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October 11th

GSU progress in process

Judson said both the chair and the planned construction are critical to the university, and we agree.
The housing project, specifically, could go a long way toward securing GSU’s future. A recent trend pointed out by several university officials is the beginnings of a decrease in enrollment due to the out-of-date buildings some freshmen said they could not abide living in. Some of those students were legacy students —the offspring of GSU alumni.

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Coloring way through October

There’s also the infamous orange and black combination that dominates the celebration of the Halloween holiday, marked at the tail end of the month by ghosts, goblins and gremlins all over.
Other days of note this month that pop off the calendar adorning my wall are Columbus Day (which was on Monday), National Boss Day (Oct. 16) and United Nations Day (Oct. 24).
And, let us not forget the end of Daylight Savings that will turn our clocks back one hour on Oct. 29 and rock the foundations of my routine as I know it.

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Lincoln Parish Marine killed in Iraq

IED is the label given to an Improvised Explosive Device, more commonly known as a roadside bomb.
Puckett, who lives in northwestern Lincoln Parish, said the voice on the telephone told her Jon’s body would be returned home within four days.
“They said his body is in Germany right now,” Puckett said. “When he gets home, we’ll make funeral plans.”
Bowman, 21, graduated from Summerfield High School a little more than two years ago, then went straight to the Marine Corps, his mother said.

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October 10th

Bulldogs finally return home

For head coach Jack Bicknell and the ‘Dogs, it’s definitely a welcomed return home.
Four of the club’s first five outings have been on the road and the results have been less than kind.
They’ve all resulted in setbacks, the latest being a 55-14 plastering from WAC preseason favorite Boise State in Boise on Saturday.
“It’s just good to get back home for a while and be able to play in front of our own fans,” said Bicknell. “It’s been tough, these road games, and I know our players are looking forward to being able to be at home for a couple of weekends.”

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It’s time to come home

Many Tech alumni live in Ruston and its surrounding areas, and they might take a moment to remember their alma mater.

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Go ahead; take the parking spot

As I cover Tech for my beat, I can often be found in the late mornings or afternoons driving around the campus looking for that one evasive treasure almost as valuable than an A on a test: a close parking spot. Even with my special park-in-the-teachers’-zone sticker, it’s a difficult task to find a parking spot, especially when I don’t have time to spare (naturally).
Now, let me make Tech administrators happy.
Students, faculty and anyone else — like me — who likes to complain about the parking at Tech, listen up: be grateful for the walk.

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Will Parish Park face funding cuts?

When the Board was established, it was to be funded by a 3 percent hotel/motel tax, with 2 percent going to the CVB and 1 percent to fund the Parish Park. Later, the tax was increased to 4 percent, with 3 percent going to the CVB and 1 percent to the Parish Park.
Using that formula, the Park should have received more than $100,000 in funding from the CVB in 2006. But after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the CVB negotiated a deal with the Police Jury to cap the rate at $70,000 because the Board was concerned it would not receive its Enterprise Zone funding.

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Purple pulses for domestic violence

Among that increase has been a marked jump in the number of male clients, executive director Cathy Ayo said.
“I have had various meetings with other program directors and they have mentioned the same trend,” she said. “There have always been more female victims than male, but I think now the males feel more comfortable coming forward.”
However, there still remains a common misconception that abuse does
not happen in this community, she said.

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October 9th

Will Parish Park face funding cuts?

When the Board was established, it was to be funded by a 3 percent hotel/motel tax, with 2 percent going to the CVB and 1 percent to fund the Parish Park. Later, the tax was increased to 4 percent, with 3 percent going to the CVB and 1 percent to the Parish Park.

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Cattle auction to kick up scholarships

“We’re hoping to get that price this year, too,” Kennedy said. “All of the proceeds are going to scholarships for animal science, agriculture business and agriculture education majors. This money is combined with scholarships from the Tech Foundation and usually makes up 50 percent of (the scholarship fund).”
The sale will begin at 1 p.m. at the Hays Brothers Angus Ranch, located eight miles north of Arcadia, and will include approximately 150 head of commercial heifers, cows — open, bred or pairs — and bulls from area breeders.

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