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August 1st, 2014

Holiday Arts Tour sign-up begins now

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I can hardly believe it’s true, but it’s already time to sign up for the Holiday Arts Tour.
The 17th annual event will be held the weekend before Thanksgiving, Nov. 20-23.
As usual, this special weekend will feature visual artists and musicians, and we’ll be bringing back the poetry reading that was such a hit last year.
We are also looking into carriage rides on Friday and theatrical street performers on Saturday.

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Tech kinesiology professor re-elected to national board

David Szymanski, associate professor of kinesiology at Louisiana Tech University and strength and conditioning coach for the Tech baseball team, has been re-elected to a second term as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

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Tech value shines nationally

At a time state officials are fighting over control of state education standards in Baton Rouge, we in Ruston have reason to celebrate.
Money Magazine ranked Louisiana Tech University as one of the best college values in the nation placing them at No. 154 out of the Top 665.
Because so many alumni have chosen to call Ruston home long after shaking Reneau’s hand this area remains saturated with Tech.
Graduates, according to Money Magazine, have an average annual salary of $49,400 just five years after graduation.

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Debt ceiling no biggie to Feds

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It seems as if I wake up to a house full of young, bickering children every morning these days.
The thing is, I don’t have any children.
As most working Americans, I slowly drag my tired bones out of the bed each morning and begin my zombie-like approach to the coffee maker.
While I anxiously wait for that glorious sound indicating the caffeine is prepared, I sit and watch the news.
Sure, not every person watching television in the morning is tuning in to Fox News, CNN or MSNBC, I’ll have to attribute that to the journalist in me.

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Changing immigration view points

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In the time Barack Obama has been president more than 150 — 183 to be exact — executive orders have been signed, and that was as of July 18.
He has aimed to sign yet another executive order into action. One that will take action on illegal immigration and allow millions of illegal immigrants to stay in the country.
The House was set to vote on a bill on Thursday afternoon that would prohibit Obama from expanding a policy that lets some illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children stay.

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July 31st

Overlooking an 18-wheeler

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At approximately 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Lincoln Parish Police Juror Skip Russell was involved in a vehicle accident.
The Ruston Fire Department/EMS, along with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police Troop-F, responded to the accident at the intersection of Frazier Road and Louisiana Highway 33.
Russell,69, the driver of the Volkswagen Bug, was traveling east on Frazier Road.
Russell said he came to the stop sign, stopped and looked both ways, waiting on a slow car to pass.

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Bell to serve 42 years

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A man convicted for having indecent behavior with a juvenile has been sentenced.
Judge Jay McCallum sentenced James Anthony Bell to serve 42 years at hard labor for 10 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile. Bell was originally arrested in July 2012 for the charges.
According to a press release from the 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s office, Bell received the maximum sentence allowed by law on each count of the conviction, which is a fine of $5,000 and seven years at hard labor.

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Pollard: A walking testament

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Despite trials, man travels hundreds of miles on faith
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Terry Pollard didn’t let losing everything stop him from his dream of being a walking testament to his profession of faith. And walk he has — hundreds of miles so far with, thousands to go.
In September 2012, Pollard lost his wife, his business and his home. After a harrowing divorce, Pollard said he was left to couch surf at his best friends house, which happened to be across the street from his estranged wife.

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Mays attempts sanity defense

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The suspect in the 2012 home invasions, rape and first-degree murder, among other charges, attempted an insanity defense earlier this month.
According to court records, Cameron Kinte Mays, of Ruston, has changed his attorney since the beginning of his trial back in June 2012.
His newest attorney, Deanna McCallum, brought sanity hearings before the court in May and informed the court she would be filing a motion for recusal. McCallum also stated she had an issue with some of the charges that Mays has been charged with at this point.

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Fashion program blends creativity, business acumen

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Editor’s Note: This is the fourth article in a six-part series highlighting academic programs at Louisiana Tech University that are having significant impacts on the region and whose graduates are contributing to the growth of the economies, communities and competitiveness of north Louisiana.
Graduates from Louisiana Tech University are doing their part to keep north Louisiana looking good and in style.

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