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June 23rd, 2016

State legislature enters D-Day

It’s D-Day for Louisiana.

“D” as in decision — a decision of much importance to Grambling State and Louisiana Tech universities.

As the special session for Louisiana’s Legislature wraps up today, still to be finalized is how much of a budget cut health and education programs will have to take in the fiscal year beginning July 1.

But it appears no matter the outcome, the House and Senate will fall far short of the revenue goal set by Gov. John Bel Edwards to fill a $600 million budget gap.

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Peach Fest frenzy hits Ruston

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Feel the frenzy? It’s in the air. The Peach Festival frenzy has finally hit Ruston.
The annual celebration honoring our adored city icon is only a day away.
I attended my first Peach Festival last year.
I smelled the sweetness, I felt the peach fuzz and I tasted its syrupy nectar.
It was desirable — even though I am not a huge fan of the fruit.
The 2015 festival broke a world record as well: the Guinness World Record’s largest peach cobbler ever made.
It was pretty big.
I hung out with one of my favorite New Orleans bands, Dash Rip Rock.

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June 22nd

$1M grant awarded to Tech

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STEM scholarships awarded to sophomores

U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) announced Tuesday that the National Science Foundation will be awarding a $999,234 grant to Louisiana Tech University.

These funds will benefit sophomore students in the fields of mechanical, biomedical and civil engineering.

“Louisiana’s young folks are generating some exciting new ideas, particularly in the fields of science, technology, mathematics and engineering,” Vitter said.

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Locals received awards

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A couple discusses different works of art hanging in the Ruston Civic Center Tuesday Night as they await the beginning of the 29th annual Peach Festival Art Exhibit Awards. More than 40 residents received awards for their art during the event Tuesday evening hosted by the North Central Louisiana Arts Council.

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Local coffee shop opens its doors

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Originally from Arizona, when Susan Skapura told her retired parents she wanted to move closer to them, she never thought she would be the managing owner of a coffee and frozen yogurt shop.
Skapura and her family — parents and siblings — recently opened Cultured and Caffeinated, a coffee shop that carries frozen yogurt.
The idea for the shop came from her father, Skapura said.
“My dad came up with this idea and it went from there,” she said. “We did the construction and design ourselves with some help.”

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Weatherspoon named to WNBA Top 20

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NEW YORK — Not that there was ever any doubt, but former Louisiana Tech women’s basketball standout Teresa Weathespoon has again been confirmed as one of the best ever to play in the WNBA.
In celebration of the WNBA’s landmark 20th season, the league on Tuesday unveiled the 20 greatest and most influential players in its history. The announcement of the WNBA Top 20@20 presented by Verizon was made on ESPN’s SportsCenter: Face-to-Face with Hannah Storm.

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Making sports safer driving factor for Dr. Julian Bailes

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the seventh story in a series leading up to the 2016 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to be held Saturday at the Natchitoches Event Center.
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Legendary retired powerlifting coach Billy Jack Talton remembers Julian Bailes never shied away from smashing his head against opponents when asked as a high school sophomore guard and linebacker for Natchitoches Academy.

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Quilt and Fiber Art Show

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Madeline Gross and Kimber Reaves hang one of the quilt displays for the Quilt and Fiber Art Show Saturday at The Fabric Shop in downtown Ruston. All ladies visiting the show will receive a free piece of jewelry.

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Tech students represent in Miss Louisiana

Miss Louisiana will start with 32 contestants and finish with one victor wearing the coveted rhinestone crown.

Lincoln Parish residents will have plenty of ladies to cheer for in 2016’s Miss Louisiana competitions nightly starting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Monroe Civic Center.

Five Louisiana Tech University contestants will compete at this year’s competition.

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Survey shows city values opinion

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Don’t blame City Hall if your favorite food category, preferred entertainment venue or must-have shopping choice isn’t on their list.
This time, it’s not government’s fault. For 18 full 24-hour days, everybody in Ruston, Lincoln Parish and all across the social media world had the opportunity to tell city officials exactly what kind of food they want and from where, precisely how they wish to spend their leisure time — legally, that is, and what type of clothing and other retail items they want to be able to buy in Ruston that are unavailable here now.

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