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Peach royalty

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The 2012 Dixie Gem Peach Pageant contestants displayed their musical and dance talents while showing their poise on Saturday at the Dixie Center for the Arts.
Teen contestants were asked about issues of concern to young people, such as bullying and use of social network sites by children. As for the Princess Peach contenders, they shared interesting facts about themselves, as well as their future career goals.

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Volunteer of the Year

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Lora Conville was recently feted as one of the Louisiana’s Volunteer of the Year awardees.
Joined at the Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge by Lincoln Parish Superintendent Danny Bell and ACHIEVE Coordinator Cathi Cox-Boniol, the former ACHIEVE Volunteer of the Year was honored along with 18 other school volunteers from across the state at a special gala hosted by the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana.

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A lower interest rate?

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City seeks loan repayment change

Ruston City Council members this month introduced an ordinance that, if approved in July, might save the city some money on repaying a loan.
City treasurer Emmett Gibbs said the city currently has a bond issue agreement with the Department of Environmental Quality.
“The city essentially borrowed around $18 million from the DEQ loan program to construct a new wastewater treatment plant a few years ago,” Gibbs said.

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How to help someone thinking about suicide

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Editor’s note: This is the second column in a two-part series on suggestions for helping a suicidal person. The first part published June 4. This column should have been published on June 11. The Daily Leader regrets any inconvenience this may have caused.
According to Helpguide.org, anyone who talks about suicide or shows other warning signs needs immediate help from a doctor or psychologist — the sooner the better.

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Pet of the Week

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Kelsea is a 2-year-old hound/terrier mix who is spayed and is current on shots. Kelsea enjoys playing with other dogs and being around people. 
She needs a little time to warm up to new people but once she does, she’ll be a companion. Call 251-DOGS for more information about Kelsea. Her adoption fee is $50.

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Raven Dade to receive memorial scholarship

The Williams and Butler families are pleased to present Raven L. Susan Dade with the Zykeka Williams-Butler Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000, which can be used at any university or institution of higher learning.
Zykeya was a 20-year-old cancer victim. The cancer was a rare cancer, “neurofibromatosis,” which causes tumors that grow along the nerves of the spinal cord.

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FBC Ruston women make dresses for Nicaraguans

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Little dresses that may be prize possessions of young girls were shipped recently to their destination in remote villages of Nicaragua.
First Baptist Church of Ruston women, assisted by women from other local churches, have teamed up to sew and package 196 completed pillow-case dresses.
The women recently had these shipped to remote villages in Nicaragua for distribution to children ages 3 through 12.

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Slaughter to introduce Carr

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Ex-Tech offensive coordinator will present star receiver for Hall induction
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For the inductees and their presenters, time elements comprise as much of the annual Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies as the memories that will last a lifetime.
Each honoree and the individual making the presentation for induction are given a hoped-for, but not totally “set in stone” time limit to make their speeches.
Sometimes they go for the allotted three-to-five minutes, at other times they seem to last into the next week.

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Look out for early autism signs

Some children are very social whereas others keep more to themselves.
In a few youth, however, failure to communicate with others is to the extreme that they are diagnosed with autism, a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of autism has risen to one in every 88 births in the United States and almost one in 54 boys.

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Being thankful for fathers

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According to www.usa.gov, the United States government’s official website, Father’s Day began a little over a century ago while Sonora Dodd, of Spokane, Wash., was listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Her father, William Smart, a Civil War veteran and widower, raised six children on his farm by himself. The next year, Spokane’s mayor declared June 17 as the first Father’s Day, choosing the month of June to honor Smart’s birthday.

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