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Union Parish gator hunters join cast of popular reality show

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The new breed of “Swamp People” is coming straight out of Union Parish and might just be the next big thing. Marion residents Jeromy Pruitt and David LaDart have been hunting alligators for a long time, but back in September, they were asked to do what they love best on film for the History Channel’s popular show “Swamp People.”
“When Jeromy (Pruitt) asked me to audition with him, I did it because I didn’t think we had a chance,” LaDart said. “I was more than a little surprised when we got the call back.”
LaDart started taking his stepson, Pruitt, alligator hunting when he was just 8 years old.
“I had been doing it a while by then,” LaDart said. “I didn’t have much growing up so I got in it for the money and the meat.”

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Hoolan: A woman of many talents

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Katie Hoolan is many things to many people, but maybe she should add juggler to her list, too.
Homemaker, mother, firefighter and award-winning worker — Hoolan manages to balance it all.
Hoolan, primary vet assistant at the Ruston Animal Clinic, was named in January as the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association Support Person of the Year for 2012, much to the delight of veterinarians Marion Sewell and Marilyn Roane, who nominated Hoolan for the honor.

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Animal skeletons on display at La. Tech

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Make no bones about it, Louisiana Tech’s SciTEC Center has some useful new exhibits all thanks to a few skeletons in a closet.
Or make that a room instead of a closet.

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Early blooming trees bring color to landscapes

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Late winter blooming trees always lift the spirit, after a gray, damp winter season. During the past months, we have had many days where there seemed to be no color in the landscape, but recently purple, white and pink blossoms have appeared, bringing a hint of spring to the area. Many years these blooms are damaged by cold temperatures, not this year. The Taiwan Flowering Cherry (Prunus campanulata), Oriental Magnolia (Magnolia X soulangiana) and the Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata) are waving goodbye to winter by launching an impressive display of flowers.

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Ambrose kids help raise funds for St. Jude’s

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In an effort to donate money to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Jack, Maggie and Abby Ambrose helped raise more than $1,000 for the Zeta Rho St. Jude Radiothon.
Their schools, Lincoln Parish Early Childhood Center ($729.38), Glen View Elementary ($186), and I.A. Lewis School ($165.17) held blue jean days and free dress days to raise money for the children of St. Jude. They raised a total of $1,080.55. Pictured, from left to right, are Jack (LPECC), Maggie (GVE) and Abby (IALS).

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Jiffy Lube fighting muscular dystrophy with shamrocks

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Heartland Automotive Services, Inc., America’s Largest Jiffy Lube Franchisee, is participating in the annual MDA Shamrocks against Dystrophy Program now through March 31.
Heartland Jiffy Lube service centers in Ruston and Monroe began the company’s third annual Shamrock campaign on Feb. 9. All Heartland Jiffy Lube service center locations offer guests special customer discounts in exchange for a donation to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association campaign.

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Bulldogs’ fan base grows

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They’re coming from Shreveport, Monroe and sites in between and they’re loving every minute of Bulldogs’ basketball.
Granted, when your favorite team is winning and leading the conference race, it’s easy to jump aboard the band wagon.
But in the case of these 2012-13 ’Dogs, there’s a good chance that fans would be showing up in large numbers for another reason:

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Parish boys start playoffs

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It’s the boys’ turn tonight.
Five of the six Lincoln Parish teams who have qualified for the 2013 Louisiana High School Athletic Association basketball playoffs will face bi-district round action tonight, including Ruston High in a Class 5A home contest.

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Techsters’ Jones honored in WAC

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DENVER, Colo. — Louisiana Tech University’s Michelle Jones has won Pitcher of the Week honors in the Western Athletic Conference after hurling a no-hitter during action for the Lady Techsters last Sunday.
Jones, a senior from Scurry, Texas, went 2-1 with a 1.75 ERA and 19 strikeouts during the past week to receive the honor. She held opponents to a .155 batting average while leading the Lady Techsters to a 4-1 record at the Cowgirl Classic held in Lake Charles last weekend.

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’Dogs advance to No. 28 slot in AP rankings

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Move up those Bulldogs from Louisiana Tech University for another week in the national polls.
Riding along with one of the country’s top winning streak, the Western Athletic Conference-leading team moved into the Top 30 for the Associated Press poll announced Monday afternoon.

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