just refer to the transformer-looking grasshoppers hiding out in the backyard; recently, it has become a popular term for drug-resistant diseases that are rapidly growing in the United States. According to a recent report...
09/26/2013
I cherish every memory that I have with family and friends. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t reminisce about “the good ole days” when I was younger. My friends and I talk about the trouble we got into in high school and how silly we were...
09/25/2013
Sometimes the simplest task is the most difficult to achieve. Just ask Ruston’s Board of Aldermen. All they wanted to do — or so they thought — was to modernize some archaic language in an existing ordinance referring to the city building official....
09/24/2013
I find it sort of ironic that “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury is one of the Top 100 Banned and Challenged books from 2000-09. If you’re missing the irony, it’s because the book — one of my favorite mandatory reads in junior high school — directly...
09/24/2013
This summer in our “Cooking with Kids” workshop, we talked about using microwaves for cooking and some safety features. I was surprised how many of the youth use microwaves and how many were unsure of what not to put in the microwave.
09/23/2013
There was plenty of good news coming out of Louisiana Tech University last week — news that has the school poised for a bright future despite having to navigate the troubled waters surrounding higher education in the state. It was announced last...
09/21/2013
Question: I never knew much about money growing up. Are they doing much to teach kids about money in school? If not there, where do they learn about it? Answer: Good question — apparently not in enough high schools. The Jump$tart Coalition for...
09/21/2013
Over time, the value of stocks can go up and down. Bond prices fluctuate with interest rates, as do other types of fixed-income securities such as certificates of deposit and investments in money-market accounts. Predicting which investment vehicles...
09/21/2013
You probably have thought about what you’d like to do during your retirement years. But all your plans probably depend, to at least some extent, on your financial situation. What happens if you reach the age at which you wish to retire and you just...
09/21/2013
We’re predicted to get down into the 80s.The heat has been brutal here. Looking forward to the change. Right? As usual, this has been an exciting week. Thought I would get by with one completely free day, but not so. I just penciled in an...
09/21/2013
Several months ago, there was a strong rainstorm that came through Ruston which left a small amount of work for me to do. The high wind caused a large hickory tree in my front yard to drop several large limbs onto the yard. I was not incredibly...
09/21/2013
Ah, the beginnings of fall. There’s nothing quite as liberating as those first cool mornings sent to remind us that the oppressive summer heat won’t last forever. However, there are elements of summer we will soon miss as Mother Nature blows her...
09/20/2013
One of the better aspects of being in this line of work are all the fun, unique events we get to attend or at least know about a little more than the average person. Set to take the plunge at around 3 p.m. Saturday are the Outhouse Races in...