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J.P. Fitzmorris remembered

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Joseph P. Fitzmorris, lovingly called J.P. by his friends, will be remembered for his love for family and his quirky zest for life.

Fitzmorris was one of two Navy crewmen who died in a Navy helicopter crash on July 19 in the small Middle Eastern country of Oman. The crash is still under investigation, though hostile activity is not suspected.

The former Ruston High School football player moved to Ruston his freshman year of high school and found friends and family in the halls of RHS.

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Mosquitoes with West Nile

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None infected in Ruston, despite quantity in Ouachita

Despite reports that there have been 33 people diagnosed with mosquito-borne West Nile Virus infections in Louisiana this year, Ruston’s mosquito checks have come up clean so far.
Vector Disease Control International has an Integrated Pest Management program with the city of Ruston, meaning that the staff monitor and manage all parts of the mosquito lifecycle.
One of their services includes testing specific species for West Nile Virus in order to monitor the presence of possible disease transmission as humans can contract WNV from mosquito bites.

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Living the dream

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Kilpatrick always wanted Ruston as home
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Attributing his family ties, Ryan Kilpatrick says his grandfathers each had a significant influence upon multiple aspects of his life.
“Both sets of grandparents, the Pearce family and the Kilpatricks, owned family businesses in Ruston — Pearce Lumber Company and Kilpatrick Funeral Homes. Both of my grandfathers, Reeves Pearce and K.D. Kilpatrick, had a major impact on me and I learned so much about life by watching them,” Ryan said.

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Residents to get notification of new property values

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Lincoln Parish property owners should expect to receive a Notice of Assessed Value this week. Louisiana law mandates a reassessment of all properties as well as a mailed notification of assessed values every four years. This is not a tax bill but a statement of assessed value for 2012.
The assessed value for residential property is 10 percent and commercial structures is 15 percent of its Fair Market Value. Fair market value is defined by Louisiana Revised Statute 47:2321 as follows: “fair market value is the price for property which would be agreed upon between a willing and informed buyer and a willing and informed seller under the usual and ordinary circumstances, it shall be the highest price estimated in terms of money which property will bring if exposed for sale on the open market with reasonable time allowed to find a purchaser who is buying with knowledge of all the uses and purposes to which the property is best adapted and for which it can be legally used.”

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Tech receives EDA award to support regional job creation

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Louisiana Tech University has received one of 13 awards for its I-20 Corridor Regional Accelerator proposal as a winner of the Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge — a national competition designed to spur job creation and economic growth in rural communities by identifying and leveraging local assets and strengthening linkages to industry.

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High temperatures affect plant life

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The hot topic in the region and I mean hot, is the weather. High temperatures and dry conditions are taking their toll on people, wildlife and plants. These conditions should be of no surprise to residents of north Louisiana. August is historically a very hot and dry month with the average daily high being 94 degrees and the average daily low dropping only to 71 degrees, resulting in an average daily temperature of 83 degrees. On average, one can expect 2.84 inches of rainfall during the month of August.

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Tech professor leading new diabetes research

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It’s no secret that times have changed with increasingly advanced medical technology in recent years, and Louisiana Tech University is working to help ensure that diabetes patients are keeping up with the pace.
Heather McCollum, an assistant professor of family and child studies and Robbie Auger Watson Endowed Professor at Tech, is currently working on an innovative diabetes research project to see how to best present information to new patients who have recently been diagnosed with the disease.

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Tech: Versatile attack

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’Dogs could have variety of offensive weapons
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Versatility may be the operative word for Louisiana Tech University’s offense in 2012.
Pass, run, mix it up.
The Bulldogs will do a little bit of everything in defending their Western Athletic Conference championship and trying to make a move up in the national polls.
With Head Coach Sonny Dykes and his stable staff now in season No. 3 in Tech Nation, it figures to provide more familiarity and confidence for the offense.

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Taylor’s Topics

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Hall of Fame game starts season right
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Well, amidst the 30th Olympic Games, my favorite part of the year officially kicked off on Sunday night when the New Orleans Saints faced the Arizona Cardinals in the annual Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio.
Of course, Drew Brees and the Saints came out on their opening drive — the only one that would see the $100 million man — and marched down the field for a pretty easy score, but it was the defense I was most excited to take a peak at in the first preseason game.

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GSU: Full pad work begins

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GRAMBLING — For the defending Southwestern Athletic Conference champions, the pads are on and the intensity level is moving upward.
Grambling State University now has full gear on for daily preseason workouts, and Head Coach Doug Williams is pleased with what he’s observed so far.
“The good part about it is that we get to do some physical activities,” he said. “It’s not all out physical, but physical nevertheless. The offensive line and defensive line didn’t give me a lot of push up front and that’s what we are looking for. “

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