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Time to start preparing for Peach Fest

It’s time to start preparing ourselves and our community for the influx of activity that comes with the festival.
The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce puts on the Peach Festival each year, but they can’t do it without a lot of help from local residents.
Volunteers are the backbone of the festival, and it’s not too late to sign up. The tasks volunteers can help with are as diverse as unfolding and sorting T-shirts to working entrance gates and selling peach ice cream.

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Targeting financial abuse

Just like any other kind of abuse, financial abuse can take many forms. The abuser may deny his spouse an education to acquire job skills, or if she has a job, he may make her quit it. “You have to spend more time with the children,” he may insist. “Those people you work with are not our kind of people,” he may say. Whatever the stated reasons, the real motive is to increase the victim’s financial dependence on him.

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Champion gets his pro chance

According to team officials, the 6-2 and 202-pounder will compete with holdover Gino Guidugli for the No. 3 spot behind provisional starters Jarious Jackson and Buck Pierce.
Champion impressed Lions’ representatives enough during a recent free agent tryout camp held in Portland, Ore., to gain a three-year contract.
The 23-year-old native of Bessamer, Ala., started for two years at Tech, where he ended his career in 2007 while leading the Bulldogs to five wins and one victory shy of NCAA bowl eligibility.

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Sacrifices remembered

Holiday closings
• Ruston City Hall and Utility Billing Office will be closed today. Emergency services can be contacted at 255-1316. There will be no residential garbage and trash collection today. The commercial garbage trucks will run today. The residential garbage pickup for today’s route will be picked up Thursday.
• Ruston Post Office and Lincoln Parish Library will be closed today for Memorial Day.
• Dubach Town Hall will be closed today and garbage pickup for today will be collected Tuesday.
• Choudrant and Simsboro town halls will be closed today due to Memorial Day.

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Art Block needs support

Though it was thought that the event, which coincided with Louisiana Tech University’s graduation day, would draw crowds of people, it seemed that many were unaccounted for.
Perhaps the majority of the community was attending the commencement or maybe the masses were unaware of the well-publicized market.

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Remember and revere our veterans

Generations of Americans have given their lives for our country. They died so we can enjoy the freedoms many of us take for granted today. They died working to preserve or to win back the freedoms of other countries, so their citizens could enjoy a better quality of life.
They are dying today in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Although our daily lives aren’t impacted the way they were for Americans during wars of the past, it does not make the reality of war any less severe.

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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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