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May 27th

Ruston, Tech team up

“We’ve had numerous meetings over the course of the past several months to make sure the tournament would be a success,” said Gary Stokley, who has served as the tourney director. “I think what’s really been nice and encouraging about this whole process is that we’ve had a lot of different individuals and businesses offer their help. Everybody has wanted to make sure that these teams and their fans would feel welcomed and a part of our community.”

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Summer means a time to learn

Summer has a certain feel to it, and although it hasn’t officially arrived yet (not until June 21 this year), that summer feeling is starting to set in.
There are many, many days of glaring sunshine and wet, heavy air that lay ahead of us, and I can’t help but wonder what this summer has in store.
As I think back on summers past, some are a blur of hot days and sticky nights, while others bring specific images and sensations to mind.

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Be safe while having fun this summer

Friday is the official last day for Lincoln Parish public schools. After suffering through just a half-day that day, thousands of local kids will be free for those blessed and much-anticipated summer months.
While many parents are planning their best to pack in educational and entertaining activities to keep their students occupied this summer, undoubtedly there will be time when kids are left to their own devices.
It’s important for families to have at least a general schedule for the summer, as well as guidelines for behavior and safety.

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Creek softballers receive honors

Named to the all-league second team were Kaitlin Hanna, outfield; Lauren Kirkland, catcher; and Jamie Young, utility. 
Recognized for All-District Academic honors were  Ashley Aldredge, Marisa Estes, Kaitlin Farris, Hayley Gaston, Kaitlin Hanna, Jordan Ingram, Samantha Roberts, and Jamie Young. 
Seniors Kaitlin Farris and Jordan Ingram were recognized for prestigious academic All-State honors.  Ingram — who has a 4.0 GPA — was also an academic all-stater.

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Fresno State: Heart of a champ

“You can go all down our lineup and see where we’ve got guys hurt, yet they never stopped believing that they could win the championship again this year,” Batesole said.
“At best, we’re probably 70-to-80 percent healthy with our starters. But that didn’t keep them from believing they could win it again.”
Today, the ‘Dogs will learn of their regional postseason site, most likely being Stanford.

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Hazardous Waste Day

“Battery acid will leach out of batteries, and they get run over and broken,” she said. “That also leaks into soil and creates problems for our water.”
The company contracted with industrial and environmental management company PSC, and Mize expects the waste pickup day will run between $12,000-$15,000 once collection is complete, and about 4.5 tons of waste handled.
“We won’t turn anybody away that has materials that can be disposed of,” Mize said. “It’s a staggering cost, but when you look at the amount in pounds that’s disposed of and not put in the landfill, it’s a small cost.”

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May 23rd

Take waste day seriously

Every day, people throw away batteries, cleaners, pesticides and other hazardous chemicals and materials without the knowledge that such choices ultimately impact the environment.
Hazardous materials leech into the soil and are carried by rain and runoff into local streams and lakes, where it can contaminate fish populations or kill wildlife that comes in contact with it.

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Holiday has lost its meaning

The day used to be a national day of mourning, a solemn and sacred day of remembrance to honor those who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. Businesses closed for the day. Towns held parades honoring the fallen, the routes oftentimes ending at a local cemetery, where Memorial Day speeches were given and prayers offered up. People took the time to clean and decorate with flowers and flags the graves of those the fell in service to their country. It was a holiday in the original sense of the word: a holy day.

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Jaquez: Power-packed opener

It would have been a shorter initial day for the third annual tourney, but a one-hour and 41-minute delay was caused by a storm that blew into the area with high winds, lightning and intermittent rain at 4:17 p.m.
It wasn’t your ordinary wind storm, either.
Local meterologists reported gusts of up to 50 miles an hour, enough to overturn a large canopy situated in back of the New Mexico State dugout.

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Farmers Market opens Saturday

“The Web site is informational to let people in the community know what produce we’re having,” said John Benscoter, FMG treasurer. “Hopefully in a couple of weeks we’ll have profiles of some of the farmers, and hopefully we’ll get more people interested in what’s going on at the market.”
The site recently received a new look, designed by Louisiana Tech University School of Art Student Carmen Moore, and the market recently had a logo created by Hayley Hamblin, a senior communication design major in Tech’s School of Art. The Web site was programmed by Goeff Thibeau.

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