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March 18th, 2014

Steps to take to modify the pH of your soil

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After a soil analysis, many times recommendations are made to modify pH of the soil but what does that really mean? The soil pH value is a measure of soil acidity or alkalinity. The pH value of soil is one of a number of environmental conditions that affects the quality of plant growth. The soil pH value directly affects nutrient availability. Plants thrive best in different soil pH ranges. Azaleas, rhododendrons, blueberries and conifers thrive best in acid soils (pH 5.0 to 5.5). Vegetables, grasses and most ornamentals do best in slightly acidic soils (pH 5.8 to 6.5).

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Johnny Jam guitar winner

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Richard Dieter, of Ruston, was the winner of the guitar raffle for the annual John Simoneaux Jam, which commemorates a local guitar legend and benefits Louisiana Tech University guitar students.

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NCLAC seeks interns

The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is seeking paid interns for the 2014-15 Academic Year.
Internship positions are available in: graphic/web design, promotion/marketing, arts administration, arts education, fundraising, event coordinating and gallery management. Internships are awarded on a semester or quarterly basis, and typically include work eight to 10 hours per week. Post-graduate interns are also welcome to apply.

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March 17th

GSU to present ‘Gatsby’

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Play begins at 7 p.m. today through Thursday

Grambling State University Theatre students are set to present F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary tale “The Great Gatsby,” as adapted to the stage by Simon Levy, beginning today at the Floyd L. Sandle Theatre, located in the Conrad Hutchinson Performing Arts Center.

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A handy career path

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Artist becomes a ‘Jane’ of all trades
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Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of stories about women fulfilling nontraditional roles in honor of Women’s History Month.
Susie Hogg stares at the short piece of 1-by-8-foot lumber laying on the open tailgate of her white pick-up truck. A light sprinkling of fine sawdust covers the backs of her hands.
She picks up her circular saw, placing the edge of its jagged-toothed round blade on a pencil line she drew on the board. A squeeze of the trigger and the blade squeals through the plank, spraying more sawdust on the truck, Hogg and everything within several feet.

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Wynne spells her way to the top

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Cedar Creek student wins regional spelling bee
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Cedar Creek eighth grader Mary Wynne is the best speller around. She won the Northwest Louisiana Regional Spelling Bee competition in the University Center at LSU-Shreveport on March 8, and will compete in the national competition in Washington D.C. on May 25.
“I don’t get nervous — whether it’s five, 50, 500 or 5 million people — I’ll be the same,” Mary said.
Perhaps it was those nerves of steel that helped Mary to make it through all 88 rounds. And the competition was steep.

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Bulldogs to host NIT contest

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Tech to square off against Iona at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the TAC

Louisiana Tech was given a No. 3 seed in the National Invitational Tournament and will host sixth-seeded Iona inside the Thomas Assembly Center at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in a game that will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
The brackets for the NCAA and NIT tournament.
It marks the second straight year that the Bulldogs earned an automatic bid into the NIT by finishing first in their conference. This will also be only the fourth time that Tech was hosted an NIT game, the last one coming in 2002.

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GSU baseball swept by UAPB

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Grambling State baseball coach James Cooper (left) and the Tigers were swept in a weekend home series against Arkansas Pine Bluff, falling 5-8, 5-6 and 5-7.

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Bearcats edged by Byrd

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Garrett Soileau (tagging the base) and the Ruston High Bearcats lost to Byrd 5-4 at the Airline Tournament Saturday night in Bossier City. RHS went 1-3 in the tourney.

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Sports Briefs

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Tech Tennis postponed
Due to inclement weather, Sunday’s scheduled tennis match between Louisiana Tech and 23rd ranked Houston was postponed.
The Lady Techsters and Lady Cougars were set for a 1 p.m. match at the Houston Country Club.
A makeup date has not yet been scheduled.
Next up for Tech is a match against 67th-ranked and Conference USA opponent North Texas. First serve is set for 11 a.m. Saturday in Denton, Texas.
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Tech baseball downed by FAU

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