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Columns

08/13/2011
For eight years during the late 60s and early 70s, I lived in Homer. This was a special time since I learned while living there that my roots are firmly planted in that Claiborne Parish town. I knew my great grandfather was a preacher long ago...
08/13/2011
I picked up the Dallas Morning News this week to see a front page account of the fatal accident of billionaire Charles Wyly, philanthropist, who with brother Sam has been so supportive of Louisiana Tech University through the years.
08/12/2011
“RFK” will be performed Aug. 19 and Aug. 20 at 8 p.m. at the Norton Building on Mississippi Avenue. “RFK,” the second and final performance of the B & B Theatre’s debut season, is a one-man show centered around the last four years of Robert F....
08/12/2011
“RFK” will be performed Aug. 19 and Aug. 20 at 8 p.m. at the Norton Building on Mississippi Avenue. “RFK,” the second and final performance of the B & B Theatre’s debut season, is a one-man show centered around the last four years of Robert F....
08/12/2011
There are a few opportunities around town to do something good for the environment. Each month, Lincoln Parish residents have an opportunity to drop off paper products, select hazardous materials and aluminum beverage cans to be recycled. And...
08/12/2011
It was a long time ago, but I can still remember it so well. The mixture of apprehension and nervous anticipation. The high hopes and loftier goals. Getting to start anew in a changing world. Those are some of the feelings floating through the minds...
08/12/2011
People tend to say, “automobiles — they just don’t make them like they used to.” Growing up I can remember learning to drive a “stick” shift, and having to memorize the directions. I can even remember the transmission having three forwards and one...
08/12/2011
“I don’t know where I’m running now, I’m just running on. Running on-running on empty. Running on-running blind. Running on-running into the sun. But I’m running behind.” Those lyrics from Jackson Browne’s “Running on Empty” say a lot about the...
08/11/2011
In the last few weeks, my journalistic duties have involved fire. When the scanner goes off and firefighters rush to the scene, many times we are there, too. Now while the heavily-dressed men and women in uniform are attempting to protect property...
08/11/2011
For any parent who has a child with a disability, you know how difficult it is to make decisions on behalf of that child. There are a million decisions to make when it comes to your child’s education, decisions that you know will impact the rest of...
08/10/2011
Those fortunate, “slim and trim” folks, due to some kind of incredible genes or heredity, can devour tons of those delectable goodies loaded with fat, cholesterol and starches and never gain an ounce. Me? Well, I can just look at such “palate...
08/10/2011
It’s not uncommon to drive around the city and find huge puddles in the street when it hasn’t rained in days (and sometimes weeks). For a long time it used to confuse me. I was concerned that perhaps we had some seriously weird drainage issues. But...
08/09/2011
Shortly after I moved to the South in 1957 I was listening to an LSU horticultural researcher and he was talking about “bad holes” in horticulture. Now I knew what a bad hole was. We lived out on the end of a 3-mile gravel road that had plenty of...
08/09/2011
“Focus on Photography,” “Bicycle Adventures,” “Lift Off,” “Micro Magicians,” “See Them Sprout,” “Play the Role” … can you believe these are 4-H projects that any 9-19 year-old can participate in when they become a member of the largest youth...
08/09/2011
Writing on the Saturday before column day, I recall that Aug. 6 is an anniversary. It is the 66th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Today, Aug. 9, is also a 66th anniversary. It was on this date that the atomic...
08/08/2011
After months of writing this column and thinking that moms and moms-to-be were the main readers, I was surprised to find out differently. I attended a recent event and had several men inform me that they had been keeping up with the pregnancy and...
08/06/2011
In two short months, archery season for deer will be kicking off. So what are you likely to find me doing out on the deer lease about now? Nothing, that’s what. It’s too blasted hot for me to even consider hanging out on our club with the ticks and...
08/06/2011
The woman I promised to love, honor and take to certain cultural events, especially when they’re performed by such outstanding local talent, persuaded me, along with my mother-in-law and granddaughter, to attend the matinee performance of “Annie”...
08/06/2011
The Tea Party has won the budget debate argument. The group has certainly forced politicians in Washington to focus on the fiscal health of the country.  This is a good thing for the country, but the question for a lot of Americans is ... where was...
08/06/2011
Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series Bobby Conville provided about retirement income strategies. Will I have enough money in retirement? It’s a question more and more Americans are asking. Baby boomers in particular wonder if they’...