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January 15th, 2019

Poverty Point heritage site to host earth oven demonstration

Poverty Point World Heritage Site will host a prehistoric cooking demonstration featuring the earth oven method of cooking at 11 a.m. Jan. 26.
The program offers a unique look at prehistoric cooking with an earth oven, showing how the Poverty Point people used earthen cooking balls to cook their food using specially dug pits using the materials that would have been available to the local inhabitants over 3,000 years ago.
Poverty Point World Heritage Site offers the visitors the opportunity to study the culture of area inhabitants from 1600 to 1100 BC.

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4 Paws Rescue Pet of the Week

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4 Paws Rescue would like to feature Sweat Pea, a 2 1/2-year old spayed female American stafford mix. Sweat Pea is blind in one eye but loves all animals and is very good with people of all ages. She snorts a bit when she greets people because she is so happy!
4 Paws Rescue is located at 290 Rodeo Rd. and can be reached by phone at
251-3647. Its hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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NELA Master Gardeners seminar, seed swap set

The Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners will present the ninth annual January Gardening Seminar and Seed Swap.
The seminar is in conjunction with the Ag Expo and will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the West Monroe Convention Center.
The seminar, themed “Seeds of the Past for the Future,” includes presentations from Larry Stephenson and Allen Owings, and will feature John Coykendall as keynote speaker.
Guests are invited to meet and mingle with the speakers.
Door prizes and a grand prize giveaway will be drawn.

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DEAR ABBY

Wife gets the silent treatment without knowing the reason why
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DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married more than 20 years. Once in a while, he’ll stop being affectionate and ceases talking to me.
Obviously, he is upset. He holds it together for our children, but I get the serious cold shoulder.
He won’t tell me why he is unhappy. He simply expects me to give him “space.” This is difficult because I assume it’s something I have done, and I want to make it right.
After several days, he’ll start coming around and talking to me again, and he expects me to jump right back into our usual behavior. But by this time I feel abandoned and resentful.

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Allow people to cope with suicide in their own way

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Through the years I have had several very good friends commit suicide. I knew that it wasn’t “my fault,” but you still wonder if there was anything you could have done. It’s a natural reaction.
In the best-selling book, “Girl, Wash Your Face,” Rachel Hollis talks about how she felt when her brother committed suicide.
Paraphrasing, “There was a time when, with my future stretched out in front of me, all I could see was fear and loss.

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1950s parenting ideas still work today

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A Wisconsin pediatrician wants his newspaper to eject my column, giving as one of his complaints that I hew “to the idea that the world of the 1950s was the be-all and end-all of parenting/childrearing, and that if we were to return to that era with the good-old practices of our grandparents, our children would reap the benefits.” The good doctor then claims that my traditionalist point of view is not supported by evidence.

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They weren't housekeepers, they were family

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One of my most vivid preschool memories is about growing up with housekeepers. I’m not even sure if that’s what we called them at the time or how in the world we ever afforded one, much less two in a row. What I do know is that they were an important part of my life up until the time I started the first grade. Miss Willie and Miss Catherine were both black, wore white, and were never there to mop any floors. They were there to take care of the babies; preschoolers like me, and maybe cook some hot water cornbread and black-eyed peas from time to time.

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Give gift of life Thursday

Most people know the feeling of satisfaction giving can bring.
And there’s nothing more important than the gift of life.
It’s for that reason that the Ruston Daily Leader encourages anyone who can to donate blood when the Louisiana Center for the Blind plays host to a blood drive from 9 a.m. until noon Thursday. A LifeShare mobile unit will be parked outside of the Center for the Blind, located at 101 S. Trenton St. in Ruston during that time to accept donations.

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Saints drive way into NFC title game

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Championship teams overcome adversity; it’s that pure and simple.
And the New Orleans Saints showed they’re a team of championship caliber Sunday afternoon with a 20-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles to advance to Sunday’s NFC Championship game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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Bulldogs beat Middle Tenn.

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Louisiana Tech had four players score in double figures and held a second straight opponent to under 60 total points which helped result in a 73-56 victory over Middle Tennessee on Saturday afternoon inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court.
The shots were falling early and often for Tech (13-5, 3-2 Conference USA), highlighted by a stretch where they made 11 straight field goals. But the game was won on defense, forcing 17 turnovers by Middle Tennessee (3-14, 0-4 C-USA) and holding its top two scorers in check to extend the home winning streak to 10.

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