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June 25th

Contest serves up some peachy treats

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Some of Ruston’s most skilled and creative bakers and cooks showed off their talent at the 2012 Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival Cookery Contest, sponsored by the Townsend House.
The contest, divided into youth (6-17) and adult (18 and up) groups, featured three categories each — cobblers, other desserts and other peach dishes. All entries were judged on taste, texture, appearance, peach flavor and creativity.
With a fairly large group of assembled judges, tasting began at around 10 a.m., as the winners were announced shortly before noon.

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Pet of the Week

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Remmi is a young rat terrier mix that is spayed, current on shots and house trained. Remmi and her friends, Sissy and Shorty, are looking for forever homes after being abandoned by a previous owner. The adoption fee for this puppy is $50, which includes a neuter certificate and a rabies shot. Call 251-DOGS to start the adoption process.

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Yard of the month

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The Ruston Garden Club selected Jim and Sharon Shrell’s residence at 133 Woodstone Drive as “Yard of the Month.”

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RHS hosts annual R4 Institute for local and area teachers

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When the doors of Ruston High School officially closed for the 2011-12 academic year, New Tech @ Ruston was still in session, as the award-winning staff hosted its second Annual R4 Institute on the RHS campus.
Designed to provide participants with an opportunity to “Rethink, Recharge, and Reboot” the 30 hour experience provided intense training in Project-Based Learning and 21st Century classroom culture. It’s an experience designed to not only prepare new staff but also allow the veteran team to become more efficient as effective trainers within the national network.

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Dunn: Too good to be true

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Former NFL star personifies meaning of ‘role model’
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NATCHITOCHES — Too good to be true.
That, probably more than anything else in his remarkable young life, sums up Warrick Dunn.
Wherever he has played the game of football, he has always been the “little guy.”
“Even at the age of seven, when you figured surely somebody would be smaller than I am, nope,” he grinned. “I have always been the little one. Elementary school, junior high, high school, NFL.”
Oh, but if only heart could be measured rather than bench presses, 40-yard times and vertical jumps.

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Diamond Dawgs have 15-4 record

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Parkman’s squad takes win against four opponents

The Louisiana Diamond Dawgs have a 15-4 record after capturing a recent 3-1 victory over the Texas Banditos, 13-3 romp past Minden, 6-4 triumph over the North Louisiana Indians and a 13-0 win against the Southeast Prospects.
Coach Eddie Parkman’s area-based squad defeated the Banditos behind the pitching of Sloan Dieter, who struck out nine batters and allowed only three hits while boosting his record to 3-0.
Leading the way offensive for the Dawgs were Makray Phillips with a double and Colton Strickland with a single and run batted in.

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Hayes No. 20 at Trials

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EUGENE, Ore. —Louisiana Tech’s Chelsea Hayes concluded her season in the 100-meter dash Saturday evening as she finished No. 20 in the semifinal round of the 100m at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Hayes ran 11.59 and finished sixth in her heat, placing 20th overall. The entire field of eight in the finals round is filled with professional sprinters with the lone exception being Oregon’s English Gardner.
Despite not advancing in the 100-m dash, Hayes’ Olympic dreams can still be fulfilled.
She will compete in the qualifying round in the long jump on Thursday.

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Davis wins top columnist, Russo awards

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Allen, Tech staffers add to Lincoln Parish writing contest honors
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NATCHITOCHES — O.K. “Buddy” Davis, longtime sports editor of the Ruston Daily Leader, was selected as the Columnist of the Year for Class II when the Louisiana Sports Writers Association announced its 2011 writing contest awards on Sunday.
The Ruston High School and Louisiana Tech University graduate received the award for three columns that he did during the past year.

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Everyone should know gun safety

With the gun bill on the ballot this fall, and the recent accidental shooting in Lincoln Parish; gun safety should be a priority, even amongst those who are law abiding gun owners and those who do not own a firearm.
In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, 554 people died from unintentional firearm incidents in 2009. One hundred and fourteen of those victims were between 0-19-years-old and 48 were ages 14 and under.

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Life stories worth hearing

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Being a reporter, assignments and subject matter may differ greatly. Some assignments, I look forward to with great anticipation, others, not so much. However, even on days that outings are less than exciting, I know I am very lucky to do something I really love.
One of the best aspects of my job is getting to meet people from all walks, with different stories and different stations in life. This is the interesting part. You never know where someone has been, or what wisdom they may share, unless you talk with them.

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