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July 29th

Technical college holding steady

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Budget cuts won’t have major effect at LTC’s Ruston branch

While the Louisiana Community and Technical College System has taken a $2 million budget hit for the upcoming 2010-11 academic year, the Ruston branch of Louisiana Technical College will not be majorly affected.
“We’re looking stable — we’re holding our own and didn’t suffer any losses,” Ruston LTC branch Dean Doug Postel said Wednesday. “Our increased enrollment here in Ruston the past couple of years helped balance things out. The reduction came to the system as a whole, but we’ll get a little more than we have been getting because our enrollment numbers have been up, and that will help balance things out as far as the budget goes.”
Actions taken last week by the LCTCS Executive Committee included approval of the 2010-11 budget allocation of state funds to member institutions. LCTCS colleges received a state-funded appropriation of $174,861,853. The budget incorporates an additional $4 million in growth funding that was provided to LCTCS colleges at the end of the 2010 Legislative session through the Board of Regents funding formula. Additionally, the college budgets reflect recent reorganization changes that include the transfer of several technical college campuses to community colleges.

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Man jumped off bridge, police say

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A 68-year-old Ruston man is dead after a witness saw him jump off the Bonner Street Bridge Wednesday evening, said Ruston Police Chief Steve Rogers.
Rogers said the man was identified as John Kimble of Ruston.
“Right now we have a motorist who drove by and observed what happened. That person called the authorities,” Rogers said.

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Math Fair adds up to fun

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“Some kids come dragging in because Mom and Dad said that they had to. But when they leave they say ‘That was fun. I want to come back tomorrow. Are they doing it again?’” Holmes said.
Holmes, who made her comments during the fair, pointed to two girls in the corner of the room, as an example of this phenomenon.
“Those two little girls stood behind their mom as she filled in the registration form. But, look and see now — they have smiles on their faces. When they heard that they were going to a Math Fair, they probably thought they were going to do something boring,” Holmes said.

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Suspect charged in church burglary

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A 25-year-old suspect faces felony charges after deputies arrested him this week for allegedly burglarizing a church.
If convicted, James Tomlinson IV, of 512 Pea Ridge Road, would serve a minimum of two years in jail.
Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Stephen Williams said his office received a call on Tuesday morning reporting the burglary of Mt. Harmony Church — which doubles as a daycare facility — off of La. 33.

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Adams joins West Monroe staff

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Longtime Cedar Creek coach to assist in football, softball
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Joey Adams is returning home.
He’s going back to his hometown of West Monroe, where he has joined the staff at West Monroe High School as an assistant coach for football and softball.
Adams, who has been with the athletics’ staff at Cedar Creek High for the past 15 years, will serve as the running backs coach for the Rebels as well as being an assistant for the softball program.

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District 5: Winning colors in Easley?

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Louisiana team will wear silver, blue for BLWS action
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Can the Dallas Cowboys’ famous silver and blue help Louisiana win the 2010 Big League World Series championship?
Eddie Parkman is certainly hoping so.
For the second consecutive year, his District 5 team will wear the same colors of “America’s Team” at the BLWS, where they will begin play tonight with a 6:30 p.m. (CDT) meeting against the Central United States champions (Illinois).

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Ramsey signs on with Saints

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After months of speculation, it’s now official: former Ruston High School star Patrick Ramsey is a Saint.
Year No. 9 in his NFL career will be in his home state, as the 31-year-old Ramsey agreed on a one-year contract with the world champions on Wednesday.
Ramsey, who was the No. 1 draftee of the Washington Redskins in 2002 following a record-setting career at Tulane, is due to be the backup to Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees.

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Gas storage facility raises questions

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News has spread through Lincoln and Union parishes that an underground gas storage tank could be in the making.
The Vaughn Sand Reservoir, which is located 9,000 feet underground, has been depleted for a few decades. Officials with Sawgrass Storage LLC propose using this old reservoir to store gas and then distribute it when market prices improve.
“The reservoir would be developed for storage by directionally drilling 19-20 injection/withdrawal wells from five well pads and constructing a 15,000 HP main gas compression station near Downsville and a 10,000 HP compressor station near Sterlington to facilitate pipeline interconnection,” spokesman Richard A. Caragol said.

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Keep school supply dollars within parish

Summer is quickly dying down, and Lincoln Parish students will be back in the classroom much sooner than they would probably like. For many families, that means a collection of intense shopping trips are on the horizon.
Parents and students will flock to the shops looking for sales and bargains on everything from pencils and highlighters to new shoes and uniform pants as the school year quickly approaches.
When spending dollars on these essential items, parents of Lincoln Parish students should think twice before handing their money over to stores outside of the parish.

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July 28th

Refilling the ‘tank’

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Sawgrass LLC looks to store gas underground
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Residents in the Downsville area could soon be walking above more than dirt and pebbles.
Located approximately 9,000 feet below ground is the Vaughn Sand Reservoir, which Sawgrass Storage LLC hopes to refill with natural gas by the summer of 2012. The approximately 8,800-acre gas production reservoir — depleted since the 1960s or 1970s — straddles Union and Lincoln parishes.
“It’s really a big, empty bottle underground, and we would reuse the space for a storage facility to put gas in the ground,” Sawgrass project representative Chris Finch said. “When the price of gas is low, producers put the gas in the ground to store it for a time when gas prices are higher.”

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