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June 26th, 2008

Even Start lives

The family literacy program has faced severe cuts in recent years. There used to be 33 Even Start sites across the state, but that number has been reduced to 10 because of a lack of funds. In 2004, the program received $4.9 million in federal funds, but its budget was $1.3 million this year for all 10 state sites, according to regional director Kaye Sharbono. The six sites in north Louisiana are operating on $850,000 this year.
Kostelka has been a proponent of Even Start for years and was pleased he was able to help include money for the program in the state budget.

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Sizeable pay raise a bitter pill

Good things have been done this session that will be mostly if not entirely overlooked. A bill to bring concealed weapons onto college campuses choked and was pulled from the table by its author.
The legislature passed the largest individual income tax break in state history in the form of the Stelly Plan repeal, putting cash back in our pockets during tax season.
Still, we feel bamboozled.

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June 24th

Parish future bright for state hall

TERESA WEATHERSPOON: One of the all-time best players to come out of Louisiana Tech University’s storied program for women’s basketball. The Pineland, Texas, native won the Wade Trophy as the nation’s top female hoopster for the nation’s college ranks in 1988 and was a two-time pick for the prestigious Kodak All-American team. Helped lead Tech to its last NCAA national title in 1988. She ended her playing career with the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks in 2004 after having spent the majority of her time in the pro league with the New York Libery.

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Growth must not threaten environment

Mayor Dan Hollingsworth and his staff want to ensure that they’re pointing the city in the right direction. The survey revealed that economic development is a priority among the residents who responded. It’s an area Hollingsworth has put a lot of work into, and we know business growth and development are things he wants done right.

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Students sample career

“They’re getting firsthand knowledge of what it’s like to be in a healthcare facility and observing a variety of medical careers,” Winstead said. “A lot of them in the program have parents in the medical field. For some of them it’s a love of science, and then there’s the group that just wants to help people.”
Cedar Creek junior Samantha Roberts falls into this last category. She hopes to be a physical therapist one day.

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One in four women suffers

Early on, decades before the term “domestic violence” was even coined, I had a number of peripheral experiences with it. Back in the ‘50s and early ‘60s when my aunts and uncles were teenagers, they’d have their friends over, sitting on the front porch in their cuffed blue jeans and white T-shirts. One of those friends who came to hang out on grandpa’s front porch, a beautiful girl with rich, dark hair, was already a victim of dating violence.

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June 23rd

Growing small businesses is a win-win

The businesses housed at Tech’s Humana Enterprise Center are given an opportunity to pursue their innovative ideas in a supportive environment that puts the university’s resources at their fingertips.
The university’s ties to these start-ups, like Network Foundation Technologies and Radiance Technologies, benefit researchers, students, professors and the administration because of the national recognition and dollars their projects bring in.

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Learn to swim this summer

Water activities are fun leisure activities for those who know how to swim. However, those who don’t know how to stay afloat may find themselves left out of the fun, or worse yet, they may find themselves in a dangerous or deadly situation.
These are good reasons for untrained or weak swimmers to enroll in swimming lessons that are under way now at Ruston Municipal Pool.
When the sweltering summer months come creeping into the South, I am sometimes reminded of my childhood, when I dreaded being invited to swimming parties.

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Crash ends high-tension chase

Edgeworth, Washington, Bowers and Butler were all wearing seatbelts at the time of the accidents.
Ruston High School teacher Lynn Dowden had three students on the streets in a driver’s education car and witnessed the first head-on collision on Trenton Street along with students Justin Norman, 15, and Tramaine Wright, 16. Dowden and his students slowly followed the chase and were able to see its outcome.
“You saw him driving the wrong way and you could hear him cussing, and then he just ran into the guy head-on and took off,” Dowden said.

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Hall inductees love home state

Malone was a three-time Class C Player of the Year at Summerfield High before going to earn All-American and All-Southland Conference honors at Tech, where he helped lead the Bulldogs to a 29-3 record and regular season and postseason tourney titles in the league as a junior.
“I thank Louisiana Tech for seeing something in what I could do and also believing in me,” he said. “I’m here today because of God, my mother (Shirley Jackson Malone) and my grand-father (Leonard Jackson). I grand-father was closer to the perfect male figure in my

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