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June 27th, 2016

Being thankful: A look at DART’s rural offices

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For nearly four years now, I have been writing columns about the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team for the Ruston Daily Leader.
I have covered educational topics, such as stalking, dating violence and elder abuse.
I have also written about events occurring in our community, such as the Christmas Angel project, our annual Radiothon, our Candlelight Vigils and our annual Collaboration is the Key training event.
Almost every event I have ever written about has occurred in Lincoln Parish.
Yet DART serves seven parishes, with an office and a rural advocate in each.

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Club News: Ethel Mae Movers and Shakers

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There were plenty of tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, marigolds and periwinkles planted by the Ethel Mae Movers and Shakers recently at Mt. Olive Outreach Baptist Church.
Cathy Judd and Sue Metcalf were the presenters. Judd is a Louisiana State University demonstration agent for Lincoln Parish and Metcalf is a master gardener for Lincoln Parish.
Sue shared a story with the youth about her childhood, growing up in Richland Parish. She said as a child her parents did nto have electricity, running water or gas in their home.

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Peach Fest exceeds expectations

Another year down and another fun-filled Louisiana Peach Festival is finished.

The 66th annual Louisiana Peach Festival had plenty of memorable moments including great live music, dinosaurs roaming the Earth once again and plenty of sweet, fuzzy peaches.

The Chee-Weez, of New Orleans, and Dylan Scott, of Bastrop, were the headliners for this year’s festival.

Both groups and the musicians before them brought jams throughout the two festival days at Railroad Park.

One of the biggest attractions this year was the peach cobbler eating contests.

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PJ Brown inducted to state HOF

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NATCHITOCHES — The record will show 11 new inductees joined the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday night at the Natchitoches Events Center.
Listening to each of the inductee’s speeches, however, it was clear no one came to Natchitoches alone – whether figuratively or literally.

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Is Jeff Driskel future starting QB for 49ers?

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Shades of Tim Rattay?
Well, don’t be shocked if another low round draft choice out of Louisiana Tech University weaves some magic for the San Francisco 49ers.
Rattay, now the quarterbacks’ coach for his college alma mater, was a seventh round (212 overall) choice of the Niners in 2000.
An after thought if you will, which is code language for being selected in the final round.
But Timothy F. Rattay had the final chuckle, becoming a starter in 2003 and playing five seasons for the franchise and outperforming third-round pick Giovanni Carmazzi, who had been chosen 147 spots higher.

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June 25th

Peach Festival 2016

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Leader photos by T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT
Top photo: From left, Sadie Smith, Sadie McGill and Savannah Dorking, Louisiana Tech University cheerleaders, wave to the Louisiana Peach Festival 2016’s “A Peach of My Heart” Parade crowd Saturday in downtown Ruston. Pictured right, Burris Wollsieffer, Monster Moto CEO, was the grand marshal for this year’s parade.

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Preserving memories

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Local writes book on Mitcham Peach Orchard
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Peach preserves are a pretty sweet treat this time of year.
Preserving memories of Ruston’s Mitcham Orchard is a pretty sweet idea for all time.
And that’s what current Ruston resident and Louisiana Tech University graduate Ron Coody has done in writing his book, “The Ruston Peach Family,” a collection of memories about the Mitcham Peach Orchard.

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Diaper Derby winners announced

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Morgan Letendre, nine months Jersey-Kate Corley, 12 months, Patrick Singh, 13 months, and Kenlyn Sherill, 22 months, were all winners of Barnes Portraiture Diaper Derby 2016 Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church.

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Rocking Out At Peach Fest

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The Chee-Weez take center stage
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Top photo: Brandon Foret, left, lead singer of The Chee-Weez, performs to a crowd of more than 500 Louisiana Peach Festival 2016 festival goers Friday at Railroad Park.
The New Orleans based five-man band played a mixture of 70s, 80, 90s and today’s pop music with Foret singing most of the vocals, photo right.

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Peach Fest Gallery: Ruston celebrates area peaches

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Top Left: Leader photo by T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT
John Belton, Third District Attorney, throws candy during the annual Louisiana Peach Festival Saturday.
Top Right: Leader photo by HEATHER SMALL HAWLEY
Skip Russell, left, and the State Farm mascot were some of the riders during the annual parade Saturday.
Middle: Leader photos by DEREK J. AMAYA
From left, Kenlyn Sherill, 22 months, Patrick Singh, 13 months, Jersey-Kate Corley, 12 months, and Morgan Letendre, nine months, were the winners of the Barnes Portraiture Diaper Derby 2016.

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