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July 15th, 2013

Jerry Lamar Brazzel

Jerry Lamar Brazzel went to be with the Lord Saturday, July 13, 2013. Visitation will be held Monday, July 15, 2013 at 10:00am at First Baptist Church of Dubach. The funeral service and memorial will be held immediately following the visitation at First Baptist Church of Dubach with Dr. Connie Ward and Rev. Todd Free officiating. Interment will follow at Fellowship Baptist Church cemetery under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston. Jerry, born December 6, 1945, in Hico, Louisiana, was the son of the late L.C. Brazzel and Iva Lee Brazzel. His father, L.C.

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July 13th

Tech prepares for Happening XXXII

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It’s a new era for Louisiana Tech University, and a new era for Louisiana Tech’s Happening, too.
The Happening XXXII, presented by Argent Financial, will take place at 6 p.m., Aug. 13 at the Monroe Civic Center with a more relaxed, tailgate-type atmosphere than in previous years.
Heavy hors d’oeuvres with four buffet stations and a cash bar will open at 6 p.m., while remarks by new Tech President Les Guice, who took over from retired President Dan Reneau on July 1, and university coaches and staff will start at 7:15 p.m.

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Downtown power lines come down

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Downtown Ruston’s skyline has turned clearer following the recent removal of overhead power lines, which were moved underground during construction in the area.
The changes are the result of a plan to transform the downtown area, upgrading it into pedestrian-focused environment, including shopping, dining and service centers.

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Leader’s Davis hospitalized

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With all the honors and accolades he’s received, Ruston Daily Leader executive sports editor O.K. Buddy Davis could have easily hit the big-time press circuit years and years ago.
But big city lights aren’t what makes the Ruston High and Louisiana Tech product happy. He’s much more comfortable at home, basking in the “Friday Night Lights” of Ruston or Grambling, where he’s written about sports for the Daily Leader for nearly 50 years.
Davis, sports editor of the Daily Leader since 1970, suffered a stroke on July 5 and remains hospitalized at Northern Louisiana Medical Center.

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Napper named one of 30 future leaders of destination marketing

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) has named Travis Napper, president and CEO of Ruston Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau, as one of 30 future leaders of the destination marketing industry.

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New buildings an asset to parish

When school starts this fall, two populations of Ruston High School students will begin the year with brand-new, state-of-the-art facilities.
Both the New Tech @ Ruston students and the agricultural sciences department were the recipients of a new building this year. Ag students were able to move into their new building shortly before school ended for the 2012-13 school year, while New Tech students will inhabit their new facility in the fall.

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New buildings an asset to parish

When school starts this fall, two populations of Ruston High School students will begin the year with brand-new, state-of-the-art facilities.
Both the New Tech @ Ruston students and the agricultural sciences department were the recipients of a new building this year. Ag students were able to move into their new building shortly before school ended for the 2012-13 school year, while New Tech students will inhabit their new facility in the fall.

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Fighting track record not on par

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The Allies were victorious at the end of World War II in 1945. Presently, 68 years later, Germany and Japan have become financial giants. A large contribution to their success is the result of the United States policy to keep our troops stationed there.
The cost has been magnanimous amounts of money each year to keep approximately 150,000 troops in place. At this point in time, it doesn’t look like we won the war.

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Teachers not fleeing accountability

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I disagree with the premise of a recent article that linked teacher retirement to Louisiana’s Compass evaluation system. While it may be true that some teachers don’t like the system, it’s not true that teachers don’t want accountability. Teachers are proud of the work they do and believe in the aim of their profession, to help every child become successful both inside and beyond the classroom. Accountability ensures that this happens, that great work is rewarded and that professional growth occurs. Like any professional, teachers want that support and recognition.

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Farm bill passed without SNAP

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The House last week did something many thought could never happen; it passed a farm bill that stripped the food stamp provisions from the commodity titles.
Voting along party lines the House approved the new farm bill by a vote of 216-208. No Democrat voted for the bill and only 12 Republicans opposed it. Additionally the bill removed the so-called fallback provisions of the “permanent farm law,” which established the 1938 and 1949 acts to spur regular passage of a farm bill. Those acts have been traditionally implemented in the event a succeeding Congress would fail to authorize new legislation upon expiration of an existing farm statute.

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