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Columns

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...
12/15/2016
Where some might see nothing, one local representative sees future opportunities in Cuba-Louisiana relations. Now that Cuban dictator Fidel Castro is dead and Raul Castro, who was handed over power by his brother in 2008, is “not too far behind,” U....
12/14/2016
Eldred Hardison loves to talk. About Neighborhood Watch. About “How Are You.” About D.A.R.E. “My wife says I’d talk to a signboard,” Hardison said. As the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department’s community liaison officer, Hardison is the LPSO’s newest...
12/13/2016
‘Twas the night before Christmas at the gardener’s house. Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Tulips bulbs were placed in the refrigerator with care. To be planted in January that soon would be there. The ferns and tropicals had been...
12/12/2016
I love cookbooks. Rather strange, perhaps, because I really don’t cook that much. We even went out for Thanksgiving dinner this year. But, then again, maybe my cookbook mania is not so strange. Hollises are known for really appreciating — and...
12/11/2016
I really don’t have any particular plans on ever retiring. My occupational life is a big part of what keeps me going and I love what I do so much that I really can’t imagine not working, even with my 53rd birthday quickly approaching. But if I ever...
12/11/2016
Does this make sense?  He was the “worst” and simultaneously the best. He might be the best quarterback to have ever played football.  This paradox of language originated from one of the greatest athletes ever to hail from Ruston, Bert Jones. Bert...
12/11/2016
It absolutely took the holidays to get me to pry my newest CD out of the player on my desk. Once Dec. 1 rolls around it’s time to have the holiday tunes going, but this year it took all the discipline I could muster up to make me remove “The Wonder...
12/11/2016
A variety of topics to discuss in the sports world today: PERFECT BOWL: Had Louisiana Tech University’s football program concocted the ideal setting for its third straight postseason berth, they couldn’t have done better than Fort Worth, Texas. The...
12/11/2016
“I’ll soon be 75 years old and have hunted deer since I was 10 years old,” said retired Columbia utility operator, James Curry Stuart. :I’ve killed some deer but nothing like the one I got last month. This buck is the kind of deer I’ve been after...
12/10/2016
Question: My mother is old and insists on living by herself. Someone working for her has been “borrowing” money from her. Then the other day I found out her bank sent someone to her house to sell her some financial product I don’t think she...