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June 19th, 2014

Sales taxes up in Farmerville

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Baughman believes tax collection will keep improving
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At a time when governments across the state and around the country are struggling with budgets, Farmerville Mayor Stein Baughman Jr. has something of a unique situation.
Putting together the town’s proposed 2014-15 budget, Baughman worked with town clerk Gay Nell Pepper to try and determine how much sales tax collections in Farmerville will continue to increase. Pepper said taxes collected for the fiscal year ending June 30 are 3 percent above projections used when the budget was adopted last year.

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Lacy was powerhouse for Lady Techsters

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Former center to be inducted to the La. Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday
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Venus Lacy is a huge fan of “Forrest Gump” because the early life of the hero in the 1994 Academy Award Best Picture so closely resembles her own.
Like Gump, played by Tom Hanks in the movie, Lacy had to wear leg braces as a child, but once they came off, both the movie character on the football field and Lacy on the Louisiana Tech basketball court blasted off to sports stardom.
Lacy will culminate a remarkable journey when the Class of 2014 is inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in Natchitoches.

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Summitt adds Burton, Thompson to staff

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Louisiana Tech head coach Tyler Summitt announced two new additions to his staff as Eric Burton and Ashley Thompson have both joined the Lady Techster basketball program.
Burton will serve as the director of basketball operations and video coordinator while Thompson will service as the multimedia and creative services associate for the program’s social media accounts.

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LPDC garden grows success

Lincoln Parish Detention Center Warden Jim Tuten had several things in mind when he decided he wanted inmates to attempt to grow a vegetable garden.
If the garden was made, Tuten reasoned, some of the harvest could be served in the jail cafeteria, thus lowering the facility’s grocery bill. And, if the harvest was really good, excess vegetables could be sold, and the income put toward purchase of items benefitting the inmates, Tuten figured.

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Finally, some justice for a change

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By reading this headline, one would probably assume I’m being snarky. But, think of it in a more literal sense and you’ll begin to understand the context of this column.
Everyone makes mistakes. Some small. Some big. Some, in our judicial system’s eyes, are unforgiveable.
It’s hard to change and even harder to be given a second chance.

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AgCenter starts building new facility at 4-H Camp

Project at Camp Grant Walker expected to be completed by early 2015
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POLLOCK — LSU AgCenter officials held a groundbreaking ceremony on May 20 for the new multipurpose pavilion at 4-H Camp Grant Walker. The project is expected to be completed by early 2015.
Randy Ewing, former state senator, said he was chosen to lead a fundraising drive to secure the $1.6 million needed to build the project in 2008 in the midst of a recession.
Ewing, whose family made a contribution in memory of his father, said the pavilion is an investment in the future.
“The building will serve generations to come,” he said.

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Organization raises awareness for HIV

June 27th is National HIV Testing Day. It is an annual observance to promote HIV testing created in 1995 by the National Association of People with AIDS to spread the “Take the Test, Take Control” message across the country.
HIV can affect anyone regardless of age, race/ethnicity, education or geographic location. Of the estimated 1.1 million people in the United States living with HIV, almost 1 in 6 is unaware of their infection.

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June 18th

$30K of equipment provided

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Thanks to the local hospital auxiliary, Northern Louisiana Medical Center has received $30,000 worth of items designed to help making a visit to the hospital a more pleasant experience.
Curtis Newton, chief nursing officer, said the items purchased by the auxiliary includes a new defibrillator for the Intensive Care Unit, an ultrasound system designed to help personnel begin IVs more efficiently and less painfully, equipment for the nursery to allow employees to check babies’ blood with fewer sticks and textbooks to help with the continuing education of trauma nurses.

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Dog Days of Summer

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Louisiana Tech University has teamed up with Ruston merchants to host the Dog Days of Summer, a series of “late nights” to help introduce orientation students and their families to downtown Ruston. The first of these is from 7-10 p.m. today.
Several arts businesses have taken this opportunity to not only be open late, but to show off regional talent.

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Man arrested for car burglary

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A Ruston man was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with seven counts of simple burglary, one count of resisting arrest by flight and one count of criminal trespass according to the Ruston Police Department.
According to the affidavit, officers responded to the area of Sandy Lane in reference to two males breaking into vehicles.
Officers reportedly located a male matching the description riding a bicycle and wearing a backpack.
When trying to make contact with the person, he fled the area, leading officers on a brief foot chase according to the arrest affidavit.

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