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Columns

11/10/2014
For the second year in a row, dozens of men in this community are demonstrating courage and conviction when it comes to abuse within families. Doctors and farmers, mechanics and professors are joining together to take a stand against dating violence...
11/10/2014
It’s coming — the big chill. A cold front is expected to move through the area on Tuesday, knocking area temperatures down into the 20s by Wednesday night into Thursday morning. While Mother Nature and Jack Frost have flirted with Lincoln Parish a...
11/09/2014
November has kicked off and that means two things: 1: College football’s regular season is in the stretch run. 2: The World Series is over. And for both of the above, all I can add is “too bad” because for all of us who love sports, we will be...
11/08/2014
Sometimes I recall my days on the athletic bench. never first team. I was a bench warmer. Sometimes I might get in the game appreciating the coach’s generosity.
11/08/2014
Piles of delicious treats — including stacks of Halloween candy left behind by a lack of trick-or-treaters — make this season a newly healthy person’s nightmare. Sure, one understands on an intellectual level that Thanksgiving without pecan pie is...
11/08/2014
While summer vacations and national holidays typically provide a break for everyone who would be considered a member of the working public, there is one big break ahead that’s a priority on most everyone’s calendar — retirement. And while it may be...
11/08/2014
Mary Williams and I call each other weekly. She was such a good neighbor and I still miss her. Plus, she is a friend I cherish. Through her I can keep up somewhat with what is happening in Ruston. However, the Ruston Daily Leaders I get each week...
11/07/2014
More than 13 years have passed since the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001, when the forever-iconic Twin Towers of the World Trade Center fell to the pavement in Manhattan after two hijacked planes crashed into each one. I can still see the impact each plane...
11/07/2014
In recent weeks there was a man, Michael Pozzi, walking coast to coast to raise awareness for mental illness and suicide. Mental illness is a peculiar thing. According to the National Association for Mental Illness, one in four Americans experiences...
11/06/2014
I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know much about Grambling State University. Aside from knowing it’s one of the more popular Historically Black Colleges and Universities and that it’s always been a few miles down Interstate 20 from Ruston, my...
11/05/2014
About three weeks before Tuesday’s election, the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and Louisiana Tech’s Student Government Association held a mayoral forum the organizations hoped would clearly differentiate the two candidates. It didn’t. Both Bill...
11/04/2014
Insects have always been an integral component of nature and in the garden which can be defined as a humanly contrived artificial construct of plants from all over the world, there are insects which are viewed as good, bad or indifferent. The cold...
11/04/2014
Our vast forestry lands in the state of Louisiana offer an opportunity for diversified incomes. A landowner can plant trees, harvest and lease for hunting purposes. These are great traditional uses for the land, but today our forests offer another...
11/03/2014
In less than 48 hours, it’ll all be over, at least for the most part. I’m talking about the endless television commercials and phone call after phone call soliciting votes or conducting surveys. I’m talking about Tuesday’s elections. Don’t get me...
11/03/2014
At the end of October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the staff and volunteers of the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team share a variety of feelings.
11/02/2014
Rounding up a cornucopia of notes along the Lincoln Parish sports beat: Former Ruston High School baseball star Jamie Tucker recently became a Hall of Famer and deservingly so.
11/02/2014
In Lincoln Parish, football season means exciting times and stars being born no sooner than the next series of plays. That’s certainly the case again since the 2014 campaign unfolded back in late August and early September. There’s no shortage of...
11/01/2014
Elections are supposed to be open. They should not involve unknown monsters hiding in the dark. Advertising requires that a responsible candidate identify himself. Yet to this day, some creep around hiding behind anonymous names, phone calls,...
11/01/2014
This past month, which was National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I’ve spent a lot of time learning, thinking and writing about domestic violence. While Ruston and Lincoln Parish are amazing — you only have to consider the recent designation...
11/01/2014
I am a proud daughter today. Of course, I’m proud of my parents every day for more reasons than I could list in this column. But today I’m especially proud and with good reason — this weekend daddy was celebrated at Louisiana Tech University’s...