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How to tell when it’s hot

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This heat and dry conditions are really getting to the large trees. Many have deep root systems but they have taken most of the water out of the soil and now the subsoil.
It will take some time to get water back in the subsoil, and in the meantime many of the large limbs have gotten brittle, and many are breaking off near the trunks. I had three large limbs break off on a giant sweet gum in my front yard. I am starting a four-hour soaking every day under the trees. I now have moistures in the soils 4 feet deep. Now I must try not to get the topsoil too wet. Some yards have soaked the grass to the place it is mud pies.

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High school football is back

With football less than a month away, maybe the heat and humidity that has dominated the summer months will be winding down.
Well, at least with another “Jam at the Joe” on the horizon, fans in the area can start having the feeling that the temperatures will escape the triple-digit neighborhood.
Yes, football is upon us again and if it’s late August, it has to mean that jamboree season is here again.

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4-H students learn about careers

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Lincoln Parish should be very proud of its only winner in the 42nd annual FFA and 4-H State Horse Show.
In Stock Horse Pleasure, 13 and under, Lena Johnson won first place and in Ground Work, 13 and under, fifth. Perhaps this young 4-H’er may be so interested in horses, she’ll work in the equine industry one day. Or maybe she’ll want to be a geologist.
At any rate, recent 4-H programs have presented career opportunities.

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Boxed wine containers, unhealthy?

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Dear EarthTalk: I am a retailer and have had customers ask whether the plastic bags in wine boxes are BPA free or not. What can I tell them?
— Chris Tod
via e-mail

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A few random thoughts

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Thanks to Ruston Public Works
This past week I was involved in the mediation of a tense lawsuit with the meeting taking place in Houston. Now these thoughts are not about the case. Rather, my hotel accommodations were right down the road from Minutemaid Park, the home of the Astros. Nothing amazing so far, but what was inspiring was the emphasis placed on beautification. With a word of confession, I have not been a good steward in this regard in my life. Maybe I didn’t like “green” with all the yardwork I used to do.

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Depth marks Tech QB position

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Colby Cameron is entrenched as the likely starting quarterback for Louisiana Tech University when a Sept. 3 season opener arrives against the University of Southern Mississippi.
But unlike a year ago when Sonny Dykes had barely come aboard as the head coach, the Bulldogs have a higher degree of certainty and depth at the all-important position.
“Last year, it was a matter of finding out what was best for the team and it took us a while to do so,” Dykes said about finally settling on graduating senior Ross Jenkins as the field general.

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Teachman ready for World Games

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BATON ROUGE — One LSU women’s golfer finished her play in a major event this past week and now another takes the state to represent LSU, as senior-to-be Tessa Teachman of Baton Rouge will be part of the United States women’s team in the World University Summer Games this week in Shenzhen, China.

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RPAR schedules fall play in three sports

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Three different sports are gearing up for action during the fall schedule for the Ruston Parks and Recreation Department.
On the organization’s calendar in upcoming months will be flag football, soccer and softball play, announced Activities Coordinator Ashlynn Shell.
The softball action will involve three leagues, all of whom will start play during the week of Aug. 29-Sept. 2.

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Walter James Haese

A memorial service for Walter James Haese, age 79 of Choudrant, will be held at 1:00 PM, Thursday, August 18, 2011 at Grace United Methodist Church in Ruston. Pastor Hulen Warren will officiate the service. He died Sunday, August 14, 2011 in Ruston.

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Buddy “Irvin L.” Fallin

Buddy “Irvin L.” Fallin, age 88, of Stamps, Arkansas, passed away Sunday, August 14, 2011, at his home. Mr. Fallin was born August 28, 1922, to Irvin and Aletha Fallin in Ruston, Louisiana. He was a member of First Methodist Church of Stamps, AR, a former coach at Stamps School, and a member of the American Legion.

Mr. Fallin was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, William T. Fallin; and his sister, Cornelia Oxford.

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