delivers up-to-the-minute news and information on the latest top stories, weather, entertainment, politics and more. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 03:43:19 +0000 Book signing to be held in Bastrop for author Ernest Hill Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:32:49 +0000 Meghan Morris
His works include such titles as "Satisfied with Nothin'," "A Life for a Life," "It's All About the Moon," "Cry Me a River," "Family Ties" and his latest novel, "A Person of Interest." In addition to an author, Hill is also a scholar and a motivational speaker.

Hill was born and raised in Oak Grove. He attended [...]]]>
Signing to be held for Bastrop native and author Dianne Lenoir Wed, 12 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Meghan Morris
"The poems in this collection serve an an ever-present reminder of God's love and care for them whatever they might be facing," said Lenoir. "This small collection of spiritual poetry presents God as a comforter, friend and deliverer. I do hope that everyone enjoys reading this book and [...]]]>
Cooks’ Books: No-frills diet advises to forget the fads Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:05:05 +0000 Creators Syndicate
"American Heart Association No-Fad Diet: A Personal Plan for Healthy Weight Loss" (Clarkson Potter)
Have you already tried the dozens of new diets that have emerged since the beginning of the year? Even if you're only on your first or second fad diet, it probably already feels like you've been down that road before. Millions have, with still only a less than 5 percent success rate for diets overall.
"The American Heart Association No-Fad Diet" [...]]]>
The Readers’ Writers: Business strategy author Robert Skrob Fri, 21 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By DA Kentner More Content Now Cooks’ Books: Drown out cold weather with these all-time favorite vegan soups Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:00:06 +0000 By Lisa Messinger Creators Syndicate Even during years when the polar vortex is not blanketing the country, winter is the perfect time to try eating vegan. Hearty soups and stews packed with grains, beans and vegetables are at the top of just about everyone's cold-weather wish lists anyway, and they'll probably never guess that animal products aren't part of the mix.
Nava Atlas grants those wishes many times over in her "Vegan Soups and [...]]]>
Cooks’ Books: Her seasoned years just may add spice to your life Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:08:25 +0000 By Lisa Messinger Creators Syndicate The spice of life may just come in a spice blend. That's what I've found by reading and rereading my favorite spicy cookbook, and turning a dash of this and a dash of that into some of my family's favorite dishes.
Most home chefs are probably not as dedicated to creating spice blends for their cooking as Christina Arokiasamy. After all, she's "The [...]]]>
Le Grand residents form book club Wed, 05 Feb 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Meghan Morris The plan is to read a new book every year beginning in January. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month so that book club members can discuss the latest chapter.
"We look forward to it every month," Le Grand resident and book club member Jean Tilbury said.
"It's a good activity," Le [...]]]>
Cooks’ Books: This delicious bucket list includes a very full bucket Fri, 24 Jan 2014 16:59:03 +0000 How far along are you on your list of the thousand or so foods bubbling over in your bucket? As Frances Case, editor of "1001 Foods You Must Taste Before You Die," proves, this bucket — the one you might kick someday and that many people name a list for — can instead buy a real bucket or picnic basket or grocery bag with which you fill delicacies.
The nice thing about Case's thoughtful choices are that [...]]]>
The Readers’ Writers: Author, educator James R. Nuttall, PhD Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:18:34 +0000 By DA Kentner Book review: ‘Blockbusters’ offers look at strategies of megahit movies Fri, 10 Jan 2014 11:35:35 +0000 By John Winters More Content Now It's safe to say that most Hollywood fare is aimed straight at your paperboy. Sure, there are independent movies, foreign fare and a few decent studio films each year, but for the most part today's cinematic offerings consist of sequels, live-action comic book features, action flicks, special effect fests and horror movies made on the [...]]]>