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June 28th, 2014

2014 Louisiana Peach Festival Sports PHoto Gallery

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Top left: Leader photos by KAYLA FRITH- Ten-year-old Claire Booth competed in both Louisiana Peach Festival runs Saturday morning and won the one-mile Fun Run.
Top right: Runners of all ages competed in Saturday’s annual Peach Festival 5K run.
Bottom left: Brayden Pye, 6, of Ruston, enjoyed his time competing in the annual Peach Fest Kids’ Fishing Tournament.
Bottom right: Ruston’s Amanda Berg was hunting for a big one as she competed in the annual Peach Fest Kids’ Fishing Tournament.

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Election interest ramps up

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Voter registration increasing in advance of Nov. 4 primaries

Even though candidate qualifying for the Nov. 4 primary is still almost six weeks away, voter interest in the election is ramping up, Lincoln Parish Registrar of Voters Dianna Stone said.
“More people are registering to vote, and it will pick up as time goes along,” Stone said.

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Sweet time in Ruston

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The Bank of Ruston entry (pictured above) was the winning float in the 2014 Louisiana Peach Festival Parade held Saturday morning. Rainy weather made things tough on the festival tennis tournament but also helped cool things off for the thousands of people who hit the streets of downtown Ruston to attend the festival. Pictured at bottom is Ruby Belle Smith of Shreveport testing out her bungee jumping abilities. Saturday’s events started at 7 a.m. with the annual Peach Fest 5K and Fun Run and wrapped up around 11 p.m. with the end of the Dylan Scott concert at Railroad Park.

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Pre-school spruce up

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Teachers and students alike like the fresh feeling of the beginning of a new school year.
New touches at the Lincoln Parish Head Start building on Oakdale Street will add even more freshness to the start of the new school year after the facility underwent a slight facelift Saturday thanks to some of its friends at Louisiana Tech University.
Students from the Community Design Assistance Center, part of Tech’s School of Architecture, joined with Head Start employees and others to paint the interior of the facility.

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Vitter makes Ruston appearance

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U.S. Senator David Vitter attended a “Peach and Greet” event in the Friday evening as part of the kickoff to the 2014 Louisiana Peach Festival.
After a brief speech by Vitter and a welcome by Police Jury President Hazel Hunter, guests visited with the senator as well as several other public officials in attendance.
“Anytime a U.S. Senator comes to town, the right thing to do is welcome him or her,” Middleton said. “The Peach and Greet gave us an opportunity to share the Peach Festival and the City of Ruston with Sen. Vitter as well as highlight priorities of the Parish.”

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Let the sweet times roll in Ruston

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Top left: Leader photos by T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT- Louisiana Swamp Donkey unleashed the sounds of Southern Rock on the Peach Festival crowd during Friday’s show at Railroad Park.
Top right: The Molly Ringwalds took the Peach Fest crowd on a tour of 1980s music as they preformed Friday night at Railroad Park.
Middle left: Photo by KAYLA FRITH- Joe Pongetti from Tyler, Texas, was the winner of Saturday’s peach-eating contest at Railroad Park.
Middle right: Dan Hollingsworth took his last Peach Festival ride as Ruston’s mayor during Saturday’s downtown parade.

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2014 Louisiana Peach Festival Photo Gallery

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Top left: Leader photo by T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT- Choudrant High School cheerleaders used a fire truck to ride in Saturday’s Louisiana Peach Festival parade.
Top right: Leader photo by T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT- The Sons of Confederate Solidiers made their march down Alabama Street during Saturday’s Peach Fest parade.
Bottom left: Leader photo by KAYLA FRITH- Chubby Carrier and The Bayou Swamp Band entertained the crowd Saturday night at Railroad Park.

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Stay safe while celebrating

With the Peach Festival behind us, we already have another fun-filled day to soon look forward to — the Fourth of July, otherwise known as Independence Day.
This year, the Fourth of July falls on a Friday, which means people will have more time to recover from parades, barbecues, pool parties, picnics and yes, alcohol.

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Veterans need your vote

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The Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs David LaCerte received a warm welcome by local veterans groups on his recent visit to Monroe. The veterans gave high praise to the Veterans Service Officers that serve veterans in each parish in Louisiana for their assistance in filing claims and providing information.

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Ironing out energy problems

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For the past several months, I’ve been exhausted.
At first, with a coworker out on maternity leave and the strenuous exercise/weight loss program I’m on, people suggested I was just a little overstressed — in body and mind. Sure, I’ll admit it’s been a rough couple of weeks. But, at the same time, I had two jobs, a full load of classes and rarely slept more than five hours a night throughout college. So, the past few months certainly aren’t the most taxing thing I’ve put my body and mind through.

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