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April 1st, 2014

Master Gardener plant sales coming soon

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Everyone is excited about the arrival of warmer weather. While most gardeners are busy preparing the garden areas, many are already planting their favorite ornamental and vegetable plants.
Searching nurseries for new varieties and old favorites is an exciting event which takes place every spring season. To enhance the usual plant selections found in local nurseries, Master Gardeners from Northeast Louisiana and North Central Louisiana have scheduled plant sales, which should tantalize the enthusiastic plant buyer.

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DART Radiothon speakers named

The following is a list of times that each speaker for the 2014 Domestic Abuse Resistance Team Radiothon will be on the air.
• 6 – 6:30 a.m. Pam Dance, Chairperson “Opening Remarks”
• 6:30 – 7 a.m. Rose Daigle, Licensed Professional Therapist; “A Counselor’s Perspective on the Effects of Domestic Violence”
• 7 – 7:30 a.m. Ricky Bonnett, Pastor of First Assembly of God; “Domestic Violence and the Church” and “Men Standing Strong”

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Roper named Class C MVP

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After leading their teams to state titles, Destiny Simon and Javier Roper have been named the Most Valuable Players in Class C by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Simon, a 5-foot-10 center from Hackberry, landed the award and a spot on the LSWA’s Class C girls first team after averaging 21.6 points per game and leading the Mustangs to their first state title since winning three in a row from 2002-04.

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Simsboro’s Abney on Class B list

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The Fairview High girls basketball program is very familiar with Class B success.
Now the Allen Parish school’s boys team is beginning to taste success as well.
Senior guard Maghan Cooley and sophomore post player Brennan Maddox made it a Fairview sweep of the Most Valuable Player honors on the Class B all-state teams selected by a panel of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Simsboro senior Ron Abney (14.2 ppg) was named a second-team All-State boys team selection.

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Ruston’s Buggs second-teamer

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Ruston High School’s Isaiah Buggs was a second-team selection on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 5A boys All-State team.
RHS’s Trey Brown also earned honorable mention on the boys All-State squad.
Greg White-Pittman, of Holy Cross, and Jennifer Clark, of Mount Carmel Academy, saw their seasons end in different ways. That didn’t keep the two New Orleans standouts from claiming the top honors on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 5A All-State teams.

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Kitten’s Turner earns Class 1A accolades

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Central Catholic’s Meoshonti Knight and Christian Life Academy’s Johnathan Stove built their resumes by doing a variety of things for their respective teams. The two senior standouts can now add one more thing to their list of accomplishments.
Knight and Stove headline the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 1A All-State basketball teams selected by a panel of sportswriters from across the state.
Grambling Laboratory’s Davauhnte Turner was a second-team selection on the boys squad.

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Choudrant freshmen top Bearcats

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Pitcher Clayton Allen and the Choudrant High School Aggies defeated Ruston High School 13-8 in a freshman game played on Monday.

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April ends Tech b-ball journey

As March Madness fades into April championships, the journey for Louisiana Tech University’s men’s basketball team has ended.
But oh, what a ride it was!
We are grateful to have been able to be a part of Tech’s historical season as some of the biggest crowds to pack the Thomas Assembly Center in years watched as the Bulldogs rolled to a 29-8 record and National Invitational Tournament quarterfinals before it was all over.

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Prescribed burning insight offered

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Prescribed burning is an agricultural management practice and, in Louisiana’s row crop production, has often been used primarily during or soon after harvest. In grazing lands management, prescribed burning generally takes place in late winter or early spring. There are a number of environmental and other public concerns associated with this practice and the state has instituted a voluntary smoke and ash management training program to assist producers in addressing these concerns.

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LMCH to host Si Robertson

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Si Robertson, America’s favorite uncle and one of the most popular characters on television, will appear in Ruston on May 9 for a special fundraising event with all proceeds benefiting Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home.
“An Evening with Si Roberston” will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Louisiana Tech University’s Thomas Assembly Center and Robertson will entertain the crowd with stories of faith and family as only he can.

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