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June 23rd, 2016

Peach Fest Rodeo begins Friday

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The 27th annual Louisiana Peach Festival Rodeo sponsored by Brennan Dodge will be held starting at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Ruston Expo Center on Louisiana Highway 33 North. Gates will open at 6 p.m. both nights. This year’s rodeo will include a calf scramble and barrell racing for local children. Rodeo Clown Al Bryan will be on hand as well as trick rider Stormy Givens. For more information, call 255-9377.

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Tech sends 5 to compete for Miss Louisiana title

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Five Louisiana Tech University students will be among the 32 women who will compete this week for the title of Miss Louisiana 2016.

The competition will take place at 7:30 p.m. nightly, Thursday through Saturday at the Monroe Civic Center. The preliminary competition will be held Thursday and Friday, and the live statewide telecast of the finals will be held on Saturday. Qualified contestants from all over the state will compete for the Miss Louisiana crown, educational scholarships as well as advancement to the Miss America pageant in September in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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Second Peach Hunt Prize found

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The second Peach Hunt Prize for 2016 was found Wednesday, with the team of the Johnson and Matthews family bringing home four passes to the Peach Festival, four Peach Fest T-shirts, one room night at The Hampton Inn of Ruston, a complimentary 30 day car wash pass to RocketFast Car Wash, a $50 gift car to Log Cabin, Ponchatoulas or Cheeburger Cheeburger and $50 cash for their efforts.

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McClelland: Keeping Ostrander ‘a coup’

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Louisiana Tech Athletics Director Tommy McClelland feels he made the right choice in naming Lane Burroughs as Tech’s eighth head baseball coach in program history.
But during Thursday’s press conference introducing Burroughs, McClelland said he feels he pulled off “a coup” in getting assistant Christian Ostrander to remain on staff with a promotion to associate head coach.
Ostrander spent seven years as head coach at Mississippi’s Jones County Junior College before joining Tech as pitching coach last November.

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RHS’ White earns 5A All-State honors

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Ruston High School outfielder Seth White earned first-team honors as the Class 5A All-Louisiana Baseball Team was announced today.
White batted .460 this season.
Senior pitcher Cade Gibson earned All-State honorable mention and joined White and senior outfielder Michael Courtney as first-team District 2-5A selections.
Sophomore pitcher Sam Baldwin, sophomore catcher C.J. Willis, and junior DH Reed Sexton were second team District 2-5A selections while shortstop Kasten Furr and pitcher Trysten Dowdy earned 2-5A honorable mention.

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Ability to motivate enhanced Joseph Richard’s career

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the eighth story in a series leading up to the 2016 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to be held Saturday at the Natchitoches Event Center.
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Janice Joseph Richard fashioned the crowning achievement of her basketball career after being dealt a potential career-ending blow.
Arguably the lowest point in her life was when she had to step down as the head women’s basketball coach at NCAA Division I San Jose State in 2006 because of breast cancer. From that abyss, she found new life back in Louisiana and her hometown of Alexandria.

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Ruston native to hold book signing

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Ruston native Tom Aswell, who began his journalistic career 50 years ago this year at the Ruston Daily Leader, will appear at the Louisiana Peach Festival Saturday to sign his latest book, “Bobby Jindal: His Obsession and Destiny.”
Aswell will be sharing a table with Fred Mulhearn, a Winnsboro native, but also a long-time resident of Ruston who only recently moved back to Ruston.
Mulhearn will be signing his book, “Life in Looziana,” a book of Louisiana political cartoons.

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Keep Louisiana Beautiful sets state conference

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Keep Louisiana Beautiful is holding its 2016 Annual State Conference in Baton Rouge, at the Galvez Conference Center on Sept. 28-29.
The conference marks the yearly culmination of the most up-to-date information and expert resources on litter, recycling and state beautification.

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State legislature enters D-Day

It’s D-Day for Louisiana.

“D” as in decision — a decision of much importance to Grambling State and Louisiana Tech universities.

As the special session for Louisiana’s Legislature wraps up today, still to be finalized is how much of a budget cut health and education programs will have to take in the fiscal year beginning July 1.

But it appears no matter the outcome, the House and Senate will fall far short of the revenue goal set by Gov. John Bel Edwards to fill a $600 million budget gap.

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Peach Fest frenzy hits Ruston

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Feel the frenzy? It’s in the air. The Peach Festival frenzy has finally hit Ruston.
The annual celebration honoring our adored city icon is only a day away.
I attended my first Peach Festival last year.
I smelled the sweetness, I felt the peach fuzz and I tasted its syrupy nectar.
It was desirable — even though I am not a huge fan of the fruit.
The 2015 festival broke a world record as well: the Guinness World Record’s largest peach cobbler ever made.
It was pretty big.
I hung out with one of my favorite New Orleans bands, Dash Rip Rock.

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