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May 13th

Soft spot for man's best friend

While Peanut was rescued from neighbors who had her chained to a fence without shelter or water, Lulu was bought from a breeder. I wouldn’t trade her for anything, but lately I have found myself thinking of the many animals that have been rescued from abuse or have been abandoned and now are in need of caring homes. The next time I choose a dog, I will go to my local animal shelter.

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Peaches in peril

A soil-borne fungus is prematurely killing peach trees throughout farms in the South, including at Mitcham’s Peach Orchard in Ruston.
The deadly fungus is responsible for the mortality of peach trees, resulting in a national annual loss of $5 million, according to the International Society for Horticulture Science.
Once word of the dying trees spread locally, rumors began to circulate, said Debbie Otwell, sales manager at Mitcham’s Peach Orchard Peach Store.
“The first week that the word got out, it was like it was the end of the world,” she said. “The phone rang and rang.”

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Moats’ days in Philly numbered?

After all, he can do the math. He can see that when a team has an all-pro running back like Brian Westbrook, there’s only going to be limited opportunities for anyone else.
He can also count up the rest of the competition — veteran Correll Buckhalter, second year back Tony Hunt along with recently acquired Lorenzo Booker — whom head coach Andy Reid lavished praise upon — and ask himself, `Where does that leave me?’
Yet still he’s here, left in limbo at the mercy of Reid and the rest of the Eagles braintrust.

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Give Mom the gift of love on Mother's Day

It is no such world.
There are many mothers who toil and sweat, wondering when someone will stop and take notice of their herculean effort to carry the weight of a home, family and, in many cases, a career.
In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson declared the first national Mother’s Day, as a day for American citizens to show the flag in honor of those mothers whose sons had died in war.
Today, Mother’s Day has deep roots, both emotional and commercial, in our society.

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50 great things about my Mom

1.Mom and Dad met when they were both students at LSU-Alexandria.
2.They dated until Dad broke it off because he wanted to see other people.
3.He got mad when Mom started seeing other people, so they got back together.
4.When Mom and Dad got married, Mom weighed 100 pounds.
5.She drove a blue Plymouth Duster that Dad kept in the garage for years. Sometimes, we’d all pile in and go for a joyride on the weekends.
6.Mom says she still feels guilty for how strict she was when I was growing up.
7.But Mom really shouldn’t feel guilty.

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Bus wrecks leave one injured

The school bus was carrying approximately 15 students from Hico Elementary School and Dubach High.
The driver of the bus, identified as 44-year-old Markus Kay from Dubach, was not injured in the crash. No students reported injuries at the scene, according to police. 
Police, parents, teachers and school board staff flooded the scene following the wreck on Flowers Road near Dubach.
Lincoln Parish Schools Director of Auxiliary Services Charles Owens said Kay exemplified strong defensive driving skills.

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May 9th

Lady Bearcats’ duo in All-Star game

Along with that tandem being chosen for the prestigious postseason honor will be recognition for two other players on the Lady Bearcats’ squad that posted an overall record of 23-10 and won a District 2-5A championship with an 8-1 mark.
Katie Clark and Maggie Johnson will join Albritton as a recipient of the 2008 Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s All-Academic composite team, comprised of student-athletes from all classifications.

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The dark side of America

Let us turn to our presidential candidates. John McCain, a decorated prisoner of war, may be able to turn things around. Will he recognize 275 million of his own constituents who are prisoners of the trade federation in the oil industry who now must choose whether to drive to work or feed their families? Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are so concerned about beating each other and winning the Democratic Party nomination, that the platform of “change” that was once a resounding battle cry has deafened in a silence of nationalistic fear.

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Bored? See what’s on tap downtown

Be sure to mark your calendars for the Mississippi Street Art Block on May 17. Lots of local artists will set up booths along Mississippi Street starting at 10 a.m. for what is sure to be a showcase of some of Ruston’s greatest talents.
Proceeds from sales benefit the artists, which will allow them to thrive here and let other artists know that Ruston is a place where the arts are supported and valued.

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Art Block builds up local works

“Jackie and I were visiting one day trying to think of ideas and (we) said let’s make this happen,” said Hudson, owner of Visual Designs.
Among the one-of-a-kind items that will be for sale are mixed media paintings, sculpture, photography, reinvented vintage jewelry and painted gourds.

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