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June 20th, 2016

Club provides musical fun

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At a recent meeting of the Ruston Lions Club Paul Ford, left, and Kristi Hardaway, right, with Princeton Place entertained the group with their musical talents.

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June 18th

Ruston welcomes peach crop

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An unusually short and warm winter followed by record-breaking spring rains have most plants and trees in Lincoln Parish looking beautiful.

But Mother Nature has taken a bite out of this year’s peach crop with that kind of weather.

Joe Mitcham of Mitcham’s Peach Orchard in Ruston likes around 1,000 hours of “chill hours” with temperatures below 45 degrees to create good peaches.

Cooler temperatures help the peach trees put out leaves in the spring, and those leaves help the trees manufacture nutrients to help create bigger and better peaches.

That didn’t happen this past winter.

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Peach Hunt to begin

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For years, local treasure hunters have participated in a week-long adventure where they await daily clues that would eventually (with a little luck) lead them to a prize — the Peach Hunt.

The Peach Hunt has long been a part of the events leading up the Louisiana Peach Festival, Ivana Flowers, communications and special events director at the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, said.

“The peach hunt has been a Louisiana Peach Festival tradition for years,” she said. “The format changed a little last year, but this year we have decided to return to our week long hunt with daily clues.”

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New Juneteenth Pageant royalty crowned

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From left, Little Miss Juneteenth 2017 Amaya Major, Miss Junior Juneteenth 2017 Ki Deloney and Miss Juneteenth 2017 Mariah Hendricks wait for entertainment to begin Saturday at the Juneteenth Festival in Grambling.

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UPS partners with Monster Moto to create commercial

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At 8 a.m. Monday morning, residents of Ruston will line the streets of downtown in support of a commercial being created for Monster Moto.
“UPS has partnered with Monster Moto to help with the logistics of moving inventory and equipment to their new facility here in Ruston,” according to a report from Mayor Ronnie Walker’s office. “UPS is utilizing this opportunity to film the activities for a web-based promotion.”
Walker asked that all residents who could participate to do so.

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Sharing music, love with the next generation

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Elizabeth Vidos doesn’t remember life without rhythm.
At age 2, her parents gave her a set of bongo drums. And though Vidos began her formal musical studies on the trumpet, when a roving percussion teacher appeared at her elementary school offering drum lessons, the Morgan City native was hooked.
“So I ended up learning the fundamentals of drumming the summer before fifth grade and never looked back,” Vidos said.

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A-Train’s power led him to state HOF

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EDITOR’S NOTE: These are the third and fourth stories in a series leading up to the 2016 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to be held June 24 at the Natchitoches Event Center.
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Anthony “A-Train” Thomas learned his powerful running style by playing in the street.

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Sheets had shining career after lightbulb came on

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Ben Sheets needed that lightbulb moment to realize his full potential.
As early as his freshman season at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, coach Smoke Laval told the young pitcher that he possessed first-round talent.
“His freshman year he was acting like a freshman,” Laval said. “He didn’t know if he belonged or maybe didn’t think he was that good.”
Sheets didn’t realize how good he was and how special he could be until the summer before his junior season when he was invited to Team USA tryouts in Tucson, Ariz. There he saw that his stuff matched up with anyone there.

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Diamond ’Dogs focus on future

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Coaching search on after Greg Goff officially takes over at Alabama
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The changes keep coming for Louisiana Tech’s athletics programs.
And now, months after naming its second women’s head basketball coach over the past three years, and only one year after naming Eric Konkol as new men’s basketball head coach, Tech is searching for a new leader for its baseball program.
That comes after former Bulldogs skipper Greg Goff was announced Friday as the new head baseball coach for the University of Alabama.
Goff led Louisiana Tech to a 42-20 record last season, two years after inheriting a program that won only 15 games in 2014.

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Konkol kept Tech winning ways going

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A new head coach, but yet another successful season for the men’s basketball program at Louisiana Tech University.
Exit Mike White.
Enter Eric Konkol.
The Bulldogs kept their enthusiastic, loyal fan base applauding their team’s performance with a fourth consecutive season of 20-plus victories.
Konkol, a former University of Miami assistant, directed the ‘Dogs to a 23-10 record and berth in the post season Las Vegas Tournament.

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