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Louisiana — economic growth is the cure for what ails our state

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Question: I raised my children here in Louisiana, and I will never leave. But my children have all grown and every one of them has left our state. I don’t think they would have left if they could have found good jobs here. What can we do to get more jobs in Louisiana?
Answer: The same way you got your kids here in the first place – give birth to them.
A few years ago, University of Louisiana at Monroe invited Steve Forbes, third generation owner of Forbes Magazine, to the Monroe campus as part of a distinguished speaker series.
After giving what amounted to a state of the union address from his perspective, Forbes answered a few questions submitted by students in attendance. In one particularly interesting exchange, Forbes offered his five-point plan for any nation to raise itself from poverty to prosperity in one generation. He pointed to Hong Kong, South Korea and Ireland as examples of nations who have successfully implemented all or most of these essentials.
These five points amount to creating the right environment for people to take risks, start businesses and create wealth (and, thereby, to create jobs).

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Tech counseling reaccredited

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Counseling and Career Services at Louisiana Tech University have been reaccredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc. (IACS.)
Counseling and Career Services was evaluated by IACS against high standards of counseling practice and was found to offer competent and reliable professional services to its clientele. Approval by IACS is also dependent upon evidence of continuing professional development as well as demonstration of excellence of counseling performance.

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Tips for teaching your kids about money

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Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series about teaching children about money. The second part will run Aug. 19.
Among the many responsibilities of adulthood, managing personal finances is one of the most important skills you can learn. Unfortunately, many of us have had to learn this lesson the hard way, without any formal education on the subject.

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Deadline nears for business award nominations

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Since 2004, the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Louisiana Tech University’s College of Business, has been honoring large businesses, small businesses and outstanding business leaders with annual business awards.
Nominations for the 2012 Ruston-Lincoln Parish Business Awards are currently being accepted.
Categories are Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Young Businessperson(s) and Small Business Champion. Business of the Year nominees must have 20 or more fulltime equivalent employees; Small Business nominees must have fewer than 20 fulltime equivalent employees and Young Businessperson nominees must be age 40 or under. Only Lincoln Parish businesses are eligible for the awards.

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Reichard to serve as ULS interim VP for Academic and Student Affairs

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National higher education leader Gary Reichard will serve as interim provost and vice president for Academic and Student Affairs for the University of Louisiana System effective Aug. 13. Reichard will be responsible for the vision and overall direction of academic programs at all nine universities in the system. He succeeds Brad O’Hara who recently retired after 25 years in Louisiana and took a position at Langara College in Vancouver, Canada.

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‘Taj Mahal’ is right word for RHS ‘house’

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That’s how Billy Laird began describing Ruston High School’s new Jimmy “Chick” Childress field house early on, back when they hadn’t even put in the 16 televisions that are scattered throughout the facility.
Yeah, you read that right: 16 televisions.
Or 16 more than what occupied the now oh-so-outdated area where the Bearcats used to call home, over there on the east side of the stadium that now carries the name of L.J. “Hoss” Garrett with an additional tagline of James Field.

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Mathieu on GSU radar?

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GRAMBLING — Will the “Honey Badger” find a nest in North Louisiana?
No sooner had Tyrann Mathieu been dismissed from the LSU football team on Friday did the speculation kick off as to where the Heisman Trophy candidate might close out his college career.
In order to play this season, the nation’s top defensive back during the 2011 season and one of the college game’s most exciting players would have to transfer to a Football Championship Series program, one previously listed as Division 1-AA by the NCAA.

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Readying for ‘Bearcat Madness’

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Ruston High School football will host the annual “Bearcat Madness” on Saturday for the seventh consecutive year. The program will begin at 7 p.m. with the introduction of the 2012 varsity football players, cheerleaders and Bearcat Belles. The RHS band will perform during the program. Helping get the word out about the event recently were (front row, from left) Courtnei Dunn, Emaleigh Bickham, Caitlin Elliott (back row, from left), Garrett Patterson, Alexio Williams-Hargrove, C.J. Gatlin and Devin Price. Beginning at 5 p.m., the general public will have the opportunity to take pictures and meet with the football team and other spirit groups. Bearcat merchandise, along with refreshments, will be on sale. There will also be a dunking booth with RHS coaches and faculty participating.

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Ex-RHS star Brice catches Dykes’ eye

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Louisiana Tech University’s first-year class is catching the attention of Head Coach Sonny Dykes during preseason workouts.
Among them: former Ruston High School standout Kentrell Brice at defensive back.
Speaking about the play and progress of the 5-11 and 175-pounder during Friday’s fall camp session, Dykes said:

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RPAR FOCUS – Rudy Ford

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1-Who is your all-time favorite professional basketball player and why?
Dwayne Wade, because he is the best player.
2-What do you like most about playing Ruston Parks and Recreation Department basketball?
Shooting and making points.
3-What three professional sporting events would you like to see in person?
A basketball game to watch LeBron James; a football game to watch Drew Brees; and a professional wresting match to see john Sena.
4-Favorite food to munch on while watching a sporting event?>
Hot dog and popcorn.
5-What’s the best sports-related gift you received?
A basketball goal and a trampoline.

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