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December 27th

Staying up-to-date on horticulture information

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One of the things I like about the horticulture field is that you must continue to look and see what is going on.
The problems change, and the people come up with something different. My youngest daughter lives in Monroe and even after my 60 years of working something different can come up.
The other day she called and asked, “What are the long white skinny worms that are on my patio? They are all over it. Could they be coming from our big dog that lives on it? Some of the worms are eight to 10 inches long.”

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Pet of the week

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Medusa is a young female catahoula/leopard mix. This happy girl loves to play and snuggle. Medusa can’t wait to find her forever home so she can share her happiness with her family. Her adoption fee is $50, which includes a spay certificate and rabies shot. Call 251-DOGS for more information about Medusa and her littermates.

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Concert benefits Jaycees, CCA

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The Russ-Town Band held its annual Christmas concert at the Dixie Center for the Arts Dec. 16.
As a community service, the concert was free but attendees were asked to bring either a toy to donate to the Ruston Jaycees Toys for Tots drive or a food item to donate to Christian Community Action. In the above picture CCA Director Stephanie Griffin receives the donated food from John Emory Jr., the programming director for the Dixie Center for the Arts.

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Techsters enjoy New York trip

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NEW YORK, N.Y. – Jasmine Bendolph and her Louisiana Tech teammates took a small bite out of the Big Apple.
Bendolph and the Lady Techsters were in New York last weekend for the Chartwell Holiday Classic hosted by St. John’s and found a little time away from the basketball court to experience life in the big city.
Following their triple overtime win over Prairie View A&M on Sunday, the majority of the Tech travel party loaded the team bus and headed into the City where they made stops at Madison Square Garden, Ground Zero and Times Square.

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Shows has high praise for 2-5A competition

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West Monroe High has another state championship for its trophy case and its legendary head coach gives much of the credit to its district affiliation.
“When you play in 2-5A, it helps prepare you for the playoffs,” said Don Shows, the Rebels’ longtime leader and one of the inductees into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. “That’s a tough district to come out of, and the teams we have there are very good and well coached.”

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Tech football future bright

What started out like gloom and doom for Louisiana Tech University’s football team this season ended with a Christmas-like spirit.
When fans in Tech Nation reflect back on 2011, they’ll remember it in two different ways.
First, there was that sluggish start, one in which the Bulldogs lost four of their first five games and appeared to be relegated to the lower echelon of the Western Athletic Conference standings, just as various preseason prognosticators had predicted.

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New approach to selling online

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Over a year ago, the LSU AgCenter and its partners launched the MarketMaker website, an Internet based program that provides sellers of food products (principally small and medium sized operations) an efficient means of communicating product availability to potential buyers.
It’s like an online farmers market. MarketMaker offers buyers a convenient Internet search tool to locate products they want, either directly from producers or through some other channel.

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Daughter’s weight poses concern

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Question: Our 4-year-old daughter’s weight (25 pounds) is at the first percentile for her age, but she is otherwise healthy, energetic, creative, polite and well-behaved.
Our only real problem occurs at meals during which she picks at and dawdles over her food. We end up coaxing her to finish, telling her how important it is for her to eat so she’ll grow, and so on. Sometimes, she has been there so long we’ve taken her plate away, but we are reluctant to do that because we don’t want her losing any weight. Are we worrying for nothing?

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December 25th

Streets filled with construction

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Anyone who drives through downtown Ruston can’t help but notice the abundance of construction taking place.
At this time, there are three separate projects in the works — one by the city of Ruston and two overseen by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.
A breakdown of projects and associated costs is as follows:
More road, more parking

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RPD ‘feeds’ into CCA

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Families provided holiday dinners
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A little more holiday cheer will be spread to 50 local families this season.
The Ruston Police Department in conjunction with the Municipal Police Officers Association provided 50 holiday bags, which included a frozen turkey, cornbread mix, cake mix and frosting as well as numerous other items needed for holiday dinner, to Christian Community Action.
“This was our first year to participate,” Lt. Tim Parker, RPD public information officer, said. “The Municipal Police Officers Association contacted us about handing out the holiday bags.”

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