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Peach Hunt

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Updated 6.21.12
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Clue No. 1
It’s time to “find the money” in the Peach Hunt this week. Remember you don’t have to dig or destroy to get a peak. To get the cash you got to search and be wise. You’re looking for a card that measures 2 by 8 in size.

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Tuition to rise at Tech

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On Monday, the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors approved a 10 percent tuition increase at Louisiana Tech University.
In February, the board voted for the tuition changes for all of its schools.
The Tech tuition increase, and any others, are contingent on the schools meeting the requirements of the 2010 LA Grad Act, a set of 52 performance benchmarks measuring student success.

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Safety taught

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A group of children from Alma J. Brown Elementary School got to get a hands-on demonstration of what the men and women paid to protect their homes from fires do for a living on Tuesday, all while learning plenty of valuable lessons to help them prepare for any future fire emergencies.
Grambling Fire Department assistant chief David Wells said the department decided to put on the event to give the students at the elementary school a chance to participate in a Juneteenth event.

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Church bowling tournament set

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Ruston Parks and Recreation has teamed up with the Louisiana Tech Lambright Sports and Wellness Center to host the first annual area Church Bowling Tournament July 9,10 and 12.
Emily Essex, coordinator for intramural and club sports at the Lambright Center, said the summer quarter is a good time to pair up with RPAR, in an effort to enhance community relations.

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Art show to benefit DART

Art Innovations’ new show “Anatomy of a Home” opens from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. today.
The opening event features a sit-down home-cooked meal and live entertainment by MDM, “Mission Driven Movement.” Admission to the opening reception is $15 per person, with $5 of each ticket going to the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team.
“I’ve long believed in art as advocacy,” said Debra Faircloth, DART’s community advocate.

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Grambling succeeds with Juneteenth

Another year has come and gone and Grambling has once again held another Juneteenth Heritage Festival of which its residents can be proud.
What once started out as a one-day event to honor Juneteenth in Grambling — celebrated on June 19 as the honoring of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865 — has evolved into a multi-day festival full of activities everyone can enjoy.
Grambling Mayor Edward Jones said the town has strived to enhance the offerings of their Juneteenth festival each year, and he and the town should be commended for the work they put forth sharing this event with North Louisiana.

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Preparing for the Peach Fest

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Sitting outside on the concrete steps, I watched along with hundreds of others as a small girl prompted her dog to show off his trick.
Despite her encouragement, the four-legged friend was not in the mood to be an entertainer. After multiple attempts, the two gave up.
Apparently it is pretty common for pets, when they get in front of crowds, to be too distracted to perform activities — such as rolling over or catching a ball — that they normally embrace.
The pet show is one of many events associated with the annual Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival, set to roll out this weekend.

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Increased temperatures raise bills

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Every day there is a constant battle over the temperature in my house. With outside temperatures reaching into the 90’s daily, energy bills are rising, and people are inevitably looking for ways to save pennies anyway they can. I, too, am one of those penny-penchers. I once read that keeping a house cool accounts for 10-20 percent of your average annual electric bill. Once I read that, I did certain things, like turning off the lights when no one was in the room. I adjusted the thermostat to a higher temperature during the times no one was home. I knew these adjustments would make a difference.

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These aren't your father's unions

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Not many people know that the president of the largest association of business and industry in Louisiana grew up in a union household. My dad was a member of the firefighters’ branch of the AFL-CIO for over 30 years.
He grew up poor, was very blue collar, was a darned good firefighter (retired as assistant chief), and felt for years that the ordinary working man deserved the representation that came from affiliation with a union. I remember gatherings in my home in my early years where my dad and my uncles who belonged to private-sector unions extolled the power of organized labor and its special place in the fabric of a rising middle class.

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James: Deep athletic ties to state

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Ex-GSU star to earn ultimate honor with Hall induction
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Editor’s Note: This is the final part of a Louisiana Sports Writers Series of stories profiling the eight athletes and coaches to be enshrined in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Saturday night in Natchitoches.
Aaron James’ athletic career spans a wide spectrum — basketball player, coach and, eventually, college athletic administrator.
All along the way, though, James spent his career in the state he grew up in — Louisiana.
So it’s only fitting that James will be enshrined as one of the state’s sports greats when the 2012 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame class is inducted Saturday night in Natchitoches.

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