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September 17th, 2013

Festival to begin Friday

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The Sikes Wolf Creek Festival is scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Sikes, in Winn Parish.
Festival gates will open at 4 p.m. Friday and will remain open until 8:30 p.m. On Saturday, gates will open at 8 a.m. for a full day of fun, food, fellowship and entertainment.
Friday night activities will include food, fellowship and live music.
Food on Friday night will include catfish plates and dessert. On Saturday, catfish plates, hamburgers and nachos will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m.

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Pine straw — Mother Nature’s mulch

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I’ve notice the hot and dry weather conditions have accelerated the fall of pine needles. This seems early, but the greatest needle fall naturally occurs in September through December, leaving a bountiful treasure for gardeners to use as mulch. It is a shame that too many homeowners with pine trees in the landscape rake and bag the needles and send them to the landfill. What a waste of resource and money. These same homeowners and gardeners will pay over $6.00 for a small bale of pine straw in the spring.

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ARToberfest right around the corner

Tickets are on sale for the North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s 4th Annual ARToberfest, which will take place at Ruston’s Historic Firestation from 5-9 p.m. on Oct. 11. Beers, live music and tasty food will make the evening a night to remember.
This event celebrates a variety of styles of beer, from regional home brews to Marsala Beverage’s finest. The home brew tastings are a highlight of the night, with good, healthy competition and handsome awards for the winners.

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Cheers: Mayfield

Army Cadet Letaira F. Mayfield has graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) Leader’s Training Course at Fort Knox, Ky.
The four-week course is a leadership internship for cadets that can lead to the ultimate goal of becoming an Army officer. College students experience and examine the Army without incurring an obligation to serve in the Army or ROTC, and are eligible to receive two-year college scholarship offers and attend the Advanced ROTC Course at their college.

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Club news: Culture Guild

Culture Guild meets
The Culture Guild of Ruston began the new year with a brunch at the home of member Jean Moore.
Hostesses were Beverlee James and Angie Biscomb.
Following a delicious meal prepared by the hostesses, a business meeting was called by President Lou Ropp. First on the agenda was a review of the new year’s yearbooks by Vice President Marlen Jimerson.
She reminded members that the Club will be filling Christmas gift bags in December for those who are home-bound.

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Tech determined to get offense on track

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It was the stuff dreams are made of.
The first game in a new conference Louisiana Tech had long desired to be a part of. A nationally-televised contest featuring some of the school’s biggest celebrities on hand for the celebration. A sea of fans clad in red cheering on the Bulldogs.
But sometimes dreams are just that — dreams. And then reality sets in.
Louisiana Tech had all of those opportunities in last Thursday’s 24-15 loss to Tulane — a game the Bulldogs somewhat stayed close in despite an offense that never really got untracked.

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Fox Sports 1 to televise Tech vs. Army

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Fox Sports and Conference USA officials announced Monday that Louisiana Tech’s Sept. 28 game against Army in the Heart of Dallas Classic will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1.
Last week the network announced the game would change to a 3 p.m. CT kickoff to accommodate TV.
The contest against Army will be held in the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas. The broadcast will mark the third consecutive Louisiana Tech game carried on the new national 24-hour sports network.

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No panic for Grambling

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GRAMBLING — Despite an 0-3 start, including last weekend’s 47-34 defeat by Division II Lincoln University of Missouri, Grambling State interim coach George Ragsdale isn’t about to give up on the season, or his Tigers.
Ragsdale said Lincoln had several players who were originally Division I players who ended up as Blue Tigers for one reason or another, making them a more formidable offense than one might expect.
The Blue Tigers had gone 2-21 heading into the Grambling game since restarting its football program in 2010.

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Tech volleyball to host to GSU

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For the second time this season, Louisiana Tech (5-7) will take on I-20 foe Grambling State (2-5) in its return home from a five-match road trip at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston.
The Lady Techsters were 1-3 over the weekend with the lone win coming Friday over Southern, but despite the losses, Tech put up a fight in all three matches and came just short of victory on several occasions.
As for the Lady Tigers, Grambling will make the short trip down the interstate to face Tech after a 2-5 start to the season.

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Bulldog basketball announces 2013-14 schedule

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Louisiana Tech head coach Michael White announced today the 2013-14 Bulldog basketball schedule which features a 16-game Conference USA slate and a total of 12 teams who saw postseason action last season.
Tech hosts two exhibition games before opening up the regular season on Nov. 8 at St. Mary’s, one of two teams the Bulldogs will face that were ranked in the AP Top 25 a year ago.

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