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November 20th, 2012

A taste of Thanksgiving for residents in need

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One group of volunteers is working to ensure that no local resident will go without a holiday meal on Thanksgiving.
Kat Auger, owner of Kapiche in downtown Ruston, is spearheading an effort to serve Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday at her store.
“On Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., we will have people serving lunch to those less fortunate, and we will also be delivering lunches to shut-ins, or people who cannot travel for themselves and are less fortunate,” Auger said.

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Camellia sasanqua a Southern garden aristocrat

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It is a beautiful time of year, with all of the landscapes showing off their shades of gold, yellow, red, burgundy and orange. It’s hard to drive on any city street or cruise a rural back road and not be impressed with this year’s fall color display. It is truly worth the time, exploring this short-lived phenomenon.
While most of the seasonal excitement is created from foliar coloration, one plant, Camellia sasanqua, is bearing a profusion of color with its blossoms. Few things compare to the sight of a specimen sasanqua in full bloom emerging from a circle of fallen blossoms. The sasanquas were once found in every landscape, flowering in fall and early winter, depending on cultivar and location, but today many of the new gardens are designed with its familiar cousin, Camellia japonica.

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Tech: It’s all about SJSU now

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Louisiana Tech University’s “24-hour” rule is over.
Whatever emotions — heartbreak, anger, etc. — the Bulldogs had left over from Saturday afternoon’s 48-41 overtime loss to Utah State University, they are done with and now the focus is entirely on the next game.
And while Saturday’s 9:30 p.m. contest at San Jose State might not rank at the same level of significance as last weekend’s “Game of the Year” setting with USU, it’s still extremely important..

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Techsters add on top-rated signee

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Brandi Wingate has the pedigree to be a superstar.
The 6-foot-1-inch strong forward from Northwest Florida State also has the God-given talent and ability to shine on the Division I level.
Teresa Weatherspoon and the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters outworked more than 30 other Division I programs in inking the No. 2 ranked strong forward/wing (No. 12 overall) in the country during the early signing period.

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’Dogs reach finals

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Guard Raheem Appleby scored a season-high 21 points and forward Michale Kyser held strong on the defensive end with a career-high eight rebounds and five blocks as the Louisiana Tech (3-1) men’s basketball team outlasted Southeast Missouri State (3-2) to win 67-63 at the McKenzie Arena.

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RHS, Creek see grid success

Their 2012 season is over, but Ruston’s two city high-school football programs did their community proud.
The Bearcats of Ruston High and Cougars of Cedar Creek High had their campaigns officially come to a close this past weekend in the regional round of the annual Louisiana High School Athletic Association playoffs.
Ruston lost to Monroe Ouachita 27-18 in Class 5A and Cedar Creek fell to Vermilion Catholic 40-7 in Class 1A.

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Alternative uses for land

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Income producing opportunities abound for those who own agricultural lands in Louisiana. Using your lands for agritourism has been very profitable for many landowners.
Agritourism is not just about opening your farm to visitors to see your animals or pick your produce, it’s about much more. Defined, agritourism is a business venture on a working farm, ranch or agricultural enterprise that blends entertainment, education and tourism together to provide fun, exciting and memorable get-a-ways. Successful ventures have something to see, something to do and something to buy.

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Thankful to be an American

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The people who really know me can tell you that one of my goals in life is to live in London for at least more than the three months I spent there while in college.
However, I’d hate to think that because of that people think I’m not thankful for the blessing of being born in America.
Certainly, I may have been born in Louisiana — one of the poorest states and a state with one of the worst education systems (especially since I wasn’t lucky enough to be born in Lincoln Parish). But, that’s still better than a great number of places I could have been born.

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Take relaxed approach to lessons

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Question: What is an appropriate age for a child to begin learning a musical instrument? I’ve looked into lessons in my area and teachers accept children as young as 2 or 3 for violin and piano lessons.
My 3-year-old has asked to learn piano and while this is something we would like to pursue, we are wary of her beginning too young and/or being pushed or getting burned out.
On the other hand, most people I know of who are both proficient and truly love playing their instrument as adults started at a very young age. Can you advise?

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Suspect allegedly used counterfeit cash

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A man was arrested Monday after allegedly using counterfeit money to buy a puppy in the parking lot of Circle K on U.S. Highway 167 North.
Lt. Tim Parker, public information officer for Ruston Police Department, said Broderick Ellis, 24, of 2409 Roland St. in Winnsboro, was apprehended after a woman selling Yorkie puppies reportedly discovered that the bills he used to pay her were counterfeit.

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