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Tech earns Tier One

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Louisiana Tech University has once again achieved a Tier One ranking among “National Universities,” according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 Best Colleges list released Wednesday.

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Dancing fever

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The Louisiana Round Dance Teachers Association will hold its 30th annual Weekend Round Dance Convention at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Ruston on Friday and Saturday.
About 50 couples from all parts of Louisiana will be dancing on Friday night and all day Saturday. The Saturday night dance will include an exhibition by the Dixie Dancers, a local tap dance group. Spectators are welcome to watch any of the dance activities at no charge.

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Aldermen vote against tax, for raise

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Ruston aldermen voted to not increase taxes for local residents and approved a budget that included a 2 percent raise for employees during the regular City Council meeting on Monday.
Every four years, property is reassessed, and if property values increase, as they did inside the municipal limits of Ruston, aldermen may readjust millages that have previously been approved by voters.

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Simsboro to hold public hearing

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“It is one of the toughest things to represent a fee increase. It’s like speaking a dirty language, but we need to do this to create a sense of fairness. All further information will be (discussed) at the public hearing, “ Simsboro Mayor Willie Hendricks.

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Live Life Local at the Fashion

Clothing brand Eileen Fisher is partnering with specialty stores across the U.S. for its first-ever Live Life Local event on Saturday. The event seeks to promote the “shop-local” movement and support small business owners who helped give the Eileen Fisher brand its start. The event will also introduce customers to leadership programs in their communities. The Fashion of Ruston has signed on to participate.

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Studies, athletics off to a good start

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Kindergarten
Simsboro’s kindergarten is off to a great start. We have been learning our new friends’ names and how to follow our classroom and school rules. We have also been working really hard on writing our names and learning to cut and glue neatly.

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‘Families’ address issues, encourage positive behavior

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Open house
Parents are invited to Ruston Junior High School at 6 p.m. Monday for our annual Open House. Teachers will be able to meet with parents to discuss educational goals and expectations for their children’s school year.

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Help teens safely use technology

Once children get older and no longer require constant supervision, parents like to believe their teenagers and “tweens” are safe.
However, there are many threats young people face, sometimes even within their own homes. This is especially true as technology becomes increasingly advanced and accessible. In addition to being able to access the Internet through computers, some young people now have cell phones with Internet access. Through social networking and other sites, young people can encounter everything from cyberbullying to predators.

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Making roads safer for travel

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A 30-year-old local woman was killed last week in what appeared to be a preventable tragedy.
The Grambling resident was pronounced dead following a head-on collision that occurred near the intersection of U.S. Highway 80 and South Barnett Springs Street.

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The Ides of November

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Cheer up folks. In just 60 more days the elections will be over and, for at least a few months, you won’t have to listen to grown men and women call each other Nazis, enemies of the middle class, socialists or other epithets. Or will you? Perhaps you thought the onslaught of political ads and campaign rhetoric would end after the vote count on Nov. 6. Unfortunately, the cruel partisan attacks may be just beginning. Why? Because the lame duck session from hell will begin in Congress shortly after the election.

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