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American Legion

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On June 10, Ronnie Lyons was elected as Department vice-commander in the American Legion of Louisiana for the year of 2012-13. Commander Lyons has been a member of the American Legion for 10 years. He serves as commissioner on the Board of Ways and Means for the state. He formerly served as the Department Executive Committeeman (CED) for the Fifth District of Louisiana. He has held every position in the Fifth District of Louisiana. These positions are as follows: commander, vice-commander, area commander, sergeant-at-arms and color bearer.

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School board votes to join lawsuit

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Officials: Local tax money to be used for nonpublic schools
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The Lincoln Parish School Board is speaking out against the state’s new voucher program, which would permit taxpayer money to be used for private school tuition.
The board will be joining the state school board organization in a lawsuit against laws approved during the 2012 Regular Session of the Legislature.
In a near unanimous vote on Thursday afternoon, during which District 7 Representative Trott Hunt was the only “no” vote, the school board approved a resolution to join the Louisiana School Board Association’s lawsuit opposing Act 2 and Senate Concurrent Resolution 99.

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Roadside sales banned

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New state law prohibits certain dog, cat sales

The Louisiana legislature passed a law this past session that bans the sale of dogs and cats from roadsides, flea markets, public parks and playgrounds and swimming pools.
Nina Bennett, with the North Louisiana People Against Animal Cruelty, said House Bill 231, by Rep. Anthony Ligi, R-Metairie, is a great step for animal welfare in the state.
Many roadside animal sellers are a front for puppy mill operations, she said.

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Peach treasure found on pole

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After four clues, the Louisiana Peach Festival treasure has been discovered.
Ruston resident Tim Connelly on Thursday afternoon located the laminated card — with instructions on how to claim the $500 prize — on a utility pole.
The Homer Elementary School physical education teacher said this was his first year to join the treasure hunt, and the search began Thursday.

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Children take the pier for annual Peach Festival Kids’ Fishing Tournament

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Area children 12 and under gathered at Lincoln Parish Park early today to kick off the 2012 Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival with the annual Kids’ Fishing Tournament. Some children said they had attended the fishing tournament numerous times, while others were having their first go at the sport. The fishing tournament is just one of the many activities on tap for the Peach Festival. See the Sunday and Monday editions for coverage of the Peach Cookery Contest, Diaper Derby, the Peach Parade, musical acts and more from the 2012 Peach Festival.

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Two locals compete in 2012 air race

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The sky is the limit — literally — for two locals. Louisiana Tech graduate in aviation, Jessica Vinson, and Tech aviation student, Jessica Lowery, recently embarked on an adventure of a lifetime.
Through sponsorship, these ladies were able to participate in the 2012 Air Race Classic, which is a cross-country, all-female airplane relay.
Approximately four days in length, Vinson and Lowery are required to make certain stops and are prohibited from flying at night or in poor weather conditions.

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Kids fish at park

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Above: Anna Lowery, 7, brought along her pink fishing pole and her father, Steve Lowery, to her first visit to the Peach Festival Kids’ Fishing Tournament this morning at Lincoln Parish Park.
Below: Ruston resident Darius James, 5, was fishing for the first time ever today at the Peach Festival Kids’ Fishing Tournament. His mother LuJuana James was on hand to help him.

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Stay cool during Peach Festival

With highs expected to be in the mid to upper 90s today and Saturday, local residents are in for a hot one.
As the Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival is going on, many will undoubtedly be outdoors to enjoy the numerous festivities in downtown Ruston.
While they are doing so, however, residents should take precautions against the heat.

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Microstamping's place in guns

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Imagine a world where when a bullet is fired, authorities have the ability to trace it back to the exact gun it came from just by looking at the casing of the spent ammo.
If you were thinking of some “Blade Runner” or “Minority Report” type scenario, you were wrong. This type of technology, while seemingly a science fiction plot point, is actually a reality that could happen to bullets in this country — that is if politics will just get out of the way.
The process of marking bullets to which they are traceable to the gun they were shot from is called microstamping, and as a sensible, well-rounded adult, I would like to think that is something we could all agree was a great thing.

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Does biology matter?

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The front page of The New York Times’ business section reports on a new scientific breakthrough: a noninvasive blood test that can determine paternity while a child is still in the womb, as early as the eighth week of the pregnancy.
In other words, as soon as a woman finds out she is pregnant, she can find out who the father is.
The Times glowingly describes this new technology’s many uses: “Men who clearly know they are the father might be more willing to support the woman financially and emotionally during the pregnancy.” Even better, “state governments might one day pursue child support payments without having to wait until the birth.”

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