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March 25th, 2014

Students score pottery skills

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Jacob Jenkins, 11, uses a plastic fork to score his clay bowl before adding another coil. Jacob, of Ruston, was a participant in Saturday’s Pinch and Coil children’s workshop sponsored by the North Central Louisiana Arts Council. Instructors were Louisiana Tech University graduate art students.

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LPL board OKs 1-day Aug. closure

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Although the hot button issue was the approval of allowing the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber to host the annual gun and knife show at the Library Events Center, there was other business handled during the March meeting of the Lincoln Parish Library Board of Control.
The board voted unanimously to approve a new study room policy. The policy changes were created in order to fix an issue that has been occurring, Library Director Vivian McCain said.

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Women's History Month: Leaia Alsup

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Name: Leaia Alsup
Number of years in Lincoln Parish: 7 years
Profession: Co-owner/teacher at LG dance studio
Clubs/Organizations/Affiliations: Twin City Ballet Company, Regional Dance America, Southern Association of Dance Masters
Education: Worked professionally in New York, Chicago and abroad for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
Family: Daniel Alsup (husband) Caver Alsup (son)
Greatest Achievements: Being a wife and mother! Being with my family is the best feeling in the world.
• Opening LG Dance Studio in 2013 with my best friend Gretchen Jones.

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Tech, CIC partner to create La. Cyber, Data Consortium

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Louisiana Tech University, in collaboration with the Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City, is pleased to announce the establishment of the Louisiana Cyber and Data Consortium (LACDC). 
The Consortium represents a broad range of constituencies with interests in the security and protection of cyber assets and related threats, in storage and management and the use of large data sets for analytical and business decisions.

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Learning young to lend a hand to those in need

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Three young girls recently donated their hair to the Pink Hearts Fund, which provides wigs to those experiencing hair loss from cancer and other diseases.
TOP: Hairstylist Sissy Tolar and her daughter Sage, show off the hair Sage is donating in memory of her grandfather Reggie Trant and her great grandmother Betty Lou Holstead Harrison.
Bottom: Tolar cuts the hair of donor Kirsten David in memory of Billye Hopkins.

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Reducing the use of chemicals to control pests

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The key to achieving successful environmental-friendly gardens and landscapes is based on reducing plant stress. This includes managing pest problems which weaken plants, thus making them more susceptible to other problems or even death. Homeowners can reduce plant stress by reducing plant pests by using an integrated pest management (IPM) approach.

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FNB offers scholarship

First National Bank is offering a $1,500 college scholarship for the 2014 year. All graduating seniors from schools in Lincoln Parish are encouraged to apply. The annual scholarship honors Jackie Woodard Whitlock, who worked in the Lincoln Parish school system for more than 20 years. She began working in education as a classroom teacher and moved to the central office for the last several years of her career.

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GSU cannot escape turmoil

Grambling State University’s nightmare just won’t end.
The GSU football team held it’s spring Black and Gold game last weekend and is wrapping up offseason football practice this weekend, but the specter of last season’s tumultuous season still lingers.
Last season the Tigers endured three coaching changes as Doug Williams was fired two games into the season and was replaced by assistant Henry Ragsdale. But upset players rebelled against Ragsdale, who was himself dismissed five games later and replaced by Dennis “Dirt” Winston.

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Making nutrition count

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March is National Nutrition Month. National Nutrition Month is a good time to be more thoughtful of the foods you are fueling your body with. Are your food choices nutrient-dense foods? These foods provide vitamins, minerals, and other elements that may have positive health effects with relatively fewer calories. Nutrient dense foods do not have added sugars, added refined starches or added solid fats.

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March 24th

Running to help children

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Associate Professor Dave Anderson (left) and Assistant Professor Drew McKevitt of Louisiana Tech University’s history department were two of more than 300 runners who participated in the Kappa Delta Sorority’s annual Shamrock Run on Saturday. The event, which included a 5k run and a 1 mile fun run/walk, benefits the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home and the organization Prevent Child Abuse America.

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