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Shopping not so taxing

While all merchants are required to participate in the state tax exemptions, some retailers in Ruston are going the extra mile. Bodie’s Furniture and Sister’s Too have elected to pay out of pocket the parish sales tax on all qualifying tax-free items purchased Friday and Saturday.
“We’re going to absorb the local taxes ourselves,” Bodie’s store manager Craig Rush said. “I think the state tax free holiday excites a lot of people, so there are lots of people out shopping for various things.”

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Head off separation anxiety

I think the main character in the movie The Crow (1994) said it best: “Mother is the name for God on the lips and hearts of all children.”
Or Father, for that matter.
How a parent interacts with his child can pave the road for how he perceives the world and whether he will make decisions based on fear or love. With the first day of school right around the corner, parents have an opportunity to shape how their children will absorb their educational experiences.

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Academy lets students ease into RHS

Basically, it means that freshmen will spend more time around each other and less time, at first, mingling with other grades. Freshman-level core classes will be located on the school’s third floor, apart from upperclassmen, and freshmen will have their own lunch shift. The effort was made possible by grant money, so it represents a possibly positive social experiment of sorts, and we can appreciate the theory behind it.

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Dean’s mother: A rock of support

She was a tower of strength and a beacon of inspiration for her son, regarded among the best pass rushers in National Football League history and a living legend among RHS and Louisiana Tech University fans who followed his career before an 11-year stay in the pro ranks.
When asked recently who was the most influential person in his career, Dean didn’t hesitate.
“I’d have to say that was my mother as far as influential because, number one, she didn’t want me to play the game at first. It went against her better judgement. Then she became my biggest fan.”

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Alumni, friends hear what’s ‘Happening’

Reneau said he wanted to linger on the end of that letter — written by a freshman student — because of the truth in it.
“Understand that the secret to our success is the people,” Reneau said. “It’s the Derek Dooleys, the vice presidents, the department heads and others.”
Reneau went on to talk about the two areas he thinks of the most right now as areas of the potential the student wrote about — facilities and athletics — but not before discussing some academic achievements.

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July 30th

Tech's dream hits tough reality

A major overhaul like Enterprise Campus is going to ruffle feathers.
The area that Louisiana Tech hopes to turn into a bustling center where commercial interests and the university’s research and development arm come together to flourish is a large swath of land — 10-15 city blocks, according to the state’s estimates.
As they say, they’re not making any more land. It’s valuable stuff.

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Another good year for the Peach Festival

A lot of the burden the organization bears is carried by the ever-expanding group of volunteers who come together and work for the good of the annual festival.
They make the daily grind of ticket sales, concession vending and other responsibilities possible so that the rest of us can enjoy the fun that is a hallmark of life here in Ruston and Lincoln Parish. It’s been a hallmark for more than half a century, and it will likely be one for many years to come.

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Rike helping produce big runs

After 96 games, Rike has a .249 batting average with 89 hits in 357 at bats. His 15 home runs are third on the club, plus he’s totaled eight doubles and two triples.
Rike, who has struck out a team-leading 132 times, has a .409 slugging percentage and .343 on base mark and has stolen 12 bases.
He was named earlier this season to the South Atlantic League All-Star team.
Former Tech teammate Dennis Winn is hitting .255 for the Lakewood Blue Claws, who are the current second place team in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League.

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Jindal touches base

Following a statement of support by Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone, Jindal gave a rundown of recent legislation and his stance pertaining to issues ranging from education to infrastructure.
He noted how a state surplus was recently allocated for the roads.
“I don’t have to tell you we have a $14 billion backlog on road (projects),” he said. “We didn’t have to raise gasoline taxes to help the roads.”
Jindal highlighted two main areas in need of focus for the state’s educational system. The first, he said, has to do with retaining good teachers.

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July 29th

It's not all about the money

That kind of light came shining down on Ruston on July 20 as some of the best college — and pro — athletes this area has ever seen joined in to participate in the inaugural Eddie Robinson East End Football Camp.

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