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January 14th, 2014

Henderson’s needlepoint to go on a national tour

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JoAnne Henderson sits at her needlepoint stand removing small stitches of black thread from an off-white canvass. Sometimes perfecting a piece is as much about taking stitches out as it is about putting them in, she said.
Henderson knows about top quality embroidery. Her award-winning piece depicting the changes that take place in an Alzheimer’s patient’s brain goes on national tour this spring.
The Embroiderer’s Guild of America “Through the Needle’s Eye” exhibition opens in April in Palmer Lake, Colo., then travels to venues across the country for three years.

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UPPJ, DA reach funding request compromise

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The Union Parish Police Jury granted 3rd Judicial District Attorney Bob Levy’s office an additional $30,000 in funding for 2014 — significantly less than the requested $155,000 increase. The DA had also originally requested an additional $25,000 for 2013. The UPPJ agreed to pay an additional $20,000 instead.
“We’ve had more meetings and discussion with the DA since our December regular meeting,” said UPPJ President A.J. Smith. “In these meetings it was mutually agreed upon that the middle ground for settling this issue would consist of a payment for $20,000 for 2013 and $30,000 for 2014.”

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LPPJ to elect officers tonight

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The election of its officers for 2014 is the key item on the agenda for tonight’s Lincoln Parish Police Jury meeting to be held at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Parish Courthouse.
Third Judicial District DA Bob Levy will preside over the election of a 2014 president, vice president and treasurer for the LPPJ.

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Watch out for cold weather damage to plants

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Cold weather can cause all types of problems for plants in north Louisiana. Freezing temperatures can damage plants by rupturing plant cells as ice crystals form and rapid changes in temperatures occur. Evergreen plants can suffer damage from blowing winter winds and dry out when water is unavailable from ground. Chilling injury can occur to many tropical plants although temperatures do not drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Mardi Gras Ball, silent auction set Feb. 22

Tickets for the Krewe of Allegro’s 15th Annual Mardi Gras Ball are on sale now. The Ball, in conjunction with North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s Annual Silent Auction, will be held from 7 p.m. until midnight Feb. 22 at the Ruston Civic Center.
Changes to this year’s event include tiered ticket prices. Lord and Lady Tickets, for persons ages 40 and under, are $40; Baron and Baroness Tickets, for persons ages 41 and over, are $60. Tickets include heavy hors d’oeuvres, two drink tokens, live music and NCLAC’s exclusive Silent Auction.

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Bulldogs receive AP poll votes

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Tech’s Michale Kyser LSWA Player of the Week for second time
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Last season, the Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team found itself ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll at No. 25 for the first time in 28 years.
Tech finds itself getting national recognition once again as they received five points in the week 11 AP poll released today.
With 11 returners, including its starting five from the postseason last year, the Bulldogs are off to a 14-3 start after picking up its sixth straight win, an 85-51 victory over FIU.

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GSU teams split Monday doubleheader at Alcorn State

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Grambling State University’s basketball split a road doubleheader played Monday night against Alcorn State in Lorman, Miss. Joanna Miller (23 pictured at right) poured in 25 points and added eight rebounds Monday night to lead the Grambling State Lady Tigers to a 77-72 road win at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Miss. The win pushed GSU to 6-9 overall and 3-1 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference while Alcorn State fell to 1-14 and 0-4. Dennisha Chambers added 15 points for the Lady Tigers while Tyler Anderson chipped in with 10.
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Basketball shines at Tech

The national spotlight is currently shining on Louisiana Tech University, thanks to the Dunkin’ ’Dogs basketball team.
Tech had garnered national notice with a 14-3 start to its season, including a win over Top 10 ranked Oklahoma that has made the team’s future look brighter than it has in years.
This showed on Monday as Tech found itself receiving national recognition once again as they received five points in week 11 of the Associated Press poll.
Last season the Bulldogs were ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll at No. 25 for the first time in 28 years.

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Germ Cave shows hand status

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How do you protect yourself from germs? This is peak season for colds and flu. This week I’ve had the privilege to show students at Cypress Springs how to reduce their risk of bacteria and viruses. Students learned how germs spread by applying glitter glow potion on their hands. They touched their face, clothes and shake hands with their classmates.

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Start making a difference

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Four years ago Sunday, marks the date of the Haitian earthquake where more than 200,000 people perished. The earthquake had a magnitude of 7.0 and left a wake of collapsing buildings and rubble in the capital city of Port-au-Prince.
Even after four years, many residents still live in makeshift shelters made of plastic and plywood and are left without clean water and electricity, National Public Radio stated in a recent story.

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