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July 30th

Take advantage of the state sales tax holiday

With a struggling economy and tough times for almost everyone, saving every little penny possible is just one way to help stay in the black during an economic downturn, and the State of Louisiana is looking to help its citizens do just that this weekend.
Starting at midnight Friday, and running through 11:59 p.m. Saturday, there will be a sales tax holiday during which time the state will not charge any state sales tax — which is 4 percent in Louisiana — to help customers save money on all types of purchases.

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Etiquette tips for gatherings

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Not too terribly long ago, I received word that one of my oldest and dearest friends was expecting her first child. This was especially exciting for me for many reasons.
We became friends at the ripe old age of 12, moved in together during college and I stood by her as the maid of honor at her wedding. A baby is a momentous chapter in our friendship and I am hoping for a girl — to play dress-up with of course.

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July 28th

Building a ‘no-kill’ animal shelter

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“This is a great day for animals in Lincoln Parish,” Ruston businessman Bill Elmore said after more than 15 acres of land was signed over to 4 Paws Rescue.
The dream of an animal shelter to house abandoned animals in Lincoln Parish became much closer to a reality when 15.24 acres of land was officially purchased for $76,200 by 4 Paws and a couple of contributors on Friday.
Sue Martin, president of 4 Paws animal rescue group, said the group is excited to finally see their dream coming true.

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State sales tax holiday nears

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Just like “Black Friday” and after Christmas sales, in recent years the State of Louisiana has come up with its own annual big savings weekend devoted to giving shoppers their purchase state sales tax free.
This year, the Louisiana Sales Tax Holiday is scheduled for Friday-Saturday, and anyone out shopping will be given an exemption from state sales tax on the first $2,500 of the purchase price of most individual items for personal use. With hunting season and a new school year just around the corner, area residents may need to take advantage of the tax break to save some cash.

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First day of school approaching

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The countdown has begun, and in a little less than three weeks students will hear the first school bell ring heralding in a new school year.
In order to make the process as smooth as possible, Mary Null, director of instruction and personnel for the Lincoln Parish School Board, encourages parents to make sure all school business is taken care of on time.
“For parents to avoid possible delays in placement or waiting in line at the school board office for registration, we’re encouraging them to register before August,” Null said. “Also, registering ahead of time gives the students a sense of comfort about where they’re going and when they’re starting. That way things are not rushed at the last moment.”

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Stolen Ruston car recovered

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At approximately 6 p.m. Thursday, the West Monroe Police Department Street Crimes Unit observed a black 2012 Dodge Challenger traveling east on Cypress St.
According to police, a routine check of the license plate revealed that the Challenger was reported stolen from Ruston.

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Accountability for vouchers a good move

For now, it looks like the state’s school choice scholarship program will be here to stay, which is why it’s good that the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted accountability standards for those schools last week.
Every public school in Louisiana is graded each year, and those with grades deemed unacceptable face sanctions, receive improvement plans and, in extreme cases, relinquish control to the state through the Recovery School District.

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Reflecting on Aurora tragedy

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Where are we? How did we get here?  Where are we headed?     
Many of us became physically ill, literally becoming nauseated, with the revelation of a recent news event. “Upbeat, cheerful, positive” — these are words that form the basic goal for most of my written visits with you. There is enough “bad” or “sad” news from other sources. 
Yet after the events at the movie theater in Aurora, Colo., I feel compelled to address some of the discussion flowing from that tragedy.

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Man comments on gay, lesbian studies

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Per a recent piece in the Lafayette paper, The Independent, a group of Louisiana Tech doctoral students and instructors responded to U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry’s opposition to the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) studies minor program offered at UL Lafayette.

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Woman finds many faults with Obama

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What kind of man is Obama?
This man sows discord and divisive hatred in this country, black against white, poor against rich.
He not only upholds the practice of abortion but voted as a senator that a baby can be lawfully aborted in the last trimester.

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