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June 25th

Peachy keen

The theme of the float was “Tonight’s Dreams ... Tomorrow’s Headlines.” BELOW: Louisiana Tech University cheerleaders and football players wave and smile at the crowd on Trenton Street during the Peach Festval Parade Saturday morning.

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Fest vendors fill downtown

Countless peaches were also on sale in the vendor area in Sexton Parking Lot — a fact not missed by Louisiana Tech University student Brieanne Smith.
The 18 year old from Minden who was attending the festival for the first time selected a bag full of the famous Ruston fruit and commented, “I’m taking these home to my family in Camden.”
Ben Franks, who was working at Yak’s peach booth, said business had been steady.
Some other vendors, however, did not have as much luck with festival attendees.

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State legends honored

Swilling, who played 12 years in the NFL and most of them with the team in his adopted state of Louisiana, could have easily been speaking in behalf of the other inductees.
The newest class of inductees also included former Tulane University basketball star Warren Perkins, ex-LSU women’s track and field star Esther Jones, current high school boys’ basketball coach Joel Hawkins, former prep/college/NFL stars Stan Humphries and Brian Mitchell and the late Kim Perrot (women’s basketball) and Willard Brown (baseball).

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Rebuilding New Orleans step by step

We were grateful for the generosity shown once again by the people of Lincoln Parish who responded when I put out the word we were headed back for another trip. We carried a van full of clothes, household items, computer equipment, food, water and cash to Common Ground, a grass-roots organization that is physically located in the Lower Ninth Ward, one of the areas most devastated by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. And speaking of vans, a special thanks goes to the folks of Jim Taylor Ford for providing a van carry the goods in.

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Daily Leader stands with Judson

It is also important that you know that I stand firmly behind my editorial in last Sunday’s paper and behind the column written by Daily Leader editor Chuck Cannon. The comments from Mayor Martha Andrus and Councilman Ed Jones were published as direct quotes, word for word. You will read a letter from Councilman Ed Jones denying his statements to us about the university.
The controversy comes on the heels of a resolution from the Grambling mayor and city council asking the Louisiana Board of Regents not to renew the GSU president’s contract.

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Festival ripe for the picking

“This is my first year at the festival,” said Lowe, who is from Minden. “I think it’s a good way for people to come see people they know and kind of get acquainted with the town.”

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June 22nd

Greer shatters own record

Afterward, the usually vibrant and outspoken Greer was subdued, yet still in a comical mood.
“You caught me on a tired day,” Greer said. “The javelin took it out of me. I took two throws. I’m used to taking one. Sorry.”
Greer, 30, is finding it difficult to impress himself these days. Eight straight titles really didn’t mean that much to him.
“I think when I get 10 maybe I’ll recognize I’ve done something,” he said.

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Festival takes on new glow

When the Peach Festival became the Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival, the whole range of facilities at Squire Creek became available for the festival, and many new events became possibilities.
On the other realm, as long as the festival has existed, there have been volunteers who have made the festival a reality. Some events have actually existed since the festival’s creation, and many new events have developed along the way.

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A gathering of neighbors

“Hunt, Guillot & Associates had shown growth as rapid as ours in the space they had in the vintage historic James Building. The Willamette Building was perfect for them.
“If some company from out of town announced they were coming to town and bringing 100 employees with them, there would be flags flying from every post. I just thought we should do a little something to congratulate what these homegrown boys have done.

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Mayor, council may have violated open meetings law

“We made an effort to supply information about the official journal selection for their first meeting in June but the mayor made it clear at that time that they were not accepting written proposals for official journal.”
There is some question if the mayor and council violated Louisiana’s open meetings law by going into executive session.
“It is clear that the mayor and council went into executive session last night to discuss the official journal selection. That is clearly a violation of Louisiana open meetings law,” Hohlt said.

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