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Columns

09/11/2015
Editor’s note: This is the second part of a two-part column on DeQuanna Alexander’s experience during Hurricane Katrina. My sister, who was crying her heart out began to tell my mom to tell her sons that she loved them, and that she wants them
to do...
09/10/2015
Football is a dangerous sport. I feel like the nation rehashed this fact after a recent event surrounding the pastime — which happened not too far down the road from Lincoln Parish. Tyrell Cameron, a 16-year-old Franklin Parish High School football...
09/10/2015
Editor’s Note: This is the first part of a two-part series on DeQuanna Alexander’s experience during Hurricane Katrina. I was only 12 years-
old when the hurricane known as Katrina drastically changed my life. I remember getting
a vacation packet...
09/09/2015
On your mark, get set … And the horses are out of the gate. Well, sort of. Candidate qualifying for the Oct. 24 primary is underway. Finally voters are beginning to learn who’s really running and who’s just making noise. Though we won’t know for...
09/08/2015
Editor’s note: Mondays with DART runs today due to the Labor Day holiday. • Bruising, abrasions, or cuts in the hair or scalp area, in different stages of healing. • Bald spots, indicating that hair has been torn out. • Partner always accompanies...
09/06/2015
The inaugural banquet of the newly formed Ruston Area Whitetail Unlimited chapter is officially in the books and from all accounts the banquet committee knocked it out of the park. I have been part of a number of such banquets over the years and I...
09/05/2015
Editor’s note: In this 10th anniversary after Hurricane Katrina, last week Bleich shared some of his own experiences. This is the second part of that column. After more Katrina survivors arrived, I made a friendship with a man (whose name I omit)...
09/05/2015
School’s back in session, but I’m still enjoying such a summertime high. This summer was such fun because Tom and I were able to get away on several little mini-excursions. One of the reasons they were so incredible is the fact that most included at...
09/05/2015
I spent years on the sidelines of the Caldwell Parish High School Spartans cheering on my classmates. Throughout the years there were several instances where players were carried off the field and sometimes they were taken away in an ambulance. As I...
09/05/2015
Question: I have a mutual fund that I have owned for more than 10 years. I only have about 10 percent of my money in it. I really like the manager and his philosophy, but he’s been getting killed lately. I feel like he’s been out of sync with the...
09/05/2015
The process for eliminating debt is anything but an easy-to-solve financial equation. Many people wonder if they should pay off their debt as quickly as possible or invest their money, letting debt payments run their course. The answer depends on...
09/05/2015
As you’re well aware, we’re living in difficult economic times. Consequently, you may be forced to make some financial moves you wouldn’t normally undertake. One such move you might be considering is taking out a loan from your 401(k) plan — but is...
09/05/2015
This has been one busy time, friends. I left The Villages and went back to Churchill, but after two days, I had to go back to rehab. The situation reminded me of some of my other bad decisions. As the doctor told Susan about her preemie baby, Emma...
09/05/2015
We all have our routines every morning when we awaken. Some of us get up to have our coffee and a quiet devotional time with God; some of us go to the gym or a fitness class to get in our daily workout; some of us go out and begin yard work or...
09/04/2015
On Sept. 12, area folks will have the opportunity to experience a brand new event in Ruston — the first Ruston Makers Fair. The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is so pleased to let people know about this free-to-the-public festival that’s been...
09/03/2015
I always enjoy a good film. As a child, when summer vacation hit, my family joined a summer plan to rent an unlimited amount of films for one rate at Blockbuster — hard to believe they don’t exist anymore. I rented two DVDs nightly and popped...
09/03/2015
It’s late August 2005. It’s been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina did its best to wash away the collective soul of my native state of Louisiana, years since the levees were repaired and Lake Ponchartrain was refilled with our tears. It may take many...
09/02/2015
If all goes according to plan, Ruston’s Board of Aldermen will adopt the city’s 2016 budget Tuesday night. The proposed $57 million spending plan for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, is Mayor Ronny Walker’s administration’s first attempt at...
08/31/2015
At DART’s annual community-wide training event, Collaboration is the Key, the audience gathered at the Ruston Civic Center represented a wide array of professions and passions. Law enforcement members sat with counselors, professors visited with...
08/31/2015
It was a tough weekend for all New Orleans natives, myself included. Ten years ago, a part of our lives was swept away by the murky floodwaters of a storm named Katrina. The City That Care Forgot was suddenly transformed into a city that no one...