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February 5th, 2013

In need of upgrades

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Ruston aldermen consider city hall, airport renovations
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The City of Ruston is aiming to improve existing facilities including city hall and the airport as resolutions were discussed during the regular city council meeting on Feb. 4.
Explaining the plans to renovate city hall, Ed Pittman stated that a low bid had been placed and authorization had been given to enter in a contract with the alderman’s approval.

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Soils: A foundation for garden sustainability

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If one did not know better, spring has arrived. This week’s warm weather has many wondering what is in store for the month of February. The weather in February can be unpredictable, with warm days mixed in with extremely cold and wet days. In the northeast part of the state, the average high temperature is 58 degrees and the average low temperature is 38 degrees. Average rainfall is nearly five inches for the month. Cold weather can still be expected, on the average, the last frost date for northeast Louisiana is March 16.
One of the most popular trends in gardening is producing vegetables and landscapes without the use of conventional pesticides and fertilizers. This style of gardening is commonly called “organic gardening.” More appropriate names are beginning to surface; “ecological gardening” and “sustainable gardening” are more descriptive as to the goals of gardening the natural way.
Whatever it is called, this type of gardening is not new and has been practiced for many years throughout the world. In fact, before gardeners relied on the relatively recent practices of using synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, organic gardening was the norm. In organic gardening, particular practices are encouraged that utilize natural biological cycles, encourage biodiversity, and are ecologically friendly. A major difference between conventional and organic gardening is the use of natural materials to make the garden sustainable.
Growing plants in sustainable gardens is a long-term process that involves a number of practices carried out over many years instead of a one time, single production practice. Improving and maintaining soil fertility is probably the most important concept in organic gardening. Soil and the biological microorganisms in the soil are the foundation for any gardening activity. The importance of soil or growth medium cannot be overemphasized when trying to maintain plant health. Taking care of the soil in which the plant root system grows is essential to producing productive plants and avoiding plant problems. Soil is the primary source of water and nutrients for the plant.

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RCT announces cast for ‘Anybody Out There?’

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Bulldogs’ staffers on board

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New head coach Holtz unveils assistants to area media
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With a busy schedule that has included few “breaks” since he arrived in early December, Skip Holtz Jr. finally got the opportunity to introduce members of his Louisiana Tech University football coaching staff on Monday afternoon.
No surprise: he talked about all of them with an effusive energy that would have probably kept the Mercedes-Benz Superdome from losing its power on Super Bowl Sunday.
“I’m really excited about the staff we’ve put together,” Holtz told a gathering of approximately 20 area media members in the Guthrie Jarrell Room of the Charles Wyly Athletic Center.

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Bulldogs wind up recruiting efforts

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Louisiana Tech had a great finish to the recruiting period with several commitments over the weekend.
Head Coach Skip Holtz went back to Florida to add a wide receiver in Mario Lambert from Vero Beach. The 6-2 receiver had seven touchdowns in his first full season of football. Lambert was a basketball standout that recently took up football.

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’Dogs make jump in polls again

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Head Coach Michael White of Louisiana Tech University isn’t concerned so much about the national polls as how his young team handles the attention.
“Ninety percent of this is how we’re going to handle the success,” he said Monday shortly after the weekly Associated Press and USA Today polls revealed another advance in votes for his Western Athletic Conference-leading team. “In the big picture, honestly, all of this success may be coming a little too fast for our players, so we’ve got to keep reminding them about it.”
The Bulldogs went from eight points in last week’s AP poll to 24 this week, leaving them in the No. 33 position ahead of Kentucky, which is No. 34 with 21 points.

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Grambling women stop Alcorn

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LORMAN, Miss. — Grambling State University’s Lady Tigers increased their Southwestern Athletic Conference record to 3-8 on Monday night with a 57-47 win over Alcorn State University.
In a men’s game between the two schools which followed the women’s contest, Alcorn State kept Grambling State winless with a 78-53 victory.

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New Living Word improves to 27-9

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Ruston’s New Living Word improved to a 27-9 record in boys’ basketball recently with a 64-20 win over Gibsland-Coleman.
Leading the victory for the Lions were Javier Roper (15), Lee Mason (12), Xavious Williams (10) and Tracy Hampton (seven).

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Teacher prep needs attention

Good preparation does not guarantee that teachers will be effective in the classroom, but it certainly helps.
Louisiana has made progress over the years in training teachers for elementary and secondary classrooms, but the Bayou State still has a ways to go, according to a new study by the National Council of Teacher Quality.

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Sports program aimed at youth

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Looking for something a bit different from that everyday routine of TV and computer games? Looking to add just a little more excitement to your day? Well, maybe you can. Take another look at 4-H; don’t only think back to when all you did in 4-H was show livestock and cook. We still do those things but we’ve added so much more. Seems to me we add something different every year. Today I wanted to spend a little time talking to you about one of our newer 4-H programs that several people are very excited about and tell you what you need to do to get involved.

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