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Centers team up to aid victims

“You look back now and you wonder how the community went so long without these kinds of services,” he said. “I can’t imagine them not being there now.”
While the Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault funds the rape crisis portion of the centers, Levy said they depend on money from the D.A.’s office as well as fund-raisers and donations to keep the centers afloat. Pine Hills will have its first big fund-raiser of this year with a golf tournament on Saturday in Arcadia.
Joanie Huffman, director of both centers, said at this point, a couple more teams can be still be added.

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Rob’s wife: a happy 88th birthday

“I’m not going to cry,” she beamed after being surprised with an 88th “Happy Birthday” gathering that attracted an estimated 100 well-wishers to the main dining room of the Squire Creek Golf and Country Club. “This is a happy day and a happy occasion and I want all of us to enjoy it. I’m so glad to be here and to have a birthday where so many friends and loved ones are here to help celebrate it.”

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Merit-based pay could have benefits

With the exception of pay increases due to greater education, certifications or growing experience, teachers generally receive across-the-board pay.
“I think (merit-based pay raises) are something we will need to look at down the road as far as accountability and schools reaching their growth targets,” Bell said.
The No Child Left Behind Accountability Act mandates that schools show improvement each year on tests such as LEAP, iLEAP and GEE.

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Election could impact youth, adults

In one corner, there are families similar to an elderly couple I know in the Choudrant School District. They are retired, live in a modest home, drive old cars, wear old clothing and receive a substantial portion of their income from their rent houses in the Choudrant district. The husband is fighting to keep his blood pressure down from worrying the bond issue will pass. Since homestead exemption only applies to the place where one lives, he would not get this break on the rent houses he owns. Property taxes could stack up.

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Tech receives Regents grant

• $901,821 for 16 proposals in enhancement;
• $286,000 for two proposals in graduate fellowships; and
• $414,665 for four proposals in research and development.
“The research and development component is very competitive,” Les Guice, vice president of R and D at Tech, said. “The money is to help young faculty members get prepared to apply for federal grants.”
Guice said the four awardees at Tech included a physicist, a mathematician and two bio-medical engineers.

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