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June 27th

Teacher pay raises help whole state

Teachers are an essential element in helping students to master concepts that will keep them on the right track in school so they will graduate. In order to retain the good teachers the state already has and to attract more, it is important that their pay be competitive with other areas. Although there will always be strong teachers who stay put in the state due to family ties or loyalty, many chances to draw additional exceptional teachers are likely falling through the cracks as Louisiana educators’ pay remains low.

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Go ahead, make my day!

Ms. Rhea with the Lincoln Parish Tax Collector’s Office is one of those people. Even though she has recently gone through her own hardships, she can still find the time to be polite and friendly, making sure to ask how your day went. It doesn’t take a lot of effort, but she can make me feel good even though she brings by lengthy sheriff sales for me to type up.

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Lower 9th Ward sees progress

“Cities will use eminent domain to tear down houses in areas with higher crime rates, which also tend to be those with lower income,” Smith explained. “Instead of creating housing projects for the poor, they sell the lots to contractors who build homes for middle-income buyers, eventually forcing out lower-income families.”
Just down the street from Lawson’s energy experiments is the Tree Farm, a collection of five-gallon buckets containing trees in various stages of growth.

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June 26th

Sam has left the Tech ‘building’

“When Sam heard it, he pulled the truck over to the side and said, ‘we’ve got to pause for a moment of silence for Elvis’. I knew right then that Sam was going to fit in just fine here.”
And that he did over a 30-year period, one that will officially come to a close on July 1 with his retirement from the university’s athletic staff, a three-decade stay of friendship, loyalty and support that spanned everything from his contributions as an athletic trainer to assistant athletic director in charge of football operations and a
myriad of unofficial duties in between.

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Tech alum shines bright

“This is the first degree of this type in the world. That alone is significant,” Kostelka said. “That shows Louisiana Tech is one of the leading universities in nanotechnology by offering this degree.”
Kostelka also said he expects a few representatives from the university to be present for the commendation.

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It's just time to move on

I knew from that first meeting that GSU was the place God had chosen me to go to pursue my master’s degree. You have helped me with any and all problems I have had — especially registering — and I will never forget all the advice and assistance you have given me. You’ve been a Godsend, Dr. Edu.

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Train wreck claims one life

Cockrell was also transported to Northern Louisiana Medical Center Emergency Room with numerous — but non-life threatening — injuries by Ruston Ambulance Service.
Hawkins said Cockrell told officers with the Ruston PD that she was traveling north on Maple street and did not see any warning signals or hear any train horn.
The engineer of the train, Torrish Pearson, advised officers he could see that the crossing lights were activated and that he sounded the “whistle stop” or “train horn” as required by state regulation and company policy.

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June 25th

Hall inductees ‘dream, believe’

“First, I dreamed about being able to do it, then I went out and did it.
“If somebody told me I couldn’t achieve something, then you better believe that’s one of the major things that motivated me to be able to do it.”
Swilling and Mitchell also attributed their success to the undying support of their parents.
“I’m here in this room tonight as part of this induction class because of my mom and dad,” said Swilling, who played a dozen seasons in the NFL. “They always believed I could achieve great things and they supported me all through my career. Without them, I wouldn’t be here.”

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Music offers educational benefits

“Parents should allow their children to take the guitar course because it is a good opportunity to expose children to an activity that shows them teamwork (how to play music with other children), how to work and commit to something to be good at it (practicing the guitar every day),” Morgan said.
She agreed with the U.S. Department of Education’s reports that participation in music classes increases creativity and encourages student advancement in school and in life.

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Aid abandoned animals

Across the street at Railroad Park Louisiana Peach Festival-goers were enjoying all the food, fun and games they could stand. The stores that line downtown Ruston were filled with shoppers who were hunting the best bargain shoes, clothes and other merchandise.
Further out in the community past the downtown, there were adults at work and children at play.
In all of that revelry and common day-to-day activity, the abandoned would-be pets of this city wandered in search of a shady place to rest or an unattended trash can to rifle through for their next meal.

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