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June 26th

McCown confident of quick return

But ensuing examinations on the knee revealed that surgery would be necessary in order to repair the damage.
The Bucs are cautiously optimistic that McCown, who began his NFL career with the Cleveland Browns in 2004, could be available for at least a portion of the upcoming season.
“Right now, he won’t be with us for the early part of the season,” said head coach Jon Gruden. “But knowing Luke McCown like I do, he’ll be back sooner than most guys.”

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Gearing up for some dodgeball

I suppose it isn’t that funny that two grown women will partake in a sport of the elementary school playground, but it is extremely laughable that I, the self-proclaimed biggest, no-talent clutz in the universe, will be out there striving for athletic excellence in a game meant to inflict pain.
What was I thinking?
My last encounter with athleticism, besides small bouts at Tech’s Maxie Lambright Intramural Sports Center, was in high school as a member of the soccer team.

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Raring up for the next fest

Irma Thomas thrilled us with her New Orleans Blues repertoire, while many of us danced the night away at the annual Peach Festival Dinner Dance at Squire Creek Country Club.
Most would agree that securing Greta van Susteren for the Peach Festival Luncheon ranked as one of the annual event's all-time highlights. The FOX News Channel veteran kept those in attendance spellbound for more than an hour.

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Democracy surfaces in state, parish

The Lincoln Parish School Board recently reviewed their insurance benefits and made changes that will eventually benefit all employees on the parish insurance program. And board members deserve credit for addressing the issue before it became a hot topic in this community.

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Annual Peach Fest draws to a close

“It’s so far, so good. We won’t know until it’s over with, but so far it’s going good.”
Denny said there are several reasons why the festival is important to the community, one being the festival brings attention to Ruston as well as north Louisiana.
“It’s the signature event of this town,” Denny said. “It brings money to the economy by drawing in people from outside the community. It helps the hotels, and people spend money here. People reinvest into our community.”

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June 24th

Parish poised for big growth

Also, as mentioned earlier, the movie theater should bring in more restaurants, which in turn should draw more visitors from the surrounding area to Ruston, which in turn should bring in more businesses to provide additional shopping opportunities for those same visitors. In other words, Ruston and Lincoln Parish are poised to enter a phase of growth — both economically and in population.

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Ruston offers many options

But back to what I mentioned in the first paragraph: one of my judging mates was Dr. B.J. Flores, a local obstetrician. Although we had never officially met before Thursday's contest, it seemed as if Flores (he prefers to be called B.J.) and I had known each other for years. We discussed food and he told me where I could find the best sushi in the area. He even said I could drop his name and possibly get a larger portion. Flores noticed my Derek Jeter wristwatch and mentioned that his mother was a huge New York Yankee fan.

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Tech, Grambling right on track

Morgan was No. 1 in the men’s discus at 188-7 and Jackson led the way in the 110-meter hurdles at 13.77, while clocked the top time in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles at 57.06 and Allen tossed the shot 51-4 1/2 as the women’s pacesetters.
Schuler tied with Louisiana-Lafayette’s Justin Lemaire for the best time in a meet’s longest run, clicking off a 32:57.97 over the 10,000 meters.
Representing Grambling were Kory Cook in the men’s 200-meter dash at 20.76, Kerone Fairweather in the men’s 800-meter run at 1:52.32 and the men’s 4-by-100 meter relay squad with a top time of 40.54.

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2006 Peach Fest season now open

The ceremony gave Napper the opportunity to award tokens of gratitude to seven corporate sponsors of the festival.
“I want to thank everybody from the Peach Festival committee to the people at the Chamber of Commerce,” Napper said. “They really put in a lot of work, time and effort, and this is just a wonderful community that comes together for this great event.”
Napper said the Peach Festival allows people from all over come to Ruston and get a glimpse of the community at its best.

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June 23rd

Techsters made ‘mark’

“I felt her elbow, then this gash. Yes, I’ve still got proof of that game against Pam and the Lady Techsters.”
But the “farm girl from Pitkin” kept her chin up and went on to produce one of the finest hoops’ careers in state history, regardless of whether it dealt with the women’s or men’s game.
A two-time AIAW All-American and all-time leading scorer (2,659 points) in Lady Wildcats’ history will be justly rewarded for her rock-rugged perseverance, smooth-as-a-marble shooting skills and inspirational leadership here Saturday night.

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