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Columns

08/21/2014
People amaze me — the way they can overcome, screw up, get knocked down, overcome again — you never know what life is going to throw at you. The wind can blow and suddenly, your life is moving in a totally different direction. When I saw our current...
08/20/2014
The veil is lifting. Candidate qualifying for the Nov. 4 primary election began this morning. By the end of day Friday, we’ll know how many of the 63 positions up for re-election this year will be contested. Filing qualifying papers and plunking...
08/19/2014
What can be said about this August weather? This summer has been pleasantly enjoyable with moderate temperatures and adequate rainfall. The one condition which has made the last few weeks less than ideal is the high humidity. Working in the garden...
08/19/2014
There are many insects that cause problems with landscape plants. We have been dealing with many of these for quite some time. But now there is a new scale insect that has been attacking crape myrtles in north Louisiana and Texas cities. This scale...
08/18/2014
It’s the hottest craze going right now — the ice bucket challenge. The idea is simple: Take a bucket of ice water, dump it over your head, record it and post the video on social media. It’s cold, it’s fun and it’s contagious. But these ice bucket...
08/16/2014
Her outstanding track career at Ruston High School is over, but Linzie Hebert is far from finished. The same passion and dedication that she exhibited as a Lady Bearcat distance runner (1,600-meter and 3,200-m runs) is now being used in the highly...
08/16/2014
The road of worry — read a map; try to avoid that route. We all worry in different degrees and circumstances. This is normal. Worry can cause us to be aware and prepare. It may make some of us fall on our knees in prayer. Sometimes worry can lead...
08/16/2014
Once upon a time, my husband and I ate out a lot. Like, twice in one day on a regular basis, a lot. But, now that we’re both finished with school and are trying to get healthy, it’s more like once a week — or less — that we find ourselves eating...
08/16/2014
In basic terms, a mutual fund is a company whose main objective is to professionally invest a pool of money in securities and earn a positive return for shareholders. In this way, these companies allow you to “mutually” share the rewards and risks...
08/16/2014
Question: My daughter graduates from college in May. Starting out, she will have no assets to speak of. Once she starts receiving an income stream, what should her priorities be? Health insurance? Cash contingency fund? 401(k) match? In short, what...
08/16/2014
It’s just about back-to-school time again. If you have young children, you might be hustling them to the store for backpacks and binders. But if you fast-forward a few years, you can envision driving your kids a little farther — to their college...
08/16/2014
I’m a little embarrassed about last week’s column. All I had on my mind it would seem was the amazing house and grounds where we spent our vacation. But as you know, I tell you what’s on my mind whether it is interesting or not, but when I wrote...
08/15/2014
NCLAC began its mission in 1987 “to enrich the region by fostering opportunities for creative expression; to establish a strong presence of the arts wherein the artists, arts organizations and community can thrive; and to share our diverse cultural...
08/15/2014
I’m a little behind the times when it comes to the days and weeks and even months that are created to recognize a variety of issues. But one really hit home for me recently when I realized I overlooked World Breast-feeding Week, which was Aug. 1-7....
08/14/2014
We as Americans enjoy a certain amount of frivolity. In fact, I would venture to say we enjoy a large amount of frivolity and there’s no better time to be excessive than during the vacation season.
08/14/2014
Authors note: Coach Doug Colvin passed away recently. Those whose lives he touched would fill a train from Choudrant Station clear to Monroe. This is something I wrote about our beloved “Daddy Doug” some years ago. May he be welcomed into the arms...
08/13/2014
We celebrate many things every year and while there are still many that are overlooked, one in particular stands apart. A task that should come as natural as breathing for those just entering into the world is being celebrated. National Breast-...
08/13/2014
Here’s a question for you. What do aquifers and interstate highways have in common? Knee jerk answer: Nothing. Real answer: A lot, especially if the aquifer is the Sparta Aquifer and the interstate is I-20 through Lincoln Parish. Just ask any of the...
08/12/2014
It is getting late in the growing season and many ornamental plants are showing the effects from diseases, insects and environmental conditions. Leaf spots, leaf discoloration, ragged appearances are all symptoms of adverse conditions. One plant...
08/11/2014
In Lincoln Parish, the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team maintains a very visible presence because a bulk of our employees and services are here. Our administrative office, located at 108 W. Alabama Ave. in downtown Ruston, is open to the public from...