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April 7th, 2014

Wishing rainy days away

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Careful what you wish for.
I heard more than a few people last week wish for rain as a deluge of yellow pine pollen descended from trees, covering cars, trucks, sidewalks and anything else in its path.
It’ll take a couple of days to know for sure, but hopefully that pollen has been washed away by the constant downpour we received from late Saturday to late Sunday night, with plenty of thunder to go around, too.

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Grateful hearts at DART

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On the morning after DART’s 13th Annual Radiothon, Chairperson Pam Dance and I shared our feelings of gratitude.
First, the severe thunderstorms predicted the day before did not arrive until we and all of our volunteers were safely at home. We had been told to anticipate hail, straight line winds, even possible tornadoes, and yet our speakers, our volunteers and our supporters were able to share, spread the word and raise funds in warm sunlight.

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Pet of the week

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This is Kay, she is a black Lab. Kay is around 2 years old, very sweet and quiet. She likes to play and would make a great family dog.  Adoption fees are $65. Call 251-DOGS for more information. Stop by and see all of the dogs at the shelter located at 290 Rodeo Road, just south of Tech Farm Road. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment.

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Club News - Happy Gardeners Society

The March meeting of the Happy Gardeners Society was held in Monroe in the home of Linda James. She and co-hostesses Emily Baugh and Liza Humphries served delicious refreshments.
Vice President Ellen Lacroix introduced our speaker Stan Hotard from the LSU Extension Office. Hotard spoke on spring gardening and gave some interesting tips on having a successful flower and vegetable garden.

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Workshop set for singing groups

The famed Alley Cats a cappella quartet will lead a special workshop open to all area singing groups at 1 p.m. May 3.  The free workshop will be in the gymnasium of Union Christian Academy, 700 S. Main St., Farmerville. The focus of the one-hour session will be on harmony, stage presence, and audience interaction for community, church, and school-based vocal groups and leaders.  The workshop is being presented by Union Arts Council, Union Christian Academy and the Bernice Historical Society. To pre-register, contact Mary Jane Jones at 368-7570.

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Support shown for DART event

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Nick Lawton, KTVE news reporter, met with organizers of the “Walk a Mile In Her Shoes” fundraiser for the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team which was held March 28 in Cook Park.  Pictured above, left to right, are Nick Lawton, Morgan Cayton and Lauren Fuller of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority; and Adam Wood and Eric Clapp of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. 

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April 5th

Dean Pro Day focuses on fundamentals

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TOP: A touch football mini-tournament wrapped up the Fred Dean Hall of Fame Pro Day activities Saturday at the Louisiana Tech practice field. Around 60 area youth attended the Pro Day to learn the basics of the game of football from Dean and his staff of instructors. Middle Left: Dean, right, oversaw blocking drills for linemen. Middle Right: Hillcrest second-grader Brennan Risher showed off his agility skills. Bottom Left: Ruston High junior Harrison Long hauled in this deep reception. Bottom Right: Dean talking to a group of his younger campers.

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Techsters split; Lady Tigers swept

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DENTON, Texas — Freshman Pauline Tufi pitched a complete-game three-hitter and Louisiana Tech capitalized on a late-inning error as the Lady Techsters defeated North Texas 3-2 in the second game of a Conference USA doubleheader at Lovelace Stadium Saturday.
North Texas used a one-hitter by Ashley Kirk to lead the Mean Green to a 3-1 victory in game one of the day.
The two teams are scheduled to play the third and final game of the series at 1 p.m. today, weather permitting.

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Buddy's Blog

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Fred Dean helped the NFL start keeping meticulous statistics on quarterback sacks.
During an award-filled career that spanned 10 years, the former Ruston High School and Louisiana Tech University legend totaled 95 sacks.
Actually, Dean unofficially reached triple digits in chasing down QB’s while dividing his career between the San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers.
But because the NFL had not yet added sack totals to their game statistical package during his era, no telling how many field generals felt his wrath; suffice it to say that it was more than 95.

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Gates elected sheriff in UP

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Dusty Gates easily rolled to a win in Saturday’s Union Parish Sheriff’s election, picking up 74.41 percent of the votes in the process.
Gates had been serving as sheriff since last fall following the death of former UP Sheriff Bob Buckley. Gates had previously served as Buckley’s Chief Deputy.
The Secretary of State’s election website reported that Gates picked up 3,283 votes, easily outpacing Matt Jones, who had 815 votes (18.47 percent) and Richie Dunn, who picked up 314 votes (7.12 percent).

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