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June 1st, 2013

Better late than never

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The wait for some of the area’s sweetest treats is about over as local growers have started harvesting this year’s peach crop.
And with the 2013 Louisiana Peach Festival less than a month away, that’s good news for many people in our region.

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Going for the crown

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Juneteenth pageant scheduled for June 7
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Ladies from across the parish will vie for one of the titles of the annual City of Grambling Juneteenth Heritage Festival from 7-9 p.m. Friday in the T.H. Harris Auditorium on the campus of Grambling State University.

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Ruston to host state ESA convention

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Members from Louisiana’s six chapters of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International are meeting in Ruston this weekend for the state’s 34th annual convention of the women’s leadership, service and philanthropic group.
 Ruston’s Zeta Rho chapter is sponsoring the event. Zeta Rho cooperates with Z-107.5 radio station each year to put on the area’s St. Jude Radiothon, which this year netted approximately $125,000.

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Students deserve pat on the back

The 2012-13 school year was the first time that fourth and eighth graders faced more rigorous questions on their annual high-stakes exams, and Lincoln Parish students held their own.
The added difficulty is part of the transition from the previous state curriculum to the new Common Core State Standards, which is a program that standardizes the curriculum among the states across the country that are involved. Louisiana, being one of the first states to jump on board the plan that would make it easier to compare students in all states, began almost immediately working to prepare students for the new curriculum. Students will take assessments that have been fully aligned with the common core standards during the 2014-15 school year.

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Reader: Strive to regain lost freedom

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Most people come to the United States to be free. We were known as the Land of the Free with freedom and opportunities galore. Freedom is defined by Webster’s as “the state of being free, at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint” or “exemption from external control.” Are Americans really free? Stop for a minute and contemplate that question.
Is freedom eroding each day due to governmental intervention or control? I personally feel our government is attacking our freedoms. Just look at the current IRS scandal, gun control and the proposed national ID program. The real intent is “control.” The current administration wants to control our freedoms.

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Reader: Good, bad in military service

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Who are the American men and women that volunteer to serve in the United States military? Most of them range in age from 18 to 25 years.
To qualify, they must be in excellent health. Their educational level ranges from high school dropout to college degrees. Those short on education usually start as a recruit, which is the lowest enlisted rank offered.

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Cedar Creek faculty is thankful

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Cedar Creek School is blessed in so many ways, but one of its greatest blessings is our parents. So many parents are supportive of our school in countless ways. This was certainly evident during the recent month-long Teacher Appreciation events.
From the treats in the break room, to the restaurant certificates, cash awards and delicious lunches, parents once again demonstrated how generous they are. We heartily thank our Parents Club for all the work that went into making this so special.

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Congress close to immigration fix

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As hard as it might be to believe, Congress has actually made progress in the last few weeks on farm legislation.
First, there is a farm bill in the works that has a good chance of getting passed this year. Now, the Senate Judicial Committee has passed bipartisan immigration reform that will be debated as Congress gets back from Memorial Day recess.

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What did he say in court?

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The stories shared this week involve some statements actually made in my presence. From time to time there are humorous writings published about “sayings in court” that are borrowed from some other source. But today’s are original and funny; your writer heard them.
Whether a malapropism or just the plain old “sticking your foot in your mouth,” I distinctly remember the looks on faces that portrayed the message: “What did he say?”

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New Beginnings holds ribbon-cutting ceremony

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Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held May 28 for New Beginnings Wellness and Spa, located at 1809 Northpointe Lane Suite 103. The ceremony was sponsored by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

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