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June 20th, 2013

Edwards stops in Lincoln

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A sold-out crowd gathered in the main dinning room of Squire Creek Country Club, as hundreds flocked to see one of Louisiana’s most controversial and charismatic figures. Former Governor Edwin Edwards, a long-time pillar of the state’s political scene, opened the Louisiana Peach Festival as the headlining speaker at the luncheon on Wednesday.
The 85-year-old began with a series of jokes, some at his own expense, and a few aimed at Squire Creek Country Club owner James Davison. Davison, who introduced Edwards, commented on their longtime friendship and stated Edwards “is a good man.”

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Man in jail in armed robbery case

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A Jonesboro man is behind bars on one charge of armed robbery following an incident that occurred on May 26.
According to reports, a male with his face partially covered robbed the staff of the Sonic Drive In on West California at gunpoint. Through a series of tips received by the Ruston Police Department and the Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team, Phillip Leon Newton, 34, of 287 Industrial Drive, Jonesboro, was subsequently apprehended on June 19.

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Movie set to inspire local ‘champions’

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The Arbor & The Terrace of Ruston is hosting a community screening of the award-winning documentary “Age of Champions,” followed by a Healthy Aging Resource Fair and Community Discussion about aging, health and fitness.
“Age of Champions” is the uplifting story of five competitors who sprint, leap and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics. In the film, viewers will meet a 100 year-old tennis champion, 86-year-old pole vaulter and rough-and-tumble basketball grandmothers who battle to overcome the limitations of age and discover the resilience of the human spirit.

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Teachers train for Advanced Learning Academy

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Anyone who thinks that Lincoln Parish educators hang up their book bags when the last bell sounds in May is definitely mistaken. All across the district, teachers and administrators are actively participating in collaborative meetings, engaging in specialized training opportunities, attending workshops and seminars both locally and across the state, completing advanced degrees and working diligently to craft progressive, innovative learning experiences for the 2013-14 year.

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During festival watch for pedestrians

As most know, the annual Louisiana Peach Festival has officially kicked off. The winners of the Art Exhibit have been announced, baby photos have been turned in, former State of Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards was at Squire Creek Country Club Wednesday bragging on the goodness of Ruston’s very own peaches and one of the more popular events — the treasure hunt — began with clues being published in the Ruston Daily Leader and announced on the radio earlier this week. Needless to say, the 2013 Louisiana Peach Festival is in full swing.

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Downtown full of summer fun

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It’s a big couple of weeks for downtown Ruston, starting Friday with the start of the 2013 Louisiana Peach Festival.
The Peach Fest will officially begin at 8 a.m. Friday with citywide sidewalk sales, a North Central Louisiana Arts Council Fine Arts Show and Kids Fishing Tournament all set for 8 a.m. starts.
A Peach Cookery contest will be held at 10 a.m. while the KidsZone area of the Fest will open at 5:30 p.m.
The Peach Fest Tennis Tournament is set for a 6 p.m. start that evening while the Peach Festival Rodeo will begin at 8 p.m.

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Cedar Creek opens ‘Teaching Garden’

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Cedar Creek Elementary School, in cooperation with the American Heart Association, recently kicked off its Teaching Garden before school let out in May.
The garden is part of an education initiative to help build bodies and minds and is the first of its kind in north Louisiana.
Students will have a planting day in the fall, when they will be growing vegetables and fruits. Students will help weed, water and harvest their fruits and vegetables. They will also learn how to prepare the food and will have a tasters’ treat.

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Chill summer cooling bills with a few tips

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Summer in the South means family gatherings, evening cookouts and scorching high temperatures. Before those temperatures become unbearable, Entergy Louisiana wants to encourage customers to consider taking simple steps to help lower their energy usage.
“By following these hot weather tips and lowering energy usage, customers can save money and stay cool,” said Jim Pesnell, customer service manager.
Energy-saving summer tips include:
• Setting your thermostat to 78 or the highest comfortable temperature. Each degree cooler than 78 can increase your bill by as much as 3 percent.

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Louisiana Peach Festival Art Exhibit winners announced

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This year’s Peach Festival Arts Exhibit features more than 100 works of art by area artists. The North Central Louisiana Arts Council presented 25 awards, with ribbons and cash prizes, including a Youth Best of Show, and an Adult Best of Show, at the Opening Reception of the Exhibit on June16. The Exhibit will remain on display through Sunday at the Ruston Civic Center, during the Civic Center’s normal operating hours.
The staff at NCLAC said they would like to thank all participating artists, the awards sponsors and the City of Ruston for making this exhibit a success once again.

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RHS FFA students attend state convention

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The Ruston High School Future Farmers of America chapter attended the 84th Louisiana State FFA Convention in Alexandria. The advisors are Mark Milstead, Tommy Freeman and Landon Wade.

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