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November 19th, 2013

Keep your holiday table safe

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The holiday season is a time for celebrating with friends and family. Don’t let your holiday be a time to remember because of a foodborne illness. To keep your holiday safe follow these four simple steps.
• Clean and wash hands and surfaces often. Bacteria can spread throughout the kitchen and get onto cutting boards, utensils, sponges and counter tops. You should:
• Wash your hands with hot soapy water before handing food and after using the bathroom.

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A discussion on the concept of charters

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Earlier this month, the Lincoln Parish School Board was faced with a historic decision — to charter or not to charter.
In October, the LPSB received their first ever charter school application. Since they’d never dealt with one, they had to do a bit of research on the subject. Eventually, earlier this month, the board made the best possible decision by denying the request.

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No controversy, only frustration for Tech QBs

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Ring around the rosies a pocket full of … Bulldog quarterbacks?
That’s the rhyme playing through Louisiana Tech head football coach Skip Holtz’s head after playing three signal callers during a dismal offensive performance in Louisiana Tech’s loss at Rice.
The numbers tell the story.
Tech quarterbacks combined for only 181 passing yards against the Owls, with starter Ryan Higgins hitting on nine-of-15 attempts for 138 yards with a touchdown and interception and Scotty Young connecting on six-of-15 passes for 43 yards and an interception.

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Tech bowling team third in Hornet Classic

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The Louisiana Tech bowling team wrapped a weekend full of competition Sunday, as the team posted a third place finish in the Hornet Classic hosted by Alabama State in Montgomery, Ala.
Tech opened tournament play Friday with two opening victories over Southern University and Texas Southern, but the Lady Techsters faltered in the following matches with losses to Alabama A&M and Florida A&M University.

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Choudrant girls state runners-up

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Choudrant High School’s girls cross country were runners up Monday in Class B state championship action in Natchitoches.
The Choudrant boys teams finished fourth overall.
Choudrant’s Lady Aggies totaled 91 points, 21 behind champion Pitkin with 70.
Marrisa Bennett turned in the best showing for the Lady Aggies, placed third in individual standings with a time of 20:49.17.
Choudrant’s boys team totaled 116 points, behind champion Patrick Taylor Academy (56), Anacoco (88) and Episcopal of Acadiana (112).

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Tech preparing for hoops, gridiron doubleheader

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Louisiana Tech fans will have an opportunity to experience a basketball-football doubleheader Saturday when the Lady Techsters host in-state rival LSU and the Bulldogs welcome Conference USA foe Tulsa.
Teresa Weatherspoon and the Lady Techsters will tipoff against LSU at 1 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center as fans can watch the two most storied women’s programs in the state of Louisiana. The two programs have combined for 49 NCAA Tournament appearances (27 by LA Tech, 22 by LSU) and 15 NCAA Final Fours (10 by Tech, 5 by LSU).

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November 18th

A place for cowgirls

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Local barns open to wedding parties
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Residents of Lincoln Parish now have unique venues for their weddings almost all year round — barns.
Charlotte Naff, manager of Shenandoah Stables Productions in Vienna, said this business began by accident.
“We have had so many people ask to have their weddings here, so we decided to let them come on,” Naff said. “We provide the atmosphere and they go with it.”
Naff said barn weddings are for cowgirls who want the country atmosphere.
“It is so much fun to watch,” Naff said. “The people who have their weddings here decorate with love.”

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Scouting for food

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Local boys help collect items for CCA
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Local Boy and Cub Scouts collected an estimated 8,000 pounds of food for Christian Community Action and residents are still able to donate if they missed the scouts.
Charlotte Hood, pack advancement chairman for Pack 59 Cub Scouts, said Scouting for Food is a great cause for which the scouts to be a part.
“Scouting for Food is an excellent cause,” Hood said. “Not only do the boys get the opportunity to assist in giving back to their community, but they also get to witness how generous our community is.”

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Get a free jump start to better health

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Residents can work off those holiday pounds with one of Bulldawg Nutrition’s many fitness options that are open to the public. Those interested can get a jump-start on their fitness with their six-week weight loss challenge or fit camp for four weeks.
The weight loss challenge begins today with a $25 entry fee. All of the money collected from the entry fee will go to pay out the Top 3 winners. The fitness challenge group will meet at 5:30 p.m. every Monday.

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Professionals jump rope into local schools

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On Saturday, local elementary school students attended a jump rope workshop at A.E. Phillips, which was taught by The Heart Throbbers Team and The High Velocity Team, jump rope teams from Texas.
Katie Hall said she was so glad to see the sport of jump roping come to Ruston.
“We are hoping to generate enough interest in jump roping to start a club at Ruston Elementary,” Hall said.
“The two teams represented, The Heart Throbbers and The High Velocity, taught the children single rope, partner rope and double dutch skills.”

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