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Hashway’s life

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In a horrific act of violence in early June, retired Grambling State University professor Susan Hashway was murdered following a home invasion at her residence on Paynter Drive in Ruston.
However, the 63-year-old’s life was not defined by her last moments on Earth, but rather by her unwavering devotion to the teaching profession, her love of the arts and her dotting affection for her friends, family and felines.

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School times to change

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When the first bell rings to toll in a new school year on Aug. 17, it will be ringing at a different time for several of Lincoln Parish’s schools.
Mary Null, director of instruction and personnel, said that secondary school students will go to school earlier and get out earlier, while elementary school students in Ruston will go to school and arrive home later.

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City votes ‘no’ on balloon

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A local businessman didn’t quite see liftoff the way he had hoped when his head hit the upper limit of downtown sign size ordinances at the Ruston City Council meeting on Monday.
The conditional use permit for Brandon Crume’s downtown business RE/MAX Results Realty, located in the former Frothy Monkey Coffeehouse location, was set to go before the council during Monday’s meeting. After an animated debate about a giant balloon sign, the permit was unanimously approved with several conditions.

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State budget cuts to have minimal effect on library

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State funding to libraries in Louisiana will take an almost $1 million hit this fiscal year.
However, the impact to the Lincoln Parish Library is expected to be minimal at this time.
This is because state funding makes up less than one percent of the budget, with the rest funded by a local property tax and grants, said Library Director Vivian McCain.
She added the local library is expected to receive about $11,000 less this year in state aid.
“State aid when I first came here about seven years ago was in the neighborhood of about $45,000, and it has steadily dwindled,” McCain said.

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Tech launches site for Shreveport courses

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Louisiana Tech University has launched a new website to highlight a number of degree and certificate programs as well as research and economic development support services for the Shreveport/Bossier City metropolitan area.
“Louisiana Tech University @ Shreveport/Bossier City” offers more than 20 of Tech’s most recognized degree programs in Shreveport/Bossier City this fall.  These programs and their curricula are designed to meet the needs of key industries throughout northwest Louisiana.
Program, application and course registration information is available at www.shrevebossier.latech.edu — a website developed exclusively to serve the needs of students and organizations in Shreveport/Bossier City.

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Reduce risk of drowning

This month has seen three reported near drownings in Lincoln Parish.
At least one of the victims was seriously injured. Such tragic events remind us that despite all the fun that awaits in lakes and swimming pools, there is always the danger that something could go horribly wrong.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that more than 3,500 people die from drowning (non-boating related) every year in the United States. About 20 percent are children ages 14 and younger.

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Resident: La. needs ‘Save Our Homes’

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The “Save Our Homes” law is a Florida Constitutional amendment. This law basically limits the annual increase in assessed value of property receiving homestead exemptions to 3 percent or the percentage change in the consumer price index, whichever is lower.
In my studies of the Lincoln Parish Assessor and the online tax roll, I have come to the conclusion that this “Save Our Homes” law is very desirable for all homeowners in Louisiana. This law would protect homeowners with homestead exemptions from the “over-the-top” assessment values placed on us by the unscrupulous property assessors.

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State needs full-time governor

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According to the 2011 America’s Health Ranking by the United Health Foundation, Louisiana is ranked as the 49th healthiest state to live in for the second straight year and 48th in high school graduations.
According to that same study, Louisiana is among the highest for occupational fatalities, infectious diseases, infant mortality, premature deaths and children in poverty. These are deplorable statistics for any state, but particularly a poor state like Louisiana.

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A '13th' reason to be scared

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Paraskavedekatriaphobia. 
I hope that you were not a victim of this two days ago; this means a fear of Friday the 13th. Although this column appears two days after the “feared day,” I  wanted to share some thoughts from some folks this past week, especially Friday.   And while we examine superstitions and fears, the process can be both amusing and mildly disturbing.

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Financial planning — vision, strategy and tactics

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Question: Every time I start to do some financial planning, some emergency comes up and seems to blow the whole thing for me. These are things I cannot predict, but I know will happen. How do I handle this?

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