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Corn maze set at Botanic Gardens at Burden

The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden will welcome the fall season with a Corn Maze Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 7.
The day will feature a farm animal petting zoo, pumpkin decorating, hay mountain climb, corn maze, children’s zipline, hayride and a giant slingshot. Concessions will be available for purchase from Friends of the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens volunteers. Admission is $10 per person; children 3 and under are admitted free.

LSU biologist works to solve future food shortage crisis

Food production must increase by 50 percent to support the world’s population by 2050, which is estimated to increase to about 10 billion, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization. In an effort to develop innovative solutions to this potential food shortage crisis, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation initiated the Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency, or the RIPE project, and LSU Department of Biological Sciences Glenda Wooters Streva Alumni Professor James Moroney is playing an active role in this undertaking.

Several new Basile teachers hail from Eunice

W. W. Stewart Elementary and Basile High School to welcomed five new teachers for the 2017-2018 school year.
The two new Stewart Elementary teachers are Tiffany Boutte and Randi Daigle. The three new educators at Basile High are Jerome Perron, Jessie Daigle, and Christina LeJeune.
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Tiffany Boutte is a fourth grade teacher. She is 25 years old and this is her first year as a full time teacher. The Pine Prairie native is now a Basile resident and is the mother of two children and is engaged to Taylor Johnson.

U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins, R-Port Barre, speaks to Frank Rotarians on Tuesday. (Photo by the Franklin Banner-Tribune)

Higgins: Judge me on votes, faith, political affiliations

U.S. Congressman for Louisiana’s 3rd District Clay Higgins, said Tuesday that he intends to be judged by his constituency on the merit of his voting record, and the nature of his faith and political affiliations.
All of which, he affirmed are unapologetically founded in Christian ideals and constitutional patriotism.

Franklin soldier was first to die

Lt. Edward Vincent Loustalot was wounded three times as he led a small band of American Rangers up a steep cliff near Dieppe, France, on Aug. 19, 1942. He kept climbing, trying to reach and silence a German machine gun at the top of the cliff.
He didn’t make it. He got caught in a fatal enemy crossfire. The young man from Franklin is considered the first American soldier to be killed by Germans on land in World War II. He was 23 years old, one of only a handful of U.S. soldiers taking part in an attempt to take the French port back from the Germans.

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