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08/01/2018
You could almost hear the collective sigh of relief coming from Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker and the city’s five aldermen when, at the end of candidate qualifying for the Nov. 6 primary, they were all unopposed. Not that Walker, District 1 Alderwoman...
07/31/2018
When Baby Boomers get together we often talk about our observations of parenting in these postmodern times, one of which is that today’s parents seem, as a rule, to want to be liked by their children, to want to be their children’s friends. That, we...
07/31/2018
Step inside my house Babe/I’ll sing for you a song I’ll tell you ‘bout where I’ve been/It shouldn’t take too long I’ll show you all the things I own/My treasures you might say Couldn’t be more’n ten dollars’ worth/But they brighten up my day Guy...
07/28/2018
History has strange ways of repeating itself in some form or another, even if it totally changes direction in order to do so. That’s what has been happening in Washington, D.C., in recent days. Late in spring of 2017, some of the biggest news in...
07/28/2018
When would you hire a plumber? There are some malodorous tasks we don’t like to encounter. There is the need for contracting with these professionals for foundation work when constructing a home or office. Then, of course, there can be a leak.
07/28/2018
I think it was the outdoors equipment/supplies catalog that came in the mail last week that started the wheels in my old brain to begin to turn. The creaky wheels could have used a shot of WD-40 but as I contemplated all the gear available for...
07/28/2018
Question: We’ve gotten deeper into debt than I would have ever imagined possible. In addition to my house, we’ve got two car loans and four credit cards. We’re not behind on anything, but I’m paying nearly half my paycheck on loan payments. My...
07/28/2018
If you own a small business (or are self-employed), there are many retirement plan alternatives available to help you and your employees plan your financial future. One popular option for organizations such as sole proprietorships, partnerships,...
07/28/2018
Upon retiring, many people relocate to enjoy a more favorable climate, or to be closer to grown children, or to live in an area they’ve visited and enjoyed. If you, too, are thinking of moving someday, you’ll want to study possible locations, but...
07/27/2018
My mother-in-law was the most amazing person I’ll ever know. A thumbnail snapshot of Floy Johnston was offered by the pastor who conducted her funeral when he called her “the most Christ-like person I’ll ever know.” After losing her vision, she...
07/27/2018
The library that I grew up going to did not have more than a couple of shelves full of children’s books and no young adult section. That’s what happens in a town of less than 2,800 people. But, my parents made up for that loss by encouraging reading...
07/26/2018
It’s almost time. The first bell of the 2018-19 school year is fast approaching and thousands of students will once again flock to school to continue their journey toward achieving a high school diploma. But even in the 100-plus degree summer months...
07/26/2018
The Master Gardeners of North Central Louisiana hosted a series of lunchtime presentations this past spring at the Lincoln Parish Library. They were a huge success and attracted “sell-out” crowds.
07/26/2018
July marks the kickoff time for one of DART’s most exciting projects, our Men Standing Strong campaign. Initially launched in 2013, this project is now in its sixth year. It involves a group of Team Leaders, men who agree to sign a statement that...
07/25/2018
December could be interesting. That’s when a group of corporations, some with local outlets, want Ruston voters to decide whether stores like Super 1 Foods and Walmart can sell high-content alcoholic beverages. The Texas-based Hatch Consulting Group...
07/24/2018
Cars today have many bells and whistles and sometimes you just have to refer to your manual to figure things out — like how to change your clock or how to recalibrate your tires. The president’s new limousine, nicknamed “The Beast,” puts 007’s Alpha...
07/24/2018
You never know what you’re going to get when you log in to Facebook. You might zip past a political harangue. You might inadvertently lower your blood pressure by watching videos of frolicking puppies. Or you might reunite with long-lost...
07/24/2018
Most of the stuff today’s parents worry about — and let’s face facts … the worrier in question, the worrier supreme, is almost always the mother (not because of some weakness, but simply because she consumes parenting media that, as a rule, generate...
07/24/2018
Blogging on the RDL sports beat: STEADY ’DOG Now that the Bulldogs’ hoops season is history you reflect back on some of the highlights, here’s one you might’ve failed to appreciate: Departed senior forward Jacobi Boykins was the only player to suit...
07/21/2018
Anyone who really knows me realizes pretty fast I have a passion for pooches. Actually, I’m an animal lover in general, but I’m especially a dog guy. It’s my love for all animals that has me concerned about news that has come out of Louisiana in...