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Columns

11/21/2017
This is the time of the year that your garden will produce a variety of vegetables. Even though we have some cooler weather, there is still enough sunshine during the days to have a vegetable garden. An advantage of gardening in the fall and winter...
11/20/2017
Have you ever tried to find the spot in Bienville Parish where Bonnie & Clyde were ambushed? Try finding it, I dare you. It ain’t easy. It took me a few tries to locate the small monument. I was beginning to think somebody had stolen it or...
11/18/2017
As Thanksgiving Day nears, I’m reminded of how thankful I am for our veterans of foreign wars and the sacrifices made by our American military service members. Unfortunately, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Parnell-Burt Post 3615 located in Ruston don’...
11/18/2017
Thanksgiving is almost here. Ideally, this day should be about more than football and the imminent arrival of Black Friday mega-sales. After all, the spirit of the holiday invites us to be grateful for what we have and for the presence of our loved...
11/18/2017
Even with a solid retirement plan in place, life can include big and unexpected changes — often unanticipated. About 46 percent of retirees left the workforce earlier than planned, according to the 2016 Retirement Confidence Survey released by the...
11/18/2017
Question: I’ve always wanted to have $1,000,000 when I retire. What’s the best way to get there from where I am? I have about $100,000 now and about 20 years to retire. Answer: I grew up with dogs.
11/17/2017
There are few certainties in life. The sun rises each morning in the east and sets each evening in the west. The check out line you get in at the store will immediately become the slowest. Someone who doesn’t share your top-flight driving skills...
11/17/2017
In Ruston, city officials are urging citizens to be more thoughtful about how they get rid of unwanted goods. In other words — recycle. Recently, members of the Louisiana Tech University’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers hosted a...
11/17/2017
Coaching a playoff football game is never easy. But coaching against a mentor is even harder. That’s the task facing Cedar Creek’s Ben Haddox tonight as his second-seeded Cedar Creek Cougars hit the road for a second-round Div. IV playoff game at St...
11/16/2017
There’s a reason William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” continues to be performed and read after 420 years of existence. The story delves into the complexities of love, conflict and tragedy that, for the most part, still makes it relevant and...
11/15/2017
North Louisiana and South Arkansas have been fighting water for a long time. Not the kind of water you can hold at bay with sandbags and levees, but underground kind found in the Sparta Aquifer. Sparta water is the potable water source for 16...
11/14/2017
On the heels of the Lincoln Parish School District earning an “A” District Performance Score for the 2016-17 school year, the Louisiana Department of Education is increasing expectations for student and school performance. The Every Student Succeeds...
11/14/2017
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every plant we purchase matured into the perfect size and shape for our landscape? Unfortunately, this is often not true. Most trees and shrubs require periodic maintenance to be at their best. This maintenance includes...
11/13/2017
I’m falling down on the job. But hopefully, you haven’t noticed. You see, I keep a computer file of skeletal column ideas. At the top of the list, though, is a mere inventory of words I’d like to use in future columns. Oh, I know, we writers aren’t...
11/11/2017
Painfully we witness tragedy and observe horror. We do not know answers to the questions “Why?” or, “What to do?”
11/11/2017
Ben Franklin probably said it best: “Nothing is for certain than death and taxes.” And currently, there’s no certainty in the impact we’ll soon be facing from the latter. As both federal and state lawmakers work to get a handle on increasing budget...
11/11/2017
If you can answer “yes” to either of the following questions, then maybe it is: “Are you the sole employee of your business?” or “Does your business employ only you, your co-owners, and spouses?” Chances are — even if you did answer “yes” — you’...
11/11/2017
You may spend decades contributing to your IRA and 401(k). But, eventually, you’ll need to use this money. Before that day arrives, you’ll want to be familiar with the rules governing withdrawals — and you’ll want to know just how much you should...
11/11/2017
Question: My husband and I have had several financial setbacks during our lives. We are now in our fifties and we have hardly anything saved for retirement. I know we need to do something, but my husband just seems so discouraged. He agrees we...
11/10/2017
As a patron of classical music and/or blues, pop, gospel and country, put 7:30 p.m. Monday and 7 p.m. Thursday on your calendar for two outstanding events at the Dixie Center for the Arts. On Monday, the DCA proudly presents Lawrence Gibbs on...