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July 3rd

Initiatives should target all students

At the high school level, there are steps being made to help not only those who plan to attend a university, but those who are interested in a technical college education or looking to enter the work force after they graduate. Choudrant High School is expanding its industry-based certification offerings to include one from the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

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Local library a wonderland

“Maybe,” my mother replied, smiling at the goofy-looking grin I could feel creeping across my face but could not stop.
It was the largest public library I had ever seen. If nothing else, this would quell the few lingering doubts about finally moving away from Pineville, my hometown, to come to Louisiana Tech University and finish school.
That was a year ago, and the Lincoln Parish Library has continued to impress me each and every time I’ve entered it.

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Rike, Burnett top WAC stats

First baseman Albie Goulder, among the leading returnees for Simoneaux’s club next year, trailed only Rike in the home run department with his 14, the same as Gabe Jacobo of Sacramento State.
Graduating outfielder/pitcher Brandon Hudson placed No. 15 in batting average with a .343 mark.

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High school redesign hits home

This new curriculum is part of the state’s high school redesign initiative geared at reducing Louisiana’s dropout rate by half in the next 10 years and better preparing students for college and careers.
According to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Education, 35 percent of the state’s ninth-graders do not finish high school.

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July 2nd

RDBA All-Star teams selected

Teams that were selected for postseason action are the Youth American League All-Stars, Youth National League All-Stars, Double-A All-Stars, 13-year old Boys’ League All-Stars, 14-year old Boys’ League All-Stars and National and American League All-Stars for the Triple-A division.
Directing the coaching staff for the Youth American League All-Stars is manager Greg Phillips, while Kenny Cox and Billy Smith are serving as assistant coaches. Steve Giddings is the manager for the Youth Nationals that also includes Bobby Kranz and David Passon as assistant coaches.

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Programs enlighten young minds

Wanda Wilson, a community based tutorial coordinator, said the program has been in existence at Mt. Olive for at least 10 years, and this summer’s program spanned the entire month of June.
Along with training in the basics, the students participated in enrichment activities such as field trips to SciPort in Shreveport and to Louisiana Tech’s Dairy Farm.
“The goal of the program is academic improvement,” she said.

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Hair dye bonds friendship

So, Thursday night Christina, one of my co-workers, and I shared our hopes and dreams over a bottle of hair dye (OK, maybe two and a highlighting wand).
Let me preface this story by saying that hair, I feel safe saying, is very important to many women. It is one of the first things a man might notice about a woman (and that women notice about other women), so it is something that is often prized. Many of us have a “girl” at “the beauty shop” who performs her magic on a regular basis.

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State awards Tech $50 million

The end results of the improvements, Reneau said, will be a “fantastic campus,” with a tremendous economic impact on the city of Ruston.
“This is a hope and dream come true,” Reneau said. “(Rep.) Hollis Downs did an outstanding job for Tech, and we are all appreciative. There’s a lot to be done, so we’ll roll up our sleeves and get to work.”
One of the university’s projects expected to help keep college graduates in the area and stimulate economic growth is the Tech Research Park Campus, for which the university will receive $25 million to develop and build.

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Bulldogs’ slate has big bite

Ready for some football for the Bulldogs this fall?
The aforementioned attractions are among the highlights of an 11-game slate that includes arguably the best home setup in the past decade and a cast of visitors who should make for an interesting debut campaign for new Bulldogs’ boss Derek Dooley.
Little surprise, then, that ticket sales have been extra steady ever since last December when Dooley joined the red and blue after a two-year stint as tight ends’ coach of the Miami Dolphins.
Here’s what is in store on the ‘07 schedule for Dooley’s Dawgs:

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Remember heroes this holiday

While we’re enjoying our family barbecues and baseball games, the brave souls in our Armed Forces will risk their very lives so that those outings are possible.
While July 4 is a time to celebrate the birth of our nation and the principals for which we stand, let’s also take a moment to remember that those principals and our freedoms are paid for with a dear price — the blood of our people. They are not something that should be taken lightly or for granted: for every freedom we enjoy, countless heroes have given their lives.

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