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July 20th

Spend your free time learning

The following programs were offered during the summer quarter:
Health and fitness including water aerobics, aqua pilates, yoga pilates, beginning scuba, beginning swimming, Chi Nei Tsung, and Swedish massage for beginners.
Computer classes included Quick Books for beginners, mastering Quick Books, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Excel, AutoCad 2007, blue print reading, beginning Internet power seller, advanced Internet power seller, Power Point, Adobe Illustrator, advvanced Excel for the professional, Microsoft Word for professionals, beginning Microsoft Word.

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Sermons tout patriotism

After the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, the terrible tragedy in our country, September 11, 2001, and our nation’s involvement in Iraq, now is the perfect time for these messages to be published.
The Rev. Magee’s wife Vivian decided about four years ago to put together a collection of these special messages.
She found that none of the large publishers were interested. They said that the age group primarily interested in buying books was 25 to 35 and those were usually women. And that segment of the population was not buying sermon collections.

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Parishes unite for growth

Terry said there is still work to be done to determine how the board would run the new group would be set up.
“But we’re all in agreement that everyone — business, government, education, everyone — needs to be included,” Terry said.
The Ouachita Economic Development Corporation hosted the meeting.
A task force to determine how the board would be set up was put in place by the group and will be chaired by Stacey Goff of CenturyTel Inc. and a yet-to-be-named person from Lincoln Parish. Each of the five parishes will have two representatives on the task force.

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July 19th

Millsap becomes ‘offensive’

The second-year power forward scored 22 points in a 102-88 win over the Seattle Supersonics and notched 20 points in a 75-71 loss to the world champion San Antonio Spurs.
It was the best single game showings by Millsap after four appearances in the Revue league, where the Jazz and several other league franchises conduct a week-long session to hone the skills of such returning players and evaluate new prospects.
In the case of Millsap, it was back-to-back performances which should elevate his confidence level at the offensive end even more.

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Make world warmer place for children

This is where CASA volunteers make a difference. As court-appointed child advocates, these men and women work closely with the family and social services to find out all pertinent information in a child’s case. After volunteers talk to parents, teachers, neighbors, health care professionals and anyone else that could provide information in the case, they submit a court report to help the judge make the best-informed decision possible as to whether the child should remain in the home, live with a relative, stay in a group home or go elsewhere.

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Rewind to Ruston of the '80s

I think this early intermingling of different races was positive for all groups of students. It gave children a chance to form friendships with youngsters from various backgrounds before media or adults could influence their perceptions of other races.
Also in this decade, students could come to school in dotted stretch pants under a plaid skirt if they so desired. We didn’t have school uniforms, and dress codes weren’t that strict.

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Regents alerted to data breach

The extent of the problem was yet to be determined. The Regents also enlisted the help of Attorney General Charles Foti to investigate the matter and take appropriate action, but they have no indication the information has been used for unscrupulous purposes.
Those included in the above categories are urged to visit http://notice.regents.state.la.us to learn what steps can be taken to minimize the chance of identity theft.

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July 18th

Edwards named All-American

Edwards, who led the Southwestern Athletic Conference in several receiving departments as a junior, was the only Tiger chosen to any of the three units.
The Houston product was also one of only two players from the SWAC to be so recognized, the other being third team member Mike Boyd of Texas Southern University as a defensive lineman.
Edwards was the No. 1 ranked conference receiver in 2006 for receptions per game at 5.09 and also was No. 2 in both receiving yards per game (78.8) and points scored per game (6.2).

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Education is a grand investment

The Legislature knew the massive budget was unlikely to be maintained in the coming years. They could have frittered all of it on pork-barrel spending.
This investment benefits us all.
With full formula funding, a circumstance that has not happened in years for Louisiana Tech, the state has positioned the university to impact the whole region.
Tech President Dan Reneau said $100 million in new construction will be spread out over the next three years, again transforming the face of the ever-growing institution.

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Thinking about a master’s

They have ideas, goals and respect for the need to advance their profession.
Heck, the money likely doesn’t hurt, either. Somebody once told me money spent on your education is never money wasted.
But choosing a program is tough.
Universities apply strict standards to their master’s programs, demanding the best from those who seek the mark of honor of having attained a high level of expertise in their respective fields.
Too bad Tech, my alma mater and hopefully the institution that will grant me a master’s in the next few years, doesn’t offer a graduate degree in journalism.

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