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June 12th, 2013

Local Bar Association volunteers for ‘Junior Judges’

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Members of the Lincoln Parish Bar Association recently volunteered their time in order to conduct a "Junior Judges" program at Ruston Elementary. The "Junior Judges" program provides a video and teaching curriculum consisting of seven real-life scenarios for fourth graders to judge what options they have in tough situations and encourage them to make smart choices. The topics include cheating, destroying property, bullying, teasing, stealing, drugs and alcohol, and gangs and weapons.

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DVD to help children who stutter available at parish library

Parents eagerly anticipate the moment when their child first begins to talk. But for some parents, it is a time of anxiety because their child struggles to get words out. As many as five percent of preschool children nationwide have repetitions and prolongations of sounds severe enough to be of concern to their parents.
The DVD in English and Spanish, “Stuttering and Your Child: Help for Parents,” helps parents detect stuttering and take action toward helping their child and is available at the Lincoln Parish Library.

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Peach Festival concerts bring back local flavor

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Ruston native Travis Woods once sat in the crowd at the Peach Jam in Downtown Ruston and listened to artists play music from the Railroad Park stage. Then he played from the same stage four years after. And now he is back to rock the 2013 Louisiana Peach Festival.
The Classics Recovered Band, the band Woods manages and leads, plays a mix of country and old time rock and roll and will be performing as the lead-in band for the Peach Jam at 6:30 p.m. June 22 at Railroad Park in Downtown Ruston.

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A passion for puppies

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Drive down a backroad in Lincoln Parish and what do you see? Dogs.
Jessica McCann, owner of Passion for Pups, described the same thing along Louisiana Highway 152 where she lives.
“There are about four rental properties close by my home,” she said. “So people would move in, get a dog and when they moved out the dog stayed. That is one reason I ended up with so many.”

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Securing the Sparta

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SWE to renegotiate water contracts for fracking
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Southwestern Energy continues to progress in Union Parish with its latest well, the “Upshaw” well, being drilled west of Spearsville. The company has recently faced controversy due to the extraction of 17 million gallons from the Sparta Aquifer for fracking purposes from a Town of Farmerville water well.

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The Veteran of Foreign Wars Louisiana Post 3615 Ruston, along with Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, will conduct a Flag Day ceremony at Forest Lawn Memorial Park at 10 a.m. Friday.
Local Boy and Girl Scouts are scheduled to be on hand to help in the ceremony and show proper way to fold a flag. Afterwards, the scouts will help properly dispose of flags that are being retired by burning them

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Remember Sparta as days heat up

With hot weather officially here, local residents are beginning to change their habits.
More people can be seen outside doing yard work, washing their vehicles and firing up the grill.
Additionally, the heat has residents reaching for big cups of water to stay hydrated.
When using water for all purposes this summer, just keep in mind to conserve. After all, Lincoln Parish is dependent on a source of water that is in danger of running out due to overuse.

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Festival remains ‘Peachy Keen’

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When I was a full-time reporter, my favorite Louisiana Peach Festival event to cover was the diaper derby.
In a diaper derby, toddlers or crawlers are supposed to toddle or crawl a predetermined distance as fast as they can. Sometimes they do, and sometimes they just sit there, despite their parents’ and grandparents’ valiant efforts to lure down the lane with toys, cell phones, sippy cups, Cheerios and even giant dill pickles.

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Williams helps Rogers ‘age’

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Ex-Tech defensive back provides advice about turning 30
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Tramon Williams has the “back” of Aaron Rogers in dealing with getting older.
Rogers, the starting quarterback of the Green Bay Packers and now the highest-paid player in NFL history (he signed a five-year contract in April that will pay him $110 million), will turn the ripe “old” age of 30 on December 2.
So is that bothering the All-Pro whose main concerns usually deal with avoiding pass rushers during the season?
Rogers recently sought out former Louisiana Tech University defensive back Williams for an insight on how to adjust to the big 30.

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Dellon Karl Fulton

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Dellon Karl Fulton, Jr., age 86, of West Monroe, Louisiana went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. He was born on June 29, 1926, to the union of Dellon Karl Fulton, Sr. and Maud Hyatt Fulton in Long Island, New York. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Frances Ann Gregory Fulton, and daughter, Karla Lee Fulton. Mr. Fulton attended school in New York City and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1950 when he was a member of Delta Chi Fraternity.

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