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July 9th, 2013

Vegetables fail to set fruit this time of year

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During this time of year, one of the most common questions asked is why my tomatoes and other vegetables have quit producing fruit? These plants flower but fruit set has diminished and in some cases completely stopped ... no tomatoes, no squash, no melons and the list goes on. The reason for the blossom drop is the flowers have not been pollinated properly. They have not been pollinated at all, have been pollinated under the wrong conditions or pollination has been insufficient.

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Peach Quilt Raffle Winner

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The winner of the 2013 quilt was Brenda Badgett, of Farmerville. Brenda bought her ticket at the Hollis Restaurant in Spearsville.
Quilt donation ticket sales set a new record this year and proceeds will go to Med Camp, DART, Life Choices and the Methodist Children’s Home. The Guild thanks all who purchased tickets again this year.
Piney Hills Quilt Guild of Ruston would like to thank all the local business’s who allowed the sale of raffle donation tickets at their place of business; Super 1 Foods, Walmart, Hollis Restaurant, Mitcham Peach Orchard and the Ruston Civic Center.

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Dixon named Maxwell Award candidate

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PHILADELPHIA — A year removed from setting three NCAA records and garnering Freshman All-America honors Louisiana Tech running back Kenneth Dixon was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List, an honor given to the nation’s college player of the year.
Dixon is the second Louisiana Tech University player to be named to a preseason watch list after D.J. Banks was named to the Paul Hornung Award Watch List last week.

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RPAR getting ready for fall softball season

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In softball, there is no place like home plate. After a successful summer softball league with 26 teams (seven more teams then last fall) competing in three divisions, the Fall Softball League is about ready to get under way.
Again, Ruston Parks and Recreation will offer three divisions: Men’s E Class, Coed and Men’s Church. Softballs will be provided by RPAR and USSSA rules will be followed again this season.
The team fees remain at $280 and are due Aug. 21. Payments can be made at the RPAR office located at 605 James St. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Watch out for heat waves

As summer temperatures continue to rise area residents should be aware of the dangers that can be caused from becoming overheated.
The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission warns motorists not to leave children alone in closed vehicles for even a few minutes.

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'Skinny fat' all new health risk

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When you’ve been overweight for pretty much your entire life, it’s easy to fall into the the trap of thinking that everyone who is thin is healthy.
Sure, tons of thin people have assured me that being thin does not mean healthy. And, I’ve watched lots of thin people eat me under the table and not exercise a second more than me. But, it’s still hard to believe. Especially when you watch those people who are lucky enough to eat nothing but fast food all day and stay thin.
However, science is something with which I have a hard time arguing.

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July 8th

Lifting up literacy

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Summer Day Camp promotes reading skills
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In June, Summer Literacy Day Camp was held at Glen View Elementary School for qualifying students entering first grade in Fall 2013.
The program was made possible due to a generous donation from the Ewing Foundation.
During each three hour instructional day, participants worked on sight word recognition and early literacy skills such as phonemic segmentation and decoding/blending.

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Ruston man missing

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A Ruston family is asking for help in locating a family member they say has been missing since Friday.
Jonathan Verret, 18, of Ruston, was last seen Friday in the northeast Los Angeles area. He was driving a red Honda Accord with Louisiana license plate number TKM-801. Family members said they are unsure whether he has returned to Louisiana or not.
Verret is 5-10 and 130-140 pounds with black hair.
Anyone with information on Verret is asked to call his family at 318-777-9900.

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Tech expands research partnerships

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Three Louisiana Tech University professors from the College of Engineering and Science joined dignitaries representing 157 universities from around the world last week, in Córdoba, Argentina to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC.)

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Delivering pet doctor

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Mobile vet rolls into Lincoln Parish
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Animal lovers who don’t have time to visit the vet are now in luck as Thomas Mobile Veterinary Clinic is in the business of making house calls.
After selling his nine-year-old veterinary practice in 2008, Tyler Thomas was visiting a veterinary conference in Las Vegas, Nev., when he saw a mobile vet unit.
“I thought about it for a year, and then purchased a mobile vet unit in January 2012.” Thomas said. “It arrived at the end of March (2012), and started in April (2012).”

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