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Hall inductees ‘dream, believe’

“First, I dreamed about being able to do it, then I went out and did it.
“If somebody told me I couldn’t achieve something, then you better believe that’s one of the major things that motivated me to be able to do it.”
Swilling and Mitchell also attributed their success to the undying support of their parents.
“I’m here in this room tonight as part of this induction class because of my mom and dad,” said Swilling, who played a dozen seasons in the NFL. “They always believed I could achieve great things and they supported me all through my career. Without them, I wouldn’t be here.”

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Music offers educational benefits

“Parents should allow their children to take the guitar course because it is a good opportunity to expose children to an activity that shows them teamwork (how to play music with other children), how to work and commit to something to be good at it (practicing the guitar every day),” Morgan said.
She agreed with the U.S. Department of Education’s reports that participation in music classes increases creativity and encourages student advancement in school and in life.

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Aid abandoned animals

Across the street at Railroad Park Louisiana Peach Festival-goers were enjoying all the food, fun and games they could stand. The stores that line downtown Ruston were filled with shoppers who were hunting the best bargain shoes, clothes and other merchandise.
Further out in the community past the downtown, there were adults at work and children at play.
In all of that revelry and common day-to-day activity, the abandoned would-be pets of this city wandered in search of a shady place to rest or an unattended trash can to rifle through for their next meal.

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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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