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Burn ban considered

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The Lincoln Parish Fire District may need to call a parishwide burn ban in the coming days if conditions remain dry and more fires erupt.
LPFD spokesman Jim Hilton said there have been 11 grass fires since May 1, nine of which were in the last two weeks.
“They are definitely on the rise,” Hilton said. “They’ve been all over, pretty much everywhere.”
The size of the fires have ranged from a few feet to more than a quarter of a mile.

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Weather impacts city’s famous fruit

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Local growers say the lack of a strong winter might put a dent in the peach crop this year.
Peach farmers in the area are busy making sure they’ll have plenty of peaches for the 2012 Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival, but the weather has not been on their side this year.
Joe Mitcham, of Mitcham Farms, said the decreased number of chill hours has led to smaller, sweeter and fewer peaches.

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Burglars strike parish

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Another burglary occurred over the evening hours in the southwestern portion of the parish near the Arcadia/Simsboro area. This adds to a number of burglaries that have occurred over the past three weeks in Lincoln Parish.
Major Stephen Williams, with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, said that while the majority of theses types of incidents have occurred in the Arcadia/ Simsboro area, some have also taken place in the northern part of the parish.

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Council OKs 13 sirens

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Ruston aldermen have approved a resolution that will allow sirens to be installed at 13 different locations throughout the city.
The Outdoor Audible Emergency Warning System, which includes voice command capability to give residents instructions, will be used to warn residents in the event of bad storms or other emergencies.
“It’s seems we’ve gotten more tornado-prone in the last few years, so this is a good step in the right direction,” Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth said at the Monday City Council meeting.

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Dealing with fire ants, dry weather

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Fire ants are a problem again this year. One reader told me that they were especially bad around his okra and inquired what would be safe to use and not harm his other crops.
A very safe material that has a recommendation for more than 200 fruits and vegetables is ESTEEM.
It is bait that the ants carry back to their hills. It is an insect growth regulator, so it is very safe around humans and animals.
Check for the active ingredient Pyripoxifen. I understand that there are some additional products that have the same active ingredient. They should also be safe to use.

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Newsome in legends’ circles

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BOSSIER CITY — Grown men have their heroes, too.
Ask Ozzie Newsome.
In his own right, he is one of the NFL’s all-time best players, considered by many to be the greatest tight end in the game’s history.
He’s a former All-American at the University of Alabama, a three-time Pro Bowler, first round draftee and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Touching on various NBA topics, news

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Well, my fellow National Basketball Association fans, the season is starting to dwindle, but the action is only beginning to heat up.
That’s right, after both the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat took commanding 2-0 leads in their series, both the Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder managed to claw their way back to an even series.
The Thunder did one better Monday night and managed to pull out a game 5 victory in front of the Spur’s home crowd. Even with that, I still see both these series going to Game 7s.

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Tech tracksters have big impact

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With 13 of the last 16 Western Athletic Conference championships, Louisiana Tech University’s track and field team for women has always believed itself to be in a class of its own.
This year’s NCAA championship qualifiers from the Ruston school further prove that theory.
The Lady Techsters, under the guidance of head coach Gary Stanley for season No. 24, are sending five entries to the NCAA championships Wednesday through Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.

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’Dogs put solid finish to baseball

For a while there in the final weeks of the regular season, things looked bleak for Louisiana Tech University’s baseball team.
Until the last week, in fact, it was touch-and-go and nearly on the brink of not even making an appearance in the 2012 Western Athletic Conference postseason tournament.
But the Bulldogs did wind up being one of the six teams who earned a berth in the nearly week-long tourney held in Mesa, Ariz.

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Keep summers on farm alive

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I have fond memories of summers on our farm. It was a time when all the cousins came for an extended stay without their parents, and my job was to show them a good time.

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