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Delta to see $2.3M budget cut

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Community college tuition raised 10%

Even though the Delta Community College will see a loss of $2.3 million from its eight campus, 12-parish system, students should not notice a difference in education quality, according to school officials.
Delta Interim Chancellor Jerry Ryan said that the system — which includes a Ruston and Farmerville campus — lost 5.2 percent of its budget from state money due to budget cuts, but the school managed to cut the $2,290,577 it was required while trying to make the cuts transparent to the students.

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Special education teachers prep for school

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Doyle Sandifer was looking for any job he could find after graduating with a degree in psychology when he accidentally stumbled upon his passion for teaching special education.
“It was just happenstance,” said Sandifer, a teacher at Cypress Springs Elementary. “My job options were anything I could get. I took my first job at Cypress Springs, and I immediately fell in love.”
Ivory Bass, a special education teacher at Ruston Junior High School, said she had a similar path.

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Crafting new rules for city of Ruston

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Draft zoning code unveiled, downtown merchants comment

Community stakeholders received a preview of Ruston’s new draft zoning code for the downtown area during a recent presentation at the Ruston Civic Center.
Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth said the current code has confusions and contradictions, and the aim is to modernize it and make it more user friendly.
“This is a project that was born of citizen desires and driven by citizen input,” he said.

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Tech student receives third in steel design competition

A graduate student in architecture in Louisiana Tech’s College of Liberal Arts has received national honors for steel design.
Michael Markham from Haughton was recently awarded third place in the 2011-2012 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture/American Institute of Steel Construction Steel Design Competition.
The award consists of a cash prize of $750 for Markham and a $500 prize awarded to his faculty sponsor.

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Danni Jones Nighttime Walk/Run

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Danni Jones Physical Therapy reached out to the community by holding a charity event. On July 26, DJPT held its first ever Nighttime Walk/Run with a Zumba warm-up. A total of $410 was raised from the event. All proceeds were donated locally to Christian Community Action.

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Pet of the Week

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Celine is a 6- to 8-year-old Poodle mix who is current on shots and is looking for a home. This girl was found wandering the streets in the extremely hot weather. Celine likes to be around people but is still very shy around people she does not know. She’ll need some time adjusting to her new home but would love to find a family to call her own. Celine’s adoption fee is $65. Call 251-DOGS for more information about Celine.

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Choudrant memorial honors veterans

Many Lincoln Parish residents throughout the years have signed up and willingly placed themselves in harm’s way to protect their family and neighbors in times of war. Some made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives to protect the people they loved and the values they cared about.
Others were lucky enough to make it home. Each Nov. 11, we honor those veterans who were willing to give their lives if it came to that, with Veterans Day observances throughout the parish and the rest of the country.

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School policy needed change

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As I wrote two weeks ago, one of my dearest and oldest friends is expecting her first child. She is not the first person whom I am close with to have a baby. In fact, at this point in my life, I have known quite a few, although there are some, like me, who have yet to have this experience. Yet, with all those who have, each share one common trait: they are scared.

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Ranked teams highlight ‘Jam’

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Five Top 15 rated schools set for Aillet preseason event Aug. 25
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If it’s highly ranked teams that fancy your appetite for a sporting event, then the fourth annual “Jam at the Joe” is made for you later this month.
More than half of the lineup of entries in the preseason extravaganza closed out their 2011 campaigns with Top 15 ratings in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association poll.
Haynesville, which will help open up the Aug. 25 jamboree at Louisiana Tech University’s Joe Aillet Stadium, had the highest ranking with its No. 2 slot among Class 1A programs.

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Tech fans meet, greet players

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Leader Sports Service
Over 500 Louisiana Tech fans came out to Joe Aillet Stadium Sunday afternoon as the Bulldogs held the first of two fan autograph and meet-and-greet sessions of fall camp.
Fans filed through the west concourse of Joe Aillet Stadium anxious to meet their favorite players and gather autographs on promotional items being handed out or on Bulldog memorabilia of their own.

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