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June 22nd

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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Outdoor community legends

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Lincoln Parish lost another real friend last week with the passing of Dan O’Neal. Mr. Dan was the consummate outdoorsman.
He, along with K.D. Kilpatrick and Lou McGehee, were three legends of our outdoor community. All three were stewards of the land, and each took a piece of ground and turned it into a Sportsman’s Paradise for family and friends.
I first met Mr. Dan more than 50 years ago when I was a kid at our hunting camp south of Tallulah. Subsequently, there would be plenty more opportunities to share his company at the many squirrel mulligan and duck gumbo cookings in the 4-H barn at the old Ruston Fairgrounds.

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Sewing camp presented

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The Fabric Shop is on the third week of Kid’s Summer Sewing Camp.  Organizers say the girls have had a wonderful time, learned a lot and made some great projects. Projects included notebook covers, bags, skirts and many other sewing projects. The shop is offering a Kid’s Quilting Camp next week. 

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Car rolls over

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Several vehicle occupants reportedly escaped serious injury on Wednesday in a rollover wreck.
The incident took place before 3 p.m. on Burgessville Road.
Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Deputy John Barber, who was on the scene, said it appears the driver lost control, overcorrected and the car rolled over multiple times.

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Hall event: Humbling honor

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NATCHITOCHES — For Roger Carr, the full impact of being a member of the 2012 induction class for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame didn’t set in right away.
But then, the former two-time All-American wide receiver at Louisiana Tech University began looking over the list of previous inductees.
“And while I am looking at it, I’m thinking, ‘Wow, I’m in this group?’,” he said during a press conference at The Landing Restaurant Thursday afternoon. “I tell you, there’s been some great competitors and coaches and others who have come out of Louisiana who are in this Hall of Fame and to be a part of it, it’s very special and humbling.

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Tech’s Hayes wins WAC’s top award

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DENVER, Colo. — Louisiana Tech track and field standout Chelsea Hayes was named the 2011-12 Joe Kearney Award winner, the top honor that can be awarded to an athlete in the Western Athletic Conference.
Hayes is the first Tech athlete to win the award. Named in honor of former WAC commissioner Joe Kearney, the awards are given annually to the top male and female student-athletes in the WAC.

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Induction event is a sellout

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NATCHITOCHES — It may be “SRO” night at the Natchitoches Events Center Saturday.
Standing Room Only.
More than 600 people are due to be filing into the downtown facility to witness the 2012 Chesapeake Energy-sponsored induction ceremonies for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
With tickets continuing to sell for the 6 p.m., event, all indications point to a record crowd being set to celebrate the enshrinement of eight competitors, two Distinguished Service Award recipients for Journalism and the Dave Dixon Award honoree.

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