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Juneteenth celebration on tap

“This is the largest Juneteenth Festival in the area,” said Ellis, one of the festival’s organizers. “And we’re really beginning to make it shape up the way we want it to.”
Grambling Chamber of Commerce President Barbara McIntyre said the festival is more than just a pageant, hamburgers and barbecue — the events are steeped in tradition. For example, the festival gets under way this year at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Grambling Memorial Park with an old-fashioned campground prayer meeting conducted by the Rev. Leon Whittaker.

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Burnett hoping to impress Seattle

“They’re going to follow me and see what I do this summer and then make an offer from there,” Burnett told The Ruston Daily Leader this past weekend, less than 24 hours after being selected in the draft. “They want to see how I perform after the arm injury and see how I perform.”
Burnett will start hurling this week for Kilgore in the Texas-Louisiana Collegiate League. The Mariners will be maintaining a close watch on the hard-throwing east Texas native (Carthage) who went winless in four decisions and had an 8.41 earned run average this spring for the Bulldogs.

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Peach Festival depends on volunteers

The new dates not only will enable more visitors to attend the festival, they also open up more volunteer opportunities for residents who otherwise would have to work during the festival.
Our community rallies to put on the festival every year, with everyone from corporate sponsors to families pitching in to make it a success. This year, why not volunteer a few hours at the festival and become a part of our city’s signature event?

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NCLAC's soiree succeeds

Pam Laster, executive director of NCLAC, said she, her executive assistant Callie Jamar, Libby English and Dixie Center for the Arts Director Marlen Waters cooked the appetizers themselves, a feat that took three days.
Adjacent to the buffet, a table heavy with various wine selections was manned by knowledgeable servers who answered questions and made pairing suggestions. The assortment of available vino ranged from reds and whites to sweet and dry.

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Volunteers already taste spirit of Peach Festival

Volunteer shifts range between two and three hours and might involve manning entrance gates, selling food coupons or helping with events such as the 5K run or rodeo.
The reasons for volunteering are varied, but for some it’s simply an activity for family bonding.
Ruston resident Renae Roper is in her sixth year of volunteering. For the last few years, her son and daughter have joined her as she’s worked the admission gate.

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Oakes gets lifetime pass

It was the second send-off given to Oakes in a week’s time, a formal dinner having been hosted by University President Dan Reneau and wife Linda at The Roppe House a week earlier.
An estimated 120 well-wishers showed up for the informal luncheon that was coordinated by Lori Hamilton and Brittany Napper of the athletic department.

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Important days can be good or bad

I’ve had this question on my mind for a week, and I still haven’t been able to narrow down the single most important day of my life. But, I did come up with a list of strong contenders.
The first day of high school

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Bill’s death slows state’s momentum

The bill represents a deep step forward in our “right to know” that empowers the media and individuals to question and criticize government beyond the powers that we currently enjoy.
The Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee swatted down Waddell’s House-passed bill 3-2. Our district senator, Monroe’s Bob Kostelka, was one of the three voting it down, along with Sen. Mike Walsworth.
Walsworth has sponsored a bill that competes directly with the goal of Waddell’s.

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Sixty-five seek spots in parish classrooms

Each time Null rang a bell Thursday, the applicants would rotate to another table
to be interviewed for approximately five minutes by one of the nine local principals present. Principals received a copy of each applicant’s resume and will use them to help determine who to call back for a second interview.
Null said principals make a recommendation to her on who they want to hire and she brings the recommendations before the school board for final approval.

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