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July 4th, 2007

Ex-RHS stars on NSU elite team

Initially, there was an estimated 250 players nominated by a blue-ribbon panel that was comprised of former players, coaches and past and present administrators.
“The selection process has generated a great deal of interest around the state and from NSU supporters around the country,” said Greg Burke, director of athletics at the university.

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Jindal visits Dubach, Simsboro

In the area of job and economic development, Jindal said Louisiana was ranked 50th in the nation by Forbes. He suggested that cutting taxes on utilities, debt and new equipment as well as training more skilled workers, could be keys to drawing more businesses to Louisiana.
“In Louisiana, only 20 percent of students go to technical schools,” Jindal said. “More needs to be done for those students who are not going on to college.”

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July 3rd

Initiatives should target all students

At the high school level, there are steps being made to help not only those who plan to attend a university, but those who are interested in a technical college education or looking to enter the work force after they graduate. Choudrant High School is expanding its industry-based certification offerings to include one from the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

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Local library a wonderland

“Maybe,” my mother replied, smiling at the goofy-looking grin I could feel creeping across my face but could not stop.
It was the largest public library I had ever seen. If nothing else, this would quell the few lingering doubts about finally moving away from Pineville, my hometown, to come to Louisiana Tech University and finish school.
That was a year ago, and the Lincoln Parish Library has continued to impress me each and every time I’ve entered it.

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High school redesign hits home

This new curriculum is part of the state’s high school redesign initiative geared at reducing Louisiana’s dropout rate by half in the next 10 years and better preparing students for college and careers.
According to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Education, 35 percent of the state’s ninth-graders do not finish high school.

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Rike, Burnett top WAC stats

First baseman Albie Goulder, among the leading returnees for Simoneaux’s club next year, trailed only Rike in the home run department with his 14, the same as Gabe Jacobo of Sacramento State.
Graduating outfielder/pitcher Brandon Hudson placed No. 15 in batting average with a .343 mark.

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July 2nd

RDBA All-Star teams selected

Teams that were selected for postseason action are the Youth American League All-Stars, Youth National League All-Stars, Double-A All-Stars, 13-year old Boys’ League All-Stars, 14-year old Boys’ League All-Stars and National and American League All-Stars for the Triple-A division.
Directing the coaching staff for the Youth American League All-Stars is manager Greg Phillips, while Kenny Cox and Billy Smith are serving as assistant coaches. Steve Giddings is the manager for the Youth Nationals that also includes Bobby Kranz and David Passon as assistant coaches.

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Programs enlighten young minds

Wanda Wilson, a community based tutorial coordinator, said the program has been in existence at Mt. Olive for at least 10 years, and this summer’s program spanned the entire month of June.
Along with training in the basics, the students participated in enrichment activities such as field trips to SciPort in Shreveport and to Louisiana Tech’s Dairy Farm.
“The goal of the program is academic improvement,” she said.

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State awards Tech $50 million

The end results of the improvements, Reneau said, will be a “fantastic campus,” with a tremendous economic impact on the city of Ruston.
“This is a hope and dream come true,” Reneau said. “(Rep.) Hollis Downs did an outstanding job for Tech, and we are all appreciative. There’s a lot to be done, so we’ll roll up our sleeves and get to work.”
One of the university’s projects expected to help keep college graduates in the area and stimulate economic growth is the Tech Research Park Campus, for which the university will receive $25 million to develop and build.

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Hair dye bonds friendship

So, Thursday night Christina, one of my co-workers, and I shared our hopes and dreams over a bottle of hair dye (OK, maybe two and a highlighting wand).
Let me preface this story by saying that hair, I feel safe saying, is very important to many women. It is one of the first things a man might notice about a woman (and that women notice about other women), so it is something that is often prized. Many of us have a “girl” at “the beauty shop” who performs her magic on a regular basis.

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