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August 6th, 2007

Tech, GSU: it’s camp time

Derek Dooley will lead Tech after a two-year stint in the National Football League as an assistant coach with the Miami Dolphins. He succeeds Jack Bicknell, who served eight years as the field general of the Western Athletic Conference program.
Rod Broadway is the new man on the Tigers’ block after having guided North Carolina Central to a national black collegiate crown in 2006 and becoming the Tigers’ fourth-ever head coach following a three-year stay by Melvin Spears.

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Grambling to apply for USDA aid

The money, Carpenter explained, will fund the addition of two new sewer pump stations and about 11,000 feet of new sewer piping for the Mt. Olive area in Grambling.
The USDA funds are split between a $933,000 loan and a grant of $774,575. The town must also pony up about $4,500 for the work to the Mt. Olive sewer.
“The money is limited to work on sewer projects within the town of Grambling,” Carpenter said.
“If there is grant money left over (from the Mt. Olive project), Grambling can keep it to spend on sewer projects (as they arise). But the goal is to spend every penny.”

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August 3rd

School test scores released

In 2007, fourth and eighth graders had to score at least Basic in either the English or math portion of the LEAP and at least Approaching Basic in the other to be promoted to the next grade. High school students taking the GEE were required to score Approaching Basic or above in math and English and Approaching Basic or above in either science or social studies to be eligible to graduate.
The state’s goal is for all students to achieve Basic or above by 2014.

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Tech, GSU set to report

Louisiana Tech University has its initial reporting date for Sunday before two-a-days begin Monday.
Both teams will be gearing up for 2007 openers on Sept. 1, the ‘Dogs set to host the University of Central Arkansas and the Tigers heading to Lorman, Miss., to tackle Alcorn State.
The Bulldogs and Tigers will have more in common than just trying to bounce back from three-victory totals from the 2006 campaign.
They’ve both got new head coaches.
Derek Dooley, who spent the past two years as the tight ends’ coach for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, is the new leader for the Western

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At Tech, it’s all happening

Tech President Dan Reneau told the crowd at the Happening what they all knew already: Tech had an outstanding year in 2007. It’s easy to see why. It’s hard not to crow too loudly.
Seemingly every year for Tech is so, but this year it moved up among the ranks of institutions in the south to a Doctoral II research tier.
The Southern Regional Education Board, an organization of 16 southern states, saw fit to recognize the sweeping change and strong growth so readily apparent to those of us in Lincoln Parish.

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Merchants set for tax holiday

Some items not eligible for the tax holiday are vehicles that must be licensed or titled, prepared meals and to-go foods. It will also not apply to purchases of taxable services such as the following: hotel rooms; amusement, recreational and athletic admissions; repairs to tangible personal property; laundry, cleaning, pressing and dyeing services; vehicle parking; the furnishing of cold storage space; printing services; and telecommunication services.

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Shots needed for school

Infants and young children are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases; so it is critical they are protected through immunization. And, children who are not immunized increase the chance that others will get a disease that could have been prevented by a vaccine.
It is important to remember vaccinations as we prepare our children to return to school. New clothes or school uniforms; paper, pencils glue and scissors; and a backpack are all back-to-school essentials. So, too, are shots.

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August 2nd

Tech pitchers: a super summer

The latest to send rave reviews back to “Tree”, “Sim” and the Western Athletic Conference program: Clint Helms.
The 6-3 and 215-pound righthander who will be going into his sophomore stint during the 2007-2008 school year recently recorded a no-hitter and then a two-hitter for the Brazos Valley Bombers of the Texas Collegiate League.
Helms had a commanding performance in the two-hitter, a 4-2 decision over the Duncanville Deputies in which he struck out eight batters and issued only two walks.
Of the first 27 batters he faced, he had first-pitch strikes to all
but three of them.

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Cheers for water works

At the time of the 2006 audit, one clerk was in charge of preparing the billing lists, accepting payments and entering payments into the computer system. The state said at least three people should have been addressing those tasks. Not to accuse anyone of wrongdoing — having more people as backstops is a plus.

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Tech Happening sets record

Jarrell, a 1949 Tech graduate, said alumni support, whether financial or through encouragement, is vital to a university’s success.
“It’s so important for Tech (alumni) to realize they can be part of the success of Louisiana Tech in the academic and athletic sectors,” he said. “If you don’t get a lot of people involved, it’s going to be hard to be successful.”
Reneau told those gathered that Tech had seen an outstanding year.

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