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July 28th

Campus is a huge effort

Campus leaders envision this project will draw commercial ventures of all technological disciplines to our area, helping us take advantage of the growing capital of intelligent and savvy minds we have in Ruston and Lincoln Parish.
Further than that, it will draw the best and brightest from regions all over to be a part of the booming entity of research and business that Tech hopes to become through the realization of this park.

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Teachers prep to tackle new year

“I’m already planning for our open house, and around Aug. 1 I might put a little extra polish on my desk and things like that because I always go in a little early to do some cleaning and make sure everything is set to go to start the school year.”
Cooper said online preparation has become part of her summer routine.

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Putting Enterprise Campus on the map

A $12 million cash line of credit will fund the effort to buy land in the area, said Michael DiResto, communications director for the division. It will also fund design of the first building.
The state is looking at a total of 12 offers in the first phase of acquisition and construction on the first building for Enterprise Campus, he said.
“I’m told nine of those offers have been sent out,” DiResto said. “Along with sending those offers, consultants visit with the property owner to explain to them the offers and answer any questions.”

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Maybe being a yuppie isn't so bad

Phillip is a fellow Louisiana Tech graduate, but his Tech experience was a little different from mine. He majored in electrical engineering and immediately upon graduation went to work for Entergy in Little Rock, Ark.
I, on the other hand, was a liberal arts student whose first job after college graduation was waiting tables.
His starting salary out of college was more than I made after three years spent working as a journalist. Go figure.
The good thing is we both like what we do, and that’s what’s really important, right?

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Gov. Jindal’s visits to area promising

Jindal’s administration has seen some glorious highs and not-so-glorious lows in the first half of its first year of power. Baton Rouge started off at a quick clip this year, with special sessions on ethics and business taxes generating a lot of news and publicity that lifted Jindal into a high spot in the public eye.
As Barry Erwin, the president of the Council for a Better Louisiana, put it this week, it’s hard to live up to the public’s high expectations. The regular session, which ran from the end of April until the end of June, just wasn’t as much a public event.

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Belding: Special invitation

And come Saturday in Canton, Ohio, that’s exactly where Belding, his wife and other family members will be to help honor Dean as one of the six new inductees into the prestigious shrine.
“My son Damon is coming over from Frisco, Texas and my son-in-law, Tommy Dean, is coming in also to be up there for the induction events,” Belding said. “No way any of us can miss this, not for such a special person like Fred.”

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July 25th

Take baby steps to celebrate

It was a typical family gathering earlier this week in a nearby state. A baby shower was held to lend a hand to my second cousin and the new mom-to-be. Relatives and friends from both the future daddy and mommy’s sides played games, mingled and snacked on barbecue and cake. In one game, we were asked to fill out questions about care and responsibilities for newborn babies. My first cousin — a 30-year-old electrician who is also childless — tied with me for getting the most answers wrong.

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Dixie arts camp opens possibilities

Living in a rural parish sometimes limits the opportunities for people of all ages to get involved with the arts. Thankfully, that’s not the case in Lincoln Parish.
Organizations like the North Central Louisiana Arts Council work hard to provide arts education and experiences throughout our area. The Dixie’s Performing Arts Camp is another type of cultural event that broadens the outlook of participants.

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’Cats open 7-on-7 national play

Pool play will be held today and Friday before the participating teams will be seeded 1-32 and inserted into a championship bracket where a double elimination process is used, thus assuring that no team will be totally ousted from the event until Saturday’s final round.
Host Hoover High, a perennial national power and subject of a television reality show called “Two-a-Days”, is the defending champion and going after a second title during the past three years.

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Tech picks research park spot

“The primary reason is location,” Reneau said. “It will provide wonderful access to the university’s intellectual property and commercialization activities, as well as be a physical link to downtown Ruston.”
Reneau said Tech’s $25 million endeavor will, in the best-case scenario, stand up there in the next 10-15 years.

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