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Sign up for Peach Festival events

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Kids' Fishing Tournament
Area youngsters age 12 and under who want to try their hand at fishing can do so Friday, June 22 at the 2012 Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival Lincoln Parish Park Kids’ Fishing Tournament. The event begins at 8 a.m. at Lincoln Parish Park, and is free.
Bait and poles will be provided by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries. Register at the event. Prizes awarded. The tournament is sponsored by La Capitol Federal Credit Union. For more information contact the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce at 255-2031 or email peach@rustonlincoln.org.

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Financial matters

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School Board to vote on 14th checks

The Lincoln Parish School Board plans to discuss the payment of salary supplements to its certified and support personnel at the regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday.
Although sales tax collections have increased by 1.62 percent in the fiscal year through April, the returns are still down approximately $2.6 million, as compared to three years ago. Due to this decrease, the Lincoln Parish School Board is recommending the use of reserve funds to maintain the same supplemental payment as last year. The school board has reserved funds from sales tax collections with the purpose of providing the same level of funding in years sales tax were less than those of previous years.

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RPAR offers swim lessons

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While spending a good portion of summer break in the water is merely a rite of passage for many school-aged children, teaching a child to properly swim can help ensure he or she will have a fun, safe summer.
To better serve the children of the community, and some adults, the Ruston Parks and Recreation Department is offering the American Red Cross Learn To Swim program at the Ruston Municipal Pool.

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Local teen to attend Ivy League School

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This fall, Cedar Creek graduate Saraf Ahmed will embark on a new journey.
In March, she found out that she had been accepted to attend University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League school located in Philadelphia, Penn.
“It was one of my top choices,” Ahmed said. “I went to visit last summer and I thought, ‘It’s a long shot, but I’ll apply and see what happens.’”

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Suggestions for helping a suicidal person

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Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series on suggestions for helping a suicidal person. The second part will run June 11.
Recently, the Ruston chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Ruston) received a Community Partnership Award presented by the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) Community Counseling Clinic.

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Pet of the Week

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Max is a young labrador retriever mix who will soon be ready to go to a home. Max enjoys being cuddled, exploring, napping and playing with his littermates, which are also available for adoption. The adoption fee for this puppy is $50, which includes a neuter certificate and rabies shot. Call 251-DOGS to start the adoption process.

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Decous to perform at Lincoln Parish Library

Benjamin and Heidi DeCou will perform a variety of gospel and folk music as well as musical theatre selections at the Lincoln Parish Library at 10 a.m. June 15 in the Library Events Center.
Benjamin DeCou is a native of Jonesboro and currently lives in Ruston..
Benjamin holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Voice from Louisiana Tech University and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

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Smith, Goff: All-State

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Katie Smith is putting just the right finishing touches to her collegiate softball career at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
The former Ruston High School star recently earned All-Sun Belt Conference honors, as well as being selected to the third unit of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American team.
And on Sunday, the senior outfielder was announced to the first unit of the 2012 All-Louisiana squad selected by a 14-member Louisiana Sports Writers Association panel.

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Ex-GSU stars: It’s all about helping others

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BOSSIER CITY — When you’ve got three Pro Football Hall of Famers, a Super Bowl champion and eight Pro Bowlers gathered in one place, you would think the chief topic of conversation would revolve around the game.
Not in the case of Sunday night’s celebrity pairings’ party/silent auction held for the seventh annual Shack Harris/Doug Williams Foundation event held in the Riverdome Room of the Horseshoe Casino.
“Honestly, we don’t talk shop,” admitted former Super Bowl hero Williams, the head coach at Grambling State University. “This is all about the Foundation’s annual event and doing something for others and how we can give something back.

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Parish on track with woodwaste

Sometimes one takes a detour only to return to a place that is slightly better than that where they started.
This is where the Lincoln Parish Police Jury is with the removal of woodwaste.
At one time the Police Jury was paying Crochet Equipment Company $15 per ton to burn woodwaste, leaves, pine straw and other materials that were collected from tree surgeons, yards and roads and brought to the Lincoln Parish Landfill.

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