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February 28th, 2015

Buddy's Blog: All-Time North Louisiana team is super

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Our recent All-Time Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs basketball team has sprouted some “legs.”
As such lists can often do, they have led to “expansion” ideas.
Loyal Tech fans Jason Jones of Ruston and Dwayne Woodard of Minden have been following our picks for the best Bulldogs ever and tweeted out some thoughts about compiling an All-North Louisiana team.
Oh my, an All-North Louisiana team, you say?
The possibilities are endless and intriguing.
And downright intimidating for any team that would have to play them.

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Birds arrive with winter precipitation

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Problems started cropping up as late as six months or so ago. I began getting calls and comments from worried folks about a rather strange and unsettling problem. What has happened to the birds?
Seeds in our feeders were sprouting and getting moldy. We had set the table for songbirds that visited our yards but the little feathered fiends were thumbing their beaks at us. Only occasionally did a chickadee or titmouse drop in for a quick snack but that was about it.

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Fishers of Men launches into ninth season

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The ninth season of the North Central Louisiana division of the Fishers of Men kicked off on Feb. 21 on Caney Lake in Chatham.
Twenty-seven teams from throughout the region gathered at Browns Landing for the first of five tournaments in which anglers vie for a bid to the organization’s annual district and national championships. With overcast skies and rains approaching, the field set off at 6:30 a.m. in their 8 1/2-hour search of a winning stringer.

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LDWF meeting dates changed

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has rescheduled three public meetings that were cancelled last week due to inclement weather. The rescheduled meetings include:
Monday — 6 p.m., LDWF Outdoor Education Center, 661 Robinson Bridge Road, Woodworth
Wednesday — 6 p.m., Caldwell Parish Courthouse, 201 Main Street, Columbia
March 10 — 6 p.m., Ruston Civic Center, 401 North Trenton Street, Ruston

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Event wraps up Black History Month

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The Scholastic Motivation and Performing Arts Ministries 2015 Heritage Parade was held on Saturday morning in Ruston to wrap up February’s Black History Month celebrations. The event, sponsored by the Miracle Temple Church of God in Christ of Ruston, featured exhibits, foods, fellowship and more at the church after the parade.
Above: A dance group was one of the many organizations involved in the 2015 Heritage Parade on Saturday morning.
Below: Alana and John Belton, who served as the grand marshal of the parade, wave at the crowd.

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Young stops in Ruston

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Louisiana lieutenant gubernatorial candidate John Young pledged Friday to work to keep two local museums open more than one day a week despite mid-year state budget cuts.
“We have to make it a priority to fund museums like this,” Young said following a tour of the Louisiana Military Museum in Ruston.
The Jefferson Parish Republican also toured the Eddie Robinson Museum in Grambling. Both facilities will incur staff and hour reductions as a result of a $930,000 mid-year budget cut to the secretary of state’s office by the Jindal administration.

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Ruston to discuss $50K water grant

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Ruston’s Board of Aldermen will be asked Monday to approve the initial step toward seeking grant money that could mean better water quality for residents in the Snowden Street area.
A request for authorization to submit an application for a state Community Water Enrichment Fund grant is one of several items on aldermens’ agenda for the regular meeting. The board convenes at 5:30 p.m. in the courtroom at City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

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Honor Women’s History Month

More than 100 years ago, women had little freedom. They couldn’t vote, own property or do much on their own. Now, we have women serving as the chief executive officers of Fortune 500 companies and seriously considering bids for the White House.
Today begins the celebration of Women’s History Month, where we as a nation and a community, set aside time to consider the many contributions of women throughout history.

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The Renaissance Man, Doug McGuire

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Renaissance Man is a marvelous description said of few. It is defined: “a person with many talents or areas of knowledge.” Such was Doug McGuire.
On Tuesday, the funeral was held for this man of many talents and areas of knowledge. Passing at age 93, he had touched multitudes with his warmth, teaching and example.  My sadness with his death is overcome with gratitude for his impacting my life. At the moment, I know that his family hurts; yet they know that his legacy will live for many generations.

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No foil to cover up the PARCC tests

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I made back-to-back trips through Shreveport last week and both days I found myself doing what I always do when I’m traveling west on Interstate 20. It’s almost like a reflex even though I always have the exact same thought every single time I hit the exact same spot.

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