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February 28th, 2017

Prep boys play round two games today

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Four out of the five area boys prep basketball teams still alive for postseason action will play host to second-round playoff games today as the march to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association championship tournament continues.
Eighth-seeded Ruston High School will play host to No. 9 Bonnabel in a regional round matchup beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the RHS Boys Gym.

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Taking care of the lawn in spring

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I was driving through town last week and saw a gentleman spreading fertilizer in a lawn. I realize we hit temperatures in the 70s, but I was thinking to myself that it’s way too early to be putting out fertilizer for any of our lawn grasses.
After many years as a county extension agent I am starting to believe that there is a correlation between my telephone ringing at the office and a couple of warm sunny days.
I understand after being cooped up inside after all the cold temperatures, not that we had many cold days this year, that people want to get outside and do something.

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Shine on, Diamond ’Dogs

The Louisiana Tech Diamond ’Dogs have gotten off to a gleaming start — best in program history — opening the season at 7-0 after completing a successful road sweep at the University of Texas-Arlington over the weekend.
It was Tech’s first road sweep since 2009.
And at 6 p.m. today they’ll play their biggest game so far this year as they host Arkansas in the first of a two-game series, with the second contest coming at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

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February 27th

Tech students, professor win first place in Shell Eco-Car team competition

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Four students and one faculty advisor from Louisiana Tech University’s Eco-Car team have won first place in the “Best Overall Team” category at a new event called “Hack-a-Truck,” sponsored by Shell Oil Company last weekend at Google’s headquarters in Palo Alto, California.

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Grambling hopes to hook visitors with stocked pond

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Grambling’s residents will have the opportunity to catch catfish and rainbow trout at the Grambling City Park within the next six months.
The state Wildlife and Fisheries department will stock the park’s pond by late summer, said Mark Blake, Grambling’s director of public works.
As a part of stocking the fish, Wildlife and Fisheries will host a get-out-and-fish program that teaches any resident how to fish.
“It was a good idea for us to go this route,” Blake said. “We’ve sent a contract back to get the first stock of fish for September.”

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You Be the Chemist

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Lincoln Parish School Superintendent Mike Milstead, left, presents Ruston Junior High School seventh grader Jonathan Gunasekaran with a plaque for winning first place at the Lincoln Parish You Be the Chemist Challenge Thursday on Louisiana Tech University’s campus. Jonathan will advance to the state competition in April.

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Club News: Littera Club

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The Littera Club of Ruston enjoyed an elegant Christmas 2016 luncheon at the beautifully decorated home of President Carolyn Russell on Dec. 7. A gourmet meal of chicken cordon bleu with dressing, cranberry salad, green beans, rolls and a dessert of angel pecan pie was prepared by Littera member Erma Hudson. Carolyn, Mary Ayres, and Mary Alice Moore helped serve the food along with tea and coffee. There was no business meeting, just a lovely social time. Party favors were Christmas mugs filled with candy.

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Mount Olive Christian School Exhibition at the Dixie Center for the Arts

The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is pleased to announce an exhibit of works by the Mount Olive Christian School art students.
The exhibition runs now through May 1. Ages of students represented range from Kindergarten to High School Senior. Under the tutelage of Bonnie Ferguson, multiple art making techniques are exhibited.
The students have worked for three weeks preparing for this exhibition and the techniques displayed are drawing, print making, ink resist, water soluble oil pastel, ink and brush, water color, and mixed media.

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Grambling projects will benefit area

Grambling is on the move and it’s for the better for its citizens.
Several city projects are currently becoming a reality with many of the projects expected to be completed within in the next several months.
They include renovations at the park, adding fish to the pond, a community garden and the Safe Routes to School program.
All of these initiatives are part of the city’s plan to create a better quality of life for its citizens.

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On child crime and punishment

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My late brother Jimmy and I were talking on the phone one day and we got on the subject of spanking, or “whuppins”, as we called them in the South. We both agreed that in our house you quickly learned the difference between being whupped and being spanked. It was easy: Daddy whupped. Mama spanked.

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