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Columns

07/04/2011
It’s a story the Louisiana Tech basketball program has heard too many times over the past year — the death of a former player from its teams that played in the mid 2000s. On June 24, former Bulldog Donell Allick was shot and killed in his hometown...
07/02/2011
A cornucopia of sports observations and offerings while wondering which pro sports league will be next to call a lockout: • Bring the “Cajun Cannon” back every year to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.
07/02/2011
As I join many of you in wishing the United States of America, our beloved homeland, a happy 235th birthday on this long weekend, I got to thinking about our nation, its beginnings, its struggles, its triumphs and its tragedies. I’ve told you...
07/02/2011
At my ripe old age of 55, I never thought I would meet someone and think I’d want to be like them when I grow up. Mr. Billy Baskin was the exception. After she read the piece I wrote about Robert C. Snyder, Barbara Lipscomb sent me an e-mail...
07/02/2011
Editor’s note: This is the first part of a series Bobby Conville is doing on investing. When you invest in a company, you become an owner of the company with a vested interest in the company’s performance. Whether you’re managing money for a...
07/02/2011
On July 4, we shoot fireworks, attend picnics, watch parades and otherwise celebrate our nation’s independence and the many freedoms we enjoy. But as you go through life, you’ll find out how important it is to work toward another type of freedom —...
07/02/2011
Question: I am concerned that the same opportunities that existed for me will not be there for my children. The world is facing a debt crisis and the U.S. might have its own debt rating downgraded. Businesses are not hiring. Don’t you think the next...
07/02/2011
Kids growing up at the time I did had no problem getting involved with the outdoors during summers. It’s what we did. There wasn’t a X-Box or an I-Pod to be found anywhere. We didn’t need grown-ups or gadgets to provide our entertainment. We just...
07/02/2011
Could Louisiana Tech be the next breakout mid-major football team? Boxscorenews.com’s Kevin Smith seems to believe so. There’s an interesting article by Smith that was released July 2 that points to just that. The column’s ending tells the story.
07/01/2011
Seventeen Louisiana Tech students and two professors have just returned from London, England. As participants in the TECHLondon program, this diverse group of students studying English, theatre, engineering, sociology, and biology, traveled to...
06/30/2011
When parents permit their children to access the Internet, they usually do so with good intentions. The web may serve as a research tool for homework, a recreational outlet to listen to Youtube videos or as an opportunity to chat with relatives on...
06/29/2011
The drought that struck the farms in our area that summer was something else! Day after day, the sun beat down mercilessly, as sweat poured in agonizing rivulets from both ploughboy and plow mule. Our fields of black-eyed peas and butter beans,...
06/28/2011
With the temperatures rising and school being out of session, many children will be spending a lot of time outside these coming months. There are many precautions that parents should take during these summer months to keep their child safe. To keep...
06/28/2011
Great leaders took painstaking care to craft some powerful words penned to paper 235 years ago. That document we remember this upcoming week was a beacon of hope, a guiding light and jewel of inspiration — the Declaration of Independence. It was...
06/28/2011
The water situation is getting critical for many plants that have no irrigation. Plants, especially trees or large shrubs that were planted last year, have not had time to grow an extensive root system to maintain a good size top and this drought...
06/28/2011
Recently, the Ruston Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Ruston) was given a $1,000 donation from the Esther Grand Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, Prince Hall Affiliation. This donation was made possible by the efforts of...
06/27/2011
For many expecting parents, deciding on a name for their unborn child can turn into World War III. However, there are precautions that can be taken to make deciding on a name fun. Now at week 22 Slade and I have found out that we are having a baby...
06/25/2011
Buenos dias, Senõr, Senorã or Senorita, or, by the time you are reading this, it might possibly be “buenos tardis” or; if you’re just getting around to reading the paper in the night, then it would be “buenos noches.” As I prepared for this church...
06/25/2011
In June 1861, thousands of Louisiana soldiers began shipping out to Tennessee and Virginia to meet the Yankee invaders. One of the first to go was Col. Gaston Coppens’ battalion of Zouaves (“zwahvs”). Coppens’ battalion was one of several...
06/25/2011
NATCHITOCHES — Ever since it was announced earlier this year that Don Shows would be among the inductees into the 2011 class of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, there has probably been a collective groan in various parts of the state. In all...