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03/26/2014
Today could be the day the Louisiana Senate decides whether to endorse a proposal that would allow the next step toward a long-talked-about pipeline from Lake D’Arbonne to Farmerville and Ruston to be taken. A bill by Sen. Mike Walsworth, R-West...
03/25/2014
The key to achieving successful environmental-friendly gardens and landscapes is based on reducing plant stress. This includes managing pest problems which weaken plants, thus making them more susceptible to other problems or even death. Homeowners...
03/25/2014
March is National Nutrition Month. National Nutrition Month is a good time to be more thoughtful of the foods you are fueling your body with. Are your food choices nutrient-dense foods? These foods provide vitamins, minerals, and other elements...
03/24/2014
Have you been wishing you could find a worthy cause to support? Has your club or organization been searching for a great project? Are you in need of community service hours but want to have fun in the process? The Domestic Abuse Resistance Team can...
03/24/2014
As area school children enjoy spring break this week, many parents will be looking for ways to spend that time. And with the weather as beautiful as it is today, there may be no better time to take the opportunity to check out some of the biggest...
03/22/2014
I love sports lists. Well, not all of them, such as the one NFL Network featured recently on the Top 10 quarterbacks to wear jersey No. 12. For the most part, I am in agreement with those who comprised this group, from Broadway Joe Namath to Aaron...
03/22/2014
No matter how many times you come face-to-face with it, I’m not sure if death is something anyone ever truly understands. On Thursday afternoon, my family laid to rest my maternal grandfather. I sat in a church listening to the happy, gurgling...
03/22/2014
Slavery is evil.  It ripped our nation apart 150 years ago. In one fashion it was legally abolished with the 13th amendment. Yet vestiges remained; some know they still exist. There is another form of slavery becoming more prevalent across our...
03/22/2014
While it is always important to maintain a diversified portfolio, it is especially vital to remain diversified during volatile market conditions. As an investor, you should be careful not to get caught up in any panic selling and should maintain...
03/22/2014
The days are getting longer and warmer — a sure indication of the arrival of spring. Another sign of the season may be the urge you get to do some spring cleaning. But you might not have realized that some of the same spring-cleaning techniques that...
03/22/2014
Question: I have always tried to teach my children not to be afraid, to not back down. I recently talked my youngest (who is in his 20s) into not taking all his money out of his retirement plan just because he thought everything was going to you...
03/21/2014
What a day it has been. In fact the whole week has been a bit unusual, like the song says, “what a difference the day makes.” My life is about to change dramatically. For 13 years in Ruston, I taught Sunday School at the Town Oaks Nursing Home  —...
03/21/2014
I’ll ask for a show of hands: how many of you have experienced some level of stress in your life in the past year? For most of us, life can seem like an endless series of stressful situations. People will often use phrases such as “the stress is...
03/21/2014
My first love has been and always will be history. From an early age I was fascinated with tales of yester-year. It never really mattered to me whether it was focused on the United States, Europe, Ancient Greece or if the tales were from a specific...
03/20/2014
One of the biggest uncertainties in Baton Rouge right now is Common Core and the implementation of a more rigorous assessment to go along with it, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, which would replace the LEAP and...
03/19/2014
When it comes to Louisiana’s coastal erosion problem, John Barry doesn’t mince words. “If you think the northern part of the state can thrive while the southern part of the state melts into the ocean, you better rethink your position,” Barry,...
03/18/2014
Homegrown vegetables have always had an appeal, but as the economy slows home vegetable gardening is picking up in popularity. I have even been receiving more calls than average for this time of the year from people that have never grown a garden...
03/17/2014
Spring break for Lincoln Parish Schools will be held next week, and the big questions for many area parents will be “what do they do with their children during those days off? Fortunately in Lincoln Parish, there are plenty of opportunities...
03/16/2014
He was a Rebel with a winning cause, but a Bearcat at heart. Don Shows, who passed away recently, formed a legendary head football coaching career during a 24-year stay at West Monroe High School. Sixteen district titles, eight state crowns, seven...
03/15/2014
Former governor and presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee, is well known. There is a nonpolitical position for which he may not be known. His comments stemmed from the death of his 17-year-old lab, “Jet.”