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12/29/2016
On the fields of Eddie G. Robinson Memorial and Joe Aillet stadiums, there’s considerable history. Named after Grambling State and Louisiana Tech universities’ legendary coaches, the stadiums represent a Lincoln Parish pastime — good ol’ fashioned...
12/28/2016
This is a Christmas story. Yes, I know Christmas has come and gone, but bear with me at least for a few more paragraphs. Several months ago, the 35 inmates participating in the Lincoln Parish Detention Center’s Department of Corrections re-entry...
12/28/2016
In this day and age of NFL being a big business, it really was a no-brainer. So Louisiana Tech football fans shouldn’t have been surprised Tuesday when redshirt junior Carlos Henderson announced his intentions on declaring for April’s NFL Draft....
12/27/2016
Louis Leo “Skip” Holtz, Jr., has now placed his name among the elite head football coaches in Louisiana Tech University football history. And when you’re speaking of a prestigious group that is highlighted by Joe Aillet and Maxie Lambright, that’s...
12/27/2016
Lincoln Parish 4-H held the Annual Lincoln Parish 4-H Cooking Contest on Dec. 3 at Tractor Supply of Ruston. 4-H members from throughout Lincoln Parish had the opportunity to enter the cooking contest. The contest offered five categories that...
12/24/2016
Merry Christmas.  May there be the meaningful and marvelous “Joy to the World” in your lives today.  Think about this: why?
12/24/2016
I am proudly New Orleans born and bred and spent many a Christmas morning opening gifts under the tree in our living room on St. Nick Drive in New Orleans. Yes, I really did grow up on St. Nick Drive. Valentine Court was right behind us and Easter...
12/24/2016
Most of us need to do some type of estate planning, but it’s especially important if you are part of a “blended” family. And the best time to start is now — before these plans need to be implemented. Estate planning can be complex, so you will need...
12/24/2016
When you set up your investment portfolio, you probably also settled on an asset allocation strategy — for instance, 60 percent stocks and 40 percent bonds. You, perhaps with the help of your financial advisor, determined that this particular...
12/24/2016
Question: What are you giving for Christmas this year? Answer: Each year there’s an “it” gift that everyone seems to want, yet it’s often hard to find. Who’s been able to get their hands on a NES Classic this year? As in economics, so in life …...
12/24/2016
Eddie Robinson is smiling. Collie J. Nicholson is ready to crank out an adjective-laced story. And the likes of Tank Younger, Ernie Ladd, Buck Buchanan, Big Hands Johnson and James Hunter are preparing to swap high fives. Grambling State University...
12/24/2016
Christmas is undoubtedly the most special season of the year for most of us. I can still recall how enchanting the day was when I was growing up. Gathering around the tree on Christmas morning provided a thrill like no other I’ve experienced in my...
12/23/2016
Christmas at my parent’s house usually began once the Thanksgiving coma subsided and we had the energy to get the tree and holiday-related boxes out of the shed. As the tree is assembled and the lights were strung, my brother and I were handed worn...
12/22/2016
The last time I spent Christmas in my hometown was in 2013. My Metairie home slowly creeps into the distance year-by-year the longer I live in Ruston. I call both areas home, but the older I get and the longer I stay here, the more awkward I feel...
12/21/2016
I stared at the manger scene all through church last Sunday. Not that the ceramic figures were any different than they were last year, or the year before. The mismatched shepherds are still out of proportion for the somewhat-wobbly stable; the star...
12/20/2016
If your gift list is like mine, you have a few people on it who are hard to surprise. Each year I agonize over a few on my list and spend hours trying to find the perfect gift that makes their eyes light up. The perfect gift is not about how much it...
12/19/2016
Miss Clara Harmolean “Diddle” Rowe was one of the finest individuals I have ever known. She lived in Ruston all of her life, never married, was a lifelong member of Temple Baptist Church, and was the city of Ruston’s treasurer for many years....
12/17/2016
It’s a situation the likes of which Lincoln Parish has seen before, and the outcome could have ramifications reaching out on a national scale. University of Minnesota football players announced Thursday night that they were boycotting all football...
12/16/2016
One of my primary responsibilities as president is to communicate with our alumni, political leaders and the broader public. I love to talk to them about Louisiana Tech and I usually begin by bragging on our outstanding student body. Not only is...
12/16/2016
“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” — Acts 20:35, the Bible When I was growing up, my...