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November 19th, 2013

Forcing bulb bloom for indoor winter color

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Forcing bulbs in winter is a wonderful way to bring a little spring into the house a little early. There are several bulbs which can be easily forced to bloom indoors, whether you are forcing bulbs in water or in soil. The most popular bulbs homeowners force to bloom indoors are the paperwhites (Narcissus papyraceus, a sub-species of Narcissus tazetta) and amaryllis (Amaryllis spp.) These bulbs are normally plentiful in garden centers and stores this time of year.

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Students recognized in Downsville

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Downsville Charter School proudly announces their November Outstanding Citizenship Awards to Piper Bennett, Josie Alvis and Jenny Hancock. They recognize these students for working hard at being good citizens at home, at school and in the community.

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Support Techsters as they face LSU

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Once upon a time, Louisiana Tech University ruled the world of women’s basketball.
Wouldn’t it be nice to see that storybook dream come true again?
Lady Techsters basketball fans will get that chance at 1 p.m. Saturday as the Lady Techsters play host to LSU.
It’s no secret that Tech was an early giant in the world of NCAA women’s basketball, but the in-state rivalry between the Lady Tigers and Lady Techsters has always existed and has always been strong.

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Keep your holiday table safe

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The holiday season is a time for celebrating with friends and family. Don’t let your holiday be a time to remember because of a foodborne illness. To keep your holiday safe follow these four simple steps.
• Clean and wash hands and surfaces often. Bacteria can spread throughout the kitchen and get onto cutting boards, utensils, sponges and counter tops. You should:
• Wash your hands with hot soapy water before handing food and after using the bathroom.

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A discussion on the concept of charters

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Earlier this month, the Lincoln Parish School Board was faced with a historic decision — to charter or not to charter.
In October, the LPSB received their first ever charter school application. Since they’d never dealt with one, they had to do a bit of research on the subject. Eventually, earlier this month, the board made the best possible decision by denying the request.

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No controversy, only frustration for Tech QBs

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Ring around the rosies a pocket full of … Bulldog quarterbacks?
That’s the rhyme playing through Louisiana Tech head football coach Skip Holtz’s head after playing three signal callers during a dismal offensive performance in Louisiana Tech’s loss at Rice.
The numbers tell the story.
Tech quarterbacks combined for only 181 passing yards against the Owls, with starter Ryan Higgins hitting on nine-of-15 attempts for 138 yards with a touchdown and interception and Scotty Young connecting on six-of-15 passes for 43 yards and an interception.

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Tech bowling team third in Hornet Classic

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The Louisiana Tech bowling team wrapped a weekend full of competition Sunday, as the team posted a third place finish in the Hornet Classic hosted by Alabama State in Montgomery, Ala.
Tech opened tournament play Friday with two opening victories over Southern University and Texas Southern, but the Lady Techsters faltered in the following matches with losses to Alabama A&M and Florida A&M University.

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Choudrant girls state runners-up

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Choudrant High School’s girls cross country were runners up Monday in Class B state championship action in Natchitoches.
The Choudrant boys teams finished fourth overall.
Choudrant’s Lady Aggies totaled 91 points, 21 behind champion Pitkin with 70.
Marrisa Bennett turned in the best showing for the Lady Aggies, placed third in individual standings with a time of 20:49.17.
Choudrant’s boys team totaled 116 points, behind champion Patrick Taylor Academy (56), Anacoco (88) and Episcopal of Acadiana (112).

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Tech preparing for hoops, gridiron doubleheader

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Louisiana Tech fans will have an opportunity to experience a basketball-football doubleheader Saturday when the Lady Techsters host in-state rival LSU and the Bulldogs welcome Conference USA foe Tulsa.
Teresa Weatherspoon and the Lady Techsters will tipoff against LSU at 1 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center as fans can watch the two most storied women’s programs in the state of Louisiana. The two programs have combined for 49 NCAA Tournament appearances (27 by LA Tech, 22 by LSU) and 15 NCAA Final Fours (10 by Tech, 5 by LSU).

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Mr. Roy Gene Hastings

Funeral services for Mr. Roy Gene Hastings, age 69 of Dubach, will be held at 10:00 AM Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at South Parkway Church in Ruston. Pastor Chris Witt will officiate the service. Graveside services will be held Thursday, November 21, 2013 at Forrest Park Cemetery in Forrest Park, AR. Services are under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Ruston.

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