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May 28th

Smith living a softball ‘dream’

In the spring of 2007, she was on Ruston High School’s first-ever Class 5-A Louisiana High School Athletic Association title-winning squad.
On Thursday, at high noon in Oklahoma City, Okla., she will be starting in the outfield for the University of Louisiana-Lafayette in the 2008 College World Series.
The Lady Cajuns (51-13) will go up against No. 1 seeded Florida (67-3) in the first game of the national tournament that features a field of eight teams, all hoping to realize the dream of an NCAA title.
Smith has already realized a dream.

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Thankful for a quiet holiday weekend

They do so locally and around the state.
Memorial Day made May the most deadly month on Louisiana highways last year.
We worry when drawing up plans to admonish the community for safety that they are unheeded, like a mother reminding a teen of their curfew as they rush out the door to their post-graduation bonanza of choice.
Those mothers wait the night through, counting the minutes as time marches toward the designated curfew.
When the teen heeds his or her mother, coming home early or at least on time, safe and sound, there is seldom a greater joy for that worried adult.

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We all need instruction

My life as a “living room warrior” is a function of a mental block that I’m totally aware of but have refused to change. If I would pony up the money, nearly endless practice time and courage to give it what I know I can, I’d be a lot better as a bassist. Maybe even great.
The key, in my mind, is truly finding someone to look at the situation from the outside, critique it, and lead me down the correct path to learn all of the fundamentals required.

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Banjos, fiddles and songs on tap

A stage will be set up on the arena floor, and in case of rain, Driskill said the festival will go on. Concessions will be open and tents donated by Community Trust Bank will be set up for groups who want to gather at impromptu jam sessions on the grounds, which are entirely booked for the day. Inspired by their frequent trips to Mountain View, Ark., Driskill and Cooper said they want to emphasize more than just the stage show but also that
musicians are welcome to bring their instruments and perform on site.

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May 27th

Time to start preparing for Peach Fest

It’s time to start preparing ourselves and our community for the influx of activity that comes with the festival.
The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce puts on the Peach Festival each year, but they can’t do it without a lot of help from local residents.
Volunteers are the backbone of the festival, and it’s not too late to sign up. The tasks volunteers can help with are as diverse as unfolding and sorting T-shirts to working entrance gates and selling peach ice cream.

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Targeting financial abuse

Just like any other kind of abuse, financial abuse can take many forms. The abuser may deny his spouse an education to acquire job skills, or if she has a job, he may make her quit it. “You have to spend more time with the children,” he may insist. “Those people you work with are not our kind of people,” he may say. Whatever the stated reasons, the real motive is to increase the victim’s financial dependence on him.

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Champion gets his pro chance

According to team officials, the 6-2 and 202-pounder will compete with holdover Gino Guidugli for the No. 3 spot behind provisional starters Jarious Jackson and Buck Pierce.
Champion impressed Lions’ representatives enough during a recent free agent tryout camp held in Portland, Ore., to gain a three-year contract.
The 23-year-old native of Bessamer, Ala., started for two years at Tech, where he ended his career in 2007 while leading the Bulldogs to five wins and one victory shy of NCAA bowl eligibility.

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Sacrifices remembered

Holiday closings
• Ruston City Hall and Utility Billing Office will be closed today. Emergency services can be contacted at 255-1316. There will be no residential garbage and trash collection today. The commercial garbage trucks will run today. The residential garbage pickup for today’s route will be picked up Thursday.
• Ruston Post Office and Lincoln Parish Library will be closed today for Memorial Day.
• Dubach Town Hall will be closed today and garbage pickup for today will be collected Tuesday.
• Choudrant and Simsboro town halls will be closed today due to Memorial Day.

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Art Block needs support

Though it was thought that the event, which coincided with Louisiana Tech University’s graduation day, would draw crowds of people, it seemed that many were unaccounted for.
Perhaps the majority of the community was attending the commencement or maybe the masses were unaware of the well-publicized market.

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Remember and revere our veterans

Generations of Americans have given their lives for our country. They died so we can enjoy the freedoms many of us take for granted today. They died working to preserve or to win back the freedoms of other countries, so their citizens could enjoy a better quality of life.
They are dying today in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Although our daily lives aren’t impacted the way they were for Americans during wars of the past, it does not make the reality of war any less severe.

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