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June 10th

Campuses to remain safe and gun-free

With opposition coming from the state’s commissioner of higher education, college presidents, several campus police chiefs and college student leaders, we question why Wooten or any other lawmaker would seek to bring it up again at all.
Clearly, there is strong support in Louisiana for keeping our campuses weapon-free. The safety of university students, faculty, staff and visitors is a top priority for those arguing for both sides of this bill. There’s no proof that allowing concealed guns on campuses would make them safer than they are now, with no guns allowed.

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Tomato diseases can be cured

Even with these problems, the average home gardener can still grow tomatoes with some success. By now, most of you have your plants growing in the home garden or container garden and are looking for fruit set. One of the most troublesome fruit problems is Blossom-end Rot.
Blossom-end Rot is distinguished by a black round circle on the blossom end of the fruit. But, do not panic. Blossom-end Rot can easily be corrected.

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Prints convey artist’s story

Her extensive series of prints titled “Me and My Charms,” which she described loosely as abstract internal landscapes, were on display in the Cesky Krumlov State Castle during the last two weeks of her stay in the republic.
Similar to someone who writes in a diary to convey their experiences, Bukowski said she has communicated the stories of her life through the use of visual language.
“I use recognizable imagery— crosses, ellipses, things people can recognize and understand on their own,” she said.

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June 9th

Juneteenth celebration on tap

“This is the largest Juneteenth Festival in the area,” said Ellis, one of the festival’s organizers. “And we’re really beginning to make it shape up the way we want it to.”
Grambling Chamber of Commerce President Barbara McIntyre said the festival is more than just a pageant, hamburgers and barbecue — the events are steeped in tradition. For example, the festival gets under way this year at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Grambling Memorial Park with an old-fashioned campground prayer meeting conducted by the Rev. Leon Whittaker.

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Burnett hoping to impress Seattle

“They’re going to follow me and see what I do this summer and then make an offer from there,” Burnett told The Ruston Daily Leader this past weekend, less than 24 hours after being selected in the draft. “They want to see how I perform after the arm injury and see how I perform.”
Burnett will start hurling this week for Kilgore in the Texas-Louisiana Collegiate League. The Mariners will be maintaining a close watch on the hard-throwing east Texas native (Carthage) who went winless in four decisions and had an 8.41 earned run average this spring for the Bulldogs.

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Peach Festival depends on volunteers

The new dates not only will enable more visitors to attend the festival, they also open up more volunteer opportunities for residents who otherwise would have to work during the festival.
Our community rallies to put on the festival every year, with everyone from corporate sponsors to families pitching in to make it a success. This year, why not volunteer a few hours at the festival and become a part of our city’s signature event?

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NCLAC's soiree succeeds

Pam Laster, executive director of NCLAC, said she, her executive assistant Callie Jamar, Libby English and Dixie Center for the Arts Director Marlen Waters cooked the appetizers themselves, a feat that took three days.
Adjacent to the buffet, a table heavy with various wine selections was manned by knowledgeable servers who answered questions and made pairing suggestions. The assortment of available vino ranged from reds and whites to sweet and dry.

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Volunteers already taste spirit of Peach Festival

Volunteer shifts range between two and three hours and might involve manning entrance gates, selling food coupons or helping with events such as the 5K run or rodeo.
The reasons for volunteering are varied, but for some it’s simply an activity for family bonding.
Ruston resident Renae Roper is in her sixth year of volunteering. For the last few years, her son and daughter have joined her as she’s worked the admission gate.

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Oakes gets lifetime pass

It was the second send-off given to Oakes in a week’s time, a formal dinner having been hosted by University President Dan Reneau and wife Linda at The Roppe House a week earlier.
An estimated 120 well-wishers showed up for the informal luncheon that was coordinated by Lori Hamilton and Brittany Napper of the athletic department.

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Important days can be good or bad

I’ve had this question on my mind for a week, and I still haven’t been able to narrow down the single most important day of my life. But, I did come up with a list of strong contenders.
The first day of high school

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