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June 22nd, 2017

Prepare for Tropical Depression Cindy

Tropical Depression Cindy set its course toward Lincoln Parish and residents can expect a lot of rain and windy conditions.
The storm, which made landfall today in southwest Louisiana, will bring between 2 to 6 inches of rain through Sunday, according to National Weather Service Models. Heavy rain and flash flooding remain a concern, local officials said.
Parish officials plan to file a declaration of emergency today, which means the parish will be able to request state resources, should they need help.

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June 21st

Lott: ‘It’s a blessing from God’

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Dustin Lott traveled across north Ruston this week to discover the 2017 Louisiana Peach Festival Peach Hunt prize Tuesday at the Rock Island Greenway and receive a $500 cash prize.
“It’s truly a blessing from God,” he said. “It’s just amazing.”
Lott, who moved to Lincoln Parish after marrying his wife, Megan, two years ago, said he, his wife and a good friend teamed up to put their heads together and “hunt the prize.”

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Curtain rises on RCT’s ‘The Lion King Jr.’

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The Ruston Community Theatre presents their second production of the year — “The Lion King Jr.” Above left is Rafiki, played by Anna Katherine Thompson. Right, Nala, played by Alma Moegle, and Simba played by Donovan Turpin, share a hug.
The show premiered Tuesday and will continue at 2 p.m. today and 7 p.m. Thursday at the DIxie Center for the Arts. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

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Weather forces changes in Peach Fest

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Louisiana Peach Festival events planned for outdoors Friday afternoon have been canceled and the evening concerts relocated in anticipation of excessive rainfall from Tropical Storm Cindy.
But festival planners are hoping at least some of the Saturday events can continue outdoors, Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce President Judy Copeland said this morning.
The festival is scheduled for Friday and Saturday. The Chamber of Commerce produces the annual event.

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NAMI names state and national health resources

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State and national resources can provide a wealth of information about mental health issues. NAMI Ruston has compiled a list of some of these health resources.
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NAMI Louisiana, Baton Rouge (225) 291-6262, www.namilouisiana.org
Department of Health and Hospitals, State of Louisiana (855) 229-6848/ (225) 342-9500, www.dhh.louisiana.gov.
Bayou Health Plan Information, Healthy Louisiana, (855) 229-6848, www.bayouhealth.com
Ekhaya Youth Project, a Family Support Organization, Shreveport (318) 606-2323

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LSU set for CWS rematch vs. Florida St.

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OMAHA, Nebraska — LSU attempts to reach the College World Series “Final Four” when the Tigers face Florida State at 6 p.m. today at TD Ameritrade Park.
The loser of the LSU-FSU game is eliminated from the CWS, and the winner advances to play Oregon State at 2 p.m. Friday. The winner of today’s game would have to defeat Oregon State on both Friday and Saturday in order to advance to the CWS Championship Finals.

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Reader responds to Harris column

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In Glen Harris’ Sunday, June 4 Outdoors column, “Familiar Birds Missing in Action,” he describes a few once common species that are now difficult for him to find.

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Awareness rises out of the water

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When the dispatcher’s voice coming across the newsroom scanner summoned the Ruston Fire Department for a baby-not-breathing-in-a-backyard-swimming-pool call, all of us figured we knew the story one of us would have to write the next day.
We were wrong.

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Juneteenth changes make a better experience

The city of Grambling’s mission for its annual Juneteenth Heritage Festival is to build community relationships while creating an environment that celebrates culture, educate festival attendees and provide entertainment for all demographics.
While Grambling’s Juneteenth Fest hits the mark every year when it comes to achieving its goals, this year’s festival felt extra community-oriented simply because of a few minor changes.

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June 20th

Peach Fest music to include Chee-Weez, Uncle Kracker

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One of the favorite parts of Ruston’s annual big event for many people are the sweet sounds of the Louisiana Peach Festival concerts.
This year is no exception, with a returning fan favorite and a Fest newcomer serving as headliners for this year’s shows.
For a second straight year, The Chee-Weez, a five-piece tribute/show band from New Orleans will headline Friday’s event, taking the stage at 10 p.m. at Railroad Park.

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