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07/20/2018
It seems strange that I had never seen the apparently popular musical “Hello, Dolly!” before taking my seat Thursday night at the Dixie Center for the Arts. However, the Ruston Community Theatre gave me that opportunity. The show takes place at the...
07/20/2018
We’ve talked a time or two in the past about some of our neighbors on North Washington Street in Farmerville. For the first four years, Paul Chapman was the sole proprietor of the barbershop next door. Earlier this year, Mr. Paul sold his building...
07/19/2018
The LSU AgCenter has a challenge to help communities identify their assets to build healthy communities. Grambling Healthy Community Coalition members are working on building a healthy community by offering events and activities that will help...
07/19/2018
Here we go again. The country is only a few months away from heading back to the polls to vote for several public positions on the ballot. The first major hurdle of this upcoming election cycle began Wednesday when candidates for municipal and...
07/18/2018
When my grandmother was the age I am now, she had two married daughters and three grandchildren, of which I am the oldest. Mamaw was super active at her church, went to the grocery store every Friday after the sale advertisements came out in...
07/18/2018
Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part series on adolescents and depression. Adolescence is a time of many challenges. Developing bodies and social and academic stresses can be difficult. Major depression in your teenagers can be serious...
07/17/2018
Strolling through my go-to grocery store the other day, I happened down the baby products aisle where I spied packages of toilet-training pants featuring pictures of happy children who looked at least 3, some as old as 5. The first question that...
07/17/2018
My Little Angel in the Backyard I know you and you’re here/In every day we live I know her and she’s here/I can feel her when I sing Hey Laura, where are you now/Are you far away from here? I don’t think so/I think you’re here/Taking our tears away...
07/15/2018
Louisiana must cut expenses. As expenses have been cut somewhat, there could and probably should be more cuts. If this is not done with efficiency it might not happen. In my first year in the House of Representatives, an experienced colleague told...
07/15/2018
There’s only one thing worse than knowing you’re facing very bad news. And that’s not knowing what you’re facing at all. That was the case for some Lincoln Parish residents late last month who were reminded of the pain they still feel as the FBI...
07/15/2018
If you have a will, there’s a question you should be asking yourself: “Do I also need a trust?” You might be surprised. A revocable living trust can be a useful estate-planning tool for people at all income levels, not just the very rich, says Lisa...
07/15/2018
If you have older family members whose cognitive functions or decision-making abilities have declined, or who are lonely or recently widowed, you might need to help protect them against financial scams. What steps should you take?
07/15/2018
Question: Finances are a very volatile subject in our home. We’ve gotten to the place that whenever the topic comes up, I can feel myself getting mad. We actually do fairly well with most of the big stuff, but some the little things can just set us...
07/13/2018
My family was one for long vacations — usually two weeks somewhere sunny, warm and full of activities. Some of my most vivid vacation memories revolve around the water. Both of my parents are scuba divers, and when my brother and I were old enough,...
07/13/2018
“Road House,” starring Patrick Swayze and Sam Elliott, may be one of the worst movies ever made. That said: If it’s on, I’m gonna watch it. Wish I understood why. There’s a scene where Swayze’s character, Dalton, is teaching employees how to deal...
07/12/2018
Have you ever seen animal tracks or droppings and wondered which animals had been there? Do you ever look at objects and speculate how far away it is? If you were ever lost in the woods would you know how to signal for help and how to survive until...
07/12/2018
Lincoln Parish Baby Boomers, we need to have a conversation. The newsroom often takes casual rides down Memory Lane because of an innate curiosity to learn about everything that surrounds us and why the world operates the way it does. Currently,...
07/11/2018
Candidate qualifying for the Nov. 6 primary begins one week from today, and so far, the campaign season has been exceedingly silent, despite a fairly long list of offices up for grabs. One local officeholder suggested voters might not realize there’...
07/10/2018
I just finished brushing my teeth with a disposable electric toothbrush. Until a few weeks ago, I didn’t even know they existed. I thought that all electric toothbrushes cost, well, more than I would want to pay and that they could all be recharged...
07/07/2018
For the first summer ever, I went hunting Friday morning. I was armed to shoot, too. But my hunt proved fruitless, and after scouring both sides of Georgia Avenue from Center Street to Interstate 20, I gave up my search and returned to the office. I...