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Many new jobs coming to parish

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MCS expansion to bring 90 direct, 134 indirect positions
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In a press conference at Louisiana Tech University Marbury Alumni Center on Monday, Gov. Bobby Jindal, along with Mortgage Contracting Services (MCS) CEO Caroline Reaves, announced MCS will open a 10,300-square-foot business process outsourcing center in Ruston in August.
The center, being constructed on Celebrity Drive directly behind Courtesy Chevrolet, will run along the Interstate 20 corridor.
This expansion of MCS will create 90 new direct jobs and 134 indirect jobs for Ruston and Lincoln Parish.

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Choudrant residents’ water bills may increase

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CHOUDRANT — When Village of Choudrant officials first got the idea to place a new water well in the village’s limits, they had a timeframe of around 10 years to add a fourth well to the three-well town.
But, with one well currently incapacitated, that 10-year vision has turned into an overnight request, and village officials are looking toward a slight water bill increase for Choudrant residents in order to help pay for the well.
On July 2, the village council voted unanimously to introduce an ordinance at the Aug. 6 village meeting that, if approved, would raise the cost of the water bill for Choudrant residents by $3 each month.

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Fraternity to rebuild after fire

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It has been more than a month since flames engulfed the Pi Kappa Alpha house May 19 and left six Louisiana Tech students and their fellow Pikes with nothing but one standing wall. Many saw the last wall as a symbol of the obstacles the organization would have to overcome to find stability once again.
With reconstruction plans already under way, the fraternity calls the fire a mere bump in the road, said John Foster Chestnut, fraternity president and a junior finance major.

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Checklist helpful in summer months

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Checklist For Summer
•Control thrips, aphids, cucumber beetles and spider mites on roses by using a recommended insecticide or miticide. Also continue blackspot control for highly susceptible varieties by using a recommended fungicide at seven- to 10-day intervals.
•When irrigating, water the soil area thoroughly. Try to irrigate less often, but irrigate well each time. Light, overhead sprinkling is not the best way to water.

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RHS wins big at 2012 Cyber Discovery Camp 1.0 Camp

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Ruston High School recently brought home top honors and a $1,250 technology prize for the school’s STEM program as the champion team for the 2012 Cyber Discovery 1.0 Camp. Held at Louisiana Tech University, the week-long residential camp focused on cyber security through a robotics model with intense and highly interactive connections daily. The camp featured discussion sessions, hands-on labs, a cryptographic treasure hunt/cyber-crime race, evening cyber-related film sessions and a final day cyber-challenge.

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Joe sounds ‘Horn’ for youth

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Ex-Saints’ receiving star shows support for local Boys and Girls Club
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Joe Horn was passionate about playing the game of football when he earned four trips to the Pro Bowl while being a record-setting wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints from 2000-2006.
He’s even more passionate about something that is close and dear to his heart: the Boys and Girls Clubs.
That was more than evident on Monday when Horn donated portions of sales from his popular “Bayou 87 BBQ Sauce” to the North Central Louisiana Boys and Girls Club.

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MLB parity has league going right

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In my lifetime, there have been quite a few things I thought would never happen in the world of baseball. Things like Derek Jeter playing for anyone but the New York Yankees, or the Chicago Cubs ever winning a World Series — sorry Cubs’ fans, I know it is hard to deal with, but the whole Steve Bartman incident is far too crazy for me not to think someone out there doesn’t want you guys to win.

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RDBA All-Stars earn state tournament berth

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The Ruston Dixie Baseball Association American All-Star team recently participated in district competition in Minden, where they captured enough wins to advance to the state tournament in Pineville. Members of the 7-8 division machine pitch team are (top row) Gage Williams, Jeremiah Brown, Dawson Syzmanski, Christopher Hardel, Caleb Phillips, Jon Robert Tollett, (Bottom Row) Reeves Pullin, John Whitaker, Nick Mercer, Brody Soto, KJ McTyer, Jack Willis. Coaches are Ron Whitaker, Scot Willis, Kitwana McTyer and Brian Mercer.

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Tech sends stars to the Olympics

This is truly going to be an Olympian-sized summer for not only outstanding athletes around the United States and world, but right here in our own area.
Not one, not two, but three athletes from Louisiana Tech University will be competing in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
Yes, that’s right: a trio of competitors who —while not wearing the school’s uniform — will be carrying their colors in spirit when the world’s biggest sporting event gets under way in the next several weeks.

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Workshop to focus on positive

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The LSU AgCenter has an exciting workshop coming up July 17, 18, 19. Think back when you were young, were there people in your life that had a significant influence on you — positive or negative? I heard a parent thank another parent for saving her son. He was told by a teacher that he would never make it out of high school, he would never succeed. Negative statements like this can affect a child for the rest of his or her life. Our children try to live up to these self-fulfilled prophecies. We have to be careful what we say to our children.

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