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May 23rd

Explore your parish this summer

Many of us look toward the summer with high hopes of travel. It’s a popular part of American life that fulfills a desire to see new things and experience more.
Rest assured that without changes that cannot be seen on our horizon right now, the price of gas will become prohibitive for many this summer. As it crawls toward $4 per gallon for the cheapest grade in our region, many will be forced to reconsider their grand vacation plans.
But that does not mean summer must be spent indoors with the air conditioner and television.

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Parents' job not finished

Some will head straight into the work force — either temporarily or permanently — and others will join the military or enroll at a university, technical school or community college.
Many will be moving out of their parents’ house and learning to live independently. This could mean waking up in the morning without parental prompting for the first time, budgeting for living expenses and school supplies and making themselves get in bed at a reasonable time at night to function well the next day.

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WAC tournament starts today

NEW MEXICO STATE (28-31, 15-17) vs. HAWAII (27-29, 18-14): The Aggies from NMSU are the second ranked club in the league for batting average at .307 and feature the individual leader in infielder Tyler Hardt with his .401 mark, the only average .400 or better in the conference … The Aggies also have the league’s home run and runs batted in pacesetter in outfielder Joseph Scaperotta, who ranks high nationally with his 22 round trippers and 80 ribbees ..

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May 21st

Sales tax numbers mixed

Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth cautioned that current revenue sources should not be taken for granted.
“There a life cycle on (oil and gas exploration),” Hollingsworth said. “It’s very easy for a public body, if it’s not careful, to get addicted to that extra income, and it’s awfully hard to wean yourself off, particularly if you make a lot of commitments like recurring debts or expenses.”
Growth was still enough for him to be positive.

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HabiTECH triumphs

The project is a credit to their abilities to both manage their time wisely and sacrifice their comfort. They faced pitfalls that would be encountered during the average home-construction project. Long hours of sweat and some friendly disagreements behind them, the group were smiling real, honest smiles of accomplishment on Friday.

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Restore the education budget

That budget saw some significant reductions in tweaking made by the House of Representatives, enough to put Tech at least $1 million behind the state’s original recommendations for the university.
Higher education in general in Louisiana is in a critical time for the development of the state. A civilian workforce hole must be filled, and the state looks to its two- and four-year institutions to provide the necessary training that fills in gaps for otherwise capable and employable adults.

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WAC stars to shine in tourney

Hawaii has returning second team all-league selections in infielder Jonathan Hee, outfielder Brandon Haislet and infielder Vinnie Catricala and Nevada has a first team All-WAC pick on this year’s roster in outfielder Terry Walsh and two second teammers in infielder Shaun Kort and pitcher Rod Scurry.
Infielder David Flores is a first team all-league choice from last year who returns at Sacramento State and San Jose State features second team representative Kyle Bellows, an infielder.

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HabiTECH house becomes a home

She and her son, two daughters, nephew and other relatives poured their own sweat into the home’s construction, too. Tech students set to receive grades and graduate mingled with community volunteers and Habitat chapter members, professors and curious neighborhood members throughout the project.
Dana Thrash, North Central Louisiana Habitat for Humanity chapter president, said the combined effort was truly substantial. True that some gave more than others, but the project, he said, was the sum of its parts.
“What each of you contributed means just as much as anyone else,” he said.

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Farm bill battle finally over

That support includes my own.
I was proud — and greatly relieved — to vote in support of the latest version of the farm bill, a multibillion-dollar reauthorization of the federal farm, nutrition assistance, rural development and agricultural trade programs.
Unlike the previously passed version of the farm bill reauthorization, which was vetoed by President Bush last year, this version did not include tax hikes snuck into the bill by majority leadership after the committee passage.

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Techsters enjoyed super season

Even when the pollsters gave them little hope.
For the previous two seasons, Tech had finished at the bottom of the WAC standings.
They were picked to wind up in the same dubious position this spring, too.
Surprise, surprise.
They finished No. 4, carried that seed into the league’s postseason tournament and then stunned highly touted Nevada (twice), Fresno State and Hawaii.
Result: the program’s first berth in the NCAA playoffs since the 1995 season when it was two-and-out.

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