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June 25th, 2016

Peach Festival 2016

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Leader photos by T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT
Top photo: From left, Sadie Smith, Sadie McGill and Savannah Dorking, Louisiana Tech University cheerleaders, wave to the Louisiana Peach Festival 2016’s “A Peach of My Heart” Parade crowd Saturday in downtown Ruston. Pictured right, Burris Wollsieffer, Monster Moto CEO, was the grand marshal for this year’s parade.

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Preserving memories

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Local writes book on Mitcham Peach Orchard
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Peach preserves are a pretty sweet treat this time of year.
Preserving memories of Ruston’s Mitcham Orchard is a pretty sweet idea for all time.
And that’s what current Ruston resident and Louisiana Tech University graduate Ron Coody has done in writing his book, “The Ruston Peach Family,” a collection of memories about the Mitcham Peach Orchard.

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Diaper Derby winners announced

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Morgan Letendre, nine months Jersey-Kate Corley, 12 months, Patrick Singh, 13 months, and Kenlyn Sherill, 22 months, were all winners of Barnes Portraiture Diaper Derby 2016 Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church.

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Rocking Out At Peach Fest

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The Chee-Weez take center stage
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Top photo: Brandon Foret, left, lead singer of The Chee-Weez, performs to a crowd of more than 500 Louisiana Peach Festival 2016 festival goers Friday at Railroad Park.
The New Orleans based five-man band played a mixture of 70s, 80, 90s and today’s pop music with Foret singing most of the vocals, photo right.

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Peach Fest Gallery: Ruston celebrates area peaches

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Top Left: Leader photo by T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT
John Belton, Third District Attorney, throws candy during the annual Louisiana Peach Festival Saturday.
Top Right: Leader photo by HEATHER SMALL HAWLEY
Skip Russell, left, and the State Farm mascot were some of the riders during the annual parade Saturday.
Middle: Leader photos by DEREK J. AMAYA
From left, Kenlyn Sherill, 22 months, Patrick Singh, 13 months, Jersey-Kate Corley, 12 months, and Morgan Letendre, nine months, were the winners of the Barnes Portraiture Diaper Derby 2016.

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Continuity needed for Grambling St.

Continuity and consistency are two important factors toward building credibility.
And those two factors have been severely lacking over the past decade for Grambling State University.
Thursday’s resignation of GSU President Willie Larkin, effective June 30, means the school is now searching for its fifth president over the past 12 years.
Larkin, the school’s 10th president overall, and his predecessor, Cynthia Warrick, both served only one-year terms.

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Same old story for state budget

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A new governor and administration.
Many new Congressmen.
And yet, the same old song and dance.
But as we’ve seen time and time again over the past decade, the fixes put into place for the state budget finalized on Thursday are only temporary, and we probably will again in the near future see our state return to the financial cliff that we’ve been teetering on for years now.

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Lesson learned from planting trees

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The forest landscape in Louisiana today is a story of the steady progression of tree farming practices. It is a progression driven by economics and guided by vision and stewardship. From the early days as “cut out and get out” gave way to selective thinning, reforestation and best management practices, tree farmers have developed a natural resource that contributes tremendously to our state’s economy and well-being.

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It's said we are creatures of habit

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I am not a creature of habit. I quite often remind my friends that I enjoy spontaneity, and that I do not engage in habitual behavior. As a matter of fact, I always and regularly note that I am not a creature of habit. Uh oh, there I go again.
Lapsing into seriousness for a moment, I heard an interesting lecture not long ago about how we are all creatures of habit, at least to some extent. The general reaction of the listeners was something akin to “Whom, not me.”

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Peach Fest Gallery

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Top: Leader photo by HEATHER SMALL HAWLEY
The Ruston High School cheerleading team rides with the Ruston Fire Department Saturday during the annual Peach Festival Parade.
Bottom Left: Gracie Reichman, Miss Dixie Gem Peach’s Outstanding Teen 2017, waves to the crowd Saturday during the annual Peach Fest parade.
Bottom Right: Leader photos by T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT
The Cedar Creek School cheerleading team throws treats to parade-goers during the annual Peach Fest Parade.

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