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Colleges face big slashes

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The old adage of doing more with less has been one plenty of Americans have had to follow over the past few years during tough economic times. And while people have been cutting back on their spending, Louisiana’s public colleges have been dealing with the same problems and are set once again to cut millions from their budgets before the next fiscal year.
According to the University of Louisiana System, since July 2008 Gov. Bobby Jindal and lawmakers have cut approximately $427 million in funding for higher education, leaving the schools, and students attending each university, covering the gap by shelling out close to $390 million of the money lost through tuition and fee hikes.

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Tech mascot disappears

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One dog that is special to Louisiana Tech University and the entire Lincoln Parish community is missing.
Tech XX, the mascot for the university, disappeared around 5 p.m. Sunday on Kentucky Avenue.
For the last four years, Tech XX, also called “L.T.” for Louisiana Tech, has lived with Sexton Animal Health Center veterinarian Patrick Sexton.

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Firefighter Parnell values family, career

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When he’s not out fighting fires or working as a forestry consultant in Shreveport, Timothy Parnell is spending time with his children.
“Parents’ time with their kids is so short,” said Parnell, who was named Ruston Jaycees’ 2011 Outstanding Young Firefighter. “You have that little window of time that you can be an example to them and be a part of their lives.”
Nicknamed “Red,” the 1994 Ruston High School alumnus who had bright red hair when he was growing up became a father while still a college student.

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GSU, USDA, others host first Big Event

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GRAMBLING — Those area residents who are dying to be in business, or are in business and want to ramp up their prospects and success might benefit from attending the first-ever Big Event at Grambling State University on Saturday.
Carl N. Wright, dean of GSU’s College of Business, said the seminar is the first of its kind at the university and is believed to be the first of its kind in the area. He said it was the idea of GSU President Frank G. Pogue that the university should host some kind of activity targeting business people generally, especially those who need to learn more about land management. In a short matter of time, he said that Trailblazer RC&D formed a committee, made up of USDA agencies, and launched this effort.

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‘Coach Rob’ back as all-time leader

Mixed emotions.
That was the mood on the campus of Grambling State University recently following the NCAA’s announcement of severe sanctions against the football program at Penn State University.
Because of the sex abuse scandal which has blanketed coverage from all facets of the media in the past several months, the Nittany Lions’ once revered head coach Joe Paterno was stripped of more than 100 wins.

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4-H rounding up for school year

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We have already had many parents and students asking about how to enroll their child in 4-H and when 4-H enrollment will begin in September for Lincoln Parish Schools, and we are looking forward to working with the youth of Lincoln Parish this year. We have some great educational programs planned for monthly club meetings and we have many fun experiences planned for the parish as well. This year we will be focusing our educational efforts on “Agriculture Awareness.” We will explore the world of agriculture to identify where our food comes from, the importance of animals in agriculture and conservation of agriculture resources including water conservation.

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Health tips for dealing with the heat

I would like to wish Ken Maki the best in his retirement, he has earned this time. His writings have been entertaining and informative for many years and the following of readers have benefited from his gardening wisdom and wit.
This column will always embrace the spirit of Ken. Any writer can put words on paper, but Ken’s column had a personal side and touched all readers, forming a bond which made all of us his friend. We will miss his words, but I can assure you he will be no stranger in future columns. I appreciate and look forward to continuing the tradition initiated by Ken.

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Area Legislators speak at monthly Kiwanis Club Meeting

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The Kiwanis Club program chairman for July, Judge Cynthia Woodard, invited Sen. Rick Gallot and Rep. Rob Shadoin to speak at their club’s monthly meeting. Pictured above, from left to right, are Shadoin, Woodard, Ruston Kiwanis President Dwight Anderson and Gallot.

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4 Paws news prompts great joy

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Every day when I get home I have two adorable little girls (both of the canine variety) eagerly awaiting my arrival.
Lady Godiva, if you let her, will drown you in licking at the excitement of seeing you. As for Sassafras, she becomes incapable of sitting still. She will run around the room and nearly lose her breath with the excitement.
These little girls have come into my life in the past two years, and I’m not entirely sure what I’d do without them.

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Name-calling and potty training

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Question: The first time my 3-year-old called his 4-year-old brother “stupid” I was caught off guard and probably made too big a deal over it. I told him that he is not allowed to call a person stupid because it is hurtful. He promptly began calling the dog, his cup and everything else under the sun “stupid.” He loves to call people “stoopy” or “foopid” or “poopid” (especially that one, since it combines two words he knows annoy me!) I’ve created a monster, haven’t I? I have started ignoring the behavior, but what should I do when he directs the term at a friend or just some random kid at the playground?

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