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10/19/2017
Fall is in the air, and with fall comes the release of school and district test results from the previous year. So as we are enjoying the cooler temperatures and anxiously awaiting those scores, we pause to focus on areas of achievement as well as...
10/19/2017
College football changed forever four years ago this week. Grambling State University football players boycotted, and later forced the university to forfeit, a football game against Jackson State University — their homecoming game that season —...
10/18/2017
To no one’s great surprise, Louisiana voters have added three more amendments to the state constitution. The trio of successful proposals on the Oct. 14 ballot brings to a whopping 301 the number of amendments passed since 1978. Do the math and that...
10/17/2017
Addition by subtraction. It all added up for the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals. The Saints traded future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson to the Cardinals last week, and days later running backs from both teams had their best games so far...
10/17/2017
If you spend any time gardening you have likely heard the term “native plant,” a buzzword in gardening circles. Finding a single clear-cut definition for native plant is difficult. Therefore, I made my own derived from various sources. According to...
10/16/2017
My sister’s two oldest granddaughters reportedly love to visit her elderly friends. Sister — or Dianne Hollis Lundy to everyone except me, my husband and my besties — messaged me that she had taken 6-year-old Anabelle Rose and 4-year-old Audrie...
10/14/2017
All you had to do is look at an outdoors thermometer last week and the proof was in the pudding. Pudding surprisingly warm for this time of year. No matter what your beliefs on climate change are, it’s hard to argue there have been differences in...
10/14/2017
Even with a solid retirement plan in place, life can include big and unexpected changes — often unanticipated. About 46 percent of retirees left the workforce earlier than planned, according to the 2016 Retirement Confidence Survey released by the...
10/14/2017
Question: I’ve got several maxed out credits cards I want to get rid of. I’m thinking of using some of my retirement money to just go ahead and pay them off. Then I can save the money I was paying to my credit cards. I figure this is better since I...
10/14/2017
To raise public awareness about the importance of saving for retirement, Congress has designated the third week of October as National Save for Retirement Week. What lessons can you learn from this event?
10/13/2017
After every mass shooting, the left always invites us to join them in their insanity to participate in yet another circular argument about gun control. It’s not because they care. If they really cared, they would think before they speak after...
10/13/2017
Light blue shirts dotted the landscape of Lincoln Parish Park on Thursday as the eighth annual WaterFest got into full swing as students from all over the parish learned about the importance of conservation and the Sparta Aquifer. Lindsay Gouedy,...
10/12/2017
Everyone remembers their favorite teacher and how much of an impact he or she had on our lives. While many education mentors can lay claim to the man I proudly am, none have been around as long as Metairie’s Ecole Classique School headmaster Sal...
10/11/2017
When I was younger, I used to fear the unknown. I fiercely loved the familiar and was quick to reject anything that seemed out of the ordinary. I was so certain if I held fast to the things that made me feel comfortable, they could not slip away...
10/11/2017
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times … .” That oft-quoted opening sentence from Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Tale of Two Cities,” could fit the stories of Ruston and Shreveport as each municipality tries to enter the sports complex...
10/10/2017
Cool weather will be here soon.There are many things I love about fall; cool weather, the beautiful red, yellow, and orange leaves, and the State Fair of Louisiana. The State Fair of Louisiana located in Shreveport is full of excitement. Of course...
10/09/2017
John hit Mary. She went to the hospital and received stitches and John said he wouldn’t do it again. Mary went back home. Of course, this story is not factual but a representation of what we see every day at DART. As victim advocates tell this story...
10/09/2017
It’s hard to believe at one time we could only get three TV stations in Dubach. I don’t remember the brand of TV we had. I’m sure it was a Sylvania, Motorola, or Zenith. That’s all Daddy ever bought. It was an important big black box that sat on...
10/09/2017
Although it is chiefly a McNuggets’ version, our Buddy’s Blog has returned with a new look and features, hopefully to enhance your enjoyment of reading about sports. Call it a blogger “teaser.” Now, on to some of those tasty sports McNuggets: • Ex...
10/07/2017
Why did this happen? How could this be? As we were all, at least indirectly, victimized due to the recent murderous tragedy in Las Vegas, I share with you that this nearly struck home with me. Here’s how.  My court secretary, Teresa, has a daughter...