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April 12th, 2013

Master Gardeners

The North Central Louisiana Master Gardeners met for their monthly meeting April 8 on the terrace of Rene Gibson’s home in Squire Creek with President Donna White presiding.
Following the business session, members met at the Club House in Squire Creek and toured the golf course enjoying the many azaleas in bloom as well as other plants and shrubs. They then rode to the Club House for lunch.

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Thank JA for aiding our youth

The women of Junior Auxiliary of Ruston love the children of this community. If anyone had any doubts about that, all they would have to do is look at the numbers.
From May 2012 through February 2013, JA members devoted 1,285 hours to volunteering in the Lincoln Parish community. In that same time, they reached 13,321 children through their various service projects.
Junior Auxiliary members each donate at least 24 hours of service throughout the year, and the majority of the service projects are devoted to helping children.

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The colors, sounds of spring

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A magical kingdom called Pepperland was the backdrop for the plot that hatched the Beatles’ hit tune “Yellow Submarine” in 1968. Contrary to popular belief, this song has nothing to do with life in North Louisiana during Spring and pollen season.
For the past two weeks, we have all lived in or driven a yellow submarine here on the tree-laden hillside of God’s country. Elanor Rigby and Sgt. Pepper would both be right at home.
No pain, no gain. The transformation from the dull colors and barrenness of winter, to the lush greens and pastels of April are not without costs.

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What you can do about your diabetes

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The American Diabetes Association currently rates 25.8 million children and adults in the United States — 8.3 percent— of the population as having diabetes. With rates of this measure, one can only be amazed how much this affects the life of a person, and that of their family. Whether it is daily care at home, or multiple trips to meet doctor’s appointments; diabetes is one of those diseases that affects not just one member of the family, but all members of the family.

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’Dogs: ‘T-Day’ duel on Saturday

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If he had any say in it, Skip Holtz would ask the NCAA to extend the number of spring workouts to more than 15 days.
But 15 it is and that’s how many his Louisiana Tech University squad will have filed away with Saturday’s 1 p.m. “T-Day” spring battle at Joe Aillet Stadium.
“I would feel a lot more comfortable as a football coach if we had 15 more days ahead of us,” Holtz said. “As a new staff coming in, that’s part of what you have to overcome and getting guys comfortable with your system on both sides of the football.”

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Cedar Creek softballers: No. 1 seed

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Cedar Creek High School’s powerful softball team has another No. 1 ranking for its outstanding 2013 season.
The Lady Cougars (25-2) were announced on Thursday afternoon as the top-seeded squad for the Class 1A Louisiana High School Athletic Association playoff bracket.
Head Coach Julie Riser will send her team into a bi-district round contest at home on Tuesday afternoon against Lena-based Northwood High (8-12).
Cedar Creek, which has held the No. 1 power ranking the entire season, is one of three Lincoln Parish schools who will be involved in postseason action.

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Bearcats play at home tonight

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Ruston High School’s baseball team will be back in action tonight when Natchitoches Central comes to the Bearcats’ diamond for a 5 p.m. District 2-5A game.
Head Coach Toby White will guide RHS into its seventh league contest with the rescheduled contest that was originally set to be held on Thursday, but was wiped out by rain showers.
Ruston is 21-5 overall and 5-1 in the district, where it recently won two-of-three games from rival West Monroe High. The Bearcats are No. 8 in the Class 5A Louisiana High School Athletic Association power rankings.

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Masters: Making it look easy

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Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories about the 2013 Masters Golf Tournament.
AUGUSTA, Ga. — The forecast thunderstorms didn’t come. The winds didn’t swirl. The greens were slow.
Three strikes.
Augusta National, known to be unaccommodating, took it easy Thursday on Day One of the 2013 Masters.
The most famous course in America gave up 45 rounds of par or better; only three players shot 80 or more.

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Garr selected to college Hall for baseball

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GRAMBLING — The “Roadrunner” has sprinted right into the College Baseball Hall of Fame.
Ralph Garr, a native of Ruston who starred at now defunct Lincoln High School before going on to All-American stardom at Grambling State University and then an All-Star career in the big leagues, was announced on Thursday as a member of the prestigious Hall of Fame induction Class of 2013.
Garr and six fellow inductees will be honored during ceremonies to be held in conjunction with the College Baseball Night of Champions celebration in Lubbock, Texas, June 28-29.

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Techsters hope win builds momentum for WAC series

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Can a 5-0 road victory against Northwestern State University on Wednesday be the catalyst for Louisiana Tech University’s move out of third place in the Western Athletic Conference standings?
The Lady Techsters (20-17, 5-4) will try and advance closer to the top of the league race this weekend with a three-game home series against current runner-up San Jose State University (29-13, 7-2).
Tech and SJSU will meet in a single game tonight at 6 p.m., then in a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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