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Lincoln LEAP scores make jump

Fourth- and eighth-grade students must pass the LEAP test in order to go on to the next grade. Students who don’t pass may attend summer school and retake the test. Students in the 10th and 11th grades must pass the GEE before they can earn a high school diploma.
Third-, fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and ninth-graders in Louisiana, meanwhile, take the iLEAP test to measure their academic progress. A certain score on the iLEAP is not necessary for grade-level promotion.

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Pitch in to keep Peach Fest ripe

The Lincoln Parish tradition is in its 59th year, and the event couldn’t happen without the volunteers who pitch in throughout the festival weekend.
Last year’s festival featured a date change, making it a true weekend event that ran Friday-Sunday. The success of the 2008 edition prompted festival organizers to keep the weekend schedule, with this year’s Peach Festival scheduled for Friday-Sunday, June 26-28.

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One smoking bill up for vote

A federal health initiative earlier this year significantly bumped up taxes on tobacco products.
Now at the state level, legislators will consider a new law that would ban smoking inside bars and casinos.
House Bill 844, authored by Rep. Gary Smith, D-Norco, narrowly passed in the House Health and Welfare Committee and is slated to move on to the full House.
If approved, the law would be the state’s second in three years aimed at reducing the number of facilities where smoking is allowed.

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Tech: Five in a row over Hawaii?

Wade Simoneaux and his players hope to because a victory would mean a step forward in the annual league postseason tournament that begins today at — yes — the Rainbow Warriors’ diamond.
Tech will open up against Hawaii in the early morning hours of Friday, taking on the host school at midnight, with the action for all sleepy-eyed fans still up at that time to be carried by Ruston’s Z-107.5 FM station.
The Bulldogs (28-20, 13-11), the runner-up in the league’s regular season race, will
make their first appearance in the tournament since 2007.

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Skaggs to highlight 2009 Peach Fest

Gates open for the Skaggs event at 5 p.m. North Louisiana’s own Hank Staples and Thundercreek open at 6 p.m., followed by Skaggs at 8 p.m.
Skaggs, 54, began his professional music career at age 15. He’s won 13 Grammy Awards, and numerous other awards including the Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year.
In 1997, Skaggs founded his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, and has since released nine albums.

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