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Wed
19
Sep
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Patchwork

By Donna Smith Ammons

It’s Hurricane Season and this year, it means a litte bit more to me. My youngest son, Paul and his wife, Lexie, are residents of Wilmington, North Carolina and as I write this, they are looking at a Category 4 hurricane headed right for them!! Momma is not happy and to say the least, my daughter-in-law is probably packing her suitcase!!

Lexie is not a fan of thunder storms, let alone hurricanes. She has been watching the weather for a week now and is not a happy camper, since they love only about five minutes from Wrightsville Beach. They are in a third-floor condo, which doesn’t help her feelings.

Wed
19
Sep
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Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

By Pete Abington

GOOD OLE STORY

Daily we have controversy and anger being stirred up on the t.v. and newspapers. Many times I find great relief to flip to an old Western station. These shows have always been at least a high-water mark to me. Maybe its because the good guy nearly always wins and that is a good feeling to bear in mind.

As I grew up through the years I felt like Many and Sabine Parish was a wonderful playground. On Saturday afternoons I would head to the movies - the Sabine Theater or the Many Theater. (I would get in free because I would deliver circulars for the theater). These movies would inspire my imagination to no end. I would stay for the double feature plus the serial (special between movies) that would consist of Clyde Beatty, Jungle Jim, Edgar Kennedy, the Three Stooges, etc. When I would come home I would be rolling and fired up in my imagination.

 

 

Wed
12
Sep
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Patchwork

By Donna Smith Ammons

I nearly walked my legs off in New Orleans last month, while on a trip with friends.

We parked in a parking garage by Harrah’s at the end of Canal Street and then hopped on the trolley to the French Market.

We walked through the open air market, looking at all kinds of trinkets, carvings, silly hats and more. And then we walked through the stores in the French Market. I had to step in all the shops and look around. I found lots that I could buy, but refrained myself, since I knew I had a long way to carry my purchases.

I stayed in the toy store a while, looking at all the puppets and trying them out; pointing out books that my grandson would like; and reminiscing about all the old games we played as children.

Wed
12
Sep
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Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

By Pete Abington

WHERE’S THE LINE? Listening to our politicians talk, education is by far the priority. Looking at what is actually happening, it is nothing to be proud of. The overall well-being of children in Louisiana ranks next to last in the nation. This is based on the annual Kid’s Count report from the Annie B. Casey Foundation and it shows that things just might get worse. The report also showed the percentage of children who could be “under-counted” in the next census. This would make matters even worse as it would negate those people receiving funding for health, education and other assistance.

According to the study, 36% of the children under the age of five in Louisiana live in “hard to count” census tracts because of poverty, broken homes and other factors. The national average in that category is 23%.

 

Wed
05
Sep
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Patchwork

By donna smith ammons

On a recent camping trip, we traveled in our camper to Cave Springs, Arkansas, to Memphis, with an overnight stop in Toad Suck, and then on to Nashville. On the way back, we left Nashville and were headed to Moro State Park, 40 minutes northeast of El Dorado, Arkansas.

Our destination was to meet good friends, Les and Susan Crowson, former Many residents, who now live in Ruston, and Dean and Amanda Lambert. The weekend was going to be the restful end of a long trip for us.

 

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Wed
29
Aug
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Patchwork

By donna smith ammons

Sometimes, one just runs into really nice people. Such was the case when we were attending a recent seminar in downtown Nashville.

We were in the camper on a lovely lake, but the ride into the city was going to be 20 minutes. We left at 6:30 a.m. so we wouldn’t be late for the 7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast.

Being country folks, we didn’t think about early morning traffic. Smitty, our cranberry colored Jeep, zipped in and out of traffic, but we still got caught in the long lines. Forty-five minutes later we arrived and parked Smitty in the parking lot across from the hotel where our seminar was taking place.

 

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Wed
22
Aug
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Patchwork

By Donna Smith Ammons

I loved my Gramma Ankrom. She was a short lady who was always buzzing around the kitchen, stitching clothes or measuring me for patterns she drew on newspaper.

It was not unusual for her to stir up pudding on the stove, if I needed a late night snack.

I didn’t get to spend near enough time with my Gramma, because we were always moving. I did get to spend an entire summer one year and looked forward to seeing her with regularity when we lived in Arizona and they were in Garden Grove, California.

I reminded myself of my dear Gramma on a recent trip to north Arkansas, to see my oldest granddaughter, Riley Kate. I had promised her I would take her school clothes shopping since she would be starting 7th grade in a new school.

 

Wed
22
Aug
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Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

By Pete Abington

CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION?

It has been 45 years since the 1973 Constitutional Convention. Politicians have stated many times that we need to redo our constitution, only that statement always seems to go nowhere. This became more prevalent in this last regular session, yet it has been almost three months and nothing has been said since. One thing is for sure, they had better think it through before we do. Our state is so complex that we have several hundred amendments to our present constitution and something needs to be done. In the event they do have a constitution convention, everything needs to be looked at, even topics like - do we need to elect a Lt. Governor, for instance. We could ask the same question about the insurance and agriculture commissioners.

Wed
15
Aug
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Helicopter ride checked off my bucket list!!

Thanks Life-Air-Rescue-Louisiana!!

Thursday, August 9 turned out to be a very exciting day!

Sabine Parish Chamber of Commerce student worker Amanda Tedder and I thought we were covering a ribbon-cutting for the Chamber’s newest member, Life- Air-Rescue Louisiana. It was a clear and sunny Thursday morning, August 9 at the helicopter pad behind Sabine Medical Center where we all gathered for the event. Little did we know it would end up in the air!!

We went through the ritual, cutting the ribbon, having business leaders and our Mayor Ken Freeman speak, along with Chamber Director Kenneth Ammons welcoming the newest members. We took pictures and did quick interviews…..and then much to our surprise, they responded to Chamber Board member Shanna Gaspard, who wanted to fly in a chopper. Amanda and I were next in line and for several flights, those who were adventurous were treated to flying over Many.

 

Wed
15
Aug
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Boomers going bankrupt at unprecedented rate

The social media teaser for a recent New York Times article paints a grim portrait of the economic prospects for aging Baby Boomers: “Vanishing pensions. Soaring medical expenses. Inadequate savings. The rate of older Americans filing for bankruptcy has tripled since 1991.” A study by the Consumer Bankruptcy Project shows that, for people aged 65 to 74, annual bankruptcy filings have increased from 1.2 per 1,000 people in 1991 to 3.6 in recent years.

“There is no question that more and more seniors are facing financial hardships,” said Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark. “The New York Times story and the Consumer Bankruptcy Project study that inspired it both fail to mention the three causes of bankruptcy cited in the story’s headline: vanishing pensions, inadequate savings, and soaring medical expenses. These are all problems caused largely by government policy.”

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