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February 18th, 2014

Bulldogs garner points in AP and Coaches Top 25

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For the third time this season, the Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team garnered points in the Associated Press Top 25 with the latest poll released Monday.
The Bulldogs picked up one point in the week 16 AP poll after having five for week 11 and one for week 13.
For the first time this season they also found themselves receiving points in the USA Today/Coaches Top 25 poll, picking up two points.
The AP Top 25 College Basketball Poll is compiled from votes by 65 sportswriters and broadcasters from across the nation.

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Examining effects of the recent ice event on plants

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It has been a few years since we have had a winter like this year. Temperatures have been well below average for most of the “winter months” and wintery precipitation has been experienced several times over the winter. These conditions will have an effect on established landscape plants, to what extent is not certain. The extent of the effect may not be apparent until re-growth starts in the spring.

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Pet Savers of Shreveport came to the rescue

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Unless you have formed a relationship with a pet, you will never understand what a pet lover goes through when they are faced with the loss of a pet whether by death or not being allowed to keep a pet in an unwelcome environment such as a nursing home or rental unit.
When I was younger, I didn’t form close bonds to animals, but as I have gotten older I’ve learned the value of a pet because pets can be so intuitive and be more demonstrative than people, often providing a sense of well being for whatever reason.

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Club News: Littera Club

The February meeting of Littera Club was held in the Turkey Creek Road home of Kathey Roane. Her co-hostesses were Carolyn Russell and Emily Baugh.
A Valentine’s Day theme was carried out in the home and the refreshments. Each member was given a numbered Valentine as she arrived to be used when the door prize was drawn.
The members and guests, Sheriff Mike Stone, Jim Tuten, Joy Ryan and Julia Boddie, were welcomed by the President Emily Baugh, who presented each member with a name tag with a Valentine’s message.

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All-Star game highlights parish

The NBA All-Star game played Sunday night not only provided a national spotlight for the state — Lincoln Parish got some primetime publicity, too.
This year’s game was played in the New Orleans Arena, and Ruston was the recipient of not only one, but two “shout outs” thanks to a pair of hoops standouts that consider Lincoln Parish home.
One came when Pro Basketball Hall of Famer Karl Malone attended the game and was shown on national television wearing a Louisiana Tech University baseball cap.

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Kids take a trip through the body

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What really happens to that sandwich you eat after you swallow it? Students at Alma J. Brown will find out as they tour the Louisiana Body Walk exhibit on Friday.
The Louisiana Body Walk is an exhibit that travels the state to teach students the importance of adopting healthy behaviors. It is part of an innovative program sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation and the LSU AgCenter.

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Reflections with time

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As winter quarter is swiftly coming to a close, I can’t help but think of the concept of time. It is something so real and measurable, and yet intangible. The only way it seems within your grasp is when it is slipping away.
It seems like last week that I was making 2013’s New Year’s resolutions. How can a year have elapsed in what seems like a week? It almost doesn’t seem fair, especially when there are those days that seem to drag on for an eternity.

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February 17th

Cub Scouts compete for first place

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Cub Scouts Pack 45 held its annual Pinewood Derby on Saturday at the Ruston Parks and Recreation Gym. The Thunderbird District Pinewood Derby followed later in the day. Cub Scouts, with the help of an adult, built their own cars using a kit consisting of a solid block of pine, plastic wheels and metal nails as axles.
The idea behind the Pinewood Derby is for a parent or guardian to spend quality time helping the boy design, carve, paint, add weights and tune the final car. The derby was first run in 1953 and continues today throughout the Boy Scouts of America organization.

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Zoning hearing set

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Ruston residents can provide input tonight

Ruston residents have another opportunity tonight to express their opinions on a lengthy list of proposed changes to the city’s zoning code.
A public hearing on the suggested revisions, all of which lessen restrictions in the existing code, will be part of the planning and zoning commission’s regular meeting set for 5:30 p.m. today in the courtroom at Ruston’s City Hall.

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Grambling man arrested after allegedly waving gun at neighbors

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The Grambling Police Department made an arrest involving a firearm on Saturday afternoon.
Bobby Cooper, 75, of 265 Garr Road, was arrested for aggravated assault with a firearm and disturbing the peace by being drunk.
According to the arrest affidavit, officers responded to a call involving weapons.
Upon arrival, officers reportedly spoke with witnesses who stated Cooper was intoxicated and came out of his residence onto another person’s property ranting and raving about various things.

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