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February 12th, 2013

Right now is a good time to fertilize trees

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Trees in their native, undisturbed habitat are supplied with nutrients yearly by the decomposition of organic matter which has covered the forest floor.  In landscape situations, the natural accumulation of fallen leaves and limbs are usually removed and soil conditions are disturbed and imbalanced. Periodic supplemental fertilization is necessary to keep tree healthy, yearly fertilization is not recommended. Trees should be fertilized when:
•  Leaves are abnormal in size, shape and color

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Brad Laird set as next RHS coach

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Son will be following father at Ruston High School this fall.
Brad Laird will succeed his father, Billy Laird, as the new head football coach for the Bearcats.
Officials at the Class 5A Louisiana High School Athletic Association school wouldn’t confirm nor deny the hiring of the younger Laird, but multiple sources close to the program revealed late Monday night that the former Ruston High star will be the new gridiron leader for the Bearcats.

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Bulldogs advance again

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Louisiana Tech University’s Bulldogs will be armed with their highest national poll rankings later this week when they embark on a two-game Western Athletic Conference road trip.
On Monday afternoon, the league leaders were announced for a No. 32 ranking in the Associated Press media poll and No. 33 in the USA Today coaches’ chart.
The Bulldogs (21-3, 12-0) received 43 points from the AP panel to rank 10 points in back of No. 31 San Diego State and totaled 18 points from the USA Today voters to be nine points shy of No. 32 Saint Mary’s.

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Tech’s Shelton honored in WAC

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Louisiana Tech University sophomore guard Kelia Shelton has been named Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 4-10. This is her first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor.
The Rock Hill, S.C., native averaged 33.5 points and 9.5 rebounds on the week. Shelton shot 62 percent (24-of-39) from the field and 67 percent (six-of-nine) from 3-point range.
In Tech’s 79-73 win over UTSA, which entered the game ranked No. 36 nationally in field goal percentage defense andNo. 42 in scoring defense, she scored 45 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

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Bearcats edged by Lions, 59-52

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Ruston High overcame a slow start to give No. 2 ranked Monroe Ouachita High a close battle before losing, 59-52, in a showdown for first place in District 2-5A Monday night.
The No. 6 ranked Bearcats (25-7, 6-2) trailed 17-5 after the first quarter before outscoring the Lions (27-4, 8-0) 18-15 in the second quarter.
Ruston then doubled Ouachita’s points, 20-10, in the third quarter before the Lions sealed the victory with a 17-point fourth quarter. In the final period, the Bearcats scored nine points.

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Browder sets state record

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — It was a record-setting day for Grambling State University graduate Bo Browder, but a difficult game for his Xavier University of Louisiana women’s basketball team.
The Gold Nuggets, ranked No. 11 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Division I ranks, struggled against Philander Smith, the last-place team in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, before pulling away in the final three minutes for a 61-53 victory last Saturday.

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Tech tracksters: Strong showing at Tyson event

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Louisiana Tech University’s indoor track and field team readied for the upcoming Western Athletic Conference championship meet by featuring several outstanding performances at the recent Tyson Invitational held in Fayetteville, Ark.
Junior Trey Hadnot ran a school-record time of 20.81 in the 200-meter dash and was the top placing collegiate performer in event, as well as being fourth overall.
The time for the former Ruston High School star was not only the first sub-21.00 indoor 200-m time in school history, but is currently tied for fourth in the nation this year.

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Grambling teams lose SWAC games to TSU

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University’s women were edged 59-58 and the GSU men lost 80-52 in Southwestern Athletic Conference action at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center Monday night.
The Lady Tigers (5-20, 3-10) had three double figure scorers in Dayla Threatt (20), Kamiya Burwell (13) and Joanna Miller (12). Threatt was the club’s top rebounder with seven.
The Tigers (0-21, 0-13) were led by the 16 points of Terry Rose and the five rebounds of Bryant Purvis.

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Honorees make Lincoln better

One of the reasons that Ruston and Lincoln Parish are such good places to live is the community mindedness of its citizens.
Six individuals and two groups who made outstanding contributions to specific causes in the community during 2012 were honored this week during the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Gala. The award recipients are models of selfless service.

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Time for pruning fruit trees near

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The second half of January brought numerous phone calls to my office regarding pruning fruit trees, including peaches, figs, pears and plum trees. The majority of the callers inquired into the proper timing for pruning fruit trees on their property. Pruning fruit trees in the middle of January is not a suggested practice, so I recommended my clients to wait until at least the middle of February. With the coldest part of winter behind us, the trees will soon be growing and before we know it spring will be right around the corner.

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