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May 30th

Confidence in the military

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In his now-forgotten statement proclaiming Memorial Day, the now-forgotten John A. Logan, the commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, urged Americans not to forget those who had died in the Civil War. It was only three years since the guns were silenced. The country was stitched together but still torn asunder. Much grief and hurt remained.
So Logan, who in time would become a senator and an unsuccessful Republican candidate for vice president, saluted his fallen comrades as “the reveille of freedom to a race in chains” and described their deaths as “the tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms.” He issued another call to arms, rallying veterans and civilians alike to visit the tombs of the fallen. His remarks began a great American tradition that became a great American holiday.

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Woman accused of stabbing boyfriend

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A Ruston woman was arrested on Tuesday after allegedly stabbing her boyfriend four times while arguing at their residence.
Kenya Lashelle Carter, 32, 1407 Stewart St., was arrested by the Ruston Police Department and charged with aggravated battery domestic violence.
She is currently in custody at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center were her bond sits at $50,000.

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May 29th

Work that is just ‘peachy’

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The Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival has been a staple of the Ruston community for 62 years, and while the festival wouldn’t be able to happen without Ruston’s peaches, there is one more ingredient the festival has come to lean heavily on in order to succeed, volunteers.
The festival, while put on by the city, is worked by volunteer labor, meaning a lack of volunteers means a possible lack of quality to the festivities.
Luckily for Ruston, the Peach Festival averages approximately 150 volunteers each year, and only 100 are needed to help it run smoothly, said Peach Festival volunteer coordinator Patrick Blanchard.
“We are looking for around 150 for the festival this year,” he said. “So far, we have 68 people already registered to help.”

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Weekend uneventful

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Although it was a holiday weekend, local law enforcement agencies reported a relatively quiet one.
Lt. Tim Parker with the Ruston Police Department said, while they did have routine arrests, for the most part nothing major happened.

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Budget slashes reversed

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana senators Monday rewrote the state’s $25 billion operating budget for next year, rejecting deep cuts pushed by House Republicans that the Jindal administration said would devastate health care services and public colleges.
The Senate Finance Committee added more than $350 million to the 2012-13 spending plans, restoring all the one-time money removed by a bloc of conservative GOP lawmakers in the House who want to shrink state government spending — and pouring in additional piecemeal financing.

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Cook Baptist hosts Fish Fry for vets

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Cook Baptist Church held its annual Fish Fry for veterans and their spouses on Monday in observation of Memorial Day.
Richard Jones, member of Cook Baptist and primary organizer of the event, said the lunch was started with honoring the older veterans at the church.
“I had been doing a lot with some of the World War II vets of the church. We started the fish fry for those at the church, and it just evolved to include the community,” Jones said. “We just lose so much of the World War II vets every year. I really enjoy being around them.”

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Pesky plants easy to kill

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It is pretty inevitable to say we all could use some rain. The lawns are suffering as well as our gardens. Maybe if several of us go out and wash our vehicles we might be able to see some of that liquid sunshine. The last time I had my car serviced and washed it rained for three days.
This year we have had less tomato problems than we have had for many years. By the middle of May, in most years, the telephone is generally ringing off the hook with problems. I have often wished I had an answering machine that had “If you have tomato problems dial one for a prerecorded message on tomato problems.” In most years this would answer most of all the incoming calls. This year we have had poor pollination, which “Blossom Set” will help and blossom end rot which “Stop Rot” will prevent, as the main problems, and not many of those problems.

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Church raises more than $5,000

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Through a series of bake sales, lunches, rummage sales and donations, the youth of Ruston First Assembly of God raised $5,692.32 for missions. The church received first place in per capita giving in Louisiana Assemblies at the Assembly of God annual Speed-the-Light mission banquet. Pictured above are members of the Ruston First Assembly of God youth group.

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Princess Peach Pageant

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Pictured above is 4-year-old Madeline Chreene. She is a contestant in the Princess Peach Pageant and the daughter of Jeremy and Rachael Chreene. Applications are still being accepted from now through June 11 for the Princess Peach Pageant. To downloaded a form go to www.louisianapeachfestival.org/forms or contact Melanie Garrison at mccgarrison@gmail.com or Joe Price at jprice@dixiegempeachscholarshiporg.com or 214-500-9141.

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Sports technology changing

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This past weekend was full of sports action that I was glad I got to somewhat take part in.
I say somewhat because I wasn’t actually at the games, I didn’t watch them on television and, aside from about 10 minutes of a Louisiana Tech baseball game, I didn’t listen to the radio either.
Somehow the National Basketball Association playoffs, the Western Athletic Conference baseball tournament, several Major League Baseball games and even the Indy 500 all managed to peak my interests this weekend, and I managed to have a few moments with each during that time frame.

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