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Senior expo set

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Information, entertainment, food on tap for annual event
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Area senior citizens will be able to hear some tips about elderly safety, eat a few nice meals and even have the chance to win a few door prizes at the sixth annual Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office Senior Expo on Friday.
Sheriff Mike Stone said the event usually draws between 400 and 500 seniors from the parish, where they will be able to sit and listen to guest speakers present information about issues relevant to the elderly.

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Keeping ’em laughing

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Former Louisiana Tech University and NFL star Terry Bradshaw was in his vintage homespun humor during a weekend appearance in Lincoln Parish. He and country and recording artist Kix Brooks hosted their annual fundraising golf tournament for the school at the Squire Creek Golf and Country Club on Monday after he had officials and Ruston businessman Steve Davison (right) laughing prior to Saturday’s “T-Day” spring game at Joe Aillet Stadium. See more on page 3.

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NAMI to discuss Alzheimer’s

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Kopera-Frye to provide insight, opportunities
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Becoming a little forgetful as one ages is simply part of the process, but forgetfulness that gets in the way of daily functioning is one of the top signs of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Karen Kopera-Frye, interim department head of the department of gerontology, sociology and political science, Biedenharn Endowed Chair in Gerontology and professor of gerontology at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, said she is amazed sometimes at how little people know about the disease that is expected to increase by 37 percent between now and 2025. She will be giving a presentation at 6:30 p.m. today at the monthly educational meeting of the Ruston branch of the National Alliance for Mental Illness in the Community Room of the Community Trust Bank Financial Center.

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Relay names survivor of year

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When the Lincoln Parish Relay for Life Committee was looking for someone to honor as its Lincoln Parish Survivor of the Year it didn’t have to look far in selecting Avalyne Nichols, a recent cancer survivor.
“I feel very honored to have been selected as the Lincoln Parish Survivor of the Year and to have the opportunity to represent Lincoln Parish,” Nichols said.

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Answers to your horticulture questions

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Question: I planted some pansy plants in the fall but they never seemed to catch hold and grow. They looked sick, and I decided in late January to replace some with new plants. Well, they looked good when I planted them, but within six weeks, they started dying. Within three weeks, most of them were dead. What do you think was my problem? I used a good potting soil in the bed. And I kept them watered good. What can I plant in the flowerbeds that will not catch the same disease as the pansies?

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Bradshaw boosting Tech

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Ex-Bulldogs’ star likes chances for C-USA hookup
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CHOUDRANT — Terry Paxton Bradshaw has never been shy about showing his unbridled enthusiasm for various things, be it those four Super Bowl wins he guided as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback in the 1970s or his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989.
But his youthful exhuberance goes to another level when he talks about his alma mater of Louisiana Tech University.

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Taylor’s Topics

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Spring game shows off Tech talent
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Being very pale and easily susceptible to sunburn, I rarely find myself able to stay outside for sporting activities for long periods of time unless I have properly applied enough sunscreen to save me from the blisters that will ensue. With that in mind, I was able to step out into the light for a little over an hour Saturday afternoon for a chance to watch the Louisiana Tech Bulldog football team compete in their annual ‘T-Day’ spring game.

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Squire Creek: ‘Super Bowl Central’

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Williams, Bradshaw cross paths at golf tournament
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CHOUDRANT — Five Super Bowl rings.
That’s how many are owned by the two men who were talking over in one corner of the main banquet room at the Squire Creek Golf and Country Club on Monday afternoon.
Doug Willams on the left, Terry Bradshaw on the right.

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Learn the signs of Alzheimer’s

If you’ve ever found your keys in the freezer or searched high and low only to find something missing right before your eyes, you understand just a fraction of what it is like to have your mind seem like it isn’t your own.
Many people flock to health food stores and pharmacies to find vitamins, foods and other tricks to help them combat the forgetfulness that is a natural part of aging.

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Troupe Dixie good for Ruston

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Throughout my years here, I’ve heard many young people complain that there’s nothing to do in Ruston. And, a little more than a year ago a group of young people took that idea and ran with it.
Though they already loved the Dixie Center for the Arts, and the local arts program, they didn’t feel the community was quite reaching out to all age groups. So, Troupe Dixie, a group of 20, 30 and 40-somethings, formed to bring activities downtown geared toward entertaining younger people.

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