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Chomping into a winning title

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It’s all about the strategy.
“You just find the ripest — the softest — in the bucket and eat those first,” said Ellen Seay, winner of the 2011 Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival Peach Eating Contest.
Seay, whose family also found the Peach Hunt treasurer on Friday, was one of 22 participants in the 2011 Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival event that stretched taste to the limit at Railroad Park.

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Museum slashes loom

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Although it appears the state’s museums have escaped budget slashes proposed by the legislature, they are not out of the woods.
First Assistant to Secretary of State Tom Schedler Kyle Ardoin said the SOS office, which oversees 17 museums including the Eddie Robinson Museum in Grambling and Louisiana Military Museum in Ruston, is back where it started at the beginning of the legislative session.

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Peach Hunt winners

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Choudrant family captures $500 prize
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Joella Seay has been recognized in the past for some of the unusual animals she brought to the Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival Pet Show.
This year, the 9-year-old from Choudrant is once again in the fest spotlight, but this time for her sleuthing skills. Along with her father Barcley Seay and 6-year-old sister Addy, Joella uncovered a laminated card making her the winner of the 2011 Peach Hunt. The card provided directions on how to retrieve the $500 Peach Prize.

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Antique cars spark interest

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A number of car enthusiasts came out to view the 82 vehicles entered into the 2011 Peach Festival Antique, Classic Car Show on Saturday in BancorpSouth parking lot.
With cars and trucks ranging from the 1920s up to present day, spectators were sure to find something to spark their interests.
Winner of the Best of Show Award was Steve Fowler, of Dubach, with his 1930 Ford Roadster.

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A sweet time on the streets of Ruston

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Thousands brave the heat to watch Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival Parade
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Thousands of people found their way downtown on Saturday morning to watch the 2011 Peach Parade.
Represented in the parade were school spirit groups, public officials, businesses and princess peach contestants, just to name a few. Many riding floats threw candy, but some opted to toss the crowd healthier options, such as cups, beads and even toothbrushes.

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Flavorful dishes win at Cookery Contest

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Every year a few area residents are chosen to sample the dishes entered into the Peach Cookery Contest and to decide a Grand Champion.
This year Angel Causey, Katie Williams, Anna Alexander, Judy Moore, Tammy Patterson and Kary Munn were asked to volunteer their time for the event. With their tastebuds ready they each sampled the variety of dishes entered into the 2011 contest.

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Coach Rob still winning for Lincoln Parish

Legendary College Hall of Fame football coach Eddie Robinson is still one of the winningest coaches ever after amassing a 408-165-15 and remains atop the major college leaderboard.
Only John Gagliardi of Division III St. John’s in Minnesota has compiled more victories (443).

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Angelle comments on oil, gas discoveries

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Two weeks ago, ExxonMobil announced major oil and natural gas discoveries in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana.
Drilled with one of the first permits issued post-moratorium, it is estimated that this discovery will produce more than 700 million barrels of oil equivalent. ExxonMobil’s is one of the most significant discoveries in the Gulf of Mexico in the last decade — significant not only because of the volume of oil and gas and the contribution this fuel will have to America’s energy security, but also because this discovery proves that the Gulf of Mexico offshore industry is capable of finding the fuel that energizes America in a safe and responsible manner.

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Helping others in Spanish

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Buenos dias, Senõr, Senorã or Senorita, or, by the time you are reading this, it might possibly be “buenos tardis” or; if you’re just getting around to reading the paper in the night, then it would be “buenos noches.”
As I prepared for this church mission trip (this would be the fourth or fifth time I was headed to “south of the border”) I had decided that I would learn enough Spanish to get by. By this, I meant to be able to converse with our Mexican foreman on exactly what it was he wanted me to do and when he wanted me to do it.

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Louisiana in the Civil War

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In June 1861, thousands of Louisiana soldiers began shipping out to Tennessee and Virginia to meet the Yankee invaders. One of the first to go was Col. Gaston Coppens’ battalion of Zouaves (“zwahvs”).
Coppens’ battalion was one of several Louisiana units that adopted the uniform of the French Algerian Zouaves. There were several variations of the colorful outfit, but a typical Zouave wore a red fez; dark blue, loose-fitting jacket trimmed and embroidered with gold cord; dark blue vest with yellow trim; blue cummerbund; baggy red pantaloons; black leather leggings; and white gaiters. Add a musket, bayonet and bowie knife, and the Zouave somewhat resembled a heavily armed Shriner.

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