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June 20th, 2016

Barbara Moon

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Funeral services will be held for Barbara Nolan Moon, age 81, at 3:00 p.m., on Sunday, June 19, 2016 at Salem United Methodist Church of Dubach. Rev. Danny Baskin will officiate. Interment will follow at Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home of Arcadia.

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Dunkin’ Dogs almost missed out on P.J. Brown

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Recruiting can be a double-edged sword sometimes.
Evaluation reports and opinions on a prospect may vary, ranging from giddy exuberance to major question marks.
P.J. Brown was such a recruit.
As a tall center/forward for Winnfield High School in the late 1980’s, there were times when he had college coaches salivating over his potential.
But on other occasions, a not-so-sure entry was added to his biographical slate.
Such were the mixed feelings that Greg Haddox had about Brown when Louisiana Tech University was recruiting the Winnfield product in the late 1980s.

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How to protect our elderly from abuse

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Janine, a teacher and a master gardener, had never married and lived alone most of her adult life. When she retired, she enjoyed visiting with neighbors and working in her yard.
Her nieces and nephews, who lived about two hours away, used to visit twice a month, but as they became older and their own families grew, they came less frequently.
At 80, Janine realized that she could no longer perform all of the household and yard tasks alone, so she hired a man named Raymond to do odd jobs for her.
Several years later, Janine began to experience signs of dementia.

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Club provides musical fun

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At a recent meeting of the Ruston Lions Club Paul Ford, left, and Kristi Hardaway, right, with Princeton Place entertained the group with their musical talents.

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June 18th

Ruston welcomes peach crop

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An unusually short and warm winter followed by record-breaking spring rains have most plants and trees in Lincoln Parish looking beautiful.

But Mother Nature has taken a bite out of this year’s peach crop with that kind of weather.

Joe Mitcham of Mitcham’s Peach Orchard in Ruston likes around 1,000 hours of “chill hours” with temperatures below 45 degrees to create good peaches.

Cooler temperatures help the peach trees put out leaves in the spring, and those leaves help the trees manufacture nutrients to help create bigger and better peaches.

That didn’t happen this past winter.

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Peach Hunt to begin

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For years, local treasure hunters have participated in a week-long adventure where they await daily clues that would eventually (with a little luck) lead them to a prize — the Peach Hunt.

The Peach Hunt has long been a part of the events leading up the Louisiana Peach Festival, Ivana Flowers, communications and special events director at the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, said.

“The peach hunt has been a Louisiana Peach Festival tradition for years,” she said. “The format changed a little last year, but this year we have decided to return to our week long hunt with daily clues.”

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New Juneteenth Pageant royalty crowned

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From left, Little Miss Juneteenth 2017 Amaya Major, Miss Junior Juneteenth 2017 Ki Deloney and Miss Juneteenth 2017 Mariah Hendricks wait for entertainment to begin Saturday at the Juneteenth Festival in Grambling.

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UPS partners with Monster Moto to create commercial

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At 8 a.m. Monday morning, residents of Ruston will line the streets of downtown in support of a commercial being created for Monster Moto.
“UPS has partnered with Monster Moto to help with the logistics of moving inventory and equipment to their new facility here in Ruston,” according to a report from Mayor Ronnie Walker’s office. “UPS is utilizing this opportunity to film the activities for a web-based promotion.”
Walker asked that all residents who could participate to do so.

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Sharing music, love with the next generation

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Elizabeth Vidos doesn’t remember life without rhythm.
At age 2, her parents gave her a set of bongo drums. And though Vidos began her formal musical studies on the trumpet, when a roving percussion teacher appeared at her elementary school offering drum lessons, the Morgan City native was hooked.
“So I ended up learning the fundamentals of drumming the summer before fifth grade and never looked back,” Vidos said.

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A-Train’s power led him to state HOF

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EDITOR’S NOTE: These are the third and fourth stories in a series leading up to the 2016 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to be held June 24 at the Natchitoches Event Center.
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Anthony “A-Train” Thomas learned his powerful running style by playing in the street.

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