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05/07/2015
“The artists ask to respectfully not take photos or record video of the performance tonight,” the guy behind the soundboards said. The part I love most about concerts is the anticipation that builds before the artist or band comes out. Usually,...
05/06/2015
Ruston, we’ve got a problem. There aren’t enough places here to live. Specifically, there aren’t enough places for students to live as Louisiana Tech University eyes upping enrollment to 15,000 by 2020. With that in mind, developer Michael Watson...
05/04/2015
One week before DART’s 14th Annual Radiothon finds me excited and hopeful. I am excited because this is going to be such a great radiothon.Bill Brown and the Q 94.1 FM radio staff are, as usual, on top of things to insure that we have a smooth...
05/04/2015
It wasn’t what I wanted to hear. And it was terrifying. I was out on our deck with our kids and dogs last night when I realized I left my cell phone inside. As I opened the sliding glass door I heard my phone ringing. I saw it was a call from my...
05/02/2015
Work ethic — an idea that has been seemingly been forgotten by many individuals in today’s society, and has instead been replaced with a sense of entitlement. I was raised in a home where a single mother worked two and sometimes three jobs to keep...
05/02/2015
The NCLAC office has a number of programs being planned right now. Make sure to mark your calendars so you can join us. Spring Art Crawl: next week on Thursday, nine shops will be participating in downtown Ruston’s Spring Art Crawl from 6 - 9 p.m....
05/01/2015
The Lincoln Parish Library is something to behold. In my 27 years, I have lived in several different cities and visited several different libraries across the country, and by far the Lincoln Parish Library is the best library I have ever had the...
04/30/2015
Every time Aug. 29 rolls around, a part of me starts to endure the same feeling I felt 10 years ago: fear. On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast region. For several days, I was uncertain about my home, my life and my future. I...
04/29/2015
When it comes to economic development, Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker doesn’t let grass grow under his feet. He’d rather grow jobs. Take the tiny motorcycle that’s sat parked beside Walker’s desk for almost the entire four months he’s been mayor.
04/28/2015
When looking back at the history of the LSU AgCenter 4-H Youth Development Program, you find a rich tradition that has made a positive impact on a massive number of people on so many levels and I am one of those people. Today, as the Lincoln Parish...
04/27/2015
If you have never listened to DART’s Annual Radiothon before, this is the year to change that. On May 7, you will definitely want to tune in to the official station of the old-school country music lover, Bill Brown’s Q 94.1, for DART’s 14th Annual...
04/27/2015
These are the kinds of days where I truly “know what it means to miss New Orleans.” That’s because the first weekend of New Orleans’ annual Jazz and Heritage Festival just ended, and I’ve heard so much about all the fun going on there despite a few...
04/25/2015
Short servings of sports with your Sunday morning coffee: DANDY DEPTH: If the recently concluded spring drills offer any measuring stick, Louisiana Tech University has more than just one quarterback on its 2015 roster. Ever since his transfer from...
04/25/2015
In last week’s column, several of you have shared my pain as this season’s turkey hunting efforts had gone so bad I had to go back and recall something positive from a prior year. That column was not fun to write; the one this week, however, is....
04/25/2015
Today is a completion of comments about 150 years ago this week. Then I ask for a paragraph to share some great joy. Recently we have examined some powerful moments of 150 years ago.  These included the surrender of Robert E. Lee to Ulysses S....
04/25/2015
I recently had a dream where I walked right into Larry Gatlin and Randy Owen on the street. I immediately blurted out something that ended up being both unexpected and quite understandable. For those who may not be rabid music aficionados, Gatlin...
04/25/2015
Most of you know I am a mother to two very sweet little boys — a 3-year-old named Asher and an 11-month-old named Tristan. I tried desperately to potty train Asher before Tristan came along, I didn’t want two children in diapers if it was at all...
04/25/2015
May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. This month is designed to encourage people to follow a healthy, active lifestyle. You can take steps toward this goal, of course, but why not carry the concept of improving health to other areas of...
04/25/2015
Question: I have a few years to go until retirement, but I worry about the impact of higher taxes on my retirement income. Any way to know what to do about that? Answer: No one knows for sure what the future of tax rates is going to be, for retirees...
04/25/2015
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-...