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Riders to rock Peach Rodeo

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Attendees of the 2011 Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival can watch rodeo action and a 16-year-old country music star perform at one event this weekend.
For the second year in a row, the Peach Festival Rodeo will be held at the North Louisiana Exhibition Center.
Around 150 cowboys and cowgirls will be roping and riding beginning at 8 p.m. both Friday and Saturday evenings.

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Two taken to hospital, 2 arrested

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Two area residents were recently arrested on aggravated battery charges in unrelated incidents involving a stabbing and a bar fight.
Cortez Russell, 23, of 294 Tarbutton Road, was arrested this week after he allegedly attacked another man with a knife.
According to the arrest affidavit, Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies on Monday morning responded to Pine Ridge Mobile Home Park on Tarbutton Road in reference to a fight.

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Read me a story

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GRAMBLING — Story time probably isn’t the first thing people expect to see when walking into the Pinkie C. Wilkerson Life Development Center, but it’s what they would have seen if they visited during the past two weeks.
Last week marked the end of the annual two-week Dorothy L. Alexander Read Me a Story Program, put on by The Pinkie C. Wilkerson Foundation, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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Church van crash kills 4

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GENEVA (AP) — Four people were killed, including two children, and seven were hospitalized after a church van veered off a northern Louisiana highway and struck a culvert.
Trooper Mark Dennis said today that a 4-year-old and a 12-year-old were among those killed in the Wednesday night accident on La. Highway 587 in West Carroll Parish.
The van belonged to the New Zion Baptist Church in Oak Grove.

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Triad program a cool fix for elderly

The last few days of rain have been a welcome reprieve from the scorching temperatures we’ve been experiencing thus far in the summer.
Last weekend, Lincoln Parish was placed under a heat advisory as thermometers hit 100 and kept going.
Many of us during hot weather jump in the pool or lounge around our homes cooled down by air conditioning.

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Taxing decisions about smoking

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Sometimes politics take precedence over the people. 
This is what happened at the state level recently when several House of Representatives members reneged on their initial stance to keep a cigarette sales tax intact.
The sales tax of 4 cents per pack was slated to expire next summer.

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Telford ‘lost card’ story now found by national media

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Jerome Telford’s long-lost baseball card is now getting plenty of discovery time.
Less than a month ago, the Daily Leader featured a story about the Ruston native and an overdue trading card that had been requested more than 20 years ago before finally showing up last month.
Now, the story is being recounted in numerous newspapers and their websites located throughout the country.

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’Spoon-fed congratulations

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Teresa Weatherspoon (right), head coach of Louisiana Tech University’s Lady Techsters and a 2010 inductee into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, exchanges high fives with a camper during one of the program’s summer instructional clinics.
Weatherspoon, staff members and other instructors have been teaching participants a variety of techniques and fundamentals in the sport during the annual sessions held at the Thomas Assembly Center.

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Mize paid tribute at Bulldogs’ track reunion

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His “boys” still remember “Gentleman Jim.”
That’s Jim Mize, the former head track and field coach at Louisiana Tech University and beloved by admirers throughout Ruston, the state and particularly by those who competed for him.
That was certainly the case recently at the Squire Creek Golf and Country Club in Choudrant, where a group of ex-Bulldogs’ track members, coaches and others associated with the program held a reunion/tribute for Mize.

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Brantley named head grid coach for Madison team

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Johnathan Brantley has realized a dream come true.
When the former Grambling High School and Grambling State University football player entered the coaching profession, his long-range goal was to become a head coach.
Now, he’s there.

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