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University cuts become reality

“Our university presidents have been planning for significant reductions in funding, and the realities of these cuts are sobering,” said ULS President Randy Moffett. “An $86 million drop in funding in one year is drastic and will impact the ability of our campuses to deliver services to students.”
Reneau pointed out that another $1 million in “flow-through” reductions, which include mandatory increases in benefits and retirement costs that the state will not fund, brings Tech’s burden of the effort to balance budgets this year up to about $12 million.

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City continues to show signs of growth

Other areas of the country are seeing the markets for new construction and credit drying up, yet areas of our city are booming with new and existing business growth.
One of Ruston’s most well loved and well cared for areas is its downtown. The district, which offers shopping, restaurants, business offices and residential areas, is the envy of surrounding cities and towns.

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Parish braces for college cuts

We don’t have long to try to do something about it. We have continued to beat this drum for months since the initial announcement such possibilities were in the future of our state universities here. We’d like to think that those efforts have done some good up to this point. Louisiana Tech and Grambling State University need us. They need our legislators. They need rational, calculated plans of action.

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Weatherspoon to be named head coach

But sources close to the program have revealed that the press conference will unveil Weatherspoon as the head coach after having served in an interim basis since mid-February.
Given the success that the former Lady Techsters and professional standout has had since succeeding Chris Long as coach on Feb. 13, she has been regarded as a lock to become the fifth head coach in the program’s history.
Weatherspoon, who formerly served as the associate head coach, guided Tech to an 8-1 record and into the semi-final round of the Western Athletic Conference postseason tournament.

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Businesses pop up in downtown area

The owner of Turbo Goat bike shop said in the last few years, he has bought downtown building space so 13 new businesses can move in, which he said have included The Children’s Shoppe and Mitchell’s Pharmacy.
“We buy the buildings that are most neglected — the worst of the worst — and put a lot of sweat equity into them,” Keen said. “We do most of the work on them ourselves and rent them for about a quarter of what you’re paying close to the interstate, so this gives businesses a good chance to come in.”

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