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Higher Education
5:16 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Enrollment record set at Bossier college

Enrollment at Bossier Parish Community College has set a new record for the fourth consecutive semester.

The Times reports the college enrolled 7,900 students for the fall semester, an increase of 11.63 percent from fall 2011.

The school opened in 1967.

Chancellor Jim Henderson attributes the enrollment increase to adapting to employer needs in northwest Louisiana by offering classes that offer career opportunities for students.

The enrollment was up 823 students from last fall.

Hurricane Isaac
3:33 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Property owners urged to watch out for termites

State authorities are urging builders and homeowners to take steps to prevent the spread of termites as they rebuild after Hurricane Isaac.

Agriculture and Forestry Secretary Mike Strain said residents can contact the Department of Agriculture and Forestry at 225-925-4578 to be sure the pesticide company they hire is certified and licensed.

Treatments and annual inspections are recommended. Between inspections, Strain said property owners should periodically inspect their home or business for evidence of termites.

Arts & Culture
3:12 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

First Rougarou Fest set for Houma

A new Halloween festival set for downtown Houma will feature a mix of modern pop culture and monster myths from Cajun lore.

The first Rougarou Fest — named for a beast in Cajun folklore — is scheduled Oct. 26. It links several existing downtown events with Halloween festivities, including a parade, costume contest and a monster-themed race.

In the "Rougarou Run," participants will be outfitted with a flag football belt. Then they will have to protect their flags from zombies, swamp monsters and members of the Cajun Rollergirls roller derby team.

ULL
3:10 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

ULL gets grant for math development program

The University of Louisiana-Lafayette's math education department plans to recruit teachers during the fall for a new program designed to boost students' interest in careers in the sciences.

The Advocate reports the university received a $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create a program called Louisiana Mathematics Masters in the Middle. It's designed to provide professional development to teachers in Iberia, Lafayette and Vermilion parishes.

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Arts & Culture
2:59 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Lecture on Maya art at McNeese

A free lecture on the concepts of time and space as represented in the art of the Maya culture will be presented Thursday at McNeese State University.

The speaker will be David Ouellette, a McNeese assistant professor of art history. The presentation will be at 6 p.m. in the Stokes Auditorium at Hardtner Hall.

It's All Politics
2:03 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Football And (Conservative) Politics Do Mix For Some NFL Fans

Rowdy Smith, who brought his sons to the St. Louis Rams game on Sunday, said that President Obama's "not a leader" and is hurting the energy industry. He's shown here walking in front of the Americans for Prosperity campaign bus.
Alan Greenblatt NPR

Originally published on Mon September 17, 2012 2:18 pm

There's nothing like a ready-made crowd to help a group get its message out. That's why a conservative political organization set up shop Sunday outside the St. Louis Rams-Washington Redskins NFL football game.

Why mix politics and football?

"People are here," explained Patrick Werner, Missouri state director for Americans for Prosperity.

Football fans are used to encountering promotional tents for sports-talk radio stations and brands of beer and mixed nuts on their way to the game. Not so many of them expect to discuss politics as part of the pregame festivities.

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Larose French Food Festival
1:41 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Larose gears up for French Food Festival

Planning is under way for the French Food Festival, which will feature the musical groups Boston, Bad Company and Amanda Shaw.

The Courier reports the festival is set for Oct. 25-28 at the Larose Regional Park and Civic Center.

There's no charge to attend the festival, but tickets for the Boston and Bad Company concert, set for 7 p.m. Oct. 25, are $20 each.

The event will feature more than 20 local food dishes, live music and folklife demonstrations.

More details are available by calling 985-693-7355.

Convention Center
1:34 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Berger named to Convention Center board

Brandon Berger has been appointed to the Board of Commissioners for the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority.

The board oversees convention facilities in New Orleans.

Berger is the owner of The Berger Co.

The appointment was made by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Southern Heritage Air Foundation Museum
1:32 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Mound officials hope to keep museum

With the grand opening of the Southern Heritage Air Foundation Museum at the Vicksburg-Tallulah Regional Airport about two months away, airport officials hope an agreement with the owner of the hangar housing the museum will keep it in the north Louisiana town of Mound.

The Vicksburg Post reports (http://bit.ly/PFG0Pa) that the airport's board this week approved an agreement with Vicksburg business owner and foundation president Dan Fordice, who owns the hangar. The agreement allows the airport to buy the hangar and keep the museum.

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Southeastern
1:28 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

SLU seeks oldest living graduate

The Southeastern Louisiana University Alumni Association is searching for the university's oldest living graduate.

Alumni Association director Kathy Pittman said the search is part of the group's 85th anniversary and SLU's 2012 homecoming festivities.

Deadline to submit names for consideration is Oct. 2. The person identified as the oldest living graduate will be recognized at the alumni association's awarded ceremony on Oct. 26, Pittman said.

More details on submitting names can be obtained by calling the alumni association at 985-549-2150.

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