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Dubach chief to get raise

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Town council selects more costly proposal
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DUBACH — Dubach Town Council members at their Monday meeting adopted a budget for the next fiscal year that includes an almost 19 percent raise for the police chief.
Chief Russell Croxton’s salary will be bumped from $26,283 to $31,200.
Croxton told council members he had not received a pay increase since 2007, when he took office.

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Pet show to feature costumes, tricks

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The Peach Festival Pet Show includes a costume contest, where dogs, cats and other pets model different outfits.
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There is nothing better than showcasing a child’s best friend. Every summer, children showcase their lovable canines, furry felines and other pets at Railroad Park.
The Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival Pet Show offers an opportunity for children to showcase the great condition and awesome personality of that special member of the family. It also gives pet lovers a chance to show their fashionable side as the event includes a costume contest.

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Suddenlink contract agreement rules change

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Ruston City Council members met very briefly on Monday to introduce an ordinance.
City attorney Bill Carter said the ordinance would basically enable the city to adopt the rights of a municipality under a new state statute.
“The state law has changed,” Carter said. “Cable TV and video communications companies can apply for and receive a state certificate that allows them to operate in a certain area instead of having a franchise agreement with the city or police jury.”

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Revisiting jury appointments

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The Lincoln Parish Police Jury Personnel/Benefits Committee last week approved nominees for two library board spots and discussed ways to open various board positions to interested individuals in the community.
Juror and library board member Ronny Walker encouraged jurors to move forward with approving the board’s nominations of Augusta Clark and Charles Penuell, who currently serve on the library board, but whose terms have expired. He said the delay in the two reappointments has resulted in the library board not being able to elect new officers.

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A rash of wrecks

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Ruston Fire Department responded to three back-to-back wrecks on Tuesday, one of which involved a cyclist.
RFD Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel said the first took place at 2:45 p.m. at the intersection of Celebrity Drive and Morrison Drive.
“It was a three-vehicle accident,” Brazzel said. “One had heavy damage, one had moderate and one minor damage. Two patients were transported to Northern Louisiana Medical Center, one with minor injuries and one with minor to moderate injuries.”

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Is there really a need for Father’s Day?

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This past Sunday we celebrated Father’s Day. My father died 23 years ago, and he was never real big on the idea of a holiday called Father’s Day. I must say the apple did not fall far from the tree. We all know who stirs the domestic pot in most households — Mama.

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Peach Fest has something for everyone

The 2012 Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival will provide a sweet source of entertainment this weekend with family-oriented fun and excitement for everyone.
Festivities began Saturday with the crowning of new pageant queens, and activities will start up again Friday morning beginning with a Kids’ Fishing Tournament and Cookery Contest.
Drawing more than 20,000 attendees each year, the Peach Festival is believed to be the oldest agriculture-based festival in Louisiana.

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Dealing with La.'s summers

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I believe in global warming. We had no winter, thus we now have more mosquitoes and fewer peaches.
Spring came with a few teasingly warm days, the predictable Easter cool snap and then wham, it’s summer. If the Weather Channel is anywhere close to accurate, it’s going to be another dry one, too.

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Looking for the $1M rain

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Farmers often talk about the million-dollar rain, much needed and timely precipitation that helps their crops grow.
In the case of the rains passing over much of the grain-growing areas in Louisiana last week, it could be many more times that in revenue for our farmers, according to Matt Raley, seed and chemical sales manager with Raley Brothers, LLC in Crowville. Raley likened the event to the last inning of a baseball game.

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Tech: A big year in athletics

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Joining C-USA led long list of achievements
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Entering the fall of last year, hopes were high around the Louisiana Tech camp that it could be a memorable 12 months for the University’s athletics programs despite the uneasiness surrounding conference realignment and the future home of the Bulldog and Lady Techster programs.
However, even the most optimistic of Tech faithful probably could not have fathomed the success on and off the playing fields that the year would yield.

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