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September 18th

Trailblazer focuses on quality of water

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A watershed is the land area that drains to a single body of water such a as stream, lake, wetland or underground aquifer. The boundary of a watershed is defined by the highest elevations surrounding the body of water. A drop of water falling outside of the boundary will drain to another watershed.

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New Walgreens opens

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Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held Sept. 8 for the new Walgreen’s Store and Pharmacy located on the corner of North Trenton Street and West Reynolds Drive. The event was sponsored by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

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Burkes to open on Oct. 15

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Burkes Outlet is growing with the opening of a new store in Ruston on Oct. 15.
The new 22,028 square foot store site is located at 309 N. Service Road E. The new store takes over the former Goody’s location.
The store will include a large selection of ladies, men’s and children’s apparel, handbags and accessories, a family footwear department and an expanded home selection. When fully staffed the store will employ approximately 15 associates and a store manager.

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Conville to speak at Tech Marbury Lecture

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Louisiana Tech University College of Business alum Bobby J. Conville Jr., senior vice president of investments for Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, will present the fifth annual Marbury Lecture at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 in the CenturyTel Auditorium at Louisiana Tech’s College of Business.
The lecture, open to all Louisiana Tech students and the public, is part of the annual William Ardis Marbury, Jr. and Virginia Lomax Marbury Lecture Series hosted by the College of Business and Cedar Creek School.

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A fond goodbye to Bob Dennie

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There are those people you come to know and when you see them after a long absence, you can’t help but grin; they evoke that kind of response. You know right away you’re about to hear a funny story, true or fictional. My friend Bob Dennie, who died last week after a long bout with cancer, was such a guy.     
 
He and I go back a long way. My dad worked for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries; Bob Dennie did as well. Dad worked in predator control, while Bob was the Information and Education Director for LDWF as well as the long-time editor of the Louisiana Conservationist magazine, a Wildlife and Fisheries publication. I looked forward every couple of months for the Conservationist to arrive in the mail; thus I knew who he was and admired him before I ever actually met him. I attended my first outdoor writer conference in Macon, Georgia. While I was impressed at getting to meet some of my outdoor writing heroes — Lee Wulff; Homer Circle; Soc Clay, et al, one of the highlights of my trip was having this friendly outgoing guy with a Cajun accent walk up to me, extend a hand and smile with the greeting, “Hi Glynn; I’m Bob Dennie.” Wow…..he knew my name!“    
That was the beginning of more than three decades of a relationship between Bob and me that grew more special with the passage of time. When a hunting or fishing trip or writer’s conference was on the agenda, I always looked forward to getting to visit with my buddy, Bob, and hear his latest stories. Not only did we enjoy sitting and talking and laughing together, we did stuff together. Several of these events, just about all of them actually, eventually became side-splitting occasions.       
For example, there was the time he and I were fishing with a guide on Calcasieu Lake south of Lake Charles. We were miles from the marina when a storm came out of nowhere with strong winds and rain so hard you couldn’t see. As we hunkered down for the return trip across the lake in this weather, I remarked to Bob that I had this new rainsuit that was guaranteed to keep me dry, so I wasn’t worried. When we made it back to the marina, I removed my rain suit and watched at least five gallons of rain water pour out; water that had made it through the “rain free barrier” while Bob, high and dry in his discount store slicker suit, doubled over with laughter. I tossed that piece of junk as soon as I got home. Bob never let me forget it.    
On another occasion, Bob arrived at my home to spend the night; he and I were to head out the following morning to attend a writer’s conference in Sweetwater, Tenn. We left in Bob’s truck; he insisted that I drive and along the way, he introduced me to his “Cajun Cruise Control” — a forked stick that rested between the accelerator and the back of the seat. That was Bob Dennie; always coming up with a gimmick. On our return, the hosts gave each attendee at the conference a bottle of wine that was produced in the area. I don’t drink but to be nice, I stuck the unopened bottle in my duffle bag with my underwear. When we got home, I found that the cork had worked free and all my undies had been dyed a dark rich purple. I sported “Fruit of the Looms” that lived up to their name until they eventually wore out. I never saw Bob later that he didn’t slap his thighs in laughter at that episode.        
Bob’s list of accolades and honors are too numerous to mention in this space. Suffice it to say that the nation, the state and the outdoors world has lost one its most beloved personalities. I miss him terribly. May you rest in peace my dear friend.
FISHING REPORT 
CANEY LAKE: A good many bass are being caught on the Ole Monster worm, black with red, but most have been in the slot or smaller.
Best bets are to fish deeper water next to shallow.  Some crappie are being caught on jigs with crappie nibbles added. Lots of nice chinquapins are being caught on cold worms fished on the bottom and the yellow bass bite is starting to improve on silver spoons fished fairly deep.
LAKE CLAIBORNE: Crappie fishing is fair around the stumps off the thousand foot channel with shiners working best. Bream fishing is good with some nice bluegills caught on crickets and worms.
Catfishing is fair to good. Stripers are schooling some and are being caught on silver spoons and white bucktails. Bass are rather slow.
LAKE D’ARBONNE: Crappie fishing is best fishing jigs or shiners along channel edges and drops. Bass are schooling in the channel and hitting Rat-L-Traps and plastic worms.
A good many bream are being caught fairly shallow on crickets and worms.

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World-record elk slated for display in Farmerville

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A record-setting Canadian elk will be on display at the Lake D’Arbonne Sportsman’s Expo in Farmerville on Sept. 24-25. 
The Expo will be at the Willie Davis Jr. Recreation Center, just off Hwy. 33 South, from 2-8 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

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Techsters’ supper scheduled Oct. 7

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The entrée and drinks will be provided.
Individuals who attend and who join the Tip-Off Club will receive the “Welcome Back” booklet and a chance to win an “A” parking pass for the 2010-11 basketball season.
A raffle will be held for a chance to win gift certificates, a birdhouse, autographed basketball and more.
Additional information is available by calling Barbara Swart at 255-7950 or e-mailing in care of Barbara@latechalumni.org.

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Foundation aids B&G Club food program

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Proper nutrition is vital for children to succeed in school and in life, and summer months can often pose a challenge as families struggle to feed their kids without the food programs provided by schools. Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana is one of 400 clubs across the country to receive $6,000 from the Walmart Foundation to help feed young members during the summer.

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Give charitable contributions with passion

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Question: As I get older, I realize I have all the material things I want out of life. Part of me would really like to give away some of my money, but I am suspicious. How can I control how the money I give will be spent?

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September 17th

Shootings prompt a reality check

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The news spread quickly on Monday morning.
It was often met with disbelief. That kind of news couldn’t have been coming from Ruston, our hometown.
We’re fortunate in Lincoln Parish in that we’re sometimes lulled into a thought pattern telling us we live in a wonderfully progressive yet tranquil town — a “safe” community and the perfect site to settle down and raise a family.

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