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Columns

09/03/2010
The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is now offering Academy arts classes for ages 3 through adult in seven-week sessions beginning Tuesday. Prices vary according to the age of participants and length of classes. NCLAC Executive Director Leigh...
09/02/2010
It’s like a game. A surprise of sorts. I sometimes tell people, “When I pick up my food at a restaurant drive-thru window, it’s interesting to see how close the food preparers get to what I actually ordered.” Earlier this week, I ordered a chicken...
08/27/2010
Once upon a time, working at a university in Lincoln Parish, or the state of Louisiana for that matter, made for a good, comfortable living for those who had worked hard, paid their dues and prepared for a good future. The story was once non-...
08/26/2010
Arrests for marijuana possession are nothing new in Lincoln Parish. As local police reports will indicate, at least one person a month typically racks up the charge. It frequently happens when they are pulled over for a traffic violation or being...
08/25/2010
At the risk of sounding self-serving, I didn’t realize until recently that my column, known as “The Wandering Eye,” has a cult following among a few people in Lincoln Parish. (I use the term “cult” as a figure of speech, not in the literal sense —...
08/23/2010
My husband has a joke he likes to tell: “I never thought that at 27 I’d say the same thing to my wife that I said to my mom when I was 10. ‘Come on! Just one more game.’ ” What he’s referring to is his preoccupation with video games. Unfortunately,...
08/20/2010
Showdowns between the mayor and the City Council are nothing new for the town of Grambling. Still, the latest skirmish is shaping up to be a doozy. And in the end, the real losers will probably end up being Grambling residents. Grambling’s City...
08/19/2010
Although it may seem shocking to some of us 25 and older, it’s apparently common practice for many young people to type in and read digital phone conversations while simultaneously operating a motor vehicle. But a new state law that went into effect...
08/18/2010
Years ago, before the federal government introduced the Do Not Call List, I had fun with telemarketers — none of whom apparently believed in extraterrestrials. Here was my routine: • Telemarketer: Hello. How are you today?
08/16/2010
The Saints preseason opener proved that a Two Dat won’t be easy for the Who Dats. But then again, defending a Super Bowl championship is never easy. The Saints knew that they had one glaring hole in the middle of their defensive interior, and the...
08/16/2010
The film “Eat Pray Love” premiered Friday, raking in $8 million. The movie title alone is enough to indicate to men that it’s geared toward women. Yet despite the “chick flick” theme, the film is peppered with shining nuggets of insight that anyone...
08/15/2010
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — In 2003, shortly after he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Leon Barmore said, “Well, I guess you’ll be back here a few years from now.” The former leader of Louisiana Tech University’s Lady...
08/12/2010
They probably don’t think about the chance of destroying their bodies, careers and families. The first snort, puff or injection could be just an experiment. In recent months, Lincoln Parish has seen more arrests for “harder” drugs, such as heroine...
08/11/2010
On Monday we remember the life of our dearly departed king. Our king grew tired and weary, and he could no longer toil on. At some point on Aug. 16, 1977, our king keeled over while he sat on his grand throne. His girlfriend found him a few hours...
08/10/2010
They say he’s man’s best friend. This weekend I saw first-hand how jealous that friend can get. For the second straight year, one of my best friends, Meaux Jeaux, and I attended Ruston Parks and Recreation’s second annual K-9 Pool Party at the...
08/05/2010
Kate Dykes recently organized a football lesson-luncheon to not only promote her husband’s career and passion, but to encourage better communication between the sexes. The wife of Louisiana Tech head football coach Sonny Dykes launched “Pigskins and...
08/05/2010
I often find myself inwardly laughing at my parents’ puzzled faces when my little brother or I attempt to explain the intricacies of Facebook or a simple Wii game. They, along with, I’m sure, millions of parents around the globe, fail to grasp the...
08/05/2010
The economic toll from the drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico is beginning to mount. On July 28, Baker Hughes, an international oilfield services company based in Houston, announced that it was moving 300 of its employees and 25 percent of...
08/05/2010
The man looked scruffy, and he had a flowing white beard. If he wore sunglasses, I’d assume he was a member of ZZ Top. This unkempt person, however, was neither famous, nor was he Santa Claus, according to people in the know — he had no house, no...
08/03/2010
Flipping through television channels as I wound down Monday night, I ran across a “Breaking Local News” bulletin on a Shreveport news station. That caught my attention, so I stopped to see what it was all about it. Seconds later, I was gasping “No...