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June 20th, 2013

Cedar Creek opens ‘Teaching Garden’

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Cedar Creek Elementary School, in cooperation with the American Heart Association, recently kicked off its Teaching Garden before school let out in May.
The garden is part of an education initiative to help build bodies and minds and is the first of its kind in north Louisiana.
Students will have a planting day in the fall, when they will be growing vegetables and fruits. Students will help weed, water and harvest their fruits and vegetables. They will also learn how to prepare the food and will have a tasters’ treat.

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Chill summer cooling bills with a few tips

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Summer in the South means family gatherings, evening cookouts and scorching high temperatures. Before those temperatures become unbearable, Entergy Louisiana wants to encourage customers to consider taking simple steps to help lower their energy usage.
“By following these hot weather tips and lowering energy usage, customers can save money and stay cool,” said Jim Pesnell, customer service manager.
Energy-saving summer tips include:
• Setting your thermostat to 78 or the highest comfortable temperature. Each degree cooler than 78 can increase your bill by as much as 3 percent.

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Louisiana Peach Festival Art Exhibit winners announced

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This year’s Peach Festival Arts Exhibit features more than 100 works of art by area artists. The North Central Louisiana Arts Council presented 25 awards, with ribbons and cash prizes, including a Youth Best of Show, and an Adult Best of Show, at the Opening Reception of the Exhibit on June16. The Exhibit will remain on display through Sunday at the Ruston Civic Center, during the Civic Center’s normal operating hours.
The staff at NCLAC said they would like to thank all participating artists, the awards sponsors and the City of Ruston for making this exhibit a success once again.

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RHS FFA students attend state convention

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The Ruston High School Future Farmers of America chapter attended the 84th Louisiana State FFA Convention in Alexandria. The advisors are Mark Milstead, Tommy Freeman and Landon Wade.

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‘Duck Dynasty’ mania

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WEST MONROE — The line began forming at a newly-created, makeshift entrance to the now famous building and extended out into an adjacent parking lot.
A quick count of license plates in that lot revealed 12 different states, give or take a few more who had to park across the street.
“Oh, there were at least 200 to 300 folks who came through here today,” said a youngster handing out catalogs. “But that’s normal now. It’s like that just about every day since school turned out.”

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John Carr: ‘No-brainer’ to join USM

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Ever since he unveiled the news, John Carr has been asked numerous times why he exited as the veteran leader of the traditionally successful Monroe Ouachita High School football program.
Simple: he had a chance to work with a longtime friend along with facing the challenges of the college coaching life.
“It was a no-brainer,” said Carr, who recently began work as the director of football operations for the Golden Eagles’ program. “I felt like this was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”

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Festival sports are ‘peachy keen’

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In the 98-plus degree Fahrenheit heat that usually accompanies the Louisiana Peach Festival, you would think running, jumping or any kind of physical activity would be the last thing on a participant’s to-do list.
So it made sense when tennis tournament director Lynne Jones decided to hold the annual tennis tournament at night this year.

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Techsters add assistant coaches

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Louisiana Tech University head women’s basketball coach Teresa Weatherspoon announced Wednesday that she has filled two of her coaching vacancies with the hiring of Mike Ekanem and Drew Miller.
Both Ekanem and Miller will serve as assistant coaches for Weatherspoon. Whostill has one coaching vacancy and the director of basketball operations position to fill.

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George Pipes

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George Pipes of Ruston passed away at his home on Tuesday, June 18, 2013. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Friday, June 21, 2013 at Douglas United Methodist Church in Douglas. Officiating the service will be Rev. Jeremy Jones and Rev. Rolly Walker. Interment will follow at Douglas Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston. Mr. Pipes was born in Dubberly, LA on November 3, 1942. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Alvin and Helen Burton Pipes of Dubberly; his brother: Travis Pipes of Minden; his father and mother-in-law: Lee and Maude Smart of Ruston.

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Bobbie “Nell” Scarborough Smith

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Funeral services for Bobbie “Nell” Scarborough Smith, age 74, of Ruston will be held 11:00 AM Friday, June 21, 2013 at Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston. Interment will follow at Vienna Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston. Mrs. Smith was born August 3, 1938 and passed away June 18, 2013. She is survived by her husband: James A. Smith; children: Kenneth D. Smith (Connie); Cynthia T. Frazier (Michael), and Michael L. Smith (Randa) grandchildren: Floyd A. Knox, Bridgett N. Ledford Poole, Leslie N. Smith Womack, Kammi M. Smith, Kristen D.

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