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03/29/2017
In these trying times, you may be seeking a mental health service or care provider. Know what type of treatment or care you need, and then you will know what type of service or which provider to search for. Listed below are crisis helplines and...
03/28/2017
This is my favorite time of year. The birds are singing, the trees are greening up and the daffodils along the interstate have bloomed. Already I have noticed busy bees in my garden. The North Central Louisiana Master Gardeners have predictably been...
03/27/2017
When your doctor comes into the room with the results of your blood work and all he can do is stare at it and say, “Hmm,” it may be time for you to get used to the idea that you may not be here forever. Once was when I found out I was a type II...
03/25/2017
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Nothing closer to truth could be said about Louisiana’s state budget. Different legislators. Different governors. Same old song and dance. The damage done to our state budget has been clear to...
03/24/2017
Most of my life has been spent in a little town roughly 25 miles north of Ruston called Farmerville. There are three stoplights, more than a dozen churches and a population of only 3,862 people. Because there wasn’t much to do besides hang out in...
03/24/2017
Growing up, my favorite subjects were always the creative ones — art and writing. Now, don’t get me wrong, I can’t even draw a decent stick figure, but the fact that I had the opportunity to attempt to learn is not something to scoff at. With the...
03/23/2017
The climax scene of 1985’s Back to the Future film involves the protagonist, Marty McFly, covering a song titled “Johnny B. Goode.” McFly performs the song at a mid-’50s prom during the time-traveling flick where McFly, who traveled from 1985 back...
03/22/2017
“Growing old isn’t for sissies,” Mrs. Giles would say every Sunday morning as she lowered herself into the pew behind my mother and me at the Presbyterian Church of Ruston. Mama, probably then in her 60s, would nod in some sort of semi-agreement...
03/20/2017
The other day, I happened to glance at the odometer, and there the numbers sat in all their radiant glory: 111,111. Instead of being annoyed that the miles were multiplying on my vehicle, I instead savored their symmetry. I’d never before seen that...
03/20/2017
Burroughs’ Bunch is the hottest ticket in Ruston these days. And when they play an unbeaten or nationally ranked opponent, forget it. The fans start lining up quickly. Not since the exciting era when Louisiana Tech University’s program was guided by...
03/18/2017
I’ve always been a dreamer. And as a child, one of my dreams was to join the circus. Maybe it’s because I love playing the clown and entertaining and making people laugh — especially children. Or maybe it’s because I’m really still a kid at heart....
03/18/2017
Believe it or not, there’s a good thing about having a stroke. At least it has been for me, crazy as it might sound. First of all, I don’t wish a stroke on anyone. It’s that unexpected and unwanted territory that nobody wants to discover. But for me...
03/17/2017
While the weather decides what it wants to do, there are plenty of upcoming events for residents of Lincoln Parish to enjoy. First up is the Lawrence Gibbs and The Little Big Band concert this evening beginning at 7:30 at the Dixie Center for the...
03/16/2017
Some may call me a mutt. My father was born in Managua, Nicaragua, but raised in Granada, Nicaragua, while my mother was born in Dallas, but raised in New Orleans, the culture mecca of the United States next to New York City. I was born and raised...
03/15/2017
For years, communities around the country have been experimenting to find the best ways to reduce the jail and prison populations and help potential law breakers live balanced, healthy, meaningful and crime-free lives.
03/15/2017
Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker is 65 years old and will tell you that until January, he never recycled anything. It wasn’t that he didn’t believe in it; he did. It’s just that recycling has never been easy in Lincoln Parish, despite various governmental...
03/14/2017
The Merriam Webster dictionary defines volunteer, a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service. The LSU AgCenter Area Nutrition agent, Master Gardeners, and Louisiana Tech University students have been part...
03/11/2017
No matter your age or your approach to investing, there is one kind of investment that may be considered for your portfolio: dividend-paying stocks. That’s the opinion of Scott Wren, managing director and senior global equity strategist for Wells...
03/11/2017
Question: My sister and I got in a fight over Mom and Dad’s estate. She thinks they should give us most of their assets so they can qualify for the government paying for their nursing home one day. I think that’s wrong. What do you think? Answer:...
03/11/2017
Spring is in the air, even if it’s not quite there on the calendar. This year, as you shake off the cobwebs from winter and start tidying up around your home and yard, why not also do some financial spring cleaning? Actually, you can apply several...