For as nearly as long as the Louisiana Peach Festival has been going on, so have the Miss Dixie Gem Peach and Princess Peach pageants.
This year in preparation for the upcoming pageants, set for June 16 board directors organized a Contestant Workshop that was held on Saturday.
The current Miss Dixie Gem Peach Meagan Lee, Miss Dixie Gem Peach Outstanding Teen Lauren Dionne and Princess Peach Madeline Clement were on hand to talk to potential contestants about what being in the pageant is like and how to prepare for it.
But for many people throughout Lincoln Parish, he’s primarily known as a friend, especially in a time of need.
Helping others is something that comes easy for Ruston’s J.D. Harper, a native of Hattiesburg, Miss., who has called Lincoln Parish home for the past 21 years and become a familiar face to many Lincoln Parish residents.
Harper, who has been retired from cross-country trucking since 2005, serves as head of Ruston’s Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Posts as well as handling a number of other jobs.