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Many great athletes call the Bayou Region home. We root for these athletes during their high school, collegiate and professional careers, as they represent our area and give us something to cheer for, even when times are tough. 

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Friday, August 30, 2019

I never watched that critically-acclaimed television series Friday Night Lights, which used the backdrop of high school football in small town Texas to dramatize cultural and social issues of our times. After two seasons, however, NBC punted on the series, as dramatizing a single, small town…

Thursday, August 29, 2019
Thursday, August 01, 2019

This is what I remember.  I was born.  I was in the air upside-down.  Someone slapped me on the backside.  I felt the sting on my skin.  My eyes opened.  Through a slant of light between curtains, I could see images beyond a window.  The ground outside was covered with white shells.  I relax…

Monday, July 01, 2019

It’s a hot and muggy Sunday dusk. A man from PoV country has just knocked-off from a seven-and-seven hitch offshore. Heavy from the duffle bag slung over his shoulder, he slowly stoops down from his driveway to pick up the newspaper that the delivery person–probably the local high school qua…

Monday, June 03, 2019

A few weeks ago, I found myself driving to Memphis for a meeting. The distance between Raceland and Memphis along I-310 North and then I-10 West and then I-55 North totals only five-and-a-half degrees of latitude on the map, but it takes a good five-and-a half hours to get there. That makes …

Friday, May 03, 2019

There’s a four-letter word we use frequently around our house during the summer. As I write this article, we are just a few weeks away from the end of school, and the word is already floating around our house, hanging in the air, making its way into our summer vocabulary. 

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Pristinely tucked away from the bustle of Hwy. 311, resting amongst the grand oaks, sits Ardoyne Plantation. Designed by W. C. Williams and Brothers Architects in New Orleans, the Victorian Gothic style was chosen by Ardoyne Plantation owner, Senator John Dalton Shaffer. Construction on the …

This is what I remember.  I was born.  I was in the air upside-down.  Someone slapped me on the backside.  I felt the sting on my skin.  My eyes opened.  Through a slant of light between curtains, I could see images beyond a window.  The ground outside was covered with white shells.  I relax…

On a numbered street just off the highway in Cut Off, sits a home of orange-yellow brick. I park my car next to the mailbox and approach the back door. As I raise my hand to knock, any question I might have had as to “Am I in the right place?” was erased. Laughter rang out loud and clear fro…

Did you know that 1 of 5 American adults suffer from high blood pressure? Maintaining a healthy blood pressure is very important as hypertension directly increases your chances for having a heart attack or stroke. Many of those suffering from high blood pressure often have no idea they’re at…

Talk a walk with me for a moment… You are 18 years old and have decided to dedicate yourself to a life of service to your country by joining the Armed Forces. You enlist and head off to basic training just two weeks after high school graduation. You become an adult overnight, as you learn ho…

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