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Columns

10/02/2016
The only way that I can be serious at the appropriate time is to laugh when I can. It is unhealthy to be serious all the time. I now leave it to you how seriously to take this.  Some of this thinking comes from ole Will Rogers who loved poking fun...
10/02/2016
From A-Rod to Aaron, from Reed to Robinson. Over the course of 52 years in this profession, I have been fortunate to have interviewed some of the most famous athletes in history. But there’s also plenty I would have loved to have sat down for a...
10/01/2016
I have been walking through a time of transition for the past several months. Many things have changed in my personal life and in the lives of many family members. There have been times of deep sadness and times of great joy. There have been...
09/30/2016
With this past Tuesday having been National Voter Registration day and the first presidential debate having been the night before, voting has been the topic of many a tweet this week. We have been taught since elementary school that voting is a “...
09/30/2016
Cancer is never something that anyone plans on having to suffer through. It is always a shock to be informed that you or someone you love has been diagnosed with such a disease. I have watched friends struggle under the weight of medical bills and...
09/29/2016
Each passing school year I remain in Lincoln Parish, I become more impressed with the quality of students produced in the area. Almost every week the newsroom receives an email from an administrator or teacher about a student accomplishing something...
09/28/2016
Whoever decided parish police juries should sit as boards of review for property tax assessments should have their heads examined. Take the recent Board of Review conducted by the Lincoln Parish Police Jury, for example. “Twelve people who don’t do...
09/26/2016
Editor’s Note: It has been 50 years since the University of Texas tower shooting. My former neighbor, M.J. Gabour, and his family were there that day.
09/25/2016
And on Sundays, the earth rested. Well, at least for those who don’t care much for the National Football League. Don’t count me in that number. My Sabbath is grounded in a deep faith with the good Lord, but I believe He allows me a free pass (or the...
09/24/2016
It all started for me about as simple as could be. When I was just a little fellow, my dad placed a little single shot .22 Winchester rifle in my hands and after a lecture and warning that this little gun was no Daisy Red Rider and could hurt or...
09/24/2016
It was a night I’ll never forget. Joyous, uplifting, electric, cathartic … there aren’t enough words to express the myriad of emotions than ran through me — and every Who Dat around the world — on that Monday night 10 years ago. I was in the...
09/24/2016
Three people were in this extremely secure, private meeting: myself, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump. It’s time to share what was said. Now if you happen to already be suspicious that I was not in such a meeting, you have good reason, because I was...
09/24/2016
The presidential election is little more than a month away. Like all elections, this one has generated considerable interest, and, as a citizen, you may well be following it closely. But as an investor, how much should you be concerned about the...
09/24/2016
If you’ve changed jobs a few times over the years or possibly relocated, chances are you’ve left behind a string of retirement and other accounts along the way. This can make your financial life complicated and difficult to manage. More importantly...
09/24/2016
Question: I just finished a very helpful course on personal finance at my church. Among the other changes my wife and I are making is evaluating our life insurance coverage. The course recommended that I buy term insurance and take the difference...
09/23/2016
It was at my Mammaw’s house that I first heard the smooth, rhythmic voice of Frank Sinatra. Older generations have talked about their memories of laying on the living room floor listening to the latest LPs. I have those same memories. My cousins...
09/22/2016
“Agents of Change” started a much- needed conversation. The documentary that examines race-related conditions on college campuses was recently shown at the Dixie Center for the Arts as part of the North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s Southern...
09/21/2016
Scholarships can make quite the difference when attending a university. Sarfraz Ahmed, 17, of Cedar Creek School, and Hannah Scheaffer, 17, of Ruston High School, both understand that. The two were recently named semifinalists in the 62nd annual...
09/20/2016
It’s about that time of the year to dust off the rakes and begin cleaning up all the leaves that fall from our trees. As we drive around we’ll see people burning and bagging tons of leaves and sticks from there yards. It always made me wonder as I...
09/19/2016
If you turn off Ruston’s Kentucky Avenue onto Cedar Creek Road and glance immediately to the left before reaching that little bridge, you’ll see a seemingly neglected trail leading through the woods. Every time I pass there, I try to peek at that...