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January 30th, 2015

Crawl to action

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The annual Diaper Derby serves as the kick-off event each year for the March of Dimes.
Set to take place from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Saturday at halftime of the Louisiana Tech University men’s basketball game at the Thomas Assembly Center, Nancy Darland said between 10 and 12 typically enter the event.
“Leah Beasley, former Tech athletics marketing and game management director and myself came up with the idea for the event,” Darland said.
She added that the event is a fun experience on the basketball court.

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Locals invited to ‘Grab a Hunk of Lightning’

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Dorothea Lange took the photograph “Migrant Mother “(1936) that still personifies the Great Depression in America’s visual memory. The American Masters series documentary “Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning” (2014) by five-time Emmy winner Cinematographer Dyanna Taylor, Lange’s granddaughter, will be screened from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Dixie Center for the Arts.

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Claiborne cookers celebrate Mardi Gras

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Claiborne Dutch Oven Cookers held their first gathering of 2015 on Jan. 24. About 50 people attended, cooked, enjoyed the band and visited. The theme was Mardi-Gras, and all the cookers prepared Cajun dishes, which everyone sampled.
Among some of the dishes prepared were gumbo, dirty rice, Cajun potpie, Cajun sausage cacciatore, peach cobbler, corn bread, a Cajun vegetable medley and assorted desserts.

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Call local lawmakers about EPA burnings

The Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to burn 15 million pounds of M6 propellant stored at Camp Minden in Webster Parish has rightly receiving attention from Lincoln Parish residents.
Camp Minden, about 40 miles west of here, is the former Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant, and has faced environmental hazards since 1989, scientists and elected officials familiar with the region say. But the proposed open tray burn may be the most sweeping issue yet.

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Flu outbreak hits Darden home

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Several months back I wrote a column about vaccines and the flu shot, and I received some feedback from the community.
This feedback spanned from how I needed to get the flu vaccine and even challenged me to be able to name individuals who had been vaccinated and still contracted the flu.
Well as of this week alone, I can name seven. That’s right — seven people I know personally took it upon themselves to be vaccinated and still ended up with the flu.

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Writer doesn’t want oligarchy

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As a progressive liberal, I am constantly at odds with my father, who is a staunch tea-partier. He repeatedly signs me up for Republican literature and talking points. Here is a portion of the survey for the Republican right-wing agenda. They are astounding, if not pure magical thinking.
Initially, we are asked to rank importance of their agenda. They go from 1-10, however it is really only four questions asked in different ways:
• Eliminate government spending, red tape and the legal problems created by the standing system.

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Bulldogs climb past Hilltoppers

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Louisiana Tech came into Saturday night knowing that in order to extend its home winning streak to 23, they had to defend the glass against the best rebounding team in Conference USA in Western Kentucky.
The Bulldogs did just that with a plus-seven rebounding margin and got double-figure scoring from four players in a 69-56 win over the Hilltoppers in front of 4,029 fans inside the Thomas Assembly Center.
With the victory, Tech (16-5, 7-1 C-USA) also moved into a tie for first place in the league standings with WKU (14-6, 7-1 C-USA) who had its nine-game winning streak come to an end.

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Techsters fail to finish at Western Kentucky

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BOWLING GREEN, Kentucky — Louisiana Tech head coach Tyler Summitt has been preaching 40 minutes of basketball since he stepped foot on the campus back in April.
And after playing the top two teams in Conference USA on the road the past three weeks, his team found out exactly why.
On Thursday night at E.A. Diddle Arena, Summitt and Co. played toe-to-toe with WKU, leading 51-49 with 11 minutes to play. Twenty-nine minutes wasn’t nearly enough.

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Bowling Techsters to play at Prairie View

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The Lady Techster bowling team is gearing up to compete in one of the toughest tournaments of the season this weekend when Tech faces off in the annual Prairie View A&M Invitational in Arlington, Texas.
The three-day event will be held at the world-renowned Bowling International Training and Research Center, which is also the training facility for Team USA and the USA Olympic Jr. Gold Team.

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District 5 baseball tryouts slated

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The District 5 8-and-under baseball team will hold tryouts at 5 p.m. today as the Lincoln Little Baseball Field.
Tryouts for the District 5 9-and-under baseball team will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Lincoln Little League Field.

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