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01/27/2017
For a fourth consecutive year, Louisiana Tech University School of Design is hosting the Louisiana Biennial: National Juried Exhibition in the F. Jay Taylor Visual Arts Center. While the art came from all over the nation, some of the highest award...
01/26/2017
Once cannot help but notice the dramatic change occurring in Grambling. In a matter of only a couple of years, a new elementary through high school was created, a new administration took over at Grambling State University and Grambling’s dream...
01/25/2017
Thank you, Louisiana Legislature. We appreciate your concern about the quality of our drinking water, but really, a mandated fee so that the state can hire water checkers? Yes, really. And the result for every Louisiana water customer is an...
01/24/2017
The LSU AgCenter is working on building healthy communities one community at a time. Louisiana residents are not making the grade. The hard fact is Louisiana ranks first in obesity and overweight residents. The United States has an adult obesity...
01/23/2017
It happened last week. Actually, it had been sneaking up on me for some time. Something I couldn’t avoid. Even so, when it finally occurred, I felt kind of like Fred Sanford when he used to clutch his chest on the TV show “Sanford and Son” and call...
01/23/2017
When Kentrell Brice sent Cole Beasley reeling into an East Texas county hospital recently, I immediately recalled similar moments in gridiron purgatory. And all had a Kentrell Brice imprint on them. At Ruston High School, at Louisiana Tech...
01/21/2017
In your life, you will want to take many journeys. Some are physical — perhaps you’ll finally visit the French Riviera or the Caribbean. Others involve personal growth — one day, you’ll finally become fluent in that foreign language you’ve been...
01/21/2017
No matter your age or your approach to investing, there is one kind of investment that may be considered for your portfolio: dividend-paying stocks. That’s the opinion of Scott Wren, managing director and senior global equity strategist for Wells...
01/21/2017
Question: What is your general opinion about home buying? Do you mainly base it on a percentage of income? Buy all that you can afford? Buy as little as you can get by with? I understand your answer could be affected by numerous factors and could...
01/21/2017
Fake, or twisted, news — it’s seemingly becoming more and more the norm in this day and age. And that shouldn’t be. Those of us who have been involved in media were taught we were supposed to be unbiased when reporting news, but today, when even...
01/20/2017
The sad truth is, the degradation of women is becoming increasingly prevalent in today’s society. The phrase “like a girl” is added to verbs to create insults, insinuating that weak, ineffective actions are characteristic to females. Comments about...
01/20/2017
On Jan. 15, 1929, Alberta Williams King gave birth to one of the greatest civil rights heroes in America — Martin Luther King Jr. King grew up attending segregated public schools in Georgia, graduating from high school at the age of 15; he received...
01/19/2017
If you want to know how much the world changed in a matter of a couple of decades, look no further than the statistics behind social media. The average person has five social media accounts and spends around one hour and 40 minutes browsing these...
01/18/2017
To better serve you, Northeast Louisiana, the Ruston chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness has become a partner with the Northeast Delta Human Services Authority, headquartered in Monroe. NEDHSA directs and manages the operation of...
01/18/2017
Thursday is the big day. That’s when the Louisiana Bond Commission will decide whether Ruston will be allowed to issue up to $34 million in incremental revenue sales tax bonds to finance transportation projects in the tax incremental district. The...
01/17/2017
Are you a resolution maker? Are you a resolution keeper? Oprah Winfrey says the New Year is “another chance for us to get it right.” Here are some gardening resolutions to head you in the right direction for the new year.
01/14/2017
Maybe there’s finally some chance that a long-endured wrong in the state of Louisiana’s Constitution can be made right. Those are my hopes, anyway. Gov. Jon Bel Edwards said during an interview with the New Orleans Times-Picayune’s editorial board...
01/14/2017
The death of a husband or wife can be an overwhelming experience, compounded by the financial matters you need to consider during this emotional time. Here are three tips to help you through the process: Seek help from trusted sources Locating and...
01/14/2017
Question: I have taken my car in for several repairs in the last couple of months. I assume I’ll need to replace it soon. I might have enough money to pay cash for the next car, but money is tight. Should I try for one of those zero percent finance...
01/14/2017
As we get older, the end of another year takes on greater meaning, in many ways, than it did when we were young. And if you’re a certain age, Dec. 31 has a very specific meaning in terms of your finances, because it’s the deadline for withdrawing...