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Packing the house

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La. Tech wins NCAA challenge for fifth year
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After five years of the NCAA Division I “Pack the House” Challenge, Louisiana Tech stands alone.
For the fifth straight year, Louisiana Tech was the Western Athletic Conference’s winner of the NCAA’s “Pack the House” Challenge — a national effort in which conferences and institutions compete to build attendance at their women’s basketball games.

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A walk in the park

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More than 200 two-legged and 100 four-legged Ruston residents had a barking good time on Saturday morning during Ruston Parks and Recreation’s sixth annual Furry Fun Walk.
Ashlynn Shell, recreation supervisor, said this was the best event yet.
“This was the biggest, best Furry Fun Walk in six years,” Shell said.

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Residents urged to practice caution

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A significant severe weather event that includes heavy rainfall has been predicted for a large portion of the state, which also encompasses North Louisiana.
A substantial quantity of rain is expected to further saturate the area and motorists are urged to use extreme caution. Louisiana State Police are reminding motorists to allow additional travel time during inclement weather periods. As many streets and roadways in the area have the potential to flood under such extreme conditions, motorists are urged never to attempt driving through standing water, as it is quite difficult to determine the depth of that water.

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Bid let on Union landfill project

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The Union Parish Police Jury moved last week on a secondary containment project for fuel tanks at the parish landfill as required by the Department of Environmental Equality.
Following Parish engineer David Dumas’ recommendation, the UPPJ moved to award a low bid of $51,450 to Amethyst Construction of West Monroe for the project, which will consist of building a secondary containment structure with a roof as well as new fuel tanks. The total cost of the project will be $77,949.

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Protect plants from the unexpected

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Warm weather can be tempting to entice a person to think it is time to plant the summer blooming plants or put out tomatoes.
We can, but make an alternate plan in order to care for the plants if a freeze comes. It can happen. This winter we have had several warm-ups and then cold fronts move in and drop the temperature below freezing.
The average last freeze date is Thursday, however, it can be two weeks later. If you protect the plants with plastic be certain that it is removed before the direct sun hits the plants.

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Celebrating 104 years of service

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Members of the Epsilon Psi Omega in Grambling, Alpha Theta at Grambling State University and Theta Lambda at Louisiana Tech University, chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated came together for a Founders’ Day Commemoration of the organization at 3 p.m. March 4.
The group celebrated 104 years of service. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority was organized in January 1908 and is the oldest Greek-letter organization established in America by Black college women.

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Parish players on 1-A team

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Ewing, Richie, Wiley, Turner are honorable mention All-State
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Two girls and two boys are Lincoln Parish representatives on the 2012 Class 1A All-State basketball teams announced today by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Earning recognition on the girls’ team were Cedar Creek High’s Ruby Richie and
Allison Ewing, while Grambling High’s Chauncey Wiley and Brauhnye Turner were chosen to the boys’squad.
Richie, a 5-8 senior guard, averaged 20.0 points, 5.0 five rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.0 steals per game.

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Taylor’s Topics

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‘March Madness’ pushes on
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While the Republican primaries have moved into the state, the never-ending fun of ‘March Madness’ has continued through the week and will be a staple of the sports world during the next few weeks as the numbers dwindle down to the only one that matters ­— one.
That’s right, 64 teams (well, I guess more than that since they have the play-in round games) are now down to the final 16, and there are two No. 2 seeds missing who I was sure were going to make it further than they did.

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Tech bowlers finish season

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The Louisiana Tech bowling team posted a 4-11 record this past weekend and finished No. 18 overall in match play competition at the eighth annual Columbia 300 Music City Classic.
Tech ended its season with the event.
In Bakers action, the Lady Techsters totaled 4,191 pins en route to a 2-4 record with wins over eighth-ranked Sacred Heart and 19th-ranked Saint Francis.

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Clary throws no-hitter

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Grant Clary helped Cedar Creek High’s baseball team improve to a 10-4 record in a big way this past weekend.
With a five-strikeout performance over five innings, Clary didn’t allow a hit and helped guide the Cougars to a 10-0 victory over Haynesville.
It was the first no-hitter of the season for Cedar Creek and the first of Clary’s career.

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