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Greer shatters own record

Afterward, the usually vibrant and outspoken Greer was subdued, yet still in a comical mood.
“You caught me on a tired day,” Greer said. “The javelin took it out of me. I took two throws. I’m used to taking one. Sorry.”
Greer, 30, is finding it difficult to impress himself these days. Eight straight titles really didn’t mean that much to him.
“I think when I get 10 maybe I’ll recognize I’ve done something,” he said.

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Festival takes on new glow

When the Peach Festival became the Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival, the whole range of facilities at Squire Creek became available for the festival, and many new events became possibilities.
On the other realm, as long as the festival has existed, there have been volunteers who have made the festival a reality. Some events have actually existed since the festival’s creation, and many new events have developed along the way.

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A gathering of neighbors

“Hunt, Guillot & Associates had shown growth as rapid as ours in the space they had in the vintage historic James Building. The Willamette Building was perfect for them.
“If some company from out of town announced they were coming to town and bringing 100 employees with them, there would be flags flying from every post. I just thought we should do a little something to congratulate what these homegrown boys have done.

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Mayor, council may have violated open meetings law

“We made an effort to supply information about the official journal selection for their first meeting in June but the mayor made it clear at that time that they were not accepting written proposals for official journal.”
There is some question if the mayor and council violated Louisiana’s open meetings law by going into executive session.
“It is clear that the mayor and council went into executive session last night to discuss the official journal selection. That is clearly a violation of Louisiana open meetings law,” Hohlt said.

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Peach Festival begins today

“We’ve learned over the years that people in this area like a little bit of everything,” Bergeron said. “The music taste in this area is pretty eclectic. It makes it pretty easy because we can look at a variety of folks who do a variety of music. We try to choose music and entertainment that people like.”
Sony Burgess and the Pacers, an act out of Arkansas, will perform, as well as the Buddy Terzia Band and festival headliner and award-winner Percy Sledge, who will perform at 8 p.m., Saturday.

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Aldredge seeking junior honors

The daughter of Cedar Creek head football coach Corwyn Aldredge has consistently thrown in the 135-foot range throughout the spring and this summer and will be a major contender for a title this weekend.
The Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-State member of the past two years had the longest throw of any classification at this year’s Louisiana High School Athletic Association state meet, ending up with a mark of 135-4.
Aldredge was also No. 1 at the District 2-1A meet at 138-0 and tops at the regional 1-A meet with a throw of 123-6.

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Peach Fest filled with tasty events

Friday and Saturday will be filled with various daytime activities such as a baby photo contest, fine arts show, sidewalk sales, fun run, corvette show, parade and diaper derby.
A rodeo, musical entertainment — including Percy Sledge, Sonny Burgess & the Pacers and the Buddy Terzia Band — and helicopter rides are some of the festivities in which local residents can sample at night.

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My rocky relationship with sun

Unfortunately, my sun smarts did not last. Around 18, I gave into the temptation to be tan and visited a tanning bed periodically. After about a year, the effects of the tanning process were visible in the form of increased freckles and dry skin.
My mother tried to change my tanning habits by warning me that skin cancer runs in our family, and exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and tanning booths increases the risk of skin cancer. I brushed off her warnings. I was young and immortal.

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State, national tests a mismatch

Proficiency means working at the expected grade level for a given grade.
Sterling Lloyd, a research associate with Editorial Projects in Education Research Center, said this gap between how a state’s students are shown to perform on the national test versus their individual state tests is not uncommon.
“Many researchers and policy makers think it is important to compare NAEP to state tests as a way of having an independent check on the rigor of state tests because the NAEP is considered to be a high quality, rigorous assessment,” Lloyd said.

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