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Tax holiday should include parish, city

In addition to the state sales tax being waived by virtue of Act 244 of the 2007 Louisiana Legislative Session, these benevolent merchants also waived local sales tax, in effect paying the tax themselves so shoppers would not have to pay any sales tax.
Pam Flowers, one of the co-owners of Sisters Too, expressed the sentiment felt by most of the merchants who added their participation to the state holiday when she said she just wanted to give customers a chance to save a little more money.

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Show support for area actors

They will sing, dance, act and show off their scenic creations in a public final performance on the Dixie Center stage. And they want you to be there.
Last Tuesday I visited the Dixie to get information about the camp and take pictures of the youth in action.

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Bulldogs eager to get started

The Bulldogs’ players—newcomers and veterans alike, began checking in during the late morning and early afternoon hours of Sunday before attending meetings, being issued equipment and under going physical examinations.
A common sight on arrival day: players, parents and friends hauling in everything from television sets, DVDs and mini-refrigerator for their new “home” at the Hutcheson Dormitory.
Unlike previous years in which only the new players were included, the entire squad will be staying in the same dormitory.

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Bus passing could cost lives

Cherri Barmore, a Lincoln Parish School Board notary and transportation department secretary, said a large number of the 70 local school system bus drivers turn in affidavits for her to notarize during the school year reporting the license plate numbers of drivers who have failed to stop for a bus. Barmore estimates the frequency in which people break this law in the parish, however, is much higher than that of which she receives evidence.

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Rehydrate between touchdowns

A study by Virginia Tech University has shown that dehydration is a significant underlying cause of heat injuries. The result says when exercising in the heat, it is important to pay close attention to fluid intake.

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Casualties of war adding up

You might remember that shortly after the events of Sept. 11, 2001, my son Justin was deployed to Afghanistan with the 75th Ranger Regiment.
Following that tour, he was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division, which he joined in time for the start of the war in Iraq. He managed to survive relatively intact during both tours and is now attending college in Corpus Christi, Texas.
I thought that when he returned home, my “close” connection to the war was done.

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Tech, GSU: it’s camp time

Derek Dooley will lead Tech after a two-year stint in the National Football League as an assistant coach with the Miami Dolphins. He succeeds Jack Bicknell, who served eight years as the field general of the Western Athletic Conference program.
Rod Broadway is the new man on the Tigers’ block after having guided North Carolina Central to a national black collegiate crown in 2006 and becoming the Tigers’ fourth-ever head coach following a three-year stay by Melvin Spears.

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Grambling to apply for USDA aid

The money, Carpenter explained, will fund the addition of two new sewer pump stations and about 11,000 feet of new sewer piping for the Mt. Olive area in Grambling.
The USDA funds are split between a $933,000 loan and a grant of $774,575. The town must also pony up about $4,500 for the work to the Mt. Olive sewer.
“The money is limited to work on sewer projects within the town of Grambling,” Carpenter said.
“If there is grant money left over (from the Mt. Olive project), Grambling can keep it to spend on sewer projects (as they arise). But the goal is to spend every penny.”

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