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10/22/2015
Call me spoiled, but when I was a child, my family loved me enough to fill two toy boxes worth of action figures, toy soldiers and other toys meant for boys. I played with them all, but I always resorted to a little Spider-Man action figure I used...
10/21/2015
We’re in the home stretch. The light at the end of the long political tunnel is beginning to shine more brightly. Come Saturday night, we’ll know who’s in the runoff for governor, who’s the Lincoln Parish clerk of court, who’s the assessor and who...
10/20/2015
If you have been interested in becoming a Master Gardener it’s now time to begin registering for the 2016 class. Master Gardeners volunteer their time to educate the community in many areas of gardening throughout Lincoln Parish. So today I thought...
10/19/2015
October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, is a time when DART’s focus is on education, awareness, and prevention. We plan a variety of awareness events throughout the community, such as the Pumpkin Patch at Townsend House Gifts and our Men...
10/19/2015
Burn bans have been an all too common occurrence in Louisiana in recent years. But statewide burn bans are a whole other story. Still, as of this morning, Louisiana remains under a statewide burn ban in response to extremely dry conditions, abnormal...
10/17/2015
Throughout the recent months in Lincoln Parish the Lincoln parish Fire District No. 1 has been issued a burn ban, retracted the ban and reissued it again. About a decade ago, maybe a little more, I was vacationing with my family in Colorado. When we...
10/17/2015
The Louisiana Department of Education has a new plan for high school graduates, which is to be job ready or college ready beginning with the graduating class of 2018. In order to do this, our state and country have transitioned from the 3 Rs of...
10/17/2015
Question: I’m not rich or famous, but I do want my family to inherit whatever I’ve got. Does someone like me really need a fancy will? Answer: Steve McNair was both rich and famous. Then he died and showed the rest of us why we need what he didn’t...
10/17/2015
Now that we’re well into autumn, the days are getting noticeably shorter. The change in seasons reminds us that time is passing — and it’s important to use that time wisely. When used well, in fact, time can be your greatest gift in many walks of...
10/17/2015
Asset allocation is a strategy that can help take the guesswork out of choosing investments for your portfolio. Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket, you spread your eggs (dollars) among a variety of baskets (stocks, bonds, and cash). The...
10/17/2015
This place amazes me. It reminds me of Virginia, except if anything it is really more hilly, although in Virginia the farm land is beautiful. Here the curves run all through town and the neighborhoods. I love where Marnie lives. Her house is in a...
10/17/2015
“Pan,” the well-meaning prequel to “Peter Pan,” already has a reputation as one of the biggest critical and commercial flops of the year. Honestly, it’s not that bad. The kids at my screening actually seemed to be eating it up. I almost want to give...
10/16/2015
Next weekend is North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s fall fundraiser: our 6th annual ARToberfest, sponsored by Catherine and Winston McVea. This beer-tasting event began from our need to support Holiday Arts Tour, and has grown to help us with a...
10/16/2015
One of the first things people learn about me is that I love to read. Some of my friends have wondered where my love for books came from, then, they met my parents. That’s right, it’s in my blood. Growing up, my parent’s house was like my own...
10/15/2015
I’m really concerned about the recent rash of shootings we’ve had in our country. Some people are advocating strengthening our guns laws. That may sound good on paper, but I wonder if it will work in practice. It’s like the gun-free zones. I’m...
10/15/2015
My grandmother’s story can best be described as go getting. Born and raised in Nicaragua, my whole life she said to me in broken English, “I have worked hard my whole life to get where I am.” From lemonade stand owner as a child to moving to the...
10/14/2015
It took Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker longer to read the agenda entry regarding Going Yard LLC’s request to participate in Louisiana’s Enterprise Zone program than it did for the Board of Aldermen to act on the item. With no discussion and no debate,...
10/12/2015
I have just posted the picture of DART’s 2015 Men Standing Strong leaders on our Facebook page, and I feel so proud. I am thrilled with the men who have stepped up to lead the campaign this year, and love the portrait of our leadership team. It was...
10/12/2015
New statistics show that more drivers in Louisiana are using seat belts than ever before. The question is, can we learn to take care of our children riding on school buses as well? Louisiana has been in the news lately as one of only six states with...
10/11/2015
Lincoln Parish is living up to its unofficial title of “Quarterback Country” already this season. Oh, it’s a stretch to place two current names in a legendary group that includes Bert Jones, Doug Williams, Terry Bradshaw, Tim Rattay, James Harris...