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May 26th

Tech professor honored for ‘product of the year’

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Erez Allouche, associate professor of civil engineering and director of the Trenchless Technology Center at Louisiana Tech University, has won Technology Product of the Year honors from the Louisiana Technology Council (LTC) and the North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP) for his innovative, “green” geopolymer concrete technology.
Allouche received the “eWARD” for the Shreveport/Bossier City Northern Louisiana region during a ceremony sponsored by CenturyLink.  eWARDS is a cooperative program designed to recognize the technological achievements of Louisiana’s top companies, organizations and individuals. Organizers say eWARDS is a celebration of innovation and achievement for those in the community that have made a positive impact in the technology industry over the past year.
“The HTGeopolymer project would never have reached its advanced development level without the support of our regional, national and international partners,” said Allouche.  “I would like to thank Cleco Power, NASA’s Stennis Space Center, M.L. Smith and the many other private entities and government agencies that supported the development and demonstration of this novel technology over the years.

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Tech wins 22 LPW awards

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Faculty and staff in Louisiana Tech’s department of journalism received 22 awards from the Louisiana Press Women’s Communication Contest, including 16 first-place awards.
The first-place awards will go on to the national competition, which will be judged in May.
Students who placed are as follows:

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Hope Center wins $25K grant

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After three weeks and more than 1.2 million votes, State Farm® is pleased to announce Ruston’s Hope Center for Autism will receive a $25,000 grant to provide more help to those families working with autism. The local non profit was one of 3,000 cause submissions State Farm received through “Cause An Effect,” a population-sourced philanthropic initiative that relies on non profit organizations to create solutions to community issues.
 State Farm officials credited Tiffany White of Ruston for leading the charge and coordinating the successful effort to win the grant.

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The building blocks of an investment portfolio

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Opening a savings account with your local bank may provide an easy way to put money away for safekeeping, but the thought of doing more can be tempting. 
While your money will earn a small rate of interest with a savings account, you may want to consider an “investing” program that can potentially earn more from the money you put away. 
If investing is something that piques your interest, but you’re not quite sure where to begin, consider two of the most basic types of investments — stocks and bonds.

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Gen X’ers must juggle many financial issues

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If you’re part of “Generation X” — the age cohort born between the mid-1960s and the early 1980s — you’re probably in one of the busiest phases of your life, as you’re well into your working years and, at the same time, busy raising a family.
But just as you’re “multi-tasking” in your life, you’ll also need to address multiple financial goals.

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With life transitions, always learn to expect the unexpected

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Question: I have enough money saved for my child’s college education and I think I’m on track for saving up for retirement. What else do I need to worry about?
 
Answer: Life.
People usually think about financial matters and seek advice when they anticipate going through a life transition. You mentioned two classic transitions: the college education of a child and your own retirement.

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May 25th

LP landfill woodwaste free

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The Lincoln Parish Landfill’s woodwaste collection pile, once stacked so high the trees in the background couldn’t be seen, is now a flat piece of land nearly completely free of any wood debris at all.
What was once home to a pile of more than 10,000 tons of woodwaste is now empty and ready for Crochet Equipment Company of Madisonville to set up shop and take over the woodwaste burning.

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Woman dead in La. 33 wreck

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A Ruston woman was killed in a two-vehicle collision on Wednesday.
Ruston Police Department Chief Steve Rogers said at around 9:56 a.m. the RPD received a call about a wreck on Louisiana Highway 33 at the intersection with the North Service Road East.
Rogers said it appears at this time that a 2001 Mercury Sable driven by Nelda Allen, 82, of Ruston, was westbound on the North Service Road East and pulled into the path of a northbound 2011 Ford Expedition driven by Alicia Craighead, 31, of Farmerville. In the resulting collision, Allen and her passenger, her husband John Allen, were both reportedly transported to the Northern Louisiana Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. Rogers said he understands John Allen remains in the hospital with serious injuries.

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Workshop presented

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For as nearly as long as the Louisiana Peach Festival has been going on, so have the Miss Dixie Gem Peach and Princess Peach pageants.
This year in preparation for the upcoming pageants, set for June 16 board directors organized a Contestant Workshop that was held on Saturday.
The current Miss Dixie Gem Peach Meagan Lee, Miss Dixie Gem Peach Outstanding Teen Lauren Dionne and Princess Peach Madeline Clement were on hand to talk to potential contestants about what being in the pageant is like and how to prepare for it.

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Dubach receives water fund grant

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DUBACH — The Town of Dubach held its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. May 21 at Town Hall. Mayor Pro-temp Hattie Graham called the meeting to order.
After invocation, first on the agenda was to have the council give authorization to have former mayor Ray Polk’s name deleted off all checking accounts and CD’s listed and authorizations of signatures to add newly appointed mayor Robert Jensen to accounts.

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