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June 20th, 2014

Bayou Classic shows support for Grambling

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It appears Grambling State University’s spot in the Bayou Classic is safe.
The general manager of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome said in a Thursday statement that Grambling State and Southern have full support in continuing the annual Classic football game.
That news came after a Wednesday meeting of the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District board, where concerns were raised about the Bayou Classic, an annual football matchup between two historically black universities and the only HBCU football game aired on national television.

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Local youth sports broadcasting camp set for July 24-26

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Two of north Louisiana’s award winning radio broadcasters will hold a camp designed for area youth who are interested in sports radio broadcasting.
Louisiana Tech’s Malcolm Butler and ESPN 97.7/University of Louisiana-Monroe’s Nick White will team up for the inaugural Live Mic Sports Broadcasting Camp presented by Barry Ricks M.D. Pediatric Associates July 24-26 at the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston.
The camp is for boys and girls entering grades 7 through 12 this fall who are interested in gaining real-life knowledge and first-hand experience of the sports broadcasting business.

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Arts scene bustling in June, July

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There are so many activities going on in the NCLAC office right now.
Yesterday was the Peach Art Exhibit drop-off, and we received so many wonderful entries for the art exhibition this year.
Sunday will be the Peach Art Exhibit reception from 3-4 p.m. Come by the Ruston Civic Center to view this year’s community art show, and see the award-winning pieces. The exhibition will be on display throughout the Louisiana Peach Festival.

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Ruston Lions Club hosts Walker

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Lincoln Parish Police Juror and Ruston mayoral candidate Ronny Walker was a recent guest of the Ruston Lions Club. Walker spoke about some of the issues and concerns facing the next mayor of Ruston.

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Local named to Ouachita dean’s list

ARKADELPHIA, Ark.—A total of 337 students at Ouachita Baptist University were named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2014 semester. The students will receive a certificate of recognition from Ouachita and will be included in the “National Dean’s List” for 2013-14.
To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must compile at least a 3.5 grade point average and be classified as a full-time student, with a minimum of 12 academic hours.

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Cooling off with fan fare

As summer officially begins on Saturday, the mercury will likely continue to rise.
Most of us can gain reprieve from the scorching heat of a Louisiana summer by jumping in a cool pool or lounging around our homes in the air conditioning.
Unfortunately, many residents — especially some of our elderly and disabled neighbors on fixed incomes — don’t have that luxury. They often face the difficult choice between paying their electricity bill — which is pushed higher during the summer months — and buying life saving medications or putting food on the table.

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Offensive to everybody

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the NFL’s Washington Redskins’ trademarks, saying they are “disparaging to Native Americans.”
This isn’t the first time the federal trademark board has done this. In 1999, they chose to cancel Washington’s trademarks but that decision was later appealed and overturned.
I don’t doubt for a second that the term “Redskins” is offensive to some people and I understand and respect their opinion.
Let’s all be honest for a minute. In this day and age it seems as if everyone is offended by everything.

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June 19th

Summertime learning

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With the school year ending in May, most high school teachers and students are enjoying a well-deserved summer vacation pool-side, on beaches, or in the mountains.

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Choudrant OKs budget

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Fiscal year begins July 1

Council members unanimously approved the budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year during a specially called meeting of the Village of Choudrant town council this week.
After failing to meet quorum during the regularly scheduled June 2 meeting, the council members had to hold a special meeting to approve the year’s budget because the fiscal year begins July 1.

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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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