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June 24th, 2014

Ruston Alderman Mayfield dies

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Long-time Ruston Aldermen Elmore Mayfield has died at age 70.
Mayfield apparently suffered a massive heart attack at his home Monday evening and later passed away at Northern Louisiana Medical Center.
He represented District 2 for 21 years.
Colleagues and friends today expressed shock over Mayfield’s death. They say he was an ardent representative for his constituents, but had the entire city’s welfare at heart.
“Whatever he felt like was good for his district or good for Ruston, he was passionate about,” District 3 Alderman Jedd Lewis said.

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Parents, start your babies

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The 2014 annual Peach Festival Diaper Derby, sponsored by Barnes Portraiture, is set for 11 a.m. Saturday in the Trinity Center of the Trinity United Methodist Church. There will be four categories for children ages 6 months to 24 months. Entry forms may be picked up at Barnes Portraiture, located at 500 N. Bonner St., or printed from www.louisianapeachfestival.org. The deadline for entry is 5 p.m. Friday, and the cost is $16.

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Denny devotes years to Ruston

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Ruston native Lee Denny has been volunteering with the Louisiana Peach Festival for a number of years, and he said the 2014 edition is a big year for change.
Among the changes for the festival, which begins on Friday night, are a new parade route, an added carnival in Sexton lot and the new Peach Stops.

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Quality homegrown herbs

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One of the advantages of growing your own herbs is being able to harvest fresh herbs when you need them for whatever the occasion calls for, cooking, potpourri, decorations, etc. Proper harvesting and preservation of herbs for future use allows herbs to be available throughout the year. 
Herbs should be harvested when the oils responsible for flavor and aroma are at their peak. Proper timing depends on the plant part you are harvesting and the intended use.

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Tech volleyball adds Sahlmann

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Louisiana Tech head volleyball coach Adriano de Souza has announced the hiring of Dustin Sahlmann as an assistant coach to the Lady Techster Volleyball staff for the upcoming 2014 season.
Sahlmann comes to Ruston after an assistant and interim head coaching stint at the University of New Orleans last season.
While at UNO, Sahlmann was responsible for training the setters, defensive specialists and libero’s, while also serving as the recruiting coordinator for the Lady Privateers.

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C-USA adds match play to championship

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IRVING, Texas — Conference USA is set to become the first NCAA Division I conference to including match play as part of its men’s golf league championship. C-USA schools will play 54 holes of stroke play with the top four teams advancing to a four-team seeded match play playoff. The format change, which mirrors the NCAA Championship format, was approved by the Conference USA Board of Directors during their meetings earlier this month.
The dates and site of the 2015 Conference USA Men’s Golf Championship will be determined at a later date.

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No Bayou Classic without GSU

Sometimes things are said without truly being considered.
Kudos to the organizers of the Bayou Classic for realizing just that.
Last week Robert Bruno, commissioner of the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District, openly questioned if Grambling would be able to keep selling enough tickets to warrant a spot in the Bayou Classic on a permanent basis.

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Find summer fun on the farm

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Amusement parks are fun but why not have a different experience this summer. Pack up your family for a series of road trips close to home that allow you and the family to get in touch with agriculture. These agritourism venues will provide memorable learning experiences for your family.
MarketMaker, an online directory, has a search tool just for agritourism venues. It also includes a listing of farmers markets located throughout our state. Go to http://la.foodmarketmaker.com/ and search for either type of destination.

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June 23rd

Fresh blueberries ripe for the pickin’

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Baker Langford, of Arcadia, was recently out picking blueberries at Pop’s Blueberry Patch, located at 7223 Highway 822 in Dubach. Residents are allowed to pick their own blueberries, or they can buy fresh blueberries that have already been picked. Blueberries can be frozen to be used in various dishes throughout the year, and can last for quite some time in the freezer. For more information about Pop’s Blueberry Patch, call 777-3762.

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Patriotic sounds

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The sounds of Americana will once again come to the Dixie Center for the Arts when the Russ Town Band takes the stage for its annual Louisiana Peach Festival concert.
The free concert is at 2 p.m. Saturday. The concert will include a range of patriotic selections, and feature vocalist Todd Free, of Ruston.
Free will perform a special rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner,” in honor of the 200th anniversary of the national anthem and a concert version of the Pledge of Allegiance.

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