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July 25th, 2013

Tech hosts summer program

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Ten students from elementary, junior high and high schools around the region recently completed the week-long Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Student Experience summer science program at Louisiana Tech University.
Students from Delta Junior High School, Holly Ridge Elementary School, Ruston Junior High School, Ruston High School, Simsboro High School and Wossman High School attended the STEM program which consisted of hands-on activities about popular science issues such as energy generation, storage and conversion.

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Most retail purchases exempt from state sales tax Aug. 2 and Aug. 3

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Most retail purchases are exempt from the four percent state sales tax during the 2013 Louisiana Annual Sales Tax Holiday Aug. 2 and Aug. 3.
The exemption applies to most consumer purchases of tangible personal property under the following conditions:
• The customer buys and accepts delivery of eligible property;
• The customer places property on layaway;
• The customer acquires property that was previously placed on layaway; or

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Help prevent WNV outbreak

The good news about the recent rains in north Louisiana means more water conservation and lessening of the drought conditions that have plagued the area for years now.
The bad news is those kinds of rain often bring standing water pools, in which mosquitoes breed — mosquitoes that could carry the West Nile Virus.
Louisiana’s West Nile virus season is off to a late start, probably because the cool spring apparently kept mosquito populations down, said Louisiana’s state epidemiologist.

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Overcoming bad circumstances

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Small wonder that New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera grabbed the spotlight at the latest All-Star game. His perfect eighth-inning relief appearance not only helped the American League win the game, it showcased the kind of success story that Americans love.
Going from a life in a poor fishing village in Panama to the pitching mound in New York City is pretty impressive. It’s hard not to be inspired by the opportunity that America affords people who are willing to work hard and pursue their dreams — and wonder about those who haven’t had those chances.

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Desperate need for stricter LTC

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After Kathleen Blanco was elected governor in 2003, I had a meeting with her before her inauguration. One of the items I mentioned to her was the necessity to appoint a conscientious Louisiana Tax Commission (LTC), one that would ensure that the elected assessors in the state would accurately appraise property and not play favorites with assessments.

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Lessons from the newsroom

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This is my third column, and I’ve written a few stories now, but I haven’t yet properly introduced myself to the readers.
My name is Nicholas Davis, and I’m the new part-time reporter here for the Daily Leader. I’ve been here for two and a half weeks now, and as far as impressions go, working here is everything that I hoped for and it has been an enlightening experience.

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Stockley to speak in Farmerville

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Joshua Stockley, Ph.D. will be the guest speaker at the 28th annual Union Voter’s League Banquet at 7 p.m. Thursday at he Willie Davis Recreation Center in Farmerville.
Stockley is an associate professor of political science, director of the honors program and the L.M. McKneely Endowed Professor in the Humanities at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
His teaching and research cover American government, state and local politics, campaigns and elections, Southern politics, education policy, culture and politics, and public administration. 

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Medcamps of Louisiana’s annual fun shoot, auction

On Aug. 17, MedCamps of Louisiana will host its 19th Annual Fun Shoot Sporting Clay tournament at the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Center and Public Range in West Monroe.
This year’s event is proudly sponsored by 1st Franklin Financial, Scott Powerline, Glenwood Regional Medical Center, Community Trust Bank, Marsala Beverage and Vantage Health Plan. This is a five-man team event and is open to shooters of all skill levels. There will be door prizes and a shotgun raffle. A lunch will be provided.

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CASA helps foster children

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CASA of Northeast Louisiana is now accepting donations of school supplies for local children in foster care. CASA’s 2013 School Supply Drive is hoping to provide backpacks filled with school supplies for more than 160 local children who are served by CASA. Items needed include notebooks, pencils, pens, scissors, glue, construction paper, backpacks, Kleenex and other items. Those wishing to make donations are asked to bring supplies to CASA’s office at 622 Riverside Drive in Monroe between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Ruston’s Locker Room offers school uniforms, much more

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Ruston’s Locker Room, located at 304 E. Reynolds Drive in Ruston, is open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, serving the public with school, team and PE uniforms; screenprinting and lettering; tuxedo rentals by King of Hearts and apparel by Under Armour, Holloway, Teamwork, ProCelebrity, Soffe and others.
School uniforms by School Apparel, Becky Thatcher, Classroom and French Toast are available in a large number of colors and styles with sizing to fit most.

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