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01/04/2017
Even before Mayor Ronny Walker settled into City Hall, he was dealing with utility issues. On Dec. 13, 2014, about three weeks before Walker took office, the city’s computer systems crashed, causing the loss of about six weeks of utility billing...
01/03/2017
Each year I end the year challenging myself to discover new opportunities for the upcoming year. As the coordinator of the agritourism program at the LSU AgCenter I’m uniquely positioned to assist people who own land they are currently farming or...
01/01/2017
It all makes sense: starting anew in January to create a better version of yourself. It’s what New Year’s Resolutions are all about. But by Day 3 of the New Year, most of us are already making adjustments to those resolutions. And by Day 8, most of...
01/01/2017
Happy 2017! Just saying ‘2017’ seems unreal. In three more years we will close the second decade of the 21st Century, I will be halfway through my sixth decade on this planet plus closing in on a 40-year career. Time is flying and nothing seems to...
01/01/2017
Happy New Year.  Think simplicity, like black-eyed peas and cabbage.  Today is the “correct day” for the celebration, right? Maybe we take New Year’s day for granted because it is “always” just a week after Christmas. But remember, we know that...
01/01/2017
Question: 2016 was a really lousy year for me personally and professionally. I’m not exactly depressed, but I’m in no mood for a party either. What’s the best way to start over financially at this point? Answer: Resolved: no matter what happens in...
01/01/2017
Today we open the door to 2017, so you might be thinking about some New Year’s resolutions. What’s on your list this year? More visits to the gym? Learning a new language? Mastering the perfect beef bourguignon? All worthy ambitions, of course, but...
01/01/2017
Calculating your net worth is a matter of math — add up your cash, investments, property values, life insurance, financial interests in your business, and other assets such as rare collectibles and jewelry. From that total, subtract all debts,...
01/01/2017
If you enjoy sports, you’ve come to the right place today. A variety of topics to write about and ponder over, if you will: OH, WHAT A SEASON: It was a good life led by fans of Lincoln Parish college football teams in 2016. So good that one couldn...
01/01/2017
As the final pages are being recorded for year 2016, it’s time to take the wrappings off brand new 2017. Before we do, though, I want to flip through the pages of the year just ending and relive some of the experiences this scribe encountered over...
01/01/2017
Today is the first day of the New Year, Jan. 1, 2017. In our culture it is a time of great expectation for starting over, beginning again, finding “the new you” and making New Year’s resolutions to better ourselves and rid of old habits. It is a...
12/30/2016
Well, Sunday is the big day. A new year is upon us and it’s the time of year that we look back at the past 12 months and reflect. Well, let’s just be honest, 2016 has taken a lot more than it has given us — in my opinion anyway. I should have known...
12/30/2016
Saints fans will watch their 2016 season come to a close Sunday as New Orleans plays at NFC Champion Atlanta. But don’t think the Saints don’t have much to play for — both this season and next. First, it’s the Falcons. Enough said. This heated...
12/29/2016
On the fields of Eddie G. Robinson Memorial and Joe Aillet stadiums, there’s considerable history. Named after Grambling State and Louisiana Tech universities’ legendary coaches, the stadiums represent a Lincoln Parish pastime — good ol’ fashioned...
12/28/2016
This is a Christmas story. Yes, I know Christmas has come and gone, but bear with me at least for a few more paragraphs. Several months ago, the 35 inmates participating in the Lincoln Parish Detention Center’s Department of Corrections re-entry...
12/28/2016
In this day and age of NFL being a big business, it really was a no-brainer. So Louisiana Tech football fans shouldn’t have been surprised Tuesday when redshirt junior Carlos Henderson announced his intentions on declaring for April’s NFL Draft....
12/27/2016
Louis Leo “Skip” Holtz, Jr., has now placed his name among the elite head football coaches in Louisiana Tech University football history. And when you’re speaking of a prestigious group that is highlighted by Joe Aillet and Maxie Lambright, that’s...
12/27/2016
Lincoln Parish 4-H held the Annual Lincoln Parish 4-H Cooking Contest on Dec. 3 at Tractor Supply of Ruston. 4-H members from throughout Lincoln Parish had the opportunity to enter the cooking contest. The contest offered five categories that...
12/24/2016
Merry Christmas.  May there be the meaningful and marvelous “Joy to the World” in your lives today.  Think about this: why?
12/24/2016
I am proudly New Orleans born and bred and spent many a Christmas morning opening gifts under the tree in our living room on St. Nick Drive in New Orleans. Yes, I really did grow up on St. Nick Drive. Valentine Court was right behind us and Easter...