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September 20th, 2016

Composting can improve garden

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It’s about that time of the year to dust off the rakes and begin cleaning up all the leaves that fall from our trees. As we drive around we’ll see people burning and bagging tons of leaves and sticks from there yards. It always made me wonder as I watch the smoke coming from these piles if it’s actually smoke signals trying to communicate to us that we are wasting a very valuable and free resource. It wouldn’t take much effort at all to turn those leaves into nutrient filled compost to use in our gardens and flower beds.

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Strong start for the Tech’s girls of fall

Most people associate fall with football, but that’s not the only action happening for Louisiana Tech University’s athletics department.
Tech’s girls of fall are off to a great start in their various sports.
The Tech cross country teams played host to the program’s annual Mook Triple-Duals at Tech Farm Saturday morning, with the women’s squad taking three top-10 finishes with Kacie Kaufman leading the pack with a time of 19:06 in the three-mile race. Elia Nero recorded a third place finish overall with a final time of 19:41 for the sophomore.

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September 19th

Area dentist opens at new location

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Residents may have noticed construction on a new building on North Trenton Street — recently completed, this construct is the home of Trenton Dental Center, located at 1605 N. Trenton St.
Paige Volentine, a local dentist and owner of the practice, said more than 75 people showed up to help them celebrate the grand opening of the center.
“We had a ribbon cutting and the open house,” she said. “There were about 100 people at the cutting and then we probably had the same amount trickle into the grand opening. Everything was just wonderful.”

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CBERS to co-host Industry Day 2016

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The Louisiana Tech University Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science will co-sponsor Industry Day 2016 along with the Center for Cardiovascular Diseases and Sciences at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport and the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northern Louisiana in Shreveport.

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Dean to serve as association president

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Don Schillinger, dean of Louisiana Tech University’s College of Education, has been elected to serve as president of the Louisiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
“I am very honored and humbled to be entrusted with this leadership role by representatives of the higher education teaching programs throughout Louisiana and I will earnestly strive to function as a collaborative catalyst for raising the level of achievement, productivity and prestige of teacher education,” said Schillinger of his election as president of the LACTE.

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Does back to school mean back to violence?

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As the school year begins, I have been reviewing information about dating violence.
There are many stories of young girls in high school, with a boyfriend who does not want them to do anything with anyone else.
This includes her girlfriends, her family, and of course any friend of the opposite sex. Even if the other person is a study partner or a lab partner for a school project, the boyfriend became very angry, even abusive.
In a safe, healthy, happy world, people have trouble imagining the word “abuse” associated with high school sweethearts.

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Routes to respite, reflection

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If you turn off Ruston’s Kentucky Avenue onto Cedar Creek Road and glance immediately to the left before reaching that little bridge, you’ll see a seemingly neglected trail leading through the woods.
Every time I pass there, I try to peek at that ever-so-slightly open space among the trees. In the daytime, sunlight dapples the leaf-covered ground. In the evening, the mystery of the place deepens as dusk descends. Each time, I contemplate what it would be like to walk there.

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Tech deserves national recognition

Being recognized as a top university in the country one time is quite the accomplishment.
But being acknowledged six consecutive years is simply outstanding.
Louisiana Tech University was ranked in its highest tier of National Universities by U.S. News & World Report for the sixth consecutive year, according to its 2017 Best Colleges list.
Tech and Louisiana State University were the only two public institutions in the state to achieve tier one status, while Tulane University, a private school in New Orleans, also received a tier one ranking.

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Parish continuing its ‘wide receiver country’ rep

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Tommy Spinks, Trumaine Johnson, Pat Tilley, Dwight Scales, Bobby Slaughter, Frank Lewis.
And numerous others.
Throughout their pass-oriented histories, Lincoln Parish collegiate programs have featured some of the nation’s best wide receivers.
The tradition is continuing this season.
Louisiana Tech has two wideouts who are on the Biletnikoff Watch list for the country’s best players at the position: senior Trent Taylor and junior Carlos Henderson.
Grambling State, likewise, has two excellent WRs in senior Chad Williams and graduate student Verlan Hunter.

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Tech soccer team tops USM, 3-0

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. — The Louisiana Tech soccer team had never scored a single goal in the three times it has played at Southern Miss.
That changed in the fourth meeting as the Lady Techsters took advantage of an early red card on the Golden Eagles to notch a 3-0 league victory on Sunday afternoon at the Southern Miss Soccer Complex.

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