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Devouring a bucket of peaches

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Braving the three-pound buckets of fresh Ruston peaches, children and one adult participated in the annual peach eating contest held on Friday evening at Railroad Park. Each participant had two minutes to eat as many peaches as they could until time was called. The winners are as follows: third place Brandon Holshouser and Cullen Clark (a tie) with .93 pounds, second place Jenson Spiers with .935 pounds and first place Jacob Vontress with .94 pounds.

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Locals speak up on term limits

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When residents flock to the polls in November to voice their opinion on who should lead this country, they’ll also be asked to make a decision about the leaders of the local school system.
Locally, many individuals have spoken out against the proposition, including several school board members and volunteers involved with the school system.

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A peach party in Ruston

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Thousands of people filled the streets of Ruston on Friday and Saturday to enjoy the 2012 Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival.
From the arts and crafts show and vendors in the Ruston Civic Center to the parade through downtown Ruston, there was a little something for everyone over the course of the weekend. Residents and visitors could attend a rodeo, parade, antique car show and vendors sites outside.
Visitors also crowded inside various locations to enjoy a breath of cool air and events including the Russ Town Band concert and the arts and crafts show.

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Furry friends’ talent on display in annual pet show

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Proud pet owners lined up to show off their furry- and some not-so-furry- companions at the 2012 Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Pet Show.
Sponsored by various businesses and organizations around Lincoln Parish, categories included Outstanding Dog, Outstanding Cat, Outstanding Other Pet, Best Dressed Dog, Best Dressed Cat, Best Dressed Other and Best Pet Trick.
Judging the event were Jennifer Lamkin and Clay Haynie, with the City of Ruston Animal Control Department, along with Todd Owens, city code enforcement officer, also with the City of Ruston.

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Bank of Ruston leads the way in Peach parade

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The streets of Ruston were packed to the brim Saturday morning as the 2012 Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival parade rolled down Alabama Avenue full of decorated floats looking to take home this year’s top float crown.
Parade Chair Tim Bush, of the Ruston Jaycees, said of the 68 floats entered into the competition, only three placed, and only one brought home the grand prize — possession of the always-popular peach trophy for a full year.

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Taking baby steps on the road to victory

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The path to victory was straight ahead.
Even as the babies rested safely in their parents’ arms, their journey of eight feet to the other parent or grandparent was soon to begin.
Some children bravely crawled forward, while others refused to move out of Mommy’s arms during the 29th Annual Peach Festival Diaper Derby on Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church.
The event, open to ages 6-24 months, drew 57 competitors this year, who depending on age, crawled, walked or rode a scooter to the finish line.

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Commend board on effort to protect funds

Every time a Lincoln Parish resident shops in a local store, they pay sales tax and help bolster local entities such as the Lincoln Parish School Board.
Every individual who owns a home or business and pays property tax in the parish does the same.
On Thursday, the Lincoln Parish School Board voted to take a stand and protect that money collected to help pay for local school children’s education to prevent it being taken away and given to private schools, charter schools or public schools in other parishes.

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Resident: TEA Party not made up of racists

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I am a supporter of the TEA Party. Recently, I have heard that a few people in the Ruston area have stated that they have heard bad things about the TEA Party — really? That we are racists — really?
Well, let me make it perfectly clear to each and everyone. We are not racists. If you are black, white, green or any color you are more than welcome to the TEA Party.

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Sparta Shoot unlocks support, success

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The Sparta Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the Sparta Aquifer, hosted our inaugural Sporting Clays Competition as part of the Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival on June 16 at Wild Wings in Downsville.
This event was the largest fundraiser the Sparta Foundation has held to date. The proceeds from the competition will go toward education efforts by the Sparta Foundation in North Louisiana.

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Voice opinions through voting

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This November, I will be casting my first vote to hopefully elect the next president of the United States.
It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I first started becoming aware of politics at age 10, during the Bush-Kerry race. Even more than I wanted to put lives at risk by driving at 16, more than I wanted to graduate from high school and move on to the big world of college, I burned to let my voice be heard, to make whatever slight difference I could.

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