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New festival T-shirts on sale

Jhola McGee with Lewis’ Boutique said an out-of-town customer came in on the first day the store had its shipment of shirts in and asked about them.
“I told her it was the Peach Festival T-shirt, and she said she just had to have one to commemorate her visit to Ruston,” McGee said.
Nancy Bergeron, communications manager for the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, said the aim is to keep people’s interest building up to the main weekend of the festival, June 26-28.

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Foster’s plant deal clears committee

Rep. Jim Fannin, D-Jonesboro, chairs the House Appropriations Committee and made his support for the bill clear to fellow members.
Walsworth’s bill, which already has full Senate approval, is slated to move to the House floor on Thursday.
If approved there, Gov. Bobby Jindal said he would sign it immediately, making it the first passed bill passed of this session. It would then next week move on to the Joint Budget Committee, which would consider appropriating $50 million toward the sale.

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Techsters start WAC tourney play

Still, Tech will once again go into this week’s league tournament as the No. 4 seed and considered as one of the “other picks” to made a deep move into the double elimination format.
Sarah Dawson, in her seventh season as coach, realizes the situation she and her team find themselves in again when they start off tourney play tonight (9 p.m.) against Hawaii in Fresno, Calif.

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A great teacher, a better friend

It took sitting down to lunch with him while trying to write a story about his impending retirement to make it clear that he is a figure shrouded in a lot of vague mystery — teaching isn’t about oneself after all, so his past does not figure in to his crafted style of instruction.
There’s a whole list of adventures that we can all read about thanks to the man’s pathological need to chronicle his life for others to devour in his column. There’s a lot more that lies under the surface.

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Road funding issues must be addressed

Still, his logic is easy enough to follow. With state-funded road projects fueled by surplus dollars from the past few budget cycles quickly becoming a thing of the past and the Louisiana TIMED road program wrapping up in the next few years, our state finds itself in a precarious position.

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‘We need this done now’

State Sen. Mike Walsworth, R-West Monroe, authored Senate Bill 283 and was slated to introduce it to the House Appropriations Committee today at 1 p.m. in Baton Rouge.
“This is it, now the push really begins,” Walsworth said. “I’ll present the bill to the Appropriations Committee and, hopefully, we won’t get too much resistance there, but you never know. But I really think we won’t have too much trouble in committee.
“If there’s a real fight, it’ll be on the floor (of the House of Representatives).”

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