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June 26th, 2017

Bystander or UPstander: How you can prevent bullying

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Danny was the manager of the water station for the Bridgewater Badgers, a football team of 10-year old boys. He loved his job and took it seriously.
The Bridgewater Badgers football players were appreciative of his efforts because practice usually was hot and they needed fresh water often. Danny always had it for them.
So, his teammates weren’t so thrilled when they found out that Danny was being bullied during the school day.

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Peach Cookery Contest winners announced

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Sunny Mitchell, of Ruston, won the adult grand prize at the Louisiana Peach Festival Cookery contest and Grant Bowling, also of Ruston, won the youth division top prize.
Mitchell’s winning entry was buttermilk biscuits with peach chutney.
Grant’s winning entry was peach mustard pork chops.
Mitchell won $1,000 worth of products from Le Creuset, Skyros, Lenox, Vietri, Juliska, Portmeirion and Taos Twist from contest sponsor Townsend House Gifts.
Grant won a trophy, $100 Cash Prize and $70 baking set from OXO, also from Townsend House Gifts.

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Take a dive into the parish park’s cooling waters

There are a number of activities associated with summer fun, but none so much so than cooling off on a hot day in the water.
If all goes according to plan, residents and tourists will be able to dive into the Lincoln Parish Park lake beginning Friday.
“We tested the water to make sure it is compliant with federal regulations and it’s ready to go,” said James Ramsaur, park director.
Officials had planned to open the lake to swimming last week; however, Tropical Depression Cindy delayed those plans one extra week for safety reasons.

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Hacking through life’s maze

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Wednesday marked the official beginning of summer, so in the spirit of the season, I thought I’d offer a bit of advice as you’re probably spending more time in the great outdoors these days.
If you’re wondering how much daylight you’ve got left to burn, just fully extend an arm, and count the number of fingers between the horizon and the sun. Each finger equals approximately 15 minutes, which means each hand width totals an hour.

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Preserving the Louisiana coastline

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The Louisiana coast is a magical landscape. It is home to thousands of different species, including wildlife and vegetation. The Louisiana coastline consists of barrier islands, marshes and swamps stretching along the entire Gulf Coast of the state.
These islands, marshes and swamps not only provide a very scenic photo, but also help to reduce the impact of storm surges, which in turns helps reduce the impact of flooding in coastal communities.

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Buddy's Blog: Grambling needs to retire legends’ jerseys

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Thanks to a forward-thinking “game plan” engineered by Rick Gallot and Paul Bryant, the Grambling State University athletics’ department has now entered a new and exciting era.
The aforementioned names, of course, belong to President Gallot and Athletics’ Director Bryant.
Thanks to their diligence and foresight, outstanding strides have been made by the school’s athletic department since the 2016-17 school year began.

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June 24th

Local accepts spot in prestigious Google program

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Earnest Miles III remembers accidently dropping and breaking a television remote from his top bunk bed when he was 6-years-old.
“I thought, ‘My dad is going to be so angry when he sees this,” said Miles, who is now 28.
Miles frantically began to put the pieces back together one-by-one, aligning the number pad on the base, putting the wires back in place and eventually screwing everything back.
“It was a lot easier than I thought it would be,” he said. “From then on I just liked building stuff. I loved technology.”

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Postel: ‘We’ve been pleased with what we’ve seen’

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Despite some event rainouts and rescheduling, the 2017 Louisiana Peach Festival saw a successful run Saturday, festival officials said.
“We’ve been real pleased with what we’ve seen,” festival spokesperson Doug Postel said about midafternoon Saturday. “People seem to be really enjoying themselves, which not only makes up happy for the (Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, the festival producer) but also happy for our vendors.”
The festival ended Saturday night with a late-evening concert in Railroad Park by Matthew Shafer, also known by his stage name, Uncle Kracker.

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What happened to living by the Golden Rule?

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In earlier time, some biblical scholars used to live in the quiet world of quiet solitude.
Perhaps this was a way of living in peace. One thing for sure, if things got a little bumpy with these folks, they generally had few to “blame,” a word I have come to detest.
In earlier centuries after the arrival and salvation of Christ, a phenomenon developed in which some people lived in virtual isolation in monasteries. They lived in obscurity. Generally, I think of that as miserable.

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Reader thanks volunteers, donors

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On behalf of the Board, Staff and children at the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana, we would like to thank our community for supporting and participating in the first annual Holiday Basketball Camp, sponsored by Origin Bank. One hundred twenty-seven kids got to personally interact with NBA Champion and current New York Knick Justin Holiday.
Each participant received a Camp T-shirt and personal photo with Justin that Justin autographed. We had participants from all over our community, and even a Shreveport area’s Junior High School’s girls basketball team.

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