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George W. Bush drops in

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Former president speaks at Peach Fest luncheon
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CHOUDRANT — Applause filled the main dining room of the Squire Creek Country Club on Monday afternoon as former President George W. Bush took the stage.
Bush was the main speaker at the 2011 Squire Creek Peach Festival Luncheon, which raised more than $100,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana.
After a dinner that resulted in many compliments to the chef, Bush regaled the audience with stories of his life — both in and out of office.

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Crawling to victory

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Annual event set to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday
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The annual Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival includes a variety of events and this year is no different as area babies are set to toddle, crawl or ride over the finish line during the 28th Annual Peach Festival Diaper Derby.
Just as in previous years, the event will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church multi-purpose facility, located on West Woodard Avenue.
Faye Barnes, event organizer, said the event will follow the same format as previous years.

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Simsboro annexation plan nixed

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SIMSBORO — Both sides of Martha Street were lined with cars of those who were attending the emergency Village Council meeting Monday that was called by Mayor Willie Hendricks and the aldermen of the Village of Simsboro.
The meeting lasted only a few minutes but the decision that was made was one it appeared that the village and those who lived just outside the city boundaries can all live with. The plan to explore the idea of annexation was discussed and voted on March 14.

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Outage darkens downtown

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Business came to a standstill at some Ruston locations, and a few traffic lights were out on Monday afternoon due to a power interruption.
City of Ruston Power and Light Manager Darrell Caraway said at approximately 3 p.m., a large pecan tree limb fell down on a power line at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Minden Avenue
“It broke out of the tree, just as green as it can be,” Caraway said.

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Marching to the beat

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Sgt. Timothy Clark yells at a Marine Corps recruit to give him a taste of what boot camp will be like.
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Forty-four area young adults and their parents were recently able to receive a taste of what basic training will be like in the United States Marine Corps.
Sgt. Ryan Turnage, of the U.S. Marine Corps, said Drill Instructor Family Night is an annual event. It was held this month at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center.

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GSU gears up for SOARS

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GRAMBLING —High School graduation has come and gone, and prospective students can direct their attention to the colleges or universities they have been accepted to.
What will life be like while leaving home to continue one’s education? Grambling State University plans on helping the Freshman Class of 2014 make that transition as smooth as possible.

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Early days, grasshoppers return to cause chaos

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Oh, it is so hard to get up in the morning! I thought retired meant that I could sleep until 9 a.m.
Lately I have been getting up a little before 5 a.m. Yes, it is my choice, but to water the plants to do the most good I need to. It is not strange to me because I was raised on a dairy farm, and the cows would not wait.

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Protect health care, education

As the final days of the ongoing legislative session wind down, officials at Louisiana Tech and Grambling State universities anxiously await to see just what their budgets will look like for the 2011-12 fiscal year.
And they wait to see if state lawmakers finally look toward the future.
Having their budgets sliced and diced is nothing new for either school.

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The challenge of irrigating the lawn

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During July and August in Louisiana our lawns suffer from heat and drought stress in most cases. Many people may welcome the dry climate because it may reduce the need for mowing the lawn. Proper irrigation is one of the most challenging aspects of lawn management.
Proper irrigation practices have taken on even more significance in recent years with the increased importance of water conservation.

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LSU, Tech mark changing times

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My first reaction was negative. My reflections dictate patience, understanding and trust.
When I recently read the headline concerning a possible merger between Louisiana Tech University and Louisiana State University, I really felt a jolt. I honestly felt a little sick.

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