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June 22nd, 2017

Peach Restaurant Week promotes eating at local establishments

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Leader News Service
Ruston restaurant patrons may have started noticing local establishments have been a little peachier this week.
That’s because more than 12 local restaurants are currently offering specialty peach-related dishes and drinks until Sunday to celebrate the inaugural Peach Restaurant Week during Louisiana Peach Festival.
This event celebrates Ruston’s culinary scene the week of the Louisiana Peach Festival, said Amanda Quimby, Ruston Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Items range from salads and burgers to coffee, teas, cocktails and desserts.

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Best in Show art pieces announced

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The chattering of the crowd came to a halt as Ruston Mayor Ronnie Walker and NCLAC Board President Peter Jones stepped forward to award more than 30 artists during the opening reception of the Louisiana Peach Art Exhibit Tuesday evening at the Ruston Civic Center.
Of the more than 250 entries three were selected for Best in Show which included “Flight of the Bumblebee” by Brayden Pye, as the youth winner; “Feathers” by Will Cantrell, teen winner; and “Watermelon, Wrapped” by Julie Crews.

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Local woman killed in accident

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A Ruston woman was killed Wednesday after losing control of her vehicle striking a parked dump truck.
Christie Wheeler, 53, was pronounced dead at the scene on Interstate 20 west of West Monroe, authorities said. Louisiana State Police responded to the crash shortly after 7:30 p.m.
Wheeler was driving a Mercedes L30 that traveled into the median and struck a dump truck that was parked and unoccupied in the median. The investigation is ongoing.
A routine toxicology sample was obtained and will be submitted for analysis, authorities said.

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Festival events rescheduled; Friday afternoon offerings cancelled

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All Louisiana Peach Festival activities scheduled for Friday afternoon have been cancelled in anticipation of heavy rains from Tropical Depression Cindy, and the evening concerts moved to the Scotty Robertson Memorial Gym on the Louisiana Tech campus
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Changes have also been made in the Saturday schedule, with some events moved to indoor locations.
“We had to think of our vendors and the safety of everyone,” Judy Copeland, president of the Ruston –Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, the organization that produces the festival, said this morning.

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Cindy bears toward Lincoln Parish

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Tropical Depression Cindy has changed course and now appears to have Lincoln Parish in her sights.
“It looks like it’s kind of traveling right toward us now,” Kipp Franklin, Lincoln Parish director of homeland security and emergency preparedness, said this morning.
Parish officials plan to file a declaration of emergency today. That means the parish will be able to request state resources, should they be needed to help prevent damage from the storm.

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Park to open for swimming

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Lincoln Parish residents will have the opportunity to dive and cool off at the Lincoln Parish Park water beginning June 30, said Park Director James Ramsaur.
“We tested the water to make sure it is compliant with federal regulations and it’s ready to go,” he said.
Ramsaur said officials hoped to open the park up for swimming on Friday; however, Tropical Depression Cindy ruined those plans.

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Children attend vacation bible school

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Mount Olive Baptist of Grambling Inc., with the Rev. Ronnie Washinton, Pastor, recently held vacation bible school. The theme was, The Faith Run. VBS 2017 Director Deacon Julius Eiland and Assistant Director Deaconess Lolita Copeland led the event.

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T.D. Cindy forces changes for state HOF weekend

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NATCHITOCHES — Friday’s Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Golf Classic has been rescheduled for July 10 at OakWing Golf Course in Alexandria, due to the impending rain related to Tropical Depression Cindy.
All other 2017 Induction Celebration activities are continuing, said Hall of Fame Foundation CEO/President Ronnie Rantz and Hall of Fame Chairman Doug Ireland.

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LSU stays alive with win over Florida St.

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OMAHA, Neb. — LSU senior Jared Poche’ put the Tigers in the semifinal round of the 2017 College World Series with a record-setting 39th career victory, 7-4, over Florida State on Wednesday night at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.
Poche’, who broke a tie with Scott Schultz to become LSU’s career wins leader, threw eight innings, allowing only four runs (three earned) on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
By beating Florida State (46-23), LSU (50-18) advanced to face No. 1-seed Oregon State. LSU must beat the Beavers twice to advance to the best-of-three CWS Final series.

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Alternative schedule: right choice

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Lincoln Parish schools Superintendent Mike Milstead hit the mark when he said, “We no longer live in an agrarian society.”
In other words, communities no longer depend on the whole family to farm during the summer, which means students no longer spend summertime under the sun working.
Child labor laws and “no child left behind” types of legislation have been created for today’s society once the country began to realize the importance of investing time and money into education to better the economic engine.

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