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May 29th

Combatting summer blues

I had the opportunity recently to chat with Nancy Bergeron, communications manager with the chamber, and she told me how vital volunteers are to the festival’s success. Not only do they provide information to out-of-town visitors (and some first-time fest-going residents), but they also help with paperwork, giving out food coupons, manning gates and so much more.

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Peach Pageant seeks ladies

The judges could ask her about school, abortion, capital punishment or the war in Iraq. Anything is fair game.”
Since Miss Louisiana is the host of the state, speaks before the state legislature, goes to charity events and works with tourism, Napper said she must be able to answer questions quickly and intelligently. This makes it essential that the winner of the Queen Dixie Gem preliminary pageant is also able to speak well.
“In the overall process, the girl has to have a good interview in order to win,” Napper said.

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May 28th

Bulldogs can build on success

Among the positives for the program:
• Clearly sent a message that this is a team that will have to be reckoned with in a league consistently known as one of the best among NCAA conferences; Tech finished No. 3 in the regular season race and had the best won-loss percentage and most overall victories of any of the six clubs going into the tournament; for the entire season, including regular season and tourney action, Tech’s 35 wins was second to Fresno State’s 36.

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Take a step toward your dreams

Students who have completed the first through 12th grades can spend two weeks this summer participating in theater classes, dance classes, stage crafts (which will include costume and set design) and music classes (which will include not only vocal coaching, but also how to play a simple instrument). The classes will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 30 through Aug. 3 and Aug. 6-10.
“The purpose is to give the student experience in all the performing arts areas,” Mary Fran Crook said.

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Reviving creative expression

She said that, while on a tour of the World War II exhibit upon seeing pieces of work by local artists, the children — 50 students from area schools — were asked to interpret the meaning. Many of them could. And that fact shocked Ms. Cox because the students did not often have the means or opportunity to be exposed to the arts in their lifetime.

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Hermes bids last farewell

“I appreciate the opportunity I’ve had for the last 14 years, and I’m not going anywhere,” he said. “I’ll see y’all later; I’m going fishing.”
Hermes was presented with several pieces of recognition, including plaques from the RPD and Mayor Dan Hollingsworth.
“This is a happy day for Randal and his family but a sad day for us because we won’t have him here,” Hollingsworth said.
“He never seems to get excitable on the outside, which is a tremendous asset for a police officer, because his quiet demeanor has helped diffuse things that could easily have gotten out of hand.”

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Bulldogs’ season ends

Rupert (5-4) threw 6.1 innings and allowed seven hits. He was credited with all four runs, three earned, walked one and struck out eight Fresno State batters. Wilson (8-5) threw six innings and gave up two runs, both earned, on six hits. He walked three and struck out five. Brandon Burke recorded his fifth save throwing three scoreless innings and giving up three hits.
Kersten led Tech at the plate hitting 2-for-5 with a run and RBI. Dennis Winn hit 2-for-4, and Matt Combs hit 2-for-3.

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History is destined to repeat

As an avid reader, it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be, although there have been a couple of times I’d start worrying when I neared the end of one book that I didn’t already have another lined up.
Currently, I’m engrossed in Stephen Ambrose’s tale of the events of June 6, 1944 — D-Day. I’ve read other accounts and watched every movie that has dealt with those events, but Ambrose covers every aspect of the operation, from pre-planning to its completion.

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Honor our veterans

From the Revolutionary War to the current War on Terror, our nation has asked its men and women to lay their lives on the line to defend our country.
In the 1770s they were asked to fight tyrants who would impose taxation without representation.
In the 1860s we went to battle with each other over ideological differences, but in the end, came out stronger.
In the late 1910s it was the “war to end all wars,” followed by another “war to end all wars” in the 1940s.

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Choudrant residents unite for schools

Kessler agreed with a few attendees that one reason the bond issue might not have passed was because some people were displeased that not everyone living in the Choudrant School District would have to pay the additional tax it would generate. Those whose home is worth $75,000 or less qualify for homestead exemption, meaning their taxes would not have increased. Kessler pointed out, however, that homestead exemption was not something controlled by the school board, but an issue that would need to be addressed through legislators.

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