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June 27th, 2015

PEACH FEST PHOTO GALLERY

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Clockwise, from top left, a youngster waves to the floats as the Louisiana Peach Festival parade passes by in downtown Ruston; a child waits for the next float along the parade route; a Shriner waves to the crowd on the parade route at Saturday’s parade.

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Oil and gas industry booms in Lincoln Parish

Lincoln Parish is home to a large array of commercial businesses, among those that are highly profitable are those in the oil and gas industry.
The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources recently released information regarding the status of the oil and gas industry in the state.
The information brought to light the exact number of rigs in the state.
Lincoln Parish alone is home to 14 new oil rigs.
That number is only two less than the 16 new rigs that are in the entire southern portion of the state.

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Raising HIV awareness

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Fast Facts:
• More than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection, and almost 1 in 7 (14 percent) are unaware of their infection.
• Gay and bisexual men are among those affected by HIV.
• By race, blacks face the most severe burden of HIV.
But as for Louisiana, the Centers for Disease and Control estimates that 1,201,100 persons aged 13 years and older are living with HIV infection, including 168,300 who are unaware of their infection.

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QC Supply & Deep South Poultry unite to form a stronger company

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Schuyler, NE — QC Supply, LLC announced the acquisition of Deep South Poultry, Inc. recently.
The two companies with solid reputations in the poultry and livestock industry have joined forces to better serve their growing customer base, according to a press release from the company.
QC Supply and Deep South Poultry said they are looking forward to providing the industry with expanded services and inventory out of the six Deep South locations in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas.

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Gwin takes new manager position

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Kilpatrick Hotels announces Justin Gwin as the new general manager of the Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites in Ruston.
Gwin is originally from Monroe. He joined the Kilpatrick Hotels team in May 2014 as the front office manager where he was quickly promoted to assistant general manager/sales manager.
Gwin comes to Kilpatrick Hotels with a background in all levels of customer service within the hospitality industry.
In addition, he also holds a BA degree in Spanish Language Studies from University of Louisiana-Monroe.

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Ties bind HOF Class of 2015

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NATCHITOCHES — The 11-member 2015 induction class into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame hold many championship rings, but there are a number of other ties in the group.

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Unfortunately, funerals bring friends together

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In an ironic and paradoxical way, funeral services and reunions are practically one and the same.
How often have all of us left a memorial service and have someone later remark, “We need to get together more often.”
More times than not, the next time we get together is at the next funeral.
Sad, but true.
But I found myself thinking that very thing after attending visitation and funeral services for Billy Laird recently.

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Goree speeding off to Southern Arkansas

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She becomes third Lady Bearcat to sign track scholarship this year
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Ruston High School’s girls track team set three new school relay records this past spring.
So it’s only fitting that a third Lady Bearcats sprinter has signed a scholarship to take her running abilities to the next level.
Erin Goree signed a scholarship to run for Southern Arkansas University Friday afternoon at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center, following in footsteps of Zanecia Jackson and Hannah Siegmund, who both signed national letters of intent earlier this year.
Jackson signed with Louisiana Tech while Siegmund is heading to Louisiana-Lafayette.

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NBA’s Raptors give Tech’s Kyser Summer League invite

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Neither Kenneth “Speedy” Smith nor Michale Kyser were selected in Thursday’s NBA draft, but that doesn’t mean the basketball careers of the Louisiana Tech University products are over.
Smith is still trying to decide his next step, but Kyser knows where he’s headed after the Toronto Raptors invited him to play for their NBA Summer League team.
The NBA holds three summer leagues in Las Vegas, Orlando and Utah.
The Raptors play in the Las Vegas summer league that runs from July 10-20.
Kyser’s first game with the Raptors is July 10 against the Sacramento Kings.

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Dower, ‘Queb’ worthy of distinguished service award

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Congratulations, Glenn Quebedeaux and the late Bobby Dower.
You are more than deserving of receiving the annual Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism that was presented Saturday nigh in Natchitoches at the annual Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame banquet.
It’s about time that two of the main foundations of the state’s sportswriting fraternity were honored by their peers.
Oh, it would have been earlier, but both insisted for too many years to count, that others were much more deserving.

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