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04/04/2017
Lincoln Parish 4-H welcomes the youth of Lincoln Parish to participate in a “learning-by-doing” environment where they are able to actively participate in hands-on experiences and make a lasting impact in their communities. 4-H focuses on the...
04/03/2017
By time you read this, I’ll be back from my chorus’ annual regional competition. In case you haven’t realized, let me explain. I’ve had a 28-year love affair with Sweet Adelines International and the local chapter, Piney Hills Harmony. The...
04/03/2017
Can Doug Williams come to the rescue again for the Washington Redskins? Given the current state of that beleaguered NFL franchise, they need some help. There’s been the loss and ensuing drama involving General Manager Scot McClouglan, the departure...
04/02/2017
In two weeks we celebrate Easter, hopefully recalling the sacrifice paid by our dearest, strongest friend ever. For those with family and friends, we will make preparations with them in mind. We might do the egg hunt adventure. And we might remember...
04/02/2017
Springtime in Louisiana … I love that sound. I like those three words, but mostly I love the sounds of the season as the Bayou State breaks out in song. Musical performances and festivals are a spring tradition in Louisiana, and we’re in the midst...
04/02/2017
Don’t worry too much if you haven’t heard, but April is National Stress Awareness Month. Of course, stress can present emotional and physical challenges to all of us, but if you belong to the “sandwich generation” — that is, you may be caring for...
04/02/2017
Preparing for worst-case scenarios brings peace of mind during the best of times. Here’s why. Tom was a healthy 43-year-old approaching the height of his earning power and living the happiest days of his life. He had a great job that fulfilled him,...
04/02/2017
Question: How do I get started saving money? Answer: Start saving money. The most important step to saving money is to start. The second most important step is to keep going. The third most important step is to not rob the bank. The late great John...
04/02/2017
Will next month’s NFL Draft be a banner day for wide receivers from Lincoln Parish? It is certainly shaping up that way. The parish that sent such outstanding receivers as Charlie Joiner, Roger Carr and Frank Lewis to the next level could have not...
04/02/2017
As an outdoor writer/broadcaster, I get to visit with a variety of interesting people from hunters and fishermen to biologists and experts in outdoors topics. Most interviews provide good information for my readers/listeners. Occasionally, I get to...
04/02/2017
“Don’t Look Back” is a song by Boston, a popular rock band back in the 1970’s when I was a little girl. Boston was a favorite group of mine, and my brother, Jon loved their music, as well. In fact, Jon even got to attend their concert when we...
03/31/2017
We all have our reasons for rising each morning. Some of us are the early-morning go-getters, the sunrise yoga-doers and the 8 a.m. class-attenders. My motivation, however, has nothing to do with birds chirping and the sun shining. Each morning, the...
03/31/2017
I grew up on four acres 30 miles from the nearest town and since I was three years old, there was always one major consistency in my life — I had a dog. My parents got two blue healer puppies from our neighbors for my brother and me so that we would...
03/30/2017
With social media expanding its reach to parts that did not seem feasible just a short decade ago, its no wonder that the political world has begun using its tools to communicate with audiences across the globe. President Donald Trump may be the...
03/29/2017
A few blocks from Ruston’s City Hall, shrouded in a thick stand of bamboo, is a tent. A homeless person lives there. Drive down the street a bit further and you’re in a food desert. There’s no sign; the topography is no different than any place else...
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...