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Columns

07/22/2011
Don’t look now, but Mother Nature is back at it. She’s been out in force this year, seemingly stronger than ever, as parts of the nation, and even our region, have seen some extreme storms and flooding. There have been devastating tornadoes. And...
07/21/2011
When I heard a Ruston man was beaten unconscious following a dispute in the McDonald’s drive-thru line about who was next, I was disturbed. But sadly, not surprised. About a week after the incident, which happened May 29, I drove out of that same...
07/20/2011
Many years ago, when I first entered the field of secular sales, I became acquainted with the saying, “You can’t sell from an empty wagon.” Our modern sales reps, no doubt, borrowed this saying from those of another era, when men did, literally,...
07/20/2011
Our federal government is at it again. Seemingly heedless of the economic hardship many families and businesses are facing, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) are moving toward a drastic increase in...
07/20/2011
The Agriculture Department forecasts higher corn stocks in its July crop report released earlier this month compared to its June report, but economists and grain industry analysts stress that corn supplies are still very tight and a big crop is...
07/19/2011
Gardeners are friends of the needy. If we have a surplus, we try to find someone to give it to or if we see someone that is needy we try to give them something that they need. In much of our area, I think that we have a needy situation that we can...
07/19/2011
It’s livestock show time in Lincoln Parish again. It’s been several years since Lincoln has been able to host a livestock show and we’re all excited to see this come back. On Aug. 6, 4-H members from across the state will be unloading their cows,...
07/19/2011
A few weeks ago some old friends asked that I speak to their club sharing some thoughts about what I like to call “life planning.” It’s not that I have any fear of discussing death, but the term “estate planning” just has a morose tone. Also, there...
07/18/2011
It was the stuff sports dreams are made of. The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. I’ll be the first to admit I’ve never been a big soccer buff. It was just started to become an accepted sport while I was in high school, and I never played....
07/18/2011
According to webmd.com, our developing baby now measures about 8.8 inches from crown to rump and weighs 1.5 pounds. Skin has now become opaque instead of transparent and his body is still covered with folds like a puppy dog that needs to grow into...
07/16/2011
There are a number of reasons why one of three high-school students in Louisiana fail to graduate on time,
07/16/2011
The professors at LSU Law School told all of us wide-eyed and scared L1 students, that is, freshmen
07/16/2011
I came home Sunday from Susan’s to go to morning worship. The only problem was I had not slept all night — I mean literally
07/15/2011
I realize it’s a sign of today’s tough times, but it’s still hard for me to believe that NASA’s Atlantis is on its final voyage before the Space Shuttle program is shuttered after 30 years of service. A science fair project I did in eighth grade was...
07/15/2011
What is a star without light? What is music without melody? What is a cookie without dough? One may as well ask — and indeed, there are many who do — what is Saraf Ahmed without Harry Potter?
07/14/2011
My first thought when I learned the Lincoln Parish Career Academy will close to all but the expelled students this fall was “that’s interesting.”
07/14/2011
I did not grow up blind. Well technically I did, but I was pretty great at playing it off like I wasn’t
07/13/2011
Millions of people across the world have been under the spell of a young, British wizard for more than a decade now. On Friday (as early as midnight if you’re truly devoted and have no qualms about being tired at work on Friday morning), the last...
07/13/2011
It wasn’t a great start to a Friday. The latest employment numbers came out on July 8, and they certainly didn’t paint a pretty picture. According to the Labor Department, nonfarm jobs rose by only 18,000 in June, woefully short of the 90,000...
07/13/2011
The year that my best buddy’s folks tired of trying to eke out a meager existence from their rocky hill farm, they threatened to “sell out,” lock, stock and barrel and move to the “Delta Bottom.” It was the mid-30s, and their “asking price” for...