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07/03/2015
June 26, 2015 will go down in history as a day of true equality for love. On this day, the Supreme Court of the United States legalized same-sex marriage across the nation. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy issued the official 5-4 ruling....
07/02/2015
It is official. I experienced my first Louisiana Peach Festival, and it did not disappoint. Between hanging out with a band, witnessing a Guinness World Record and getting to hang out with family and friends, it truly is too hard to pick which part...
07/01/2015
When Gen. Russel Honoré burst on the state and national scene in the days following Hurricane Katrina, he was loud, direct, opinionated and in charge. That was almost 10 years ago. Some things never change. Honoré, 68 and now retired, is still loud...
06/29/2015
Human trafficking. Internet crimes against children. Sexual harassment. Almost everyone has heard these phrases, but most people acknowledge that they aren’t quite sure what each one means. They seem taken from the TV show, Law and Order.
06/29/2015
It’s over. My family and I came, we fested and we had fun. Ruston’s annual Louisiana Peach Festival, held over the weekend, is always one of my favorite times of the year. Why? Let me count the ways (or reasons). 1.) The food. Who doesn’t love good...
06/27/2015
Fast Facts: • More than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection, and almost 1 in 7 (14 percent) are unaware of their infection. • Gay and bisexual men are among those affected by HIV. • By race, blacks face the most...
06/27/2015
After a year off following a bit of a critical slump, Pixar is back with “Inside Out,” as original a concept as it’s had in a while. The film is sweet and funny and brimming with creativity. That creativity is its greatest strength and its greatest...
06/27/2015
When I was in high school, I had an opportunity to do something that many people dream of — I got to be in a feature film. Now, before you start to think that this was a starring role in a major motion picture, let me explain. There was a movie...
06/27/2015
I hear the Peach Festival has come and gone once more. I may be a little late talking about it, but I’d still like to reminisce about my connections to it. I have so many memories all the way to the first one.  Over the years, my daughter, Becky,...
06/26/2015
After the mass shooting on June 17 at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, claimed nine African-American lives, the state voted to remove the Confederate flag from the capitol building. Since then, other states...
06/25/2015
On an excruciatingly hot morning — that melted the rubber on the bottom of my shoes — families from around Lincoln Parish gathered under the shade to watch the Juneteenth parade march down Main Street in Grambling. While the parade ran, the sounds...
06/24/2015
I never like visiting my New Orleans relatives. Even planning the excursion always turned into a family feud. With every mile past Alexandria, the tension heightened. When we finally turned onto Milam Street, where my paternal grandparents lived in...
06/22/2015
We’ve had more rain in recent weeks than I remember in quite some time. That fact has resulted in more of things I like even less — mosquitoes, fleas and ticks. Fleas and ticks become more widespread when humidity levels are between 50 and 90...
06/22/2015
School is out, and our community is filled with summer fun. This week, people from our town, parish, state and region will be visiting for the Louisiana Peach Festival.We will enjoy great music, crafts, activities and, of course, peach ice cream....
06/20/2015
There will be no shortage of exciting players to watch for Lincoln Parish’s two collegiate programs during the 2015 football season. The following list features 10 names — five for Louisiana Tech University and five for Grambling State University —...
06/20/2015
Right off the bat, some might feel a Bill Engvall response, author of the song “Here’s Your Sign,” in saying  “I am awake, or I wouldn’t be reading this.”  Here’s your sign, Joe.  Fair enough.  Yet fathers in our country need to wake up with a...
06/20/2015
The first city police services were established in Philadelphia in 1751. Since that time there have been hundreds of thousands of men and women step into a calling that is now being undermined at every turn. In recent months and years we have heard...
06/20/2015
Question: My brother is a doctor and lives a doctor’s lifestyle. My husband and I have jobs that do not pay nearly as well. We try not to compare, but my husband is constantly making comments about what they have and what we don’t. I am proud of my...
06/20/2015
What’s your most valuable asset? While you are still working, this asset may actually be your future income — so you need to protect it. And you can do so by maintaining adequate life insurance, which can help provide your family with the financial...
06/20/2015
Protecting your retirement nest egg and sustaining your retirement income are challenging enough. Taking precautions to help guard your investments from fraud is important. People who are older can be common targets for fraud and financial crimes....