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October 20th

Educated voting takes preparation

As responsible voters, it is our duty to read over the ballot wording as many times as it takes to understand what we’re voting for or against.
For a little help digesting the impact of these constitutional amendments, you may want to consider reading the Louisiana Public Affairs Research Council’s guide, available at www.la-par.org.
PAR is a nonprofit research institution that is not connected with any political party. Every election, they compile information and recommendations about ballot issues, and they have been a trusted source for voters through the years.

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Fans invited to Bark in Park

Louisiana’s Tech’s Band of Pride, the Tech cheerleaders and the Regal Blues will highlight the pep rally, which will also feature cheerleaders from Ruston High, Choudrant High and Simsboro High along with dancers from Cedar Creek school.
Louisiana Tech basketball team’s begin practice Saturday, and men’s coach Kerry Rupp has signed several basketballs to be given away at the pep rally to signify the upcoming hardcourt season along with one ball signed by Bulldogs hoops great Karl Malone.

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October 17th

Bulldogs go for first WAC victory

It will be Tech’s first appearance at Joe Aillet Stadium in almost a month. In a Sept. 20 game against Southeastern Louisiana University, the ‘Dogs won 28-16.
If getting a break from jet lag is reason enough for Tech to smile about walking out of its own locker room this weekend, here’s an even more important one: the two wins posted after five games have both been at home (22-14 over Mississippi State in the opener was the other one).

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Not all economic news is bad

Consider the long-term market reaction to the following events as outlined by nationally known financial adviser Ric Edelman:
• Despite a 684-point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average when the market reopened after the 9/11 attacks, the Dow returned to its pre-attack level within 60 days.
• One year after the Gulf War started, the stock market was up 32 percent.
• One year after the space shuttle Challenger exploded, the market was up 31 percent.
• One year after President Richard Nixon resigned; the stock market was up 7 percent.

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Colleges open educational

Gov. Bobby Jindal also has made technical education a priority for his administration, because he realizes how crucial it is for the state to provide businesses with educated and trained employees.
A university degree isn’t always mandatory to achieve a quality, rewarding job in a stable career.
Here in Ruston, Louisiana Technical College is focusing on recruitment and partnerships to meet the needs of local students.
Clearly, those efforts are working as the Ruston campus recently saw a jump in enrollment from 116 to 220.

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Ruston 21 revs up

Ken Tipton, of Tipton Associates, the team leader for Ruston 21, said the plan will serve to bridge barriers in the city.
Feedback from all segments of the community is vital, he said.
“Our role is not to conduct the plan, but to help the city develop its own plan,” said Tipton, whose architecture firm has worked on a number of projects at Louisiana Tech University. “It’s a picture of your future and how it meets the needs of you and your children.”

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October 16th

Police make major drug bust

Sheriff Mike Stone said it is believed the suspects were responsible for a large amount of marijuana and thousands of illegal prescription narcotics circulating the streets in Lincoln Parish.
“Their scope of selling involved several states — it was a pretty widespread operation,” Stone said. “This is part of our ongoing concentration in trying to enforce the drug laws in Lincoln Parish, and we will continue this as well as our prevention efforts. This is a problem that’s hurting everybody. We need to come to grips with this issue before it destroys our way of life.”

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RHS: Homecoming at right time

Now, with back-to-back losses, the state rankings are simply recent history. It’s all about Friday night and a 7 p.m. district meeting against an Airline High club that slammed Southwood 57-28 last weekend to increase its won –loss marks to 3-3 overall and 1-3 in the league.
While Ruston is celebrating its annual homecoming activities and trying to keep its championship hopes alive in the league, Lincoln Parish’s other two prep programs will also be on their own fields.

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Who wants to get technical?

“What we’ve been told from the governor’s office and state economic leaders is 55-60 percent of Louisiana jobs will require skills beyond a high school diploma, but less than a four-year-degree, such as a technical or community college degree,” Postel said. “Right now, only about 8 percent of people in the state have that type of training.”
Several of the school’s programs — which typically take two years to complete — provide classroom instruction and hands-on experience that make it easy to step into jobs making $30,000 to $40,000 per year. A few of the LTC program offerings include:

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Building swap raises questions

On the other hand, that same building “has its own set of problems,” as Walpole put it. In other words, it needs some renovation work to bring it up to par with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements and other repairs.
The jury is considering the idea of swapping its Police Jury Complex building on Alabama Avenue, which houses the HELP Agency, TRIAD and the Council on Aging, with the Arizona Avenue building, which belongs to Crossroads Church.
It’s location that is driving the swap idea, but is it worth it for the parish to pay the price of upgrading the existing building?

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