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Sales tax numbers mixed

Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth cautioned that current revenue sources should not be taken for granted.
“There a life cycle on (oil and gas exploration),” Hollingsworth said. “It’s very easy for a public body, if it’s not careful, to get addicted to that extra income, and it’s awfully hard to wean yourself off, particularly if you make a lot of commitments like recurring debts or expenses.”
Growth was still enough for him to be positive.

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HabiTECH triumphs

The project is a credit to their abilities to both manage their time wisely and sacrifice their comfort. They faced pitfalls that would be encountered during the average home-construction project. Long hours of sweat and some friendly disagreements behind them, the group were smiling real, honest smiles of accomplishment on Friday.

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Restore the education budget

That budget saw some significant reductions in tweaking made by the House of Representatives, enough to put Tech at least $1 million behind the state’s original recommendations for the university.
Higher education in general in Louisiana is in a critical time for the development of the state. A civilian workforce hole must be filled, and the state looks to its two- and four-year institutions to provide the necessary training that fills in gaps for otherwise capable and employable adults.

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WAC stars to shine in tourney

Hawaii has returning second team all-league selections in infielder Jonathan Hee, outfielder Brandon Haislet and infielder Vinnie Catricala and Nevada has a first team All-WAC pick on this year’s roster in outfielder Terry Walsh and two second teammers in infielder Shaun Kort and pitcher Rod Scurry.
Infielder David Flores is a first team all-league choice from last year who returns at Sacramento State and San Jose State features second team representative Kyle Bellows, an infielder.

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HabiTECH house becomes a home

She and her son, two daughters, nephew and other relatives poured their own sweat into the home’s construction, too. Tech students set to receive grades and graduate mingled with community volunteers and Habitat chapter members, professors and curious neighborhood members throughout the project.
Dana Thrash, North Central Louisiana Habitat for Humanity chapter president, said the combined effort was truly substantial. True that some gave more than others, but the project, he said, was the sum of its parts.
“What each of you contributed means just as much as anyone else,” he said.

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Farm bill battle finally over

That support includes my own.
I was proud — and greatly relieved — to vote in support of the latest version of the farm bill, a multibillion-dollar reauthorization of the federal farm, nutrition assistance, rural development and agricultural trade programs.
Unlike the previously passed version of the farm bill reauthorization, which was vetoed by President Bush last year, this version did not include tax hikes snuck into the bill by majority leadership after the committee passage.

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Techsters enjoyed super season

Even when the pollsters gave them little hope.
For the previous two seasons, Tech had finished at the bottom of the WAC standings.
They were picked to wind up in the same dubious position this spring, too.
Surprise, surprise.
They finished No. 4, carried that seed into the league’s postseason tournament and then stunned highly touted Nevada (twice), Fresno State and Hawaii.
Result: the program’s first berth in the NCAA playoffs since the 1995 season when it was two-and-out.

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Tech Drive fix will have big impact

There is hope for Tech Drive now that ownership questions have been answered and a simple property swap is under way.
The road is set to be resurfaced within a year — a project that’s long overdue. As nice as Louisiana Tech’s campus is, the main road leading into campus is pitted with potholes, cracks and an uneven surface.

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Child’s memory to live on in words at Lincoln Center

“(The doctors) told us he was the toughest kid they ever met,” Allouche said. “He pushed hard. He fought it, but in the end it overcame him.”
During his time in the intensive care unit, Yonadav reminisced about his days at Lincoln Center School.
“He loved his teachers, and he would talk about his school, the cafeteria and the honeybuns he got,” Allouche said.
“He just wanted to come home. We thought we could bring a piece of him back here.”

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