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DIATECH tackles diabetes, blood pressure

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SIMSBORO — Diet plays a major role in diseases like diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.
Louisiana Tech Human Ecology professor Mary Murimi and her DIATECH program are striving to make a healthy difference in Lincoln and Claiborne Parishes with what she terms a “community-based intervention” designed to demonstrate that lifestyle modification can help greatly reduce one’s risk of dealing with one of those illnesses.
Murimi and a group of Tech nursing and dietetic students working with her DIATECH program were in Simsboro Saturday, doing their final health screenings this year for a group of program participants at Fellowship Baptist Church.

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Emerson Centre seeks residents’ votes

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For the past several years, the Emerson Centre has offered an after-school program to local children. However, this year, because of a decrease in donations, the program was forced to close its doors.
But there may be a light at the end of the tunnel. The Emerson Center, which offers services such as counseling and tutoring to children in north Louisiana, is one of three finalists for a Do-Gooder Grant of up to $50,000, which would help them fund another year of the after school program.
Jenae Emerson, grant writer and fundraiser for the Emerson Centre and daughter of the founder, said she decided to nominate the organization for the grant because of the loss of the after-school program.

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Pumpkin Glow set to light up Choudrant

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Choudrant Restoration and Beautification Society plans to scare up a good time in the village during its fourth annual Pumpkin Glow. The event will be from dusk until 8 p.m. on Oct. 30 in the park at the corner of U.S. Highway 80 and Louisiana Highway 145. Due to construction, the Pumpkin Glow has been moved from the front of Choudrant High School.
Pumpkin Glow chair and CRABS member Megan Farrar said the Pumpkin Glow is one way CRABS brings the community together each fall while also promoting a safer holiday.
“We want to sponsor a good, safe Halloween for our community,” she said. “(The Pumpkin Glow) stops (kids) from knocking on random doors. We’ve got everyone centrally located. They’re not running up and down the street.”

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Shreveport officer killed; suspect arrested

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SHREVEPORT (AP) — Sgt. Tim Prunty — a 19-year-veteran of the Shreveport Police Department was shot and killed when a man drove up to the officer and opened fire.
Police Chief Willie Shaw says Prunty, 44, was checking on a business before dawn Sunday when he was shot. Prunty was standing outside the store talking to a store clerk when a man drove up and opened fire on the officer, according to police. Prunty returned fire before falling to the ground, police said. The clerk was not injured.
“A lone gunman stepped out of the vehicle unprovoked and opened fire,” Shaw said. “Sgt. Prunty was struck multiple times, and as a result, he died.”

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Arcadia man struck by train

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ARCADIA (AP) — Police say a man who was listening to an iPod as he walked along a stretch of railroad tracks in Arcadia died when he failed to move out of the path of a train.
Police Chief Victor Rogers identified the victim as 29-year-old Ray Andrew White of Arcadia. White died at the scene on Monday.
Rogers said three witnesses told police the train sounded its horn but White appeared not to hear it. He said the engineer hit the emergency brakes but was unable to avoid an impact with White.

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What are the indicators of a dead plant?

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Finally, some of us got a rain. I understand some areas got from 1/2 inch to as much as two inches. It is amazing how much difference rain can make in comparison to a sprinkler. The next morning, after my one-inch of rain, my Mexican petunias were standing up straight and blooming. They had had few blossoms that were wilted. Before the rain, my ginger plants had large bud heads but few flowers. After the rain, they were covered with large butterfly blossoms. The fragrance out the back door was outstanding.
The question that is being asked now has been, “What should I do with the plants that show bad drought stress?” Some plants look dead. Some plants have dead limbs. Some plants are badly wilted and have dropped many leaves. Some leaves are just now starting to change color. What should we do?
This goes back to one of the problems with pruning. Every cut should be a decision.

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AIGA traveling design exhibit opens at Tech

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Examples of the best designed book covers of 2009, as decided by the American Institute of Graphic Arts, will be displayed at Louisiana Tech’s School of Art today through Nov. 18.
Today, Wes McWhorter, AIGA president of the NOLA chapter, will speak at 4 p.m. at the School of Art, and a reception will follow at 5 p.m.
The selections in AIGA’s annual competition represent the best work across all disciplines of communication design and strategy, as chosen by a jury of design peers.

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AIGA traveling design exhibit opens at Tech

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Examples of the best designed book covers of 2009, as decided by the American Institute of Graphic Arts, will be displayed at Louisiana Tech’s School of Art today through Nov. 18.
Today, Wes McWhorter, AIGA president of the NOLA chapter, will speak at 4 p.m. at the School of Art, and a reception will follow at 5 p.m.
The selections in AIGA’s annual competition represent the best work across all disciplines of communication design and strategy, as chosen by a jury of design peers.

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Locals help in quake recovery

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How beautiful, yet uncertain, is life.
On Jan. 12, at 4 p.m., Jerry Gulley, an active Methodist missionary, was meeting with a number of people at the Hotel Montana located in Port au Prince in the Republic of Haiti.
The purpose was to coordinate providing services between government and private groups, such as churches and the Red Cross, for the Haitian people. Haiti was then and is now the poorest country in the western hemisphere. At this “routine” organizational meeting along with Gulley were two of his very dear friends, Sam Dixon and Clinton Rabb, also persons focused on helping others.

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Dog fighting must be stopped

They’re our best friends, defenseless and loving, and willing to do anything we ask of them.
We have to make sure they’re protected.
Last week’s arrest of three area men for dog fighting shows the problem of animal cruelty exists here in Lincoln Parish.
Louisiana law defines animal cruelty as any act that causes or permits “unjustifiable physical pain, suffering or death’’ to an animal. The cruelty statute provides stiff penalties: a fine of not less than $5,000 nor more than $25,000, or imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than 10 — or both.

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