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07/13/2015
The ties that bind a family together can be strong. My family found that out Sunday. The Ruston family as a whole found that out Sunday. It all started with the tragic incident Saturday night that left two of our residents dead. They were relatives...
07/13/2015
“Flower it up.” I have lost count at the number of times that Jimmy “Chick” Childress playfully instructed me to do so with any story I might be writing about him and Ruston High School’s football team. As sure as we would end an interviews on a...
07/13/2015
All summer long, DART’s Child Advocate, Jodie Forsse, has been busy planning activities for the children served by DART. There have been water days and cookouts at the shelter, and game days and movie nights at the Bridge Community Church. From...
07/11/2015
How many people can boast having traveled to more than 20 states in our great country? I’m willing to bet not as many as you might think. Sure that is still less than half, but visiting a little more than 20 states is a nice little accomplishment....
07/11/2015
“Terminator Genisys” is one of the most confusing movies I’ve seen in a long time, or at least since “Interstellar.” If I assigned pushpins to the events of this movie, put those pins on a bulletin board, and tried connecting them with string in...
07/11/2015
I’m just now settling down after all the July 4th celebrations. The one I enjoyed the most was here at Churchill Estates. It was so appropriate for us older folks.
07/10/2015
The Louisiana gubernatorial primary election will take place on Oct. 24. Before then, I recommend becoming more familiar with each candidate and really getting involved in your state’s politics. Governors are important in so many ways and your...
07/10/2015
The Boys and Girls Club third annual Jazzland benefit concert will take place at 7 p.m. July 18 at The Dixie Center for the Arts. The concert will feature noted Southern-rock/soul artist Marc Broussard and open with a performance from Ruston native...
07/09/2015
I was never going to Louisiana Tech University. Nope. I went to too many Bulldog and Lady Techster games as a youngster where every game felt like a blowout. Why would I want to go to a university where they could not even get their athletics...
07/08/2015
I am a child of the Deep South. My great-grandfather fought in the Civil War, albeit with a Union regiment in Arkansas. I am a member of a historic church — the Presbyterian. Twelve Presbyterians signed the Declaration of Independence. I believe...
07/06/2015
At this time of year, many different forms of media are posting warnings about proper care of pets. Facebook and television news shows feature stories about people who lock their animals in their cars without water during the summer heat. If caught...
07/06/2015
It’s a new era for Grambling State University as Willie Larkin officially took office as the school’s president last week. One of the biggest issues GSU has faced in recent years is declining enrollment, but moves made by the state Legislature last...
07/06/2015
Authors note: On June 30 James Scriber walked out as the principal of Summerfield High School for the last time. He started his retirement Wednesday. He dedicated over 50 years to education as a coach, teacher and principal of Summerfield, and...
07/04/2015
God bless America. How many times did we all say and think that over the past few days, especially yesterday? I suspect often. As we just celebrated Independence Day, with fireworks, family, friends and remembering, one can stop for yet another...
07/04/2015
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.” — William Shakespeare, “Romeo and Juliet” They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I get that — I do. There is no way words can depict the feelings behind...
07/04/2015
It’s that time of year when many of us hit the road for a summer vacation. If you are fortunate, you will be joining them — after all, “all work and no play” is a difficult way to live. But while you may not think it beneficial to work all the time...
07/04/2015
Regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman, Social Security will not — and was never designed to — provide all of the income you’ll need to live comfortably during retirement. At best, your income from Social Security will supplement your other...
07/04/2015
Question: I’m nearly 40, married with kids. I make about $40,000 a year and am trying to pay off over $50,000 of student loans. I pay about $500 a month on them. My rent is $550. I just got a raise and I’m trying to figure out whether to try to buy...
07/04/2015
Another Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame induction class is in the books. It’s ironic, but so fitting, that the above sentence included the word “class.” Because, once again, that’s the best way to describe the latest group of honorees for the state’s...
07/04/2015
For the better part of the past four decades, Mike Wood has been the main source I turn to when I want to know something about freshwater fisheries as it relates to our area lakes. Wood retired recently after logging in 37 years as a biologist with...