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July 16th, 2013

Aiming to educate

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DART preparing to hold Aug. 21 training seminar
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For the past 13 years the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team has hosted a training session to help educate attendees about current issues.
“This year’s training is particularly pertinent, since it deals with one of the most troubling areas of our society,” Terrie Queen Autrey said. “And that is the disturbing relationship between juvenile crime and family violence.”
Autrey is a community advocate for DART. She said topics such as Bullying 101, From Bullying to Battering:, Sexting and Texting, and Dealing with Family Issues in the Community and the Court will be discussed.

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Orientation makes freshmen part of Tech family

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Nearly 400 incoming students attended last week’s freshman orientation at Louisiana Tech, where students learned about various organizations on campus, living in dorms and signed up for fall classes.
Pamela Ford, dean of enrollment management, said more than 1,400 students signed up to attend one of the six orientation events held this summer.
“This is a 19 percent increase over total orientation attendance last year and students are still registering for our last session, which begins on July 31,” Ford said.

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Taking care of weedy vines in the landscape

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During the summer months many landscapes are overrun with weedy vines. These vines can completely overtake the entire area if left unchecked. The most common weedy vines found in a home landscape are Virginia creeper, poison-ivy, greenbriar, Japanese honeysuckle and Carolina Moonseed.

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Library to present ‘A Musical Potpourri II’ Friday

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Residents are invited to “A Musical Potpourri II” performed by Jon Barker, bass-baritone, Carlie Ann Toliver, piano, and Anne Gaushell, accompanist for Barker, at 10 a.m. Friday in the Library Events Center.
Carlie Ann Toliver has been playing piano since age 4. She has won Overall at Solo Festival at Louisiana Tech University for six consecutive years. She received first place from the Torgrimson/Swanzy Louisiana State Competition.

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Fest impact good for Lincoln parish

Louisiana Peach Festival attendee numbers were down this year as compared to 2012, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t some sweet news the Fest brought to Lincoln Parish this year.
The 2013 Peach Festival pumped approximately $2.7 million into the Lincoln Parish economy. Figures released by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, the organization that produces the festival, show that while this year’s festival attendance at 15,524 was down from 2012, those attending opened their pocketbooks and brought Monday into the parish.

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Outdoor business workshop set

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Summertime proves to be a very busy time for 4-H which may come as a surprise to many. Many times people assume that the 4-H program slows down during the summertime just as school does but that is not the case. The 4-H program actually experiences a very busy schedule for the summertime, offering youth many wonderful opportunities to learn and have fun.

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Appreciate your air conditioner

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Earlier this year, when he was still looking for a job, my husband had the opportunity to interview with a company based in Seattle, Wash. He had never been that far north before, and he learned something while he was there. Apparently many homes — and hotels, such as the one he stayed in — do not have air conditioners, because they do not really need them.
Having both spent our entire lives down South, this blew our minds. Twenty years from now, I might not remember anything else about that trip he took, but I don’t think I’ll ever forget that.

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July 15th

Learning the game of life

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Eddie Robinson Sr. Football Camp teaches more than sports
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The sixth annual Eddie G. Robinson Football Camp was held Saturday at Greenwood Park in Ruston. The one-day event was led by Ronnie Lyons and Eddie Robinson Jr. and taught the fundamentals of football while preparing area youth for future success on and off the football field.
The free camp, which draws around 100-160 attendees every year, was split into different groups, based on desired position, as Robinson Jr. patrolled the field helping all of the kids on the basics of each position.

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Storms keep LPFD busy

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Bad weather on July 11 resulted in three separate incidents for the Lincoln Parish Fire Department, which also responded to a fourth call unrelated to the storm on that same night.
During the storm, a tree fell onto a house on Oak Street in Dubach. No injuries were reported, and no one was trapped inside. Though there was no fire, three apparatus responded with six firefighters.

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Sweet dividends

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Peach Festival economic impact hits $2.7 million
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The 2013 Louisiana Peach Festival pumped approximately $2.7 million into the Lincoln Parish economy. Figures released by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, the organization that produces the festival, show that while this year’s festival attendance at 15,524 was down from 2012, festival-goers continued to spend steadily, and almost all say they’ll return next year.

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