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May 11th, 2013

Are quail making a comeback?

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Over the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to hunt quail. That word — “hunt” may be a bit misleading. I’ve shot pen-raised quail, which is a far cry from earlier hunts two or three decades ago when our part of the world actually had a good population of wild quail. If you grew up in the country as I did, your dad, your granddad and all your neighbors had a truck patch where peas, corn, tomatoes et al were grown. Chances are there was a fence row around the patch left uncut where native weeds and grasses flourished. Many times I’ve gone out to the family garden and flushed a covey of quail from their fence-row living quarters.
Today, the fence rows around those old truck patches and gardens have largely disappeared. We no longer wake up to the clear crisp “bob white” of quail calling from the fence row. For sure, it’s not just the loss of habitat that has caused quail numbers to plummet throughout the south; other factors such as fire ants, pesticides, overall land use changes, etc. are also prime suspects causing the decline.

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Leonard, Perry win Fishers of Men title

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Anglers competing in the North Central Louisiana Fishers of Men division recently gathered at Forsythe Park on the banks of the Ouachita River in the early morning hours for a chilly start to their fourth tournament of the season.
A cold front pushed through the area in the days preceding the event, dropping temperatures from highs in the 80s to a record low 39 degrees the morning of the tournament.

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Dunn wins another national title

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Louisiana Tech University’s Jordan Dunn (right) recently repeated as the champion in the 163-pound class during the 2013 national collegiate powerlifting title meet held in Killeen, Texas. Dunn, whose father (Butch, left) is a former award-winning lifter under ex-Tech coach Billy Jack Talton (center), set a national meet record with 1,741 pounds that included a 705-pound squat and 480-pound bench press. He was named the meet’s Outstanding Lifter for all divisions at the nationals. He has personal all-time bests of 749 for the squat, 507 for the bench press, 600 for the dead lift and overall total of 1,802 pounds. He has been named to the USA team that will compete at the world championships in September. As a team, Tech finished as the runner-up at the national meet.

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RPAR sets homer derby on May 30

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The time is nearing for sluggers to get out their best bats and start preparing for the annual “Home Run Derby” to be sponsored by the Ruston Parks and Recreation Department.
Set for May 30 at 6:30 p.m., the “Derby” will have each participant get a total of 10 outs to register as many homers as possible.

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Remembering mom

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I went to Howie’s birthday party — one of Susan’s and Jonathan’s neighbors. Good food, good company, a fun evening. While at the cookout, the temperature dropped and I almost froze. Susan went home and brought me a wrap. That helped. Crazy weather.

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Bird recipient of scholarship

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Dylan Bird, a senior at Ruston High School, has been named a recipient of a Ford Family Foundation Scholarship award.

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CHURCH NEWS - SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2013

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FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD
First Assembly of God
“Living in the Spirit” class is at 9:45 a.m. Sundays. Children’s church is at 10:45 a.m. Nursery up through age 3 is provided at 10:45 a.m. Sundays and by request on Sunday night and at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
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BAPTIST
Calvary
Bible study classes begin at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship is also held at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Choir rehearsal begins at 4 p.m. today.
Men’s Prayer Breakfast begins at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Wednesday evening’s prayer service is at 6:30 p.m.
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May 10th

Fresh designs

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Ever seen a MOM (Mechanically Operated Mother)?
How about a Smart Frisbee that can teach you how to practice your form of throwing the flying disc without actually doing so?
Or how about a Smart Christmas Ornament, which turns itself off when overheating, preventing the chance of a holiday fire.
Most people might never have seen such oddities, but freshman engineering students at Louisiana Tech University have.

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In critical condition

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A Farmerville High School Junior is in critical condition following a spring training drill that occurred at approximately 4 p.m. Thursday at the high school.
“As of 7:24 a.m. this morning, Jaleel Gipson is in critical condition following an unfortunate accident during a tackling drill,” David Grey, principal of Farmerville High School, said.

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Former state trooper Thomas receives additional charges

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As part of the ongoing investigation, former Louisiana State Police Trooper Ronald Thomas was rearrested on Wednesday for the following additional charges: money laundering, conspiracy to commit money laundering, attempted obstruction of justice and 12 counts of filing false public records. His total bond is set at $260,000. Prior to this arrest, Thomas had been terminated from the state police department.

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