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August 6th, 2013

Holiday Arts Tour

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Although it is a few months away, the North Central Louisiana Arts Council is gearing up for the 16th annual Holiday Arts Tour.
NCLAC Executive Director Jessica Slaughter said the event features many art forms.
“We take pride in the variety and quality of work that’s involved,” she said.

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Gardening safely in hot weather

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August is the warmest and driest month in north Louisiana. Average maximum temperatures hover around 93-94 degrees Fahrenheit and the minimum temperatures range from 71-73 degrees Fahrenheit. Historically rainfall events are scarce, with monthly precipitation only averaging 2.75 inches.

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Make Someone Smile Week celebrated locally

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Teleflora, the world’s leading flower delivery service, offering only hand-arranged, hand-delivered floral arrangements, announced its plans for Make Someone Smile® Week, the floral industry’s leading benevolent program running from July 21 through July 27. Teleflora member florists and community volunteers were out in their neighborhoods in droves delivering Be Happy® Bouquets to those in need of smiles — such as hospital patients, senior citizens living in nursing homes and assisted living homes, and recipients of Meals-on-Wheels.

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Legislative help needed for Sparta Aquifer

It’s no secret that Lincoln Parish is dependent on a source of water that is in danger of running out due to overuse.
The Sparta Aquifer, which is the main source of drinking water for Lincoln and 14 other North Louisiana parishes, is depleting because for decades it has been used at a greater rate than it can naturally be replenished by rainfall. It is estimated to have been overused by as much as 16 million gallons per day.

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Lincoln Parish 4-H members excel

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In July, 4-H club members from throughout the state competed in the 4-H/FFA State Horse Show at the Ike Hamilton Expo in West Monroe. These 4-H members all qualified at district shows around the state for the opportunity to compete at the state level. Lincoln Parish 4-H had the honor of having eight of our 4-H club members qualify and compete at the state show.

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Keeping an eye out for cataracts

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Earlier this summer, I learned something that to this day still blows my mind. My 15-year-old little cousin has cataracts on her eyes.
I’m not a stranger to cataracts. When I was about 15, my grandmother — who was in her early 60s at the time — had cataract surgery. It was pretty awesome for her because she was able to chuck the huge, grandma-sized bifocals that she’d worn my entire life. When they fixed her cataracts, she was able to get a tag-a-long Lasik procedure done. It was pretty strange to see her without glasses, something that — like myself — had defined her face my entire life.

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Bearcats begin preseason workouts

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Area high school football teams began preseason heat acclimation workouts Monday with the Ruston Bearcats working under the watchful eyes of new head coach Brad Laird.
And Laird liked what he saw during his team’s first fall camp practice.
“The players worked hard in the weight room this summer and are in good shape and ready to get after it,” Laird said. “They handled the heat well and it was good to get out on the field and down to work.

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Tech season, single game tickets on sale

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Single game tickets to Louisiana Tech’s road contests at North Carolina State and Kansas are on sale in the Tech Ticket Office.
Season tickets as well as tickets to the Sept. 28 Heart of Dallas Classic against Army in the Cotton Bowl are also on sale.

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Bulldogs back in business

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Louisiana Tech had 99 players report and hit the practice field Monday as Bulldogs began preseason workouts in preparation for the 2013 football season.
And new head coach Skip Holtz liked what he saw from his Bulldogs, although he realizes the first practice can sometimes be deceptive.
“Day one is always the most positive, most upbeat (practice),” Holtz said. “Everybody has been waiting for it for four months and a long summer. We will find out what the attitude and what everything is like when we get in the middle of two-a-days.

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Enemkpali named to Hendricks Award watch list

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Louisiana Tech defensive end IK Enemkpali was named to the 2013 Ted Hendricks Award Watch List the Ted Hendricks Foundation announced Monday.
A 2012 All-Western Athletic Conference First Team honoree, Enemkpali registered 32 total tackles last season with a team-leading 7.5 tackles for a loss of 49 yards including a team best six sacks for a loss of 46 yards. He also was credited with a forced fumble, a quarterback hurry and a pass break-up.

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