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04/05/2014
I’ve really made one of the coolest moves of my life or the biggest goofs of all time by striking out to live in an apartment building alone. Only time will tell. Pray for me because it’s too late now to change my mind. I’ve had worlds of good help...
04/05/2014
Community. How do we live as a community? Do we realize that everything we do affects others, and every decision we make will affect another person in our community? It’s true. Every choice we make about how we care for ourselves affects others,...
04/04/2014
Tyler Summitt, son of legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, was recently announced as the next head coach of the Lady Techsters. This is a fantastic hire for Louisiana Tech, and he will surely do great things for our university. Just as people had...
04/04/2014
Earlier this week we learned of the second shooting to take place at Fort Hood, this time killing three and wounding 16. In 2009, another shooter fatally shot 13 people and injured more than 30 others. This was deemed the worst shooting to ever take...
04/04/2014
One of our biggest Dixie Center events is right around the corner. On April 12, the ninth annual Joe Woods Wildwood Express Showcase will take the historic stage at 6 p.m. We celebrate the life and legacy of Joe as we bring back band members who...
04/03/2014
Lately, I’ve been having terrible dreams. Basically, some of the worst things that could happen to me in real life (or at least in my imagination) have been playing out in my dreams. Night before last I dreamed there was a wild animal stuck in my...
04/02/2014
The British are coming to Ruston Parks and Recreation again this summer. With the World Cup only a few months away and with around 20 million Americans now playing the sport, the No. 1 soccer company in the United States and Canada, Challenger...
04/02/2014
By the time the qualifying period for the fall elections is over in August, there could easily be more than 100 people vying for the close to 40 different offices on the ballot. Some of those are statewide positions and others, multi-parish. But the...
04/01/2014
Everyone is excited about the arrival of warmer weather. While most gardeners are busy preparing the garden areas, many are already planting their favorite ornamental and vegetable plants. Searching nurseries for new varieties and old favorites is...
04/01/2014
Prescribed burning is an agricultural management practice and, in Louisiana’s row crop production, has often been used primarily during or soon after harvest. In grazing lands management, prescribed burning generally takes place in late winter or...
03/31/2014
Could it be true? Is there finally a little bit of light shining at the end of the long, cold and dark tunnel known as Louisiana’s state budget. Apparently that could be the case. With Louisiana’s economic picture brightening, legislative leaders...
03/29/2014
What do Mercer, North Dakota State and Dayton have in common? Answer: they all pulled off upset victories in the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Those three teams were given about as much of a chance of defeating their opponents...
03/29/2014
Jason Hatcher now has the best of several worlds. The former Grambling State University star added some lucrative digits to his paycheck by signing as a free agent with the Washington Redskins. Not only did the Jena native bag the biggest contract...
03/29/2014
As I’m sure you’ve surmised by now, I’m a turkey hunter. Nothing gets me quite so worked up as to be standing on a hill in the gathering light of a spring morning and hearing the rattling, throaty sound of a boss gobbler announcing to all female...
03/29/2014
Someone recently asked about the first time I saw Elvis, and I gladly waded into the events of that spectacular March afternoon in 1975. We had great seats in the Monroe Civic Center mezzanine. Though a fair distance from the stage, I knew that I...
03/29/2014
Easter season is fun. It is sacred. There are four weeks left. Families, traditional and universal, celebrate. We have Easter egg hunts, eat chocolate (at least I do) and dress well for church. We might explain the bunny. Easter is celebrated by the...
03/29/2014
I’ve mentioned before that I come from a very blue collar, paycheck-to-paycheck sort of family. So does my husband. So, when my husband and I (my fiance at the time) started looking at the sort of financial goals we wanted to focus on as we merged...
03/29/2014
If you’re like many travelers, you get a little nervous when your airplane goes through some turbulence. And if you’re like a lot of investors, you may get somewhat jumpy when the financial markets are volatile. Yet flight turbulence probably isn’t...
03/29/2014
Question: Does Social Security pay you if you become disabled? Answer: Sometimes. But they aren’t afraid to say no. According to a 2004 General Accounting Office report regarding the Social Security Administration, 60 percent of all first time...
03/29/2014
In spite of the continued woes of the economy, small business owners are showing increased optimism about the next 12 months, according to a recent Wells Fargo / Gallup Small Business Index survey. However, despite their generally sunny outlook,...