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April 12th, 2013

Weather knocks out power at school

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Sporadic power outages were reported around Lincoln Parish early Thursday in the wake of heavy rains that hit the area.
A rain gauge located on Mesa Avenue in Ruston recorded just more than 2 1/2 inches of rain falling between Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Cypress Springs Elementary School students took the day off after a large tree near the school fell, taking down power lines.

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La. Tech theater to perform dark comedy

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A man convinced all of his problems would go away, if only he would learn to play the tuba. This story line sets up the last production of Louisiana Tech University’s School of the Performing Arts theater season. The dark Russian comedy, “The Suicide,” follows Semyon Semyonovich Podsekalnikov, a young man who cannot find employment.

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Webb headlines ‘Windows on the World’ event at Trinity

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Don Webb, former president of Centenary College and pastor of First United Methodist Church in Shreveport, will introduce an audience to the man who saved his life when the “Windows on the World” lecture series continues at 11:30 a.m. April 23 at the Trinity Center of Trinity United Methodist Church.

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Trees in parish park to be thinned

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Trees in the northern section of Lincoln Parish Park are planned to be selectively thinned after moves taken by the Lincoln Parish Police Jury during Tuesday’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting.
The jury’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Committee heard a forestry research program update from Dr. James Dickson from Louisiana Tech University’s School of Forestry in which he described a bird study he is currently undertaking. Dickson also recommended the selective thinning of loblolly pines only in a section of the park.

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Tech’s journalism students take home top awards

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The Tech Talk, Louisiana Tech University’s student newspaper, received five Mark of Excellence awards Saturday at the Society of Professional Journalists Region 12 conference in Oxford, Miss.
The Tech Talk staff received first place in the Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper in the large university category.
The following journalism majors also received awards in the large university category:
• Addie Martin, a sophomore from West Monroe, won second place in feature writing for a story titled “Men of ‘Duck Dynasty’ explain southern stereotypes.”

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The Dixie honors Joe Woods with showcase

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Mary Ann Woods is putting the final touches on the eighth annual Joe Woods Wildwood Express Showcase featuring the Joe Woods’ Tribute Band, regional performers and the 2013 Horizon Entertainer, Chad Tingle. Travis Woods returns to lead the band that includes David Butler, Laymond Godwin, Rick Nelson, Jay Woods, Roy Davenport, Jeff Woods, Rita Spillers and Brian Vann.

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Pierian Club honors Virginia Selle

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The Pierian Club of Ruston honored Virginia Selle for her service to the club at its spring luncheon on April 9.
Pictured above in the front row, from left to right, are Kathey Roane, Bobbie Sue Lann, Virginia Selle, Ruth Wall and Virginia Cook. Pictured in the second row are Shirley Reagan, Sarah Williams, Vickie Benefield, Janice Terry, Sharon Thomas and Vivian McCain. Pictured in the third row are Beverly Beasley, Carol Johnson, Teri Fulton and Bobette Banks. Pictured in the back row are Dee Colvin, Mary Alice Moore, Carol Young and Beverly Sherman.

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Master Gardeners

The North Central Louisiana Master Gardeners met for their monthly meeting April 8 on the terrace of Rene Gibson’s home in Squire Creek with President Donna White presiding.
Following the business session, members met at the Club House in Squire Creek and toured the golf course enjoying the many azaleas in bloom as well as other plants and shrubs. They then rode to the Club House for lunch.

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Thank JA for aiding our youth

The women of Junior Auxiliary of Ruston love the children of this community. If anyone had any doubts about that, all they would have to do is look at the numbers.
From May 2012 through February 2013, JA members devoted 1,285 hours to volunteering in the Lincoln Parish community. In that same time, they reached 13,321 children through their various service projects.
Junior Auxiliary members each donate at least 24 hours of service throughout the year, and the majority of the service projects are devoted to helping children.

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The colors, sounds of spring

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A magical kingdom called Pepperland was the backdrop for the plot that hatched the Beatles’ hit tune “Yellow Submarine” in 1968. Contrary to popular belief, this song has nothing to do with life in North Louisiana during Spring and pollen season.
For the past two weeks, we have all lived in or driven a yellow submarine here on the tree-laden hillside of God’s country. Elanor Rigby and Sgt. Pepper would both be right at home.
No pain, no gain. The transformation from the dull colors and barrenness of winter, to the lush greens and pastels of April are not without costs.

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