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10/06/2017
Lincoln Parish should be proud of itself. In these last two weeks residents have come together to make a true difference in the lives of people right here at home and in Puerto Rico. Last week, we reported Gov. Jon Bel Edwards had pledged to Puerto...
10/06/2017
We haven’t done this in a while, so an explanation might be in order. Newspapers have been a big part of my life almost all my life. My Mom taught me to read before I started first grade, and newspapers were a primer beyond the “Dick and Jane”...
10/05/2017
Seven years ago, Louisiana Tech officials announced a bold initiative, which would transition the university from a “very good institution to a great one.” Their mission included renovating and building up the campus, continue to improve the...
10/04/2017
The “rebirth of south Ruston.” That’s how Alderwoman Carolyn Cage characterized the section of the Rock Island Greenway shared-use path that will go though her district. But it isn’t just the two miles of bicycling and pedestrian throughway...
10/03/2017
I recently had the incredible opportunity to visit with two ladies—Sandra and Donna Rhodes—who were part of the backup singers during Elvis’ groundbreaking 1969 sessions at American Sound Studios in Memphis. Under the direction of producer Chips...
10/03/2017
More than six million young people across the country today will be celebrating National 4-H Week, which takes place annually during the first full week of October. Lincoln Parish 4-H leverages National 4-H Week to celebrate the great things that...
10/02/2017
DART sponsors many events throughout the year to raise funds, but few are as colorful and fun as Townsend House Gifts’ annual Pumpkin Patch for DART which began Sept. 25 and will run through Oct. 31. On a hot, humid Saturday afternoon last week,...
10/02/2017
Perhaps I should be commended, considering that someone once told me, “I can always tell when the housekeeper has been here — because your bed is made up.” You see, over the past 465 or so days — and now without a housekeeper — I’ve skipped making...
10/02/2017
Question: There are several aspects of my financial planning that I have been intending to do, but they never seem to get done. I am not a procrastinator in most other areas of life, but I guess I have to admit that I am when it comes to financial...
10/02/2017
When you create your financial and investment strategies for retirement, what will you need to know? In other words, what factors should you consider, and how will these factors affect your investment-related decisions, before and during your...
10/02/2017
A key question most pre-retirees wrestle with in deciding when to transition into retirement is, “How do I know if my retirement savings will last through my lifetime? “ An important first step in answering this question is to get a good handle on...
10/02/2017
I’m sure I don’t have to remind you that one of my favorite outdoors activities happens each spring when I join a group of friends for a turkey hunting trip to Menard, Texas. It’s something I look forward to like a little kid waiting on Santa and I’...
10/02/2017
“Unpack that for me” — this is a fairly new saying that has meaning beyond someone unpacking boxes after moving to a new home or unpacking bags after a vacation. In fact, sometimes in a spiritual direction session or even in Bible study, I will...
09/30/2017
We have an internal storm brewing in our country which is gathering hurricane-like strength. It is not a weather event. The first time I ever saw this type of “storm” erupt was back in the 1960s.
09/30/2017
It’s good news for Lincoln Parish as Louisiana universities are reporting increased enrollment figures this fall. With Louisiana Tech and Grambling State universities serving as major economic forces within Lincoln Parish, it’s a definite positive...
09/29/2017
Grassy knoll. For many Baby Boomers and those of the Greatest Generation, the words conjure questions surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone? Was there a second shooter behind the six-foot high...
09/29/2017
Since we began publishing what we call our “Pink Paper” — a tribute to Breast Cancer Awareness Month — I have had the opportunity to hear the stories of women who fought for their lives against cancer. They were beyond inspirational. With October...
09/28/2017
Ask anyone in America and they will know the distance to a football field — 100 yards. Now take that knowledge and apply it to Louisiana coastal wetland loss. The state loses the equivalent to a football field of coastal wetlands every 38 minutes....
09/27/2017
Faith and spirituality can be very helpful components of someone’s recovery from mental illness. A place of worship is often a safe place for people, where they can feel welcomed and have an instant sense of support and community. For many...
09/27/2017
As a young girl, my mother collected stamps. She had 1-cent stamps, 2-cent stamps and stamps from countries that don’t exist anymore. For a while, I tried to keep up her hobby, but eventually gave our collection to a friend who was a serious...