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June 21st, 2017

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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Commission nixes open space plan

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Ruston’s Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday turned down a developer’s request to grant his project conditional use approval under the residential permanent open space option in the city’s zoning code.
Mark Counts wanted to exercise the option in order to be able to subdivide property he owns at 1302 East Georgia Avenue. Counts Holding LLC’s request was the first one to be made under the open space provision. Counts wanted to build an additional house on some of the acreage.

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Beaver dam: No. 1 OSU shuts down LSU, 13-1

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OMAHA, Neb. — Oregon State first baseman KJ Harrison launched a grand slam Monday night, and right-hander Bryce Fehmel limited LSU to one run through eight innings as the Beavers posted a 13-1 College World Series win over the Tigers at TD Ameritrade Park.
Oregon State, which won its 23rd straight game, improved to 56-4 on the year. The Beavers will play at 2 p.m. Friday against the winner of Wednesday’s 6 p.m. matchup between LSU and Florida State.
The loser of Wednesday’s LSU-Florida State game will be eliminated from the CWS.

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ExxonMobil makes $230,000 donation to Louisiana Tech

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ExxonMobil has donated more than $230,000 to the Louisiana Tech University Foundation as part of ExxonMobil’s Educational Matching Gift Program.
ExxonMobil’s Troy O’Laughlin, a 1999 chemical engineering alumnus from Louisiana Tech’s College of Engineering and Science alumnus, presented the check to Louisiana Tech President Les Guice, College of Engineering and Science Dean Hisham Hegab and College of Education Dean Don Schillinger.
The check represents corporate funds from ExxonMobil matching gifts made to Louisiana Tech by ExxonMobil employees during 2016. 

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