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July 7th

Aldredge is No. 1 at USA meet

The national-class javelin thrower from Ruston’s Cedar Creek High registered a mark of 140-3 to finish No. 1 at the prestigious early summer meet that features many of the nation’s top prep and amateur competitors.
A three-time Class 1-A Louisiana High School Athletic Association state champion, Aldredge is currently ranked No. 3 in the javelin for prep competitors.
Her personal best throw of 156-0 was recorded at this year’s state meet and also resulted in the second top performance in the event’s history for Louisiana competitors.

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City must foster spirit of creativity

Zalesch has racked up an impressive collection of assorted American catalogs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries that he is preparing to show in the Enterprise Center. He is pushing his colleagues in the art history world, as well as area art lovers, to recognize the catalogs for their aesthetic qualities.
Local art enthusiasts have a lot to look forward to in this show. The key to success lies in Zalesch’s passion combined with Norris’ commitment to providing a different type of outlet for the scientists he works with.

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Tales of a Peach Fest novice

After the hour-long cavalcade, I hopped off the hippie wagon to begin my mission of experiencing for the very first time all that the downtown Peach Festival had to offer.
My first stop was at the antique car show at Bancorp South’s parking lot, which revved my interest not only in the slick refurbished autos but also in the variety of people they drew.
From bikers with money to burn to local old timers with captivating stories to tell, it seemed most people were gassed about what they saw in the lot.

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Tailgate fever catching

Walker is one of numerous Tech fans who gets as much out of tailgating activities and preparing delicious pregame and postgame meals as he does watching his team capture a victory.
No wonder, then, that he perked up when asked about preparations for FNB’s tailgating plans this fall.
“We averaged about 300 people at our tailgating site last year and we expect to probably average around 500 this time,” Walker said. “The first game this year is really big for us because we’re actually hosting the tailgating for Carrell Dowies’ Tech football reunion.

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Stanley, Tech discover track gold

One of three siblings scoring athletic scholarships (football, swimming, and track), Stanley’s outstanding track career at East Jefferson High School in New Orleans sent him to college at Hammond’s Southeastern University.
From Southeastern, he went into Bonnabel High School as a head track coach in the New Orleans area. It was then that fate dealt him a lucky hand as he crossed paths with a similar soul.

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State must make ethics rules clear

Since then, good intentions have gone awry.
What began as an effort to cut out lobbyists and special interests, bar lawmakers from too-close ties to the state’s money and clean up our national image has resulted in a muddy understanding of ethics laws and reporting requirements — is anyone clear on them?
Seeing 230 or more officials and public servants jettison from state boards and commissions because of the confusion is disheartening, but not entirely devastating.

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I heart handmade treasures

I’m a recent fan of a Web site dedicated to all things handmade. If you haven’t discovered it by now, don’t feel bad, but do log on — right now (well, please finish reading this column first).
This online gem is www.etsy.com. I guarantee, once you start looking you won’t be able to stop. It is an absolute treasure trove of handmade goodness, and the best part is there’s something for everyone.
I find the juxtaposition between the new technology of online retail and the old tradition of making things by hand to be particularly interesting.

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Holiday begins with a bang

For Hendricks, who was buying fireworks with son Willie Jr., the tradition behind the meaning of the day and the American flag are the reason he loves the Fourth.
“My son will tell you, this is one of my favorite and best holidays,” Hendricks said. “I got the flag display, and I’m thrilled about that. My father was in the Navy, and I’m one of those guys who has always loved this country and the American flag and what it means. I could go on and on, but let’s just say this is always a special and fun holiday for me.”

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July 4th

In spite of challenges, freedom lives

At home, we suffer a bit. We bear a flagging economy, which has been heralded on news reports since the nation became aware of its credit crisis and before, as well as the crunch on everything we consume generated by rising gas prices, health-care cost increases and job training and security issues.
Abroad, we suffer as well. The United States’ allies are watching as we persevere in Iraq and Afghanistan, and we continue with a greatly unpopular effort through tenacious resolve. We struggle with nuclear nonproliferation efforts and worldwide energy shortages.

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How music affects emotion

All of us hear music in different things and in different ways. As individuals, we take any music (bands, soloists, etc.) differently from our best friends. Not everyone sees a marching band the same as another. Some of us might hear music as crickets chirping, or maybe you only listen to the radio when you’re driving your car. Music changes our emotions, makes us act crazy when we’re with our friends or drive fast.
Or you might be someone who thinks that none of this is true — that music and emotions aren’t connected.
Let’s see what he thinks…

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