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June 21st, 2013

Crowning a queen

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Dixie Gem pageant on Saturday
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Young ladies entered into the 63rd Dixie Gem Peach Pageant are gearing up to take the stage with the hope of bringing home the crown.
Joe Price, pageant director, said the theme for this year’s pageant is “Peaches and Jazz,” and for the first time in at least three years the pageant will be held during the Peach Festival.
“The Miss Louisiana pageant is usually held on Father’s Day weekend, and we were trying to compensate for that,” Price said. “We were expecting to draw a larger number of Miss contestants, but that pageant is now set for the last weekend in June.”

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A game of ‘chicken?’

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A Farmerville man was arrested at 6:57 p.m. June 19 following an incident involving his estranged wife.
According to reports, a deputy with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched in reference to a complaint made by the alleged victim.

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Teen pirates, Harvey Rabbit appear at LPL

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It will be “Family Pirate Day!” at 2 p.m. June 28 at the Lincoln Parish Library.
Entertainment will be provided for children and adults by the LPL Summer Reading Program tween participants as they present the reader’s theatre for “How I Became A Pirate.” Immediately following their performance, children will be welcomed to participate in a swashbuckling pirate obstacle course. Children will learn to walk, talk and act like a pirate as they navigate Crocodile Nile, swab the deck, walk the plank and race through Cannonball Run.

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Tunuguntla retires after more than 30 years

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After more than 30 years on the Grambling State University faculty, College of Professional Studies Interim Dean Rama Tunuguntla is retiring, effective June 30.
“We affectionately call him Dean T and Dr. T, and many of our students are saddened as they hear that such a gentleman and scholar is leaving our campus,” said President Frank G. Pogue. “Though he’s leaving his day-to-day work with us soon, he’ll always be a part of our Gramblinite family.”

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Peach Art winners announced

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This year’s Peach Art Exhibit is brightening the hallways of the under-construction Ruston Civic Center right now, and the artwork is as good as ever.
The Juror this year, Diane Dufilho of the Meadows Museum in Bossier City, had a tough time deciding this year’s winners, especially in the children’s categories. There were so many honorable mentions, we actually ran out of ribbons.

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Bad weather causes two fires

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At 2:55 p.m. June 18, the Lincoln Parish Fire Department responded to an industrial fire at Weyerhaeuser located at 130 Girl Scout Road, close to Arcadia.
A command vehicle was the first to arrive on scene for the Lincoln Parish Fire Department and reported a conveyer belt was burning on the South side of the building. The fire also involved wood chips on the conveyer belt. Firefighters reportedly extinguished all fires present.

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Have a peachy keen weekend

The annual Louisiana Peach Festival has begun, and this weekend is jam-packed with activities for the whole family to enjoy.
The area’s top chefs had the chance to participate in the annual Peach Fest Cookery Contest, while local children had the chance to catch a few fish in Lincoln Parish Park.

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Annual festivities continue

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Each year Ruston is swarmed with people from different places and various backgrounds coming to enjoy the festivities that the Louisiana Peach Festival has to offer.
If you have been following the festival details, I’m sure you know all about the events that are on tap today and Saturday.
No need to repeat them yet again.
More than 60 years ago there weren’t many peaches being grown for commercial purposes, most were grown on a small-scale family farm. It wasn’t until 1947 that area peach growers bannded together to form the Louisiana Fruit Growers Association.

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What it means to be a woman

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When asked why she allowed her then-10-year-old daughter to craft a Mohawk out of her hair, singer Jada Pinkett-Smith flatly replied that “girls are constantly reminded ... that their bodies are not their own, nor their power or self determination ... little girls have the right to own themselves ... [and] not be a slave to...what a culture believes a little girl should be.”

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Torbush to guide ETS

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Carl Torbush is returning to the sidelines.
After a one-year hiatus from the football coaching profession, the former Louisiana Tech University head coach will be officially announced on Friday as the head coach at East Tennessee State University.
The Johnson City, Tenn.-based program reinstated its football program earlier this year after discontinuing it in 2003.
Torbush, a native of East Spencer, N.C., will be presented at a press conference at ETSU this afternoon.

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