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11/13/2011
Ever since Black Wednesday occurred in “Happy Valley,” Pa., — or is it now “Sad Valley?” — I keep having these recurring thoughts of what one of Joe Paterno’s closest friends would be thinking now. I am referring to the late Eddie Robinson, the...
11/11/2011
Each year, the North Central Louisiana Arts Council brings its annual Holiday Arts Tour to Lincoln Parish. Artists fill our local shops with quality artwork and crafts, shoppers flood the streets, and excitement for the holiday season fills the air...
11/11/2011
If there is one thing I have learned from my short time on this planet, it is this: no matter what is going on in the world, oil will always be profitable. I mean, there is a reason it is called “black gold.” Whether you are the head of a major oil...
11/11/2011
Is there a war on women? And, if so, who exactly is waging it? The first time I encountered the “war on women” meme was in a Feb. 25 editorial in The New York Times, which wrapped up a combination of an attempt to trim discretionary spending, defund...
11/11/2011
On Tuesday night, drama came to an end as a majority of Mississippians voted against Initiative 26, a controversial ballot initiative created to legally protect the rights of unborn children in Mississippi. Although the text of the amendment...
11/10/2011
Last evening Jess called to check on her sister Allyson. You see, Allyson has been out of school now with mono for two weeks in total misery. She talked about how it had been a while since Ally and her had gotten the chance to just “hang out” with...
11/10/2011
There have been two lawmen in Lincoln Parish arrested in the last couple of months. In August, a Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s deputy of 14 years was terminated by the LPSO and arrested by state police on felony charges of malfeasance in office and abuse...
11/10/2011
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) represents the folks who invest money, employ workers and take risks to make things in America. One of the many things that NAM does to promote the cause of domestic manufacturing is to regularly...
11/09/2011
Despite what most would consider excellent grades on my report card each year, when most students were lounging at home or in the pool I was back at school. Each summer, for several weeks, I attended a summer day camp specifically for those of...
11/09/2011
Now, of all my childhood memories, I think the sweetest one is of my mother playing when evening chores were done in our farmhouse after supper. When things were put away, we’d gather ‘round the organ and beg Mama to play. As the hearth-fire...
11/09/2011
First off, as a sports fan and history buff, regards must be given to “Smokin” Joe Frazier. For those who are reading who do not have a good sense of sports history, Frazier started out his career as an Olympic boxer. He competed in the 1964 Olympic...
11/08/2011
Veterans Day is in three days — Friday, Nov. 11. In any way you can, at any place, and in the sincere way that you can, remember and thank a veteran.  He or she has earned it. The “thanks” is more than deserved. This is not the first time your...
11/08/2011
When it comes to being healthy, Louisiana residents don’t make the grade. Being more active and cutting back on calories can be the beginning of a healthier lifestyle. Therefore, the Lincoln Health Foundation is sponsoring a healthy walking program...
11/08/2011
The other day, when the first of the cold front moved through, I stopped for a cup of coffee at a local country store. Several men were around the butane heater talking about the change and the amount of rain they had gotten from it. I had almost...
11/07/2011
Remember that this information is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor, but rather to increase awareness and help equip patients with information and facilitate conversations with your physician that will benefit your health. During...
11/07/2011
Q: My 1-year-old has started slapping us. He also screams a lot, often for no reason, or at least we can’t figure out the reason. He is a very busy little boy and won’t sit still for longer than a few seconds. Is it too early to begin disciplining...
11/05/2011
Random thoughts along the sports beat while wondering how many fans are really losing sleep over the NBA lockout: • The best sports city in the U.S. these days is Dallas where, if you include neighboring Fort Worth and Arlington, can claim a Rose...
11/05/2011
On Friday our country will commemorate Veterans’ Day, formerly known as Armistice Day and also referred to as Remembrance Day. Well, as I got to thinking about the significance and the sanctity of this day, I remembered a particular Tuesday...
11/05/2011
Everywhere I go, people ask me what I do. When I reveal my chosen profession — teaching English at Ruston High School — I often get grimaces, grumbles, sighs or shakes of the head (all coupled with comments about not being about to put up with...
11/05/2011
Question: My husband and I have been meaning to get a financial plan together, but we kept putting it off. My mother recently died and left us with some money. How should we get started in financial planning? Answer: My own pet theory of human...