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05/03/2017
Just minutes before midnight on Easter Sunday, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call requesting an ambulance to come near the intersection of U.S. 167 and Nell Street in Dubach. Deputies arrived on the scene a short time later to...
05/01/2017
For the 16th year in a row, Super 1 Foods in Ruston will open its doors to Domestic Abuse Resistance Team advocates, friends and supporters for our annual Radiothon. From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Thursday, the parking lot will be filled with the...
05/01/2017
I was a POK — a peach orchard kid. News of Mitcham Farms’ planting new trees has set me to reminiscing about my childhood peach connection. In the late ’50s my father, Flavil Hollis, who never completely got the soil from his family’s Union Parish...
04/29/2017
Let me begin by saying I’m not a doomsday theorist believing that global warming will bring the end of life as we know it as we slowly move toward the next century. But I do believe in climate change. And I do believe it’s something we must consider...
04/29/2017
It’s Kentucky Derby time again. Even if you’re not much of a horse racing fan, you might appreciate all the Derby’s pageantry — the mint juleps, the women’s beautiful hats, the singing of “My Old Kentucky Home,” and so on. But if you look beyond...
04/29/2017
Question: I grew up in a home where my parents did not talk about money at all. It wasn’t until my father died that I knew anything about his financial situation, and it wasn’t good. Now that I’ve got children of my own in high school and elementary...
04/29/2017
Your parents and grandparents may have known better about lots of things when you were younger. But you probably shouldn’t be following their example when it comes to managing your money in retirement. “Most retirement income for (our) parents’ and...
04/28/2017
In today’s world, the general population has a slew of things to keep track of and care about on a day-to-day basis. From keeping up with work, school and those in our lives and in the world around us, there is a basic expectation set for how much...
04/28/2017
Florien High School is a small building, housing around 300 K-12 students on the edge of Toledo Bend Lake. There is not much to see other than its brown brick outsides with its flaking yellow letters proclaiming it’s motto: “Building a Tradition of...
04/27/2017
Tonight we finally get back to a little football as the NFL holds the first round of its 2017 draft. The New Orleans Saints look to be a major player in this this year’s draft with two first round picks, and no, I don’t see the Saints giving one of...
04/27/2017
I recently started the HBO miniseries “John Adams” which chronicles more than 50 years of the second president of the United States of America and what role he played in shaping the early days of our country. The series opens well before he became...
04/26/2017
On a spring afternoon sometime during the mid 1980s, my co-worker Ruth and I traipsed through briars, weeds and near-impenetrable brush just west of Dubach looking for Absalom Autrey’s grave. We found it, along with the graves of his first wife,...
04/25/2017
As summer approaches many teens begin applying for summer jobs to earn extra income. For those teens lucky enough to live on a working farm, they may not have to complete a job application. Instead, they will need to develop a business plan to...
04/24/2017
Did you ever see the scene from the movie “The Sixth Sense” when little Haley Joel Osment tells Bruce Willis, “I see dead people?” That film represented the freaky notion that the young boy could see and talk to those who have passed on. As...
04/22/2017
This time last year, Kentrell Brice was just another largely unknown player attempting to make an NFL roster. He was a free agent defensive back wannabe intent on proving he was worthy of being on a team’s 45-member roster. Now, the former Ruston...
04/22/2017
The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association recently held its Annual Conference in Dallas. One of the highlights was the science, technology, engineering, mathematics showcase — two hours where the expo hall was filled with...
04/22/2017
It never seems to change. Year after year of the same thing — asking our state higher education and health systems to take budget cut after budget cut. But you know who won’t accept suffering the same fate? You guessed it — the ones doing the...
04/21/2017
As many college students do, I have learned more about others and myself as I spend my time here meeting new people and hearing their opinions and beliefs on different issues. Along with becoming more interested in political and world news, I have...
04/21/2017
Shopping has never been an easy task for me. I dislike shuffling around the aisles searching for the best deal I can get in big-box stores that charge too much for too little. While I will never be able to completely separate myself from such...
04/20/2017
As the 2016-17 school year begins to wind down, seniors at both the high school and collegiate levels should begin to think about what they want to do for their future. That’s a scary realization not only for the student, but also for the students’...