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Ceremony launches 55th Peach Festival

Chair Shelley Clark introduced festival sponsors, contributors and volunteers as crowds of people were already pouring in to explore the numerous entities offered by vendors set up at Railroad Park.
Flipping through the air, a young girl experimented on the bungee jump while other children looked in awe at the exotic petting zoo.
"The goats are my favorite," 10-year-old Lauren Risher said, "because they eat your grass so you don't have to mow."

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Survey results send message to legislators

As Tuesday night's monthly Lincoln Parish Police Jury meeting drew a close, juror Charles Owens issued a challenge — not just to other jurors, but to everyone who lives in Lincoln Parish.
"We don't need to sit idly while they make decisions that affect us in Baton Rouge," Owens said. "This stuff they're doing with the Sparta Aquifer is wrong, and we all need to take a stand and let them know we're against what they're doing."

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Methodist youth reach out

The event brings together Methodist youth from across the state to do home repair projects and spread the gospel of Jesus in Ruston and surrounding communitites.
"The Ruston community really comes together and supports this endeavor," lay leader Mike Shipp said. "Most of the supplies we collect are donated or sold at cost and church member donate their tools for the project."

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School Board sticks with block schedule

With block scheduling, students attend four 90-minute class periods each day. A course is completed in half a school year and students are able to take eight different classes over the year.
In the traditional six week schedule, students attend six 55-minute classes. Each course lasts the entire year.
Lincoln Parish has used block scheduling since 1999, Superintendent Charles Scriber said.

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Storms rumble across area

The storm hit shortly after 5 p.m., just as workers filled the roadways headed home.
National weather service meteorologist Bill Murrell said there were extensive reports of tree damage along U.S. 167, north of Vienna.
"We've had reports from law enforcement personnel that there were several trees blown down in the area between Vienna and Dubach," Murrell said. "We did not notice any rotation, so we feel sure the damage was caused by straight-line winds."

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Louisiana Tech University enjoys banner year

For one crucial week Louisiana Tech President Dr. Dan Reneau carried an envelope wherever he went. The envelope had writing on the back: Reneau's goals to reach his vision for Tech.
He has lost the list now, but his goals have been accomplished.
In his office Monday, Reneau pulled a chair over to his seating area to visit with a group of students.
Surrounded by rich red wood and brass bulldog statuettes, Reneau laughed about his list.

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Techsters roll past Texas Tech

The fifth-seeded Lady Techsters made themselves at home in front of 4,261 fans with a 81-64 victory over fourth-seeded Texas Tech in a second round game of the women's NCAA basketball tournament.
Louisiana Tech earned a trip to Norfolk, Va., and the Sweet 16 with its second victory in three days. The Techsters will meet either Marquette or Duke in the Mideast Regional, which begins Sunday. Those two teams meet in the second round of the regionals tonight.

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Tigers are state champions

It was unbelievable because it was the first-ever trip to the finals for the Lady Tigers (40-5) and the first state championship for the Class B school.
“It just seems like we’ve been playing games,” Stuckey said. “It just seemed like another tournament. We played in seven tournaments all year, and we just won first place in this tournament.”
What wasn’t unbelievable was the fashion in which the Lady Tigers captured the title.

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Techsters survive Montana

The fifth-seeded Lady Techsters rallied from as many as 11 points down in the second half to pull out a 81-77 victory over Montana on its home court during first-round action of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.
Junior Erica Smith-Taylor had 29 points to lead seventh-ranked Louisiana Tech. The 5-foot-10 forward had 12 points in the final 10 minutes of the second half, when the Lady Techsters came back from a 60-49 deficit. The Lady Techsters will play the Red Raiders of Texas Tech in a second round game Monday at 9 p.m. at the Dahlberg Arena.

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GSU splits games vs. Alcorn

That combination proved lethal for Grambling State University's basketball team here Monday night at Memorial Gymnasium, as the Lady Tigers halted Alcorn State 71-55 in a Southwestern Athletic Conference contest.
Guards Scherwanda Boston and Alana Moore combined for 48 points to help give coach David "Rusty" Ponton's squad its third straight win and improve to records of 9-10 for the season and 7-4 against league opponents.

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