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June 24th, 2016

History of Peach Pageant

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Linda Sivils was at the Lincoln Parish Library Thursday evening signing copies of her book, “History of the Louisiana Peach Festival & Pageant.”

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Lawmakers end third, final session

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers completed their special session on taxes Thursday after raising $263 million more for the state's operating budget, lessening — but not completely closing — gaps in health and education programs.
The House and Senate fell far short of the revenue goal set by Gov. John Bel Edwards to raise $600 million more for the $26 billion budget that starts July 1. But on top of taxes boosted earlier this year, they had raised about $1.5 billion to shrink holes in the spending plan.

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NCLAC discusses concerts, vocal lessons

Today’s Art Talk has performing arts news for you.
Check out the details about the Russ-Town Band concert on Saturday, and upcoming free vocal lessons with the Piney Hills Harmony.
From Amanda Quimby with the Dixie Center for the Arts:
It’s that time once again to hear this Peach Festival favorite.
On Saturday at 2 p.m., Lawrence Gibbs and the Russ-Town Band will fill the Dixie Center for the Arts with beautiful Americana and Patriotic melodies.

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Pet of the Week

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Meet Luna. She is a full-blooded Blue Tick Hound that is up-to-date on shots and spayed. She is a sweet girl that is leash trained, potty trained and loves other pets too. Luna wants a home. Come see her at 4 Paws Rescue, located at 290 Rodeo Road. Their hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. They are closed Sunday and open by appointment only on Monday. Call 251-3647 for more information.

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Peach Fest 2016 officially begins

Today begins the 66th annual Louisiana Peach Festival and if you venture downtown you will see residents rushing about making final preparations for this weekend’s events.
While a lot of the Peach Fest activities have continued the tradition of entertaining and attracting residents, there will be some new exhibits and activities as well.
For example, dinosaurs will roam the Earth again beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday on Georgia Street.
According to the event’s page, “We have brought out two dinos from the most experienced fleet of dinosaur performers in the United States.”

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Finding that glimmer of hope

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With all of the darkness that has spread across our news stations and radios, even the front page of this paper, I’ve struggled to find a little bit of light.
Last Wednesday afternoon, I found that glimmer of hope during the Lincoln Parish Library Control Board meeting.
I know, it’s weird, right. Stay with me, I promise it gets better.
LPL Director Vivian McCain stated that 856 children — not including teens or adults — have signed up to participate in the library’s summer reading program.

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June 23rd

Burroughs takes over Diamond ’Dogs

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New head baseball coach determined to continue progress made in 2016
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Former Northwestern State coach Lane Burroughs officially took over Louisiana Tech’s baseball program Wednesday at a press conference Wednesday at the Davision Athletics Complex, saying he won’t make major changes to a team that last month reached the NCAA Regionals for the first time in 29 years.

The 2016 Diamond ’Dogs were considered a group of overachievers, something that Burroughs called himself during the press conference.

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Peach Fest Rodeo begins Friday

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The 27th annual Louisiana Peach Festival Rodeo sponsored by Brennan Dodge will be held starting at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Ruston Expo Center on Louisiana Highway 33 North. Gates will open at 6 p.m. both nights. This year’s rodeo will include a calf scramble and barrell racing for local children. Rodeo Clown Al Bryan will be on hand as well as trick rider Stormy Givens. For more information, call 255-9377.

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Tech sends 5 to compete for Miss Louisiana title

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Five Louisiana Tech University students will be among the 32 women who will compete this week for the title of Miss Louisiana 2016.

The competition will take place at 7:30 p.m. nightly, Thursday through Saturday at the Monroe Civic Center. The preliminary competition will be held Thursday and Friday, and the live statewide telecast of the finals will be held on Saturday. Qualified contestants from all over the state will compete for the Miss Louisiana crown, educational scholarships as well as advancement to the Miss America pageant in September in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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Second Peach Hunt Prize found

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The second Peach Hunt Prize for 2016 was found Wednesday, with the team of the Johnson and Matthews family bringing home four passes to the Peach Festival, four Peach Fest T-shirts, one room night at The Hampton Inn of Ruston, a complimentary 30 day car wash pass to RocketFast Car Wash, a $50 gift car to Log Cabin, Ponchatoulas or Cheeburger Cheeburger and $50 cash for their efforts.

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