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February 21st, 2013

Enjoy some crawfish, save the babies

When it comes to Louisiana, there isn’t much better than a big platter of spicy boiled crawfish, served up with potatoes and corn — unless it’s helping a child.
Area residents have the opportunity to enjoy a hearty meal of the freshwater crustaceans and assist in raising money for the March of Dimes by participating in the 4th Annual March of Dimes Crawfish Boil and Silent Auction on March 15. The event will be held from 4-7 p.m. at the Community Trust Bank Financial Center on North Trenton Street.

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It's that time of year: Tax time

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This is the time, year’s ago, I recall being so frustrated trying to find a place to file my taxes. I never knew having your taxes evaluated for free was an option. There are many places to file federal taxes for free, but getting state taxes is not as easy. You can search google for websites that offer free federal and state tax filing, but the restrictions for some of them are just that — pretty strict.

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Many ills this flu season

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Feeling cruddy is no fun. Unfortunately, that’s something I know all too well as I’ve been battling a case of the crud for at least a couple of weeks now. Horribly congested sinuses and broncial tubes, sweating one minute and shivering the next, sore throat — I’ve had it all. And just when I think I’m finally getting over it the symptoms return stronger than ever.
But there is hope lingering in the air, along with all the germs. The AP reported late last week that health officials say the worst of the flu season appears to be over.

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Caney Lake Good Sammers Club

The cold, rainy day at the Pavilion RV Park in West Monroe on Jan. 23-26, 2013 didn’t dampen Nellie and Emory Ambrose and Mary Lynn and Jimmy Stothart’s warm welcome to the Caney Lake Good Sammers.
The attendees had “stone soup.” First, there is a stone boiling in the water which doesn’t really have much flavor. But then, people think of all sorts of canned vegetables they have in their rigs, with some meat from the hosts and “voila” it’s the cold-weather. Of course, the salads and desserts added the crowning touch.

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Beta Sigma Phi

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The Louisiana Laureate Omega Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi held a Super Friends Super Bowl party at the home of Don and Pat Edington on Feb. 3.
Co-hostesses were Lee Smith and Pandy Bleich.

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Cosmos Club

The January meeting of the Cosmos Club was held in the home of Vickie Benefield on Jan. 9. The Rev. Jerry Hilbun, minister at Trinity United Methodist Church, spoke and showed slides of his 2012 mission trip to the Navaho Nation in North Central Arizona. This is the largest Navaho reservation in the U.S. where 180,000 Indians live.
While there Hillbun's group composed primarily of young people did carpentry work, roofing, plumbing and other repairs to the homes of the residents.
The workers visited scenic areas such as Monument Valley, Lake Powell and the Painted Desert while in Ariz.

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Hadnot welcomes challenge

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The more responsibilities, the better Trey Hadnot likes it.
Pressure?
What pressure?
If Louisiana Tech University’s men are to fare well and finish high in the 2013 Western Athletic Conference indoor track and field meet that starts today, much of it will likely rest on the shoulders of the former Ruston High School star.

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Stanley: Team approach is key

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For Gary Stanley, the 2013 Western Athletic Conference indoor track and field meet is as much about non-first place ribbons as it is about times and distances.
“This weekend, it’s about points and not as much about how many first places we have,” said the veteran head coach of Louisiana Tech University’s traditionally successful program. “It’s how we do with the second, third and other places to help us get the points needed to finish high. It’s about how well our athletes do in their second and third events outside of their regular events.

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’Dogs win easily, 118-48

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It wasn’t a matter of wondering if Louisiana Tech University would score more than 100 points Wednesday night, but when.
That plateau was reached for the first time since the 2009-10 season when guard Kenyon McNeail fired in a 3-point field goal with 7:25 left to play that gave the Bulldogs (24-3) a 101-36 lead over Central Baptist College.
By game’s end, the ‘Dogs had well over 100 points, ending up with an 118-48 win over the Mustangs (7-24) in front of an estimated 3,700 fans at the Thomas Assembly Center.

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Dubach girls begin Class C playoff action

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Dubach High’s girls end their wait tonight.
After earning a bye in the first round, the Lady Hornets (27-1) tip off postseason competition with a 6 p.m. regional round duel at home against Reeves (10-21).
It will be one of two second-round contests involving Lincoln Parish teams tonight, as Ruston New Living Word School (11-26) will play at No. 1-seeded Pelican (27-4) starting at 6 p.m.

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