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June 3rd, 2013

Peach Fest preparations

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For some people, the Louisiana Peach Festival is all about the fruit, the parade or the music.
For others, it’s all about the shopping experience that is wholly unique to the annual Ruston festival.
Nancy Bergeron, communications manager for the Ruston Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, said the annual festival still has spots available for those hoping to sell their wares in late June.
“We’re still taking arts and crafts and merchandise vendors, but not food vendors,” Bergeron said. “Food vendor spots are full.”

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Tech ranked in Top 25 for return on investment

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Louisiana Tech University has been ranked No. 21 in the nation for providing its graduates with the best returns on their investments (ROI) in their college educations, according to a new report released by AdvisorOne — an online financial news site that supports Investment Advisor and Research magazines.
Louisiana Tech was the only university in the state to earn a spot in the Top 25, which included universities such as Texas A&M, Brigham Young, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech.

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Associate dean named Vice-President of National Math Association

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Dr. Jenna P. Carpenter, associate dean for the College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech University, has been elected to a term as First Vice President of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), beginning in February 2014.

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Benoit speaks to Ruston Kiwanis

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Robert Benoit, Kiwanis governor of the Louisiana-Mississippi-West Tennessee District of Kiwanis International, also the fire chief for the City of Lafayette, spoke to the Ruston Kiwanis on May 30.

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Parish schools honor volunteers at annual event

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As the school year came to a close, the Lincoln Parish School District paused to thank those throughout the community whose outstanding service helped produce a year filled with unparalleled accomplishment and recognition.
With the sixth annual event sponsored by Community Trust Bank, Lincoln ACHIEVE rolled out the red carpet for the Community Volunteers Appreciation Luncheon and a chance to say thank you to all its VIPS: Volunteers In Public Schools.

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What a day at Simsboro High School

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Simsboro High School principal Ricky Durrett (right) is assisted by Tom Boniol as they unpack trays of cinnamon rolls provided by Whataburger. SHS was joined by Choudrant Elementary, Choudrant High, Dubach High, Hico Elementary and I. A. Lewis schools as lucky winners that received cinnamon rolls as part of Whataburger’s “What-a-Week!” emphasis with the Lincoln Parish School District to celebrate the culmination of a successful academic year. Other schools were also winners during drawings for coupons with other goodies rolling out as the school year officially wrapped up. 

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Ellis at the helm

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June is here, the time of summer vacation fun, swimming pools, hot dogs and Wilbert Ellis packing his suitcases.
While the 2013 college baseball season has started winding down, it’s only getting started for Ellis, former longtime baseball coach at Grambling State University and College Baseball Hall of Famer.
As he’s done for many years now, Ellis will again serve as director of NCAA regional and super regional tournaments this postseason. He started his tourney action this weekend as director of the Baton Rouge Regional hosted by Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss.

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’Dogs have chance in baseball draft

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Don’t say goodbye just yet to the baseball careers of several Louisiana Tech University players who played their final collegiate season this spring.
Pitchers Trevor Petersen and James Ferguson, catcher Tyler Qualls and outfielder/pitcher Sam Alvis have the potential in being selected in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft that begins on Thursday.
Petersen and Ferguson are seniors, while Qualls and Alvis have completed three seasons of college competition.
Over the past three seasons, Petersen has totaled 15 wins and finished this year with a 3-6 mark and 3.95 earned run average.

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Stay safe while hitting the water

It’s pool time, or lake time or river time, depending on your particular fondness of a specific body of water. However, while taking a dip to get a moment’s relief from the hot Louisiana sun is not only essential at times, it can turn disastrous if safety precautions are ignored.
According to the Red Cross, home pool drowning is the leading cause of death for children younger than 5. Although children should never be left unattended in a swimming pool or hot tub, there are also other precautions the Red Cross recommends:
• Keep water clear and pool free of debris.

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Reinventing the downtown

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Although the temperature is rising, a midday stroll is still not out of the question. With summer quickly approaching, temperatures will soon cross the triple digit threshold and the only outdoors activity I will be interested in will involve some large body of water. But right now, the weather is still cooperating with my need to go outside and get some fresh air.

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