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07/16/2014
When I was 10 years old, American history changed course. It had nothing to do with me. It had everything to do with the few seconds that it took President Lyndon Johnson to sign the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The landmark legislation, enacted 50...
07/15/2014
The stresses of a hot summer take their toll on our gardens and landscapes, as well as on us as their caretakers. While many plants can thrive in the normal summer heat, lengthy doses of daytime temperatures in the 90s and low 100s coupled with...
07/14/2014
Eddie G. Robinson Sr. loved football, but his legend, a much-deserved one, runs much deeper than that. Coach Rob was about much more than football — one of his biggest ambitions was working with young people and coaching the game of life. And don’t...
07/12/2014
Pretty much everyone is aware that obesity is a big problem in this country. What people might be surprised to learn is that other countries are following this deadly trend.
07/12/2014
“They kept us safe. They are like family.”
07/12/2014
Baseball’s best players gather in Minneapolis this week to participate in the All-Star Game. If you’re a fan or even a “weekend athlete,” you can admire these players for their abilities, even if you — like the vast majority of humanity — can’t hope...
07/12/2014
Many women end up managing their finances alone at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, the first time many of them get involved with financial matters is during a crisis, such as a spouse’s death or divorce. We’ve prepared a list of thought-...
07/12/2014
Question: My business has recently taken off. My income is up dramatically. I really feel like this is going to last! But I want to be wise with the way I handle this new money. What do you suggest? Answer: Congratulations on your newfound business...
07/12/2014
Recently I had a great surprise. In fact, it was such a shock I thought I was hallucinating. As I walked down the hallway to the dining room, I came face to face with a duplicate of Kathy Barr, of Ruston/Choudrant. As I reached her, it was all I...
07/12/2014
Several headlines on the local sports beat while wondering whatever happened to former Louisiana Tech University wide receiver (and 1985 New Orleans Saints’ training camp participant) Mike Dellacano: BOUND FOR BAHAMAS: It may sound like some major...
07/12/2014
Mind-boggling. That is how I react every time I scan down the list of accomplishments registered by Trey Hadnot during his amazing (or mind-boggling) track and field career at Louisiana Tech University. It’s a long list that can stack up against any...
07/11/2014
This week has seen a flurry of activity here in the Dixie Center for the Arts, and it gets me excited for fall when the new “season” of programs will begin. One of the best things about having our NCLAC office inside the Dixie Center is that we are...
07/11/2014
With money tight in everyone’s budget these days, it only makes sense that Grambling residents would be a tad worried after recent board of aldermen meetings. During a board meeting last month, the board voted to reduce the number of hours each...
07/10/2014
When I was growing up, the United States was a world “superpower.” As much as I hate to admit it, I don’t think anyone believes that anymore — not even U.S. citizens. The decline in patriotism has had a pronounced effect on our morale and, like a...
07/09/2014
The only thing consistent about politics is its inconsistency. Take, for starters, the race to fill the 3rd Judicial District’s Division B judgeship. Back in January, state Sen. Rick Gallot, D-Ruston, announced he was running for the seat being...
07/08/2014
July is usually the peak month for harvesting and enjoying fruit in north Louisiana. Freestone peaches are ripening and finding their way to the markets, figs ripen this month and of course the July 4 favorite, watermelons, are plentiful. The...
07/08/2014
If you could increase your quality of life, would you? Would you like to add extra years to your life? Dedicating just 30 minutes a day to exercise can do this for you and more. The National Institute on Aging states, “If exercise could be packed...
07/07/2014
Anyone who knows me can tell you that I am an animal lover. We have always had our own dogs, and since we live out in the country, we often find stray pups. A few years ago, I counted heads around our house, and we had 13 dogs at one time! There...
07/07/2014
Let me warn you, it’s not going to last. In fact, it’s already fading away. But for those who spent much of your Fourth of July weekend outdoors, you probably took notice. The weather was incredible. It was rather hot and sticky during Peach Fest...
07/05/2014
Question: I have $20,000 from a bond that matured. I would like to pay down our $55,000 mortgage. It has a 5.5 percent rate and we pay $850 a month. My husband wants to invest it in a mutual fund. We are less than 10 years from retirement. Which...