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Columns

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...
09/19/2016
Tommy Spinks, Trumaine Johnson, Pat Tilley, Dwight Scales, Bobby Slaughter, Frank Lewis. And numerous others. Throughout their pass-oriented histories, Lincoln Parish collegiate programs have featured some of the nation’s best wide receivers. The...
09/18/2016
“Hey Dad, want to have a catch?” I’ve seen the movie “Field of Dreams” countless times and read W.P. Kinsella’s book “Shoeless Joe,” which the movie is based on, a few times, too, and that line still gets me every time. My breath catches deep in my...
09/18/2016
Sometimes working our way through the election process seems like trudging through a “jungle.” Thinking of the upcoming elections, events can cause one to be disappointed or disenchanted with our election process. Yet, we can still be thankful that...
09/18/2016
Do you ever reflect from time to time about some of the most significant people in your life? I think most of us probably do. When these thoughts come to me, I am always struck by the concept that each one of these individuals possessed...
09/18/2016
Your parents and grandparents may have known better about lots of things when you were younger. But you probably shouldn’t be following their example when it comes to managing your money in retirement. “Most retirement income for (our) parents’ and...
09/18/2016
Question: I always thought that if I could retire with $1 million I would be set. Now that I’m almost there, I can tell I’m not as secure as I thought I would be. In fact, I don’t know if I would feel much different if I had twice as much money....
09/18/2016
The average American retires at about age 63, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. If you enjoy your work, of course, you may want to go well beyond that age. But what if you don’t want to wait until 63 or so? Can you afford to retire...
09/18/2016
Welcome back, NFL. No wonder we missed you so much for the past seven months. That first weekend of competition had intriguing story lines, new headliners and nail-nibbling finishes. And the best part: there’s 15 weeks remaining. Here’s some of the...
09/18/2016
I glance over at the calendar and see that within two weeks, my focus is about to make a drastic change. I have been helping my wife work on flowerbeds in our yard and although I emerge from a couple of hours of digging and raking all tired and...
09/16/2016
Historically black colleges and universities or HBCUs are the most valuable assets to brown men and women. They came about because blacks weren’t allowed to attend college or PWIs (predominately white institutions.) The best thing that we can do...
09/16/2016
When I first met Sarah Albritton, I was nervous. I had seen her art, read stories behind her work and spoken with some of her closest friends. She is a celebrity in my mind and when I saw her sitting in a chair in the corner of Gallery 203, speaking...
09/15/2016
I received a quality education from Louisiana Tech University. Many Lincoln Parish residents obtained the same education. When Les Guice, Tech president, handed me my diploma, I grinned from one ear to the other. Of course, it was an honor receiving...
09/14/2016
Today would have been my mother’s 88th birthday. Surely, she isn’t a day over 45 or maybe 50. Well, alright, perhaps 60. But it really doesn’t matter. Mama died in early 2005. She was 76. My mother was born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1928. It was the...
09/13/2016
More than six million young people across the country today will be celebrating National 4-H Week, which takes place annually during the first full week of October. Lincoln Parish 4-H leverages National 4-H Week to celebrate the great things that...
09/11/2016
Growing up, I often heard stories about Pearl Harbor and World War II and the fact that my generation would never go through such trauma. The same with the death of John F. Kennedy. My parents were children when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor bringing...
09/11/2016
One of the many extraordinary things about being a grandfather is the refreshing viewpoint of tiny human beings. I have 10 young grandchildren, and a few of them are just starting to discover the world, which means they say the craziest things.