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July 10th, 2013

Tips for exercising with your dog

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Now, you know that exercise is good for you because it helps you maintain a healthy weight, manage stress, sleep better and increase your energy level. The great thing is that activity does the same for your pets! Not only will exercise help them live longer, but an exercising animal is also more alert and more content.

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‘Bee’ careful in taking a step

Today is National Don’t Step on a Bee Day.
While that may seem like a pretty silly holiday to celebrate or observe, at least one local is certainly concerned about bees in the area and hopes we all join in on his concern.
Tom Faber is starting up a Beekeeper’s Club, and their first meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the LSU AgCenter office. While Faber is a big fan of bees, he also pointed out in a recent interview why others should be as well.

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La. school board undermined

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Solve this word problem: Jane lives just in Claiborne Parish, about five miles from the Arkansas line. She’s enrolled in Delhi Charter School in Richland Parish, about 100 miles away. Jane’s school bus travels 40 miles-per-hour. How long does it take Jane to get to school?
Answer: Maybe 10 minutes. Yep, Jane may be enrolled in school two hours away, but she and up to 100 of her peers actually go to school in Junction City, Ark, the town that straddles the Louisiana-Arkansas line.

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NOTICE

NOTICE
SEALED BIDS for the following will be received by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, Procurement Section, Headquarters Administration Building, 1201 Capitol Access Road, 4th Floor East Wing S-447, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, Telephone number (225/379-1444) until 10:00 A.M., FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2013. No bids will be accepted after this hour. At 10:00 A.M. of the same day and date, they will be publicly opened and read in the Headquarters Administration Building, 4th Floor East Wing S-447.
SOLICITATION/RFx NUMBER 3000002045

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July 9th

Arson suspect arrested

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The Ruston Police Department apprehended a suspect in an arson case, that was being investigated by the Ruston Fire Department.
Personnel responded to a mobile home place at approximately 8:07 p.m. July 4 in the Cedar Creek Trailer Park off of Alabama Avenue.
Eric Brazzel, public education office for the Ruston Fire Department, said on arrival firefighters found the home fully involved in flames.

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Teen calls home

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In Monday’s edition of the Daily Leader we published that a Ruston boy had been missing since Friday.
Jonathan Verret, 18, called his grandfather Monday night at approximately 8:30 p.m.
Mark Colvin, Verret’s grandfather, said Jonathan was safe, unharmed and in Los Angeles.
“His mother and grandmother were on the plane to Los Angeles when he called me to say he was OK,” Colvin said. “Hopefully Jonathan will be able to see his mother and grandmother today.”
Colvin said the family appreciated the efforts by all the help find Jonathan.

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Rescuing animals

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For more than 15 years, one family has been dedicated to making a difference in the lives of unwanted pets and animals.
“My mom started all of this in 1996,” Melissa Simons said. “It started when she decided she wanted a Yorkie, but she wanted a rescue dog — not one from a puppy mill.”
Cherie Pee, founder of Waggin Tails Ranch, was able to find her rescue Yorkie in New Iberia, but the dog had been severely mistreated.

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Lady parasails at 85

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“As I sat out on my deck at the beach house we were staying in I saw the parachutes of people parasailing and I wondered if that was something that I would be able to do,” Ruth Sanderson said.
Eighty-five-year-old Sanderson, a native of Choudrant, said he first saw the people parasailing last summer when she was on vacation with her son and family.

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Choudrant amends 2012-13 budgets

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The main objective at the July Village of Choudrant meeting earlier this month was to approve a revised copy of the 2012-13 fiscal year budget.
Council members previously approved the budgets in June. However, because of a clerical error it had to be reapproved. The biggest change came from workman’s comp where during transcription a zero was left out of the number. Legally, the amended budget must be within 5 percent of actual spending and revenue. The mistake left the number outside the acceptable range, resulting in the need for the amendment.

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Vegetables fail to set fruit this time of year

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During this time of year, one of the most common questions asked is why my tomatoes and other vegetables have quit producing fruit? These plants flower but fruit set has diminished and in some cases completely stopped ... no tomatoes, no squash, no melons and the list goes on. The reason for the blossom drop is the flowers have not been pollinated properly. They have not been pollinated at all, have been pollinated under the wrong conditions or pollination has been insufficient.

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