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08/13/2014
Here’s a question for you. What do aquifers and interstate highways have in common? Knee jerk answer: Nothing. Real answer: A lot, especially if the aquifer is the Sparta Aquifer and the interstate is I-20 through Lincoln Parish. Just ask any of the...
08/12/2014
It is getting late in the growing season and many ornamental plants are showing the effects from diseases, insects and environmental conditions. Leaf spots, leaf discoloration, ragged appearances are all symptoms of adverse conditions. One plant...
08/11/2014
In Lincoln Parish, the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team maintains a very visible presence because a bulk of our employees and services are here. Our administrative office, located at 108 W. Alabama Ave. in downtown Ruston, is open to the public from...
08/11/2014
I still can’t get used to it. And yes, I’m probably old school — pun totally intended. It just doesn’t seem quite right. There’s still 43 days of summer left. We’re into only the second week of August, but by Friday some of our parish students will...
08/09/2014
I had not planned today’s thoughts in advance, but they were powerful to me. Sometimes I ponder over a thought for days. Then there might be a major event — good or bad, sweet or sad — that happens to be on the minds of many deserving comment....
08/09/2014
One of my favorite parts of being a journalist is going out, meeting new people and learning their story. Even when I was in school, other students took notice of how passionate I was about feature writing. If you’re not familiar, features are...
08/09/2014
August 30. Before you can yell “We are the Bulldogs!” Louisiana Tech University’s 2014 football season will be kicking off on that date. Just in case you need some useful information about this year’s edition, here’s a clip-and-save rundown on the ’...
08/09/2014
Early mornings during July and August, the bass have no hesitation at hitting a topwater lure. However, most of the bites occur before the summer sun begins its scorching trip across the sky. As a result, many anglers head home for the air...
08/09/2014
On the landscape of Hall of Fames stretching from coast-to-coast, one of the best kept secrets is the Ark-La-Tex Sports Museum of Champions. Maybe it has to do with the fact that the Shreveport-based shrine stages its induction ceremonies once every...
08/09/2014
If you’re a baby boomer, you’re at the point in life where, if you haven’t actually entered retirement, you’re at least approaching the outskirts. But if you’re like many of your fellow boomers, you may be experiencing more than a little trepidation...
08/09/2014
Money can, after all, grow on trees ­— family trees. And judging by the $8.4 trillion baby boomers are expected to inherit from older generations in coming years, we’re not talking chump change. In fact, roughly two-thirds of boomer households will...
08/09/2014
Question: I turned 50 this year. I’ve still got kids at home and one in college. The market kicked me pretty hard a few years back and I don’t see how I’ll ever save enough money to retire. I don’t know where my money goes, but I don’t feel like we...
08/08/2014
Spending six hours under the August sun of Louisiana fixing my Jeep was not how I planned my Wednesday. Then again, I didn’t plan on the radiator bursting and the replacement being a not so “exact fit” for my Jeep. Here’s the thing, it’s hot....
08/08/2014
I enjoy reading the investment articles written by Randy Fallin and Bobby Conville. They reminds me of some investment advice I received some years ago. The good news is I’m only seven years away from retirement. The bad news is, according to my...
08/08/2014
Bubonic plague. Malaria. Small pox. Yellow Fever. Measles. Influenza. Cholera. And now Ebola. These diseases have killed hundreds of thousands of people through the years, not only in the United States, but worldwide. With the most current — and the...
08/07/2014
I’m old enough to remember the days when we didn’t have cell phones and I find myself wondering now, “how did we make it through life without them?” Sure, I remember not having them and somehow life going on as it normally does. I don’t remember...
08/06/2014
I spent some time looking at trees the other evening. Not because I intentionally set out to look at them, but because lessons learned from nature was the topic of our Bible study group that day. And so we walked along some of the back streets that...
08/05/2014
When hot and dry weather dominates late summer, most experienced gardeners rely on the hardy lantana to maintain some color and greenery in the garden. Lantanas are tough, resilient plants that thrive in hot weather and bloom profusely from spring...
08/05/2014
Are you cooking for one or two people these days? Remember when you were preparing meals for your family? My girls and husband have favorite dishes that I prepare. It always gives me a sense of accomplishment when they rave about the dish and...
08/04/2014
Climate change can’t stop the dog days of summer in Ruston. Although it showed it could dampen the fun to some degree. That was the case for the Ruston Parks and Recreation Department fifth annual K-9 Pool Party held at the Municipal Pool.