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March 19th, 2013

A dirty trooper?

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LSP employee arrested on drug, fraud charges

A press conference is expected today in relation to the arrest of a Louisiana State Police employee.
According to the booking affidavit, Ronald O. Thomas, of 75 Magnolia Drive, Monroe, was arrested at 2:06 p.m. by the Louisiana State Police for public payroll fraud, conspiracy to distribute schedule II/cocaine, distribution of schedule II/cocaine, malfeasance in office and obstruction of justice.
The booking affidavit stated that the investigation of Thomas’ alleged illegal activities began in June 2012.

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Saving babies a tail at a time

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Annual crawfish boil raises $10K for MOD
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Many area residents partook in an annual rite of spring in Louisiana Friday evening, and helped a good cause in the process.
Those people munched down mudbugs at the fourth annual March of Dimes Crawfish Boil sponsored by Community Trust Bank and Green Clinic.
More than 1,800 pounds of crawfish cooked by Jo Daddy’s were eaten and combined with T-shirt sales and a silent auction, the boil helped raise $10,000 to benefit the March of Dimes.
“It ended up being a great event,” said CTB Public Relations Specialist Sarah McKinnie.

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Recalling history: A look through a retired Lincoln Parish teacher’s eyes

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During Women’s History month, there are some in the community that have not only studied American history, but experienced it as well.
“I wasn’t afraid. I was transferred to Hico and I knew almost everyone there,” Naomi Ross, life-long Lincoln Parish resident and educator said about desegregation.

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Cleaning up Choudrant

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Community to hold event Saturday
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Those who live in the Choudrant area will have the opportunity this weekend to help make their home a little bit neater.
Because of conflicts, the village moved their contribution to the Great American Clean-up, set for April 6 in other communities, to Saturday.
Celeste Butler, village clerk, said those interested in helping out should gather at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Village Hall.
She said the village hopes to clean up within their limits, and a little bit outside of the limits.

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Almost time for warm-season vegetables

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Are you ready for the spring vegetable garden? In a few weeks, vegetable gardens will be transformed from bare soil to rows of green transplants of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants alongside plantings of corn, cucumber, squash and other direct-seeded vegetables.

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This week’s happenings at Lincoln Parish Library

The Lincoln Parish Library will host the second annual Multicultural Fair in the Library Events Center from 6-8 p.m. today. The Fair is in partnership with the English Language Center students at Louisiana Tech University and will feature cultural displays, activities, games, music, dancing and food from countries such as Bolivia, Japan, South Korea, China, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and more.

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Hadnot running to awards

As an opposing coach of Louisiana Tech University’s track and field program said last weekend at the annual Jim Mize Invitational, “the really scary thing is that he’s still got another year after this one.”
The reference was to Ruston native and Bulldogs’ star Trey Hadnot still having one more season of eligibility remaining after this 2013 outdoor season.

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Establishing a lawn care routine

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I’ve received a dozen or more phone calls during the past month or so regarding lawn care. The majority of the callers have either inquired into the proper timing for fertilizing their lawns or applying herbicides to control weeds. We are now in the middle of March, but in most cases it is still too early to start pushing early growth of turf grasses with lots of fertilizer. For one, turf grasses, such as St. Augustine, centipede and Bermuda, undergo spring root decline. During this time, the majority of the old root system dies and the grass grows new roots.

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STEM fields need balance

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I doubt anyone, even some of my closest friends, remember that for a brief period during my senior year of high school I wanted to be a math teacher. It would be understandable considering my self-professed hatred of all things having to do with numbers. Of course, like many girls (and writers) I somewhat wonder if that isn’t a learned behavior, considering I never made a B in a math class after fourth grade.

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Tech opens NIT play on road

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’Dogs have first-ever game against Seminoles tonight
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Whether it is playing at the Thomas Assembly Center or the Donald L. Tucker Center, this much is certain for Louisiana Tech University regarding tonight’s first-round game in the National Invitational Tournament:
The Bulldogs (28-6) are going to have to deal with a big, physical Florida State University (18-15) squad.

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