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09/22/2017
Ole Miss football coach Billy Brewer told him he wasn’t big enough or fast enough or good enough to play college football in the Southeastern Conference. Roy Lee “Chucky” Mullins leaned across Brewer’s desk and said, “If you give me a chance, coach...
09/22/2017
Simply put, they saved lives. With each name called during Tuesday’s early morning hours, a second chance for life was given to area shelter animals. More than 100 dogs and 30 cats were selected to be a part of a transportation project that would...
09/21/2017
Making friends in my first year at Louisiana Tech University proved somewhat challenging. The challenge was not so much meeting people, but rather finding common interest with folks who were happy to know there were “two Taco Bells in Ruston.” My...
09/20/2017
It’s often a bit perilous to single out a particular company, even for doing something good. Because, chances are somebody will want an equal slice of the glory. But in the case of Priority Health Group, the risk seems worth it. PHG is the Bossier...
09/19/2017
The Lincoln Parish School System exists to “make good things happen for other people — here, now, and for those who will come after us.” We truly believe that the more we give the more enjoyment we receive. As a district we embrace the concept of...
09/19/2017
As you evaluate your garden at the end of summer and plan for changes you want to make next year, I hope you will plan to allow your garden to become wilder. How is a messier garden a good thing, you may ask? Because it welcomes wildlife such as...
09/18/2017
Editors Note: This is the second of a two part series on Collaboration is the Key. In Part I of my column about DART’s 17th Annual Collaboration is the Key training conference, I described the first part of the day, in which participants learned...
09/18/2017
Bugs are on everyone’s mind these days. Love bugs, that is. But another bug has recently ensnared my thoughts: the wondrous lightning bug. Almost everyone of a certain age possesses firefly memories — recollections of those magical creatures that...
09/18/2017
A few weeks ago, my dad sent my brother and I a text saying he was mailing us two devices that were to be put in our vehicles to determine whether we were safe drivers for insurance purposes. Now, I like to think of myself as a safe driver. I was in...
09/18/2017
Good news for the Louisiana Tech University football program — that one-sided comedy of miscues against Mississippi State is in the books, secure for one of the lead-then trailing knockdowns in Bulldogs’ history. But oops, here’s the not so...
09/16/2017
This is not about a person but a hurricane. This named storm, after a bizarre, meandering path, looks as if it’s headed, for the moment, away from producing major damage. That is the reason for the cheer. We have already encountered, in just this...
09/16/2017
Spring and summer in Lincoln Parish brought cooler temperatures and significantly more rain than we’ve seen over the past decade when we’ve spent out summers enduring drought conditions and burn bans. That didn’t happen this summer, but because of...
09/15/2017
As was documented the first time we shared this space over a year ago, the first 60 percent of my life (35 of 59 years to date) was lived by my own design before God got my attention. A couple of years later, I was working at the region’s daily...
09/15/2017
It’s a difficult thing to lose someone you love without any warning whatsoever. They are here one day, and gone the next. It’s not an easy thing for a mind to process, yet it happens every day — 121 times a day, actually. In America, more than 44,...
09/14/2017
Well done, Louisiana Tech University, for earning a Tier One ranking in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges list for the seventh consecutive year. The rating truly represents what my alma mater offers to the thousands of students who...
09/13/2017
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder can affect many different people, from survivors of natural disasters, such as destructive earthquakes, hurricanes like Harvey or Irma; victims of violent crimes, rape, or sexual assault; survivors of horrific...
09/13/2017
The most telling result of the Ruston’s recent public opinion survey isn’t what respondents said, but who said it. Self-reported age demographics collected through the online poll shows right at 50 percent of the respondents were between age 25 and...
09/12/2017
School is back in full swing. Are there days when you and your children are running late, so you’re out the door without breakfast? Breakfast is an important meal; it jump starts your day. Breakfast means break the fast. Think about it, your body...
09/11/2017
Growing up in southwest Louisiana, I have seen my fare share of hurricanes. I remember when Hurricane Lili, a Category 1 storm, made landfall in Louisiana on Oct. 3, 2001. Three days before my birthday.
09/11/2017
I don’t know that kids nowadays play no-pads sandlot tackle football like we did when I was a kid. Something tells me some electronic gadget has something to do with that. Dubach High School didn’t have a football team, so all football was played...