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June 13th

Tech ‘O’ has talent, depth

The quarterback (Matt Kubik), a wide receiver (Seneca Chambers) and two linemen (Aaron Lips, Marcus Stewart) will be absent from the No. 1 “O” that finished among the top 70 in various NCAA 1-A statistical departments.
Nevertheless, there’s talent and experience accenting a 2006 squad that will have to deal with—surprise, surprise, yet another monstrous schedule.
Back as starters will be:
Running back: Mark Dillard; wide receiver: Johnathan Holland and Eric Newman; tight end: Anthony James; tackle: Ryan Considine and Tyler Miller; guard: Marcus Lindsey.

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Learn Peach Fest history

These historical figures, along with several others, are what Louisiana Tech University’s associate dean and interim director of the School of Human Ecology Linda Sivils has unearthed in her two year research stint to discover more about the Peach Festival. Sivils started with her research hoping just to gain more insight to the Dixie queens’ lives and where they were now. What she gained was an intensive knowledge on the pageant and the festival.

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U.S. war on terror not dead yet

Will this be the turning point in the war?
I’ve heard yeas and nays to answer this question from people who support the war and from those who hate it. I’ve given it plenty of thought, and it’s brought a fuzzy response to my mind, as well as
several recollections since the war began.
I remember the day the President declared war. It was my roommate’s birthday, and we spent the evening eating cake and watching the air strike on the other side of the world. Surely this war wouldn’t last long, I thought. We’re the most powerful country in the world, right?

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Theater plans grand opening

The title and presenting sponsors of the grand opening include Community Trust Bank and Hixson Auto Group, respectively.
Community Trust Bank will also sponsor the Digital on-Screen Pre-Show Countdown, which is now on sale through Sharon Furrate at 225-954-7991.
The new theater in Ruston represents the second Celebrity Theatres project from Developer Morrison Companies, which is managed by Celebrity Theatres, Inc., based in Baton Rouge.

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June 12th

Show loyality for your queen

A few days before the pageant she and I picked out the dresses we would wear, and on the day before it, we participated in the interview portion of the competition.
The terms “uh” and “um” became permanently engrained in my vocabulary that day. I was unprepared for this sort of questioning. At 17, I didn’t really have any thoughts on the world, any plans for making it better or any permanent political views. I spoke too loudly and too quickly, and soon showed my true colors.

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Get involved with politics

The jurors will also choose their official journal for the coming year during Tuesday's meeting. It is important that the jury selects an official journal that provides the most complete coverage for the residents of Lincoln Parish and has the ability to disseminate information over the widest area. A more informed public is critical for a more efficient government.
It's important that the Police Jury knows how the residents of Lincoln Parish stand on these two issues. One way to let them know is to give them a call before the meeting and make your views known.

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Tech’s new turf: top of the line

The very same FieldTurf that will be installed at Louisiana Tech University’s home facility over the next several months was ranked No. 5 out of 32.
Players in the league also listed FieldTurf ahead of 15 of the league’s 19 natural grass fields.
Tech is the latest NCAA Division I school to have the increasingly popular FieldTurf installed, the project beginning this week with excavation work.
It’s a long awaited addition to the Western Athletic Conference and Division 1-A program, one that will be making its official debut on Sept. 16 with a home opener against Nicholls State.

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Pageant crowns double titles

Miss City of Ruston was named first, and it went to Taryn Sanford.
Sanford said she was excited about her new title and her future as a Ruston Queen.
“This has been a great learning experience for me, and I look forward to the year ahead,” she said.
Aaron Beeson, the physical fitness winner and talent winner, was crowned Miss Queen Dixie Gem.
“This is my first year to do pageants and it is very out of character for a basketball-playing tomboy from Calhoun to be up here,” she said.
“But, I have received a lot of support and good advice. It feels unbelievable to win.”

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More chances for me to serve

One "opportunity" has already occurred, while the other will take place in a couple of weeks. Both are perfect examples of the hazards faced by those of us who have chosen to earn our livelihoods with pen and paper.
The first "opportunity" took place this past Thursday. At about 9 a.m., when I should have been in the middle of editing that day's edition of The Ruston Daily Leader prior to its distribution to our loyal readers, a call came in that sent me scurrying for pen, paper, camera and bib.

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Bradshaw: nightmare for Aggie foes

In 2005, he helped lead the Class B power to a Louisiana High School Athletic Association state championship and 30-8 record.
This spring, it was back to the state tourney at Bringhurst Park in Alexandria and one game shy of posting back-to-back titles, save for a 10-3 loss to Forest in the finals; and record-wise, the Aggies went a perfect 8-0 for a District 2-B crown and closed out at 27-9 overall, marking the fourth time over the past five years in which the squad had won at least that many games.

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