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Gulla, Fitzmorris wed in Virginia

Jacqueline Marie Gulla, of Sharon, Pa., and Joseph Patrick “J.P.” Fitzmorris, of Ruston, recently exchanged wedding vows in a 5 p.m. ceremony on February 18 at Hunt Club Farms in Virginia Beach, Va. The double-ring ceremony was officiated by U.S. Navy Chaplain Jeffrey Ross.

Jacqueline is the daughter of Gary Gulla of Hermitage, Pa. and Mary Ambrose of Mesa, Ariz. She is the granddaughter of Marian Gulla, of Hermitage, Pa., the late George Gulla and the late Mary and Max Tomczack.

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62nd Peach Festival in sight

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May is coming to an abrupt end and June is quickly approaching. Along with schools closing and swimming pools opening, next month will also welcome the annual Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival.
In its 62nd year, the peach festival is set for June 22-23 in downtown Ruston. Those new, and those returning, should expect popular events such as the pet show, parade, arts and crafts, 5K run, tennis tournament and an antique car show.

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Olympic theme unveiled

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Each year the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana strives to provide local youth the opportunity to broaden their summer experiences, while giving parents the chance to enroll their children in an educational summer program.
In lieu of the upcoming Summer Olympics 2012, the club has decided to go with an Olympic theme.
Unit Director Sabrina Love said this year’s camp will tie into the Olympics by educating participants about the history of the Olympics, as well as the countries involved.

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Bethel votes ‘no’ on vouchers

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Students looking to participate in the school voucher program have one less option in Lincoln Parish.
Bethel Christian School’s Board of Directors voted last week not to join the voucher program.
Ann Patterson, president of the board of directors, said the school has decided they want to keep all of their admissions standards intact, which would not be possible with the voucher program.

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Library board looks at leadership, millage rollbacks

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The Lincoln Parish Library Board of Control is still awaiting new leadership.
During the board’s monthly meeting on Wednesday, board member Sharon Thomas, a member of the officer selection committee, recommended James Pilgreen for library board president and Charles Penuell for vice-president.

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A different perspective of earth

La. Tech graduate students conduct experiment
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Using a weather balloon, a camera, a parachute and a cell phone, three Louisiana Tech graduate students captured seemingly distant photographs of Earth.
The students modeled their experiment after an earlier one done by MIT students two years ago. MIT student Joseph Yeh led the project, which sent a camera up with a weather balloon to photograph the edge of space. The project reportedly cost the MIT students less than $150.

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Three faculty members honored at spring commencement

Three Louisiana Tech faculty members received major university awards during spring commencement exercises on Saturday.
Carrice Cummins, the Gerald and Shirley Cobb Endowed Professor of Education, received the University Foundation Professorship Award. The Outstanding Faculty Adviser Award went to James Nelson, the associate dean of undergraduate studies in the College of Engineering and Science. And Laurie Stoff, an assistant professor of history, was honored with the Tech Foundation F. Jay Taylor Undergraduate Teaching Award.

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Aggies, Tigers honored

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Choudrant, Simsboro have All-State first unit reps
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Two Lincoln Parish teams who lost to the eventual state champion have a combined three representatives on the 2012 Class B All-State baseball squad announced today by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Choudrant High, whose season ended with a 11-4 loss to title winner Hornbeck, featured Shane Kassab and Heath Sadler on the postseason team selected by a panel of LSWA representatives.
Fellow District 1-B rival Simsboro High, a 6-2 victim of Hornbeck in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs, provided Josey Chandler as a top tier All-State member.

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Taylor’s Topics

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Spurs’ team play could mean a title
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The Los Angeles Clippers were the first team to see an end to the second round of the National Basketball Association playoffs, and I gotta say, it felt good to watch ’em leave.
The San Antonio Spurs showed no mercy during the four-game sweep of Chris Paul and the Clip, and to me, there was something sweet about seeing CP3 fall short of the Finals again.
The sweet factor for me lies in the fact that team basketball is once again starting to dominate the way the game is played.

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Tech track set for regionals

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Louisiana Tech University’s track and field season will continue for several athletes, as the NCAA has announced that Tech has earned 17 entries into the NCAA East preliminary championships scheduled Thursday through Sunday on the campus of the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla.
Tech’s 17 entries are the second most among Louisiana’s Division I schools (second only to LSU).

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