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June 12th, 2017

See you at the Peach Festival

Sixty-seven years ago, a group of Ruston businessmen decided to do something about the town’s summer economic slowdown.
So they organized a celebration around what was then the parish’s abundant peach crop. Since then, both the crop and the number of growers have dwindled, but the Louisiana Peach Festival is still going strong.

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Texting at traffic lights must stop

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It is no secret that texting and driving is a problem. It’s something that a lot of us are guilty of, myself included.
According to the state Department of Motor Vehicles website, Louisiana has a statewide ban on “the use of wireless devices for writing, sending or reading text-based communications while driving, regardless of age.”
In simpler terms, texting and driving is banned in Louisiana; something we all know.

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June 10th

Firearms Education Expo ‘a blast’

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Based in Columbia, South Carolina, the Palmetto State Armory is on a mission to assist people, especially in metropolitan areas, to be able to experience the thrill found in hunting, sport shooting and competitive shooting. The organization has scheduled firearms and education expos later this year in places like New York, Chicago and Washington D.C.

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Bearcats’ Robinson All-State pitcher

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Ruston High School sophomore pitcher Harlie Robinson led the Lady Bearcats to the second round of the Class 5A playoff this season, chalking up a 22-7 record on the way.
Robinson, who pitched a perfect game in a 10-0 win over Southwood in the first round of the playoffs, has been named a first-team pitcher on the Class 5A All State Softball Team as announced today by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Weeb is joined on the Class 5A squad by RHS teammates Kaylee Webb and Madeline Keen, who each earned All-State honorable mention.

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Tech building envied football program in C-USA

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It’s not just the sky being the limit for a new press box/luxury suites that will stretch from one end of Lincoln Parish to the outer fringes of Jackson Parish.
Excuse the exaggeration, but such is what prompts us members of the ink-stained profession to go all-adjectives bonkers over the newest addition to Joe Aillet Stadium.
Or where the Bulldogs’ program is heading in the future.
That sky could be the lowest ceiling in the latter area, too.
Fellow Conference USA rivals take note.

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Bank of Ruston wins excellence award

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The Bank of Ruston has won the Monroe Chamber of Commerce 2017 Thomas H. Scott Medium Business Award.
The award honors companies making significant contributions to the Ouachita Parish economy through capital improvements, expansion, job creation and community involvement during 2016 and 2017.
Bank of Ruston was first established in 1905 in Ruston.
In 2016, Bank President and CEO Bill Hogan and his board opened a new location in Monroe.
The Monroe Banking Center located temporarily in the Premier Plaza until the new facility was built at 2450 Tower Drive.

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State nursing board OKs GSU program

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The Louisiana State Board of Nursing has unanimously approved Grambling State University’s plans for a new undergraduate nursing program, pending a Louisiana Board of Regents meeting.
If all goes well, the program will begin in fall 2018.
“This is what we have worked hard for these last several months,” said Meg Brown, associate dean of nursing in the university’s College of Professional Studies.
“The work to get to this stage has been the process required by the state of Louisiana.”
Now, she said, “the work of building the program starts.”

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Adult, juveniles face burglary charges

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One adult and seven juveniles are facing burglary and damage to property charges in connection with vandalizing a residence located at 231 Brown Road.
Parish sheriff’s deputies charged Jason Reynolds, 19, of 1273 Pea Ridge Road in Dubach, with three counts of burglary and one court of criminal damage to property. The seven juveniles have each been charged with multiple counts of burglary and criminal damage to property.
The damage occurred over a month’s time, Major Chad Alexander, public information officer for the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, said Friday.

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The summer for conversation

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I was recently going through pictures on my phone and ran across some I took while in Memphis last year.
It was the opening of the Guest House at Graceland where Tom and I had VIP seats to all kinds of extraordinary events. Being the music freak I am, the times we got to spend with musicians and their performances were certainly among my favorite moments.
I especially enjoyed being a part of unique interview opportunities, and one of my favorites was the evening spent with David Briggs and Norbert Putnam.

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Legislators did get some things right

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While the Louisiana Legislature’s failing to pass a budget for the upcoming fiscal year was what Gov. John Bel Edwards deemed “an epic failure in leadership,” forcing a special session to be called, state lawmakers did do some good during the regular session, some of which will hopefully be felt right here in Lincoln Parish.
Louisiana has long been known as the nation’s “incarceration capital.” But that will hopefully be changing as lawmakers passed revisions to state laws that are estimated to reduce Louisiana’s prison population by 10 percent and save $78 million over the next decade.

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