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June 20th, 2014

Local named to Ouachita dean’s list

ARKADELPHIA, Ark.—A total of 337 students at Ouachita Baptist University were named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2014 semester. The students will receive a certificate of recognition from Ouachita and will be included in the “National Dean’s List” for 2013-14.
To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must compile at least a 3.5 grade point average and be classified as a full-time student, with a minimum of 12 academic hours.

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Cooling off with fan fare

As summer officially begins on Saturday, the mercury will likely continue to rise.
Most of us can gain reprieve from the scorching heat of a Louisiana summer by jumping in a cool pool or lounging around our homes in the air conditioning.
Unfortunately, many residents — especially some of our elderly and disabled neighbors on fixed incomes — don’t have that luxury. They often face the difficult choice between paying their electricity bill — which is pushed higher during the summer months — and buying life saving medications or putting food on the table.

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Offensive to everybody

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the NFL’s Washington Redskins’ trademarks, saying they are “disparaging to Native Americans.”
This isn’t the first time the federal trademark board has done this. In 1999, they chose to cancel Washington’s trademarks but that decision was later appealed and overturned.
I don’t doubt for a second that the term “Redskins” is offensive to some people and I understand and respect their opinion.
Let’s all be honest for a minute. In this day and age it seems as if everyone is offended by everything.

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June 19th

Summertime learning

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With the school year ending in May, most high school teachers and students are enjoying a well-deserved summer vacation pool-side, on beaches, or in the mountains.

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Choudrant OKs budget

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Fiscal year begins July 1

Council members unanimously approved the budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year during a specially called meeting of the Village of Choudrant town council this week.
After failing to meet quorum during the regularly scheduled June 2 meeting, the council members had to hold a special meeting to approve the year’s budget because the fiscal year begins July 1.

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Sales taxes up in Farmerville

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At a time when governments across the state and around the country are struggling with budgets, Farmerville Mayor Stein Baughman Jr. has something of a unique situation.
Putting together the town’s proposed 2014-15 budget, Baughman worked with town clerk Gay Nell Pepper to try and determine how much sales tax collections in Farmerville will continue to increase. Pepper said taxes collected for the fiscal year ending June 30 are 3 percent above projections used when the budget was adopted last year.

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Lacy was powerhouse for Lady Techsters

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Former center to be inducted to the La. Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday
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Venus Lacy is a huge fan of “Forrest Gump” because the early life of the hero in the 1994 Academy Award Best Picture so closely resembles her own.
Like Gump, played by Tom Hanks in the movie, Lacy had to wear leg braces as a child, but once they came off, both the movie character on the football field and Lacy on the Louisiana Tech basketball court blasted off to sports stardom.
Lacy will culminate a remarkable journey when the Class of 2014 is inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in Natchitoches.

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Summitt adds Burton, Thompson to staff

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Louisiana Tech head coach Tyler Summitt announced two new additions to his staff as Eric Burton and Ashley Thompson have both joined the Lady Techster basketball program.
Burton will serve as the director of basketball operations and video coordinator while Thompson will service as the multimedia and creative services associate for the program’s social media accounts.

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LPDC garden grows success

Lincoln Parish Detention Center Warden Jim Tuten had several things in mind when he decided he wanted inmates to attempt to grow a vegetable garden.
If the garden was made, Tuten reasoned, some of the harvest could be served in the jail cafeteria, thus lowering the facility’s grocery bill. And, if the harvest was really good, excess vegetables could be sold, and the income put toward purchase of items benefitting the inmates, Tuten figured.

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Finally, some justice for a change

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By reading this headline, one would probably assume I’m being snarky. But, think of it in a more literal sense and you’ll begin to understand the context of this column.
Everyone makes mistakes. Some small. Some big. Some, in our judicial system’s eyes, are unforgiveable.
It’s hard to change and even harder to be given a second chance.

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