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09/01/2018
Question: My husband and I have started talking about getting a little place on the lake. But I just keep feeling guilty that we are wasting money on ourselves. I know if we had a lake house we could share it with other people, have family there and...
09/01/2018
Next week, we observe Labor Day, a holiday to honor all the hard-working people in this country. As one of them, keep in mind that your efforts can have positive results. Famed film producer Samuel Goldwyn once said: “The harder I work, the luckier...
08/31/2018
As older guys are frequently wont to do, the beginning of football season last weekend gave rise to reflecting on days of gridiron glory. Hah. As any lineman will tell you, there’s no glory in the trenches. Even so, a gene that seemingly only fellas...
08/31/2018
Earlier this month, the Lincoln Parish Library Board of Control heard a proposal from Michael Stogsdill-Bricker, of the library’s research and reader’s services department, to create a career and business center inside the library. While the plans...
08/30/2018
The future of higher education in Louisiana rests heavily in the hands of the state’s newest higher education commissioner. The job Kim Hunter Reed, the Board of Regents’ ninth commissioner, does during her tenure will most likely set the foundation...
08/30/2018
New reports of rose rosette disease were recently confirmed in commercial landscapes in the Shreveport and Bossier City area. It is a devastating disease of roses and was first confirmed in Louisiana during fall 2015. All rose cultivars are...
08/30/2018
Editor’s Note: This is second entry of a two-part column on DART techniques. In Part I of this column, printed in last Thursday’s edition of the Leader, I talked about DART’s 18th Annual Collaboration is the Key training event, presented by DART...
08/29/2018
If it sounds too good to be true, and looks too good to be true, it probably is too good to do be true. That seems to be case with Monster Moto, the youth recreational vehicle maker whose coming to Ruston was hailed as an economic development coup...
08/28/2018
No matter where you are, it is impossible to avoid people who like to complain. Complainers go with the territory in a lot of jobs, and they often generate a feeling of negativity that can hurt the morale of everyone around them. It is best for...
08/28/2018
It’s easy now to say that she was the number one influence in my life and a little harder to say that I didn’t always listen to her sage advice. And she was funny, too. Like the day I was sitting at the kitchen table, doing my science homework....
08/28/2018
It has long been known, but only spoken of in hushed tones by university professors sitting in darkened rooms wearing Fat Elvis masks, that pre-Kindergarten “jump-start” (aka, “push-down”) programs don’t work other than to increase teacher...
08/26/2018
Sometimes it’s all in the presentation. That’s my primary feelings about the Urban Meyer situation at Ohio State University. But first let me set this up. There was an old Cosby Show (ironic controversy I know) episode in which daughter Vanessa...
08/25/2018
Only you can decide if claiming Social Security at age 62 or waiting to claim later makes more sense. Lifestyle and philanthropic intentions, marital and employment status, and gender are all factors. When do you claim? If you’re in a position to...
08/25/2018
If you are, or will be, a caregiver for elderly parents or another close family member living with Alzheimer’s disease, you may experience some emotional stress — but you also need to be aware of the financial issues involved and what actions you...
08/25/2018
Question: We’ve got the last kid graduated from college and we’ve probably got 10 or 15 years left before we both retire. It’s going to be close, but we should make it. Having said that, we’re thinking about building our dream house. How crazy is...
08/24/2018
On July 1, 2016, Ruston was approved by the state Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism to be a Cultural District. To further support the arts in Ruston, a Cultural Board was formed and began working on their first project — The Bulldog...
08/24/2018
With homage the late, great Blackie Sherrod, another installment of Scattershooting. When did being politically correct become a part of political campaigns? Unthinkable as it sounds, it’s apparently become part of the new norm. It’s evidenced by...
08/23/2018
Have you ever looked at your landscape and thought you would like to have a butterfly garden? This summer I thought a butterfly garden would be a wonderful addition to my landscape. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize how much there was to consider so...
08/23/2018
Lincoln Parish’s earliest history can be traced back to a location just west of Dubach on Highway 151. The Absalom Autrey House, built in 1849, was home to some of the earliest Lincoln Parish settlers and is widely considered to be the parish’s...
08/22/2018
Lincoln Parish law enforcement officers had themselves a week. About 2 p.m. on Aug. 13 — it was a Monday — the Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call about a person who had literally been tied up at business on Gladway Road. That’s about 24...