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June 24th, 2016

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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McClelland: Keeping Ostrander ‘a coup’

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Louisiana Tech Athletics Director Tommy McClelland feels he made the right choice in naming Lane Burroughs as Tech’s eighth head baseball coach in program history.
But during Thursday’s press conference introducing Burroughs, McClelland said he feels he pulled off “a coup” in getting assistant Christian Ostrander to remain on staff with a promotion to associate head coach.
Ostrander spent seven years as head coach at Mississippi’s Jones County Junior College before joining Tech as pitching coach last November.

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RHS’ White earns 5A All-State honors

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Ruston High School outfielder Seth White earned first-team honors as the Class 5A All-Louisiana Baseball Team was announced today.
White batted .460 this season.
Senior pitcher Cade Gibson earned All-State honorable mention and joined White and senior outfielder Michael Courtney as first-team District 2-5A selections.
Sophomore pitcher Sam Baldwin, sophomore catcher C.J. Willis, and junior DH Reed Sexton were second team District 2-5A selections while shortstop Kasten Furr and pitcher Trysten Dowdy earned 2-5A honorable mention.

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Ability to motivate enhanced Joseph Richard’s career

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the eighth story in a series leading up to the 2016 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to be held Saturday at the Natchitoches Event Center.
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Janice Joseph Richard fashioned the crowning achievement of her basketball career after being dealt a potential career-ending blow.
Arguably the lowest point in her life was when she had to step down as the head women’s basketball coach at NCAA Division I San Jose State in 2006 because of breast cancer. From that abyss, she found new life back in Louisiana and her hometown of Alexandria.

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