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Columns

09/08/2017
“That age.” My doctor first used the phrase about 10 years ago, when approaching the big five-oh, my sugar and cholesterol began to be a problem. “You know, Mark, you’re at that age where ...”
09/08/2017
On Monday, 16 years will have passed since the Al-Qaeda-sponsored terror attacks left almost 3,000 people dead and thousands more wounded. As with many Americans, I can remember where I was and what I was doing when news of the first plane striking...
09/07/2017
There’s just some things that leave you speechless. That’s exactly how my family and I would describe our recent visit to the national 9/11 Museum and Memorial in New York City, just a month shy of the 16th anniversary of the day that changed the...
09/06/2017
I’ve been a college student in another city and another state. I went about my days living an average student life.  I went to class. I studied. I ate in the cafe. I did well, but something was missing.   On a Friday night, my mother called as she...
09/06/2017
Ruston is not a smokestack industry kind of town. Which is all the more reason the Board of Aldermen acted rightly when it agreed to begin the process of creating the city’s first tax incremental financing district. In fact, the TIF district could...
09/05/2017
This week we’re going back to some basics. How to avoid road rage is a good start. I was going to be late for work the other day, and I honked my horn at someone driving very slowly on a two- lane road. Later I determined it was a woman on the...
09/05/2017
While I was growing up, our family left after Sunday School once a month to go visit both sets of grandparents. There was always so much excitement around making that trip — my brother and I were especially close to our grandparents and we loved...
09/05/2017
We have already had many parents and students asking about how to enroll their child in 4-H and when. 4-H enrollment begins this month for Lincoln Parish Schools and we are looking forward to working with the youth of Lincoln Parish this year. We...
09/03/2017
Scary thought: Grambling State University’s football team could be even better in 2017. Reason? The Tigers return several, mega-impact players from last year’s 11-1 overall, 9-0 Southwestern Athletic Conference title winning and Celebration Bowl...
09/03/2017
On my way to Downsville to visit Jerry Antley, one of this year’s recipients of the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame award, a hen turkey crossed the road. I mentioned the turkey to Antley and he asked a question that is totally in keeping with...
09/02/2017
It was bound to happen with Hurricane Harvey roaring along the Texas-Louisiana coast line, home to a major portion of our nation’s oil refineries. Gas prices seem to be rising hourly in the wake of Harvey’s aftermath, with some Ruston stations...
09/02/2017
What am I doing with the Gospel? Please understand I believe that I’m a saved sinner, but a sinner. I don’t preach to anyone; you’re not here being told what to do.
09/02/2017
Question: I don’t make as much money as a doctor and I have very little financial background. So with limited money and knowledge, where should someone like me start? Answer: Right where you are and start now. Many of the really smart people I...
09/02/2017
Mother’s Day and Father’s Day may get more attention, but National Grandparents Day, observed on Sept. 10, has gained in popularity. If you’re a grandparent, you might expect to receive some nice cards, but if you want to make the day especially...
09/02/2017
Your parents and grandparents may have known better about lots of things when you were younger. But you probably shouldn’t be following their example when it comes to managing your money in retirement. “Most retirement income for (our) parents’ and...
09/01/2017
With so many people in Texas and Louisiana literally standing in Harvey’s wake, it is only natural to feel the urge to help. There are volunteer opportunities and spots on disaster relief crews, but for those who can’t physically go to comfort those...
08/31/2017
There’s just something about the end of August that continues to haunt the Gulf Coast states.
08/30/2017
With the opening of schools, colleges, and universities, you may be feeling particularly stressed. If you are an employee or employer at any business or organization, you too may be stressed. Stress is tension, the kind we feel when faced with a new...
08/30/2017
What a difference three years have made. The budget upon which Ruston’s Board of Aldermen will vote in September not only includes the standard 2 percent across-the-board raise for the city’s roughly 290 employees, but also reflects more sales tax...
08/29/2017
What have you learned today? I ask a lot of questions. When you ask lots of questions, generally you’re learning something new. The internet is a great place for learning. Being a news junkie, a lot of the time I like to go off the beaten path....