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Columns

07/15/2017
It was an annual rite of summer when I was growing up. Every July my mother, sister and I would head north from New Orleans for an extended trip to the Piney Hills of north Louisiana with one goal in mind: to bring back ice chests — several at least...
07/14/2017
Someone told me once that I’d make a good candidate for elective office. “You don’t have any skeletons in your closet,” they said. “You’ve dragged them all out yourself.” Here I go again. And trust me: I’m not running for any office. The “On This...
07/14/2017
“When you find something good, don’t let it go.” That was the theme of the night as the cast of the Ruston Community Theatre’s production of “South Pacific” came out to play at the Dixie Center for the Arts. Opening to a packed house, the cast and...
07/13/2017
Lincoln Parish resident Philip Cook recalls his former history professor making a pretty bold statement about north Louisiana. “He said, ‘There’s no history in that side of the state Louisiana,’” Cook said. Indeed that is a mighty audacious comment...
07/12/2017
Though the Battle of Palmito Ranch, near Brownsville, Texas, is generally recognized as the last skirmish of the Civil War, it seems even after 152 years, we still haven’t figured out how to put the divided nation back together again. Consider the...
07/11/2017
Traveling is getting to be a little more difficult nowadays, especially if you’re flying on a commercial airline. My best advice is to conjure up your very best positive attitude. I don’t want to say expect the worst, but it will be as pleasant...
07/11/2017
Summer time proves to be a very busy time for 4-H which may come as a surprise to many. Many times people assume that the 4-H program slows down during the summer time just as school does but that is not the case. The 4-H program actually...
07/10/2017
In my last column, I announced the returning Team Leaders of DART’s 5th Annual Men Standing Strong Campaign, men who have led this project in the past and have offered to do so again. DART is indebted to all of our leaders, but we are especially...
07/10/2017
Each summer, children across the nation head to MDA summer camp for a week of fun. During this week the kids are able to participate in arts and crafts, swimming, fishing, different camp games and so much more. The thing that makes this camp so...
07/10/2017
Warning: Whatever is mentioned in this column, do not try at home. I was a perfect child. Great grades, went to both Sunday school and church camp, obeyed my parents. Everybody probably thought, “She’s so boring — that goody-two-shoes.” But when you...
07/09/2017
Observations, our two cents (maybe five) worth, quotes and the usual “ Sunday Shorts” on this Sunday morning in the sports world: • Another “white guy” comparison for Trent Taylor. Not that he minds. Because the “white guy” he’s being mentioned in...
07/08/2017
Question: I get so overwhelmed every time I start to do my financial planning. It isn’t that I don’t know what to do. I just have so much to do! I make a long list and just get overwhelmed. Where do I start? Answer: It doesn’t matter so much where...
07/08/2017
Next week, the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be held in Marlins Park in Miami. If you’re a baseball fan, you may tune in to admire the skills and grace of the players. And if you’re an investor, you can learn some valuable lessons...
07/08/2017
If you own a small business, there are many retirement plan alternatives available to help you and your eligible employees save for retirement. For most closely-held business owners, a Simplified Employee Pension Individual Retirement Account (SEP...
07/08/2017
Something has me feeling a little nostalgic this weekend … it’s something in the air. Walk out into the muggy summertime air and you’ll feel it, too. After what seems like a near decade of summertime drought conditions across north Louisiana, we’ve...
07/08/2017
When one points an index finger of blame, there are three fingers pointed back at the person screaming blame toward his neighbor. Who is your neighbor? If you’re wondering and interested, read Luke 10:25-37; Matt. 25:40-45. A few weeks ago we...
07/07/2017
It is a weird mix of fear and anger when you realize someone has used your personal information to create an account — especially when you think you have been really careful with the important details of your life. Well, it happens more than most...
07/07/2017
After graduating high school in 1977, two young men who had been almost in- separable since birth parted ways.
07/06/2017
John “Yank” Reis is not much of a talker. The 92-year-old Farmerville resident said he likes to keep to himself and doesn’t think he’s much of a socialite. Be it as it may, Reis arrived for his interview to speak with the Daily Leader for his “...
07/05/2017
Adolescence is a time of many challenges. Developing bodies, and social and academic stresses can be difficult. Major depression in your teenagers can be serious. If left untreated, depression can lead to devastating consequences. Ongoing problems...