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June 30th

Peach Fest sprouts $4.6 million impact

“Additionally, we also use registration information from events like the rodeo and the 5K run, plus data from admission receipts.”
This year’s numbers indicated that 43 percent of the festival goers came from Lincoln Parish; 42 percent from outside Lincoln Parish but within Louisiana; and 15 percent from out of state.
Bergeron said three factors led to the increased economic impact:
n Lincoln Parish residents spent more than they typically do;
n There were more out-of-parish, but in-state visitors; and
n More out-of-state visitors spent much more money.

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Anderson returning to RHS

Earlier this week, he met with officials from both RHS and West Monroe and submitted his resignation notice to the latter school, also a member of District 1-5A along with Ruston High.
“I am excited about being back at Ruston High and particularly also in regards to helping out with the strength and conditioning of other sports,” Anderson said. “Chris Block is the strength and conditioning coordinator for Ruston High and I will also be helping him in this area for other sports.”
Said Anderson about the return “home”: “I wanted to do what’s best for my family.

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Mature needs met at new area facility

It is described as place for senior citizens who want an active, independent lifestyle, free of yard and home maintenance. In a setting such as this, spirited living with neighbors close at hand may be enjoyed as a way of life.
Golden Ages Senior Village is designed for seniors with low income. Residents pay rent based upon their adjusted gross income and are responsible for their electric bills.
Water is provided at no charge.

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The Leader birthdays on file

And what does that include? First there are those traditional games such as “Pin the tail on the donkey” and “Go fishing.” Second, there is the homemade cake with homemade artwork. Third, there are the little cups of ice cream with wooden spoons. And, fourth, there are the little favors which constitute “mini gifts” for all of the attendees.

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Lincoln High legacy lives on

Robert “Demp” Smith, who is a graduate and former coach of Lincoln, said today’s younger generation especially does not think much about those days before integration.
“I have 10 grandchildren now, and they don’t think this existed,” he said, gesturing at a collage of old Lincoln High pictures he had produced. “They think everything was as it is now.”
The closing of Lincoln hit the school family hard, Smith said.

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June 29th

Proposed ag bill benefits Sparta, Tech

“We must address the concerns of our rural areas, including keeping a fresh, clean water supply for our residents and community development.”
The water conservation funding would help identify and develop an alternative water supply to abate the overuse of the Sparta Aquifer in
north central Louisiana.
Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth said the funding is greatly needed for research.
“It (funding) has been coming in increments, but any way we can get it
is fine,” Hollingsworth said. “It’s critical to our area that we get this study done and find a real solution to our water needs.”

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Millsap is Jazz pick in round No. 2

The only player in college annals to capture three straight board crowns, Millsap had been predicted by several pre-draft services as anywhere from a mid-to-late selection in the final round.
He wound up being one of the first 50 players disappearing in the lengthy process that tipped off at 6:30 p.m., CST and was nationally televised by ESPN.

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Teachers deserve slated salary boosts

With the No Child Left Behind Act increasing the work load and pressure on educators and students and 28 percent of Louisiana residents reading at the lowest level of literacy, the need for good teachers is immense.
Effective teachers not only need to have a thorough understanding of their lesson plans but also attentiveness to the unique needs of each
student and a willingness to keep learning new teaching strategies.

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Illiteracy lingers in shadows

However, my challenges in this area are tiny compared to what approximately 28 percent of Louisiana residents might not care to admit. This is the percentage of people statewide who function at the lowest level of literacy, stumbling over words such as “dog” and “cat.”

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G.E.D. route leads woman to success

The current central office secretary/receptionist at the Lincoln Parish School Board Title I office was married as a teenager in the early 1970s and discovered the union would deliver more than legal changes and love.
“At 16 I became pregnant,” Crowe recalled. “At this time it was very unusual — more of a taboo — to see a pregnant woman in high school.”

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