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07/28/2014
There’s no denying it — I’m a dog lover. Which means the upcoming weekend is a big one for me and my dog Gumbeaux. At 9 a.m. Saturday many area dogs of different breeds, sizes and personalities and their humans will get together for the annual...
07/28/2014
When writing this, I had just returned to the office after having spent the morning with a group of the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team’s children. It was one of Child Advocate Shelby Lowery’s weekly Main Events, activities provided for the children...
07/26/2014
We have all heard and used this one: “Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.” There is another that I use from time to time: “anyone can put on a band aid but when you break a leg you need a doctor.” I call this the “Band-Aid theory”...
07/26/2014
Admittedly, while being a working adult, Gov. Bobby Jindal is the only governor I’ve known. But, it sure seems like Jindal gets sued a lot more often than other governors.
07/26/2014
If you want to send your children or grandchildren to college, retire comfortably and achieve other important life goals, you will have to invest — it’s that simple. But the process of investing can sometimes seem anything but simple. What can you...
07/26/2014
There’s a theory on Wall Street that goes something like this: If you follow the crowd and buy the hot investment of the day, chances are you’ll be scooping up shares when most others are about to sell. This natural “herd instinct” of buying when...
07/26/2014
Question: I think my parents tried to teach me how to manage money, but it never stuck. I don’t want my kids to make the same mistakes I did. How can I teach my children how to handle money properly? Answer: You can have a very positive influence on...
07/26/2014
Before you can shake a pom-pon with your favorite team’s colors, another football season will be upon us. There’s less than 40 days until Lincoln Parish’s two collegiate gridiron programs face campaign openers on the road. And fall training rituals...
07/26/2014
Here’s a scoop for anyone gathering information about Kim Mulkey: There’s actually a Hall of Fame awards’ ceremony that isn’t included on her lengthy list of achievements. Well, not just yet. But this time next week, you can add on that honor, too....
07/25/2014
In the earliest pages of scripture, we learn how God created the heavens and the earth, crafting with limitless creativity all the beauty and diversity we see on earth. But the crown of God’s creation was when He made man and woman. In Genesis 1:27...
07/25/2014
I had such a wonderful time in Ruston last weekend that I am still playing it over and over in my head. It was a short trip and I didn’t expect much except to spend one night with my daughter Becky and her husband Harold and the other with Erma...
07/25/2014
I should have known better than to attempt to take both boys grocery shopping with me on a Saturday morning. But I’ve done it before, and I am sure I will do it again. This trip however made me realize just how much of my childhood is coming back. I...
07/25/2014
One morning several years ago, I found myself driving a van loaded with flowers to be delivered to florists in North Louisiana. It was early morning and my eyelids were struggling like the tired beams in an aged, dilapidated house. At 60 miles per...
07/24/2014
Republican Sen. Rand Paul (KY) and a few certain colleagues are paving the way to reform the criminal justice system — and there’s no other state that needs this more than Louisiana. Louisiana has a lot of claims to fame, but being the prison...
07/23/2014
Business owner Louise Adams is right when she says there’s a parking problem in downtown Ruston. Consultant Ken Tipton is also right when he says there’s not a parking problem downtown. But either way, watch for recommendations from city...
07/22/2014
Summer time proves to be a very busy time for 4-H, which may come as a surprise to many. Many times people assume that the 4-H program slows down during the summer time just as school does, but that is not the case. The 4-H program actually...
07/21/2014
The shocking headline of the July 16 Ruston Daily Leader caught my attention right away. “Man faces battery, drug charges ­— Suspect allegedly beat pregnant girlfriend.” The story told of Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s deputies traveling down a local...
07/21/2014
Keeping an eye on international news can be a nerve-wracking experience right now, even here in the smaller town confines of Ruston. Israel said it killed Hamas militants who entered the country today, while officials in Gaza said Israel shelled a...
07/19/2014
At 7:45 p.m., on June 28, the text message began to appear on my cell phone. It read simply: “Buddy, where would we be without our friends and faith?” On the previous day, Bobby Dower and I had chatted briefly. Both of us, if you will, were swapping...
07/19/2014
Every crappie fisherman knows the importance of being on the lake and fishing around shallow structure in the springtime to locate and catch big spawning crappie. Dangling jigs or shiners around shallow root systems can produce some eye-popping...