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School Employee Rally set for Aug. 23

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State goes ‘hog wild’
Reports indicate that feral hogs costs are on the rise Uncounted and increasing numbers of sounders, or packs of feral pigs, roam Louisiana’s landscape. The animals cross suburban and rural areas. ...
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Enrollment grows at Northwest La. Technical College in contrast to national trend
Enrollment in Northwest Louisiana Technical College has grown for the second consecutive term, bucking the national trend. In the spring semester, Northwest LTC saw a 9 percent increase in enrollme...
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E-Lab wins robotics prize
Members of NSU-Elementary Lab’s winning team show off a trophy from the Regional Autonomous Robotics Circuit (RARC). NSU E-Lab School contributed two teams to the event that included elementary, mi...
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Public may attend meetings
The City of Natchitoches Planning and Zoning Commission will hold its regular meeting Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Natchitoches Arts Center, 716 Second St. The Historic District Commission w...
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Pet of the Week
Benjie is a one-year-old Shi Tzu/Lhasa Apso mix. He is heartworm negative, current on shots, neutered and kennel trained. Benjie loves to go riding in the car and travels well. He is high-spirited,...
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Middle Lab to have open house
NSU Middle Lab School will host an open house and back to school night Thursday, Aug. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Middle Lab Auditorium. All parents are strongly encouraged to come meet the teachers, pic...
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Some new public school students may need entry exams; LEAP/GEE scores to be released
All students who wish to enter public school in grades 2-9 from home school or private schools must complete an entry test before they will be admitted to public school. Students who are moving in ...
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East to register students Aug. 4-8
East Natchitoches Elementary and Middle School will have early registration for the 2014-2015 school year Aug. 4-8. Applications can be completed between 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday-Friday. On Aug. 5 a...
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First 400 students at City’s Back to School Bash will receive free backpacks, supplies
The City of Natchitoches Recreation and Parks Department will host a Back to School Bash on Saturday, Aug. 16 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on the downtown riverbank in Natchitoches. Students of all ages are ...
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Church provides for students in Adopt-a-Block
Faith Family Church’s Adopt-A-Block Program will hold its Backpack Giveaway Saturday, Aug. 2 at the MLK Recreation and Community Center for students in need. Backpacks will include school supplies ...
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Vegetable farmers get help, extra cash thanks to Central La. Economic Development Alliance
Central Louisiana vegetable farmers say free coaching from the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance has helped them expand their businesses and make more money. Through its entrepreneurs...
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Ag. students from Honduras study soybeans
ALEXANDRIA, La. – Testing soybean varieties or studying cotton fertility in the heat of the Louisiana summer might not appeal to some LSU students. But three visiting scholars from Honduras have be...
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NSU grad teaching in Africa, bringing hope to the nations
As the 4 a.m. call to prayer rings out across the darkness, Samira, formerly April L. from Haughton, wakes in her mosquito net-covered cot. It’s hot, dry, and dusty. The snick-snick-snick of insect...
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Family physicians attend exhibition
The Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians (LAFP) held its 67th Annual Assembly and Exhibition on July 3-6 in Destin, Fla., and three area physicians are on the board. Dr. Bryan Picou was installed...
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Parish student wins scholarship
Ashton Cruse, a freshman at Louisiana Tech University from Marthaville, received the Commander Bertrand Dean Scholarship from the La. Forestry Foundation. The $1,000 scholarship was endowed by his ...
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Expert says these steps will cool down horses
Summer means hot, humid weather in Louisiana. Horse owners need to take steps to ensure their horses stay cool and comfortable, according to LSU AgCenter equine specialist Neely Walker.  Just like ...
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Rotary donates to NSU scholarships
President of the Rotary Club of Natchitoches, Dr. Pat Widhalm, presented a check to Dr. Chris Maggio, vice president and director of the Northwestern State University Foundation, to support NSU sch...
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Probation and Parole employee wins state award
“We have a lot of really, really dedicated employees,” says Dwain Spillman Jr. of the Natchitoches District Probation and Parole Office. Yet Melissa Farley received special recognition at a statewi...
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Duo finish 3-year course of classes, study to complete from Graduate School of Banking
Bank of Montgomery Vice Presidents Dion Boyett and Daniel Bennett graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at LSU June 6. There were 187 bankers from 21 states and Mexico graduated from LSU’s ...
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