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Work that is just ‘peachy’

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The Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival has been a staple of the Ruston community for 62 years, and while the festival wouldn’t be able to happen without Ruston’s peaches, there is one more ingredient the festival has come to lean heavily on in order to succeed, volunteers.
The festival, while put on by the city, is worked by volunteer labor, meaning a lack of volunteers means a possible lack of quality to the festivities.
Luckily for Ruston, the Peach Festival averages approximately 150 volunteers each year, and only 100 are needed to help it run smoothly, said Peach Festival volunteer coordinator Patrick Blanchard.
“We are looking for around 150 for the festival this year,” he said. “So far, we have 68 people already registered to help.”

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Weekend uneventful

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Although it was a holiday weekend, local law enforcement agencies reported a relatively quiet one.
Lt. Tim Parker with the Ruston Police Department said, while they did have routine arrests, for the most part nothing major happened.

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Budget slashes reversed

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana senators Monday rewrote the state’s $25 billion operating budget for next year, rejecting deep cuts pushed by House Republicans that the Jindal administration said would devastate health care services and public colleges.
The Senate Finance Committee added more than $350 million to the 2012-13 spending plans, restoring all the one-time money removed by a bloc of conservative GOP lawmakers in the House who want to shrink state government spending — and pouring in additional piecemeal financing.

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Cook Baptist hosts Fish Fry for vets

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Cook Baptist Church held its annual Fish Fry for veterans and their spouses on Monday in observation of Memorial Day.
Richard Jones, member of Cook Baptist and primary organizer of the event, said the lunch was started with honoring the older veterans at the church.
“I had been doing a lot with some of the World War II vets of the church. We started the fish fry for those at the church, and it just evolved to include the community,” Jones said. “We just lose so much of the World War II vets every year. I really enjoy being around them.”

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Pesky plants easy to kill

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It is pretty inevitable to say we all could use some rain. The lawns are suffering as well as our gardens. Maybe if several of us go out and wash our vehicles we might be able to see some of that liquid sunshine. The last time I had my car serviced and washed it rained for three days.
This year we have had less tomato problems than we have had for many years. By the middle of May, in most years, the telephone is generally ringing off the hook with problems. I have often wished I had an answering machine that had “If you have tomato problems dial one for a prerecorded message on tomato problems.” In most years this would answer most of all the incoming calls. This year we have had poor pollination, which “Blossom Set” will help and blossom end rot which “Stop Rot” will prevent, as the main problems, and not many of those problems.

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Church raises more than $5,000

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Through a series of bake sales, lunches, rummage sales and donations, the youth of Ruston First Assembly of God raised $5,692.32 for missions. The church received first place in per capita giving in Louisiana Assemblies at the Assembly of God annual Speed-the-Light mission banquet. Pictured above are members of the Ruston First Assembly of God youth group.

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Princess Peach Pageant

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Pictured above is 4-year-old Madeline Chreene. She is a contestant in the Princess Peach Pageant and the daughter of Jeremy and Rachael Chreene. Applications are still being accepted from now through June 11 for the Princess Peach Pageant. To downloaded a form go to www.louisianapeachfestival.org/forms or contact Melanie Garrison at mccgarrison@gmail.com or Joe Price at jprice@dixiegempeachscholarshiporg.com or 214-500-9141.

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Sports technology changing

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This past weekend was full of sports action that I was glad I got to somewhat take part in.
I say somewhat because I wasn’t actually at the games, I didn’t watch them on television and, aside from about 10 minutes of a Louisiana Tech baseball game, I didn’t listen to the radio either.
Somehow the National Basketball Association playoffs, the Western Athletic Conference baseball tournament, several Major League Baseball games and even the Indy 500 all managed to peak my interests this weekend, and I managed to have a few moments with each during that time frame.

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Tech sprints to NCAA meet

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Kim Francis was speechless.
She had a good reason to be that way, too.
On Saturday, the sensational sophomore hurdler for Louisiana Tech University clocked 13.4 to finish No. 12 in the 100-meter high event at the NCAA’s annual East Preliminaries in Jacksonville, Fla.
A day after having registered a personal best of 13.23 in the first round of that event, Francis wound up in the top dozen and earned a berth in the NCAA’s outdoor championship meet set for Des Moines, Iowa., June 6-9.

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Bearcats’ duo in All-Star game

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Spangler, Letendre on East team at LHSAA event
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Ruston High School outfielder Pierce Spangler and pitcher Nick Letendre, recentliy honored as first unit all-district members, helped represent the East team in the recent Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s annual All-Star baseball game in Alexandria.
Spangler and Letendre were chosen to the postseason team after recently helping the Bearcats (25-10) win a District 4-5A championship and being selected to the all-league team.
A .417 regular season batting average by Spangler was No. 1 on the RHS team and he also had 28 runs batted in.

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