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7:35am

Fri April 12, 2013
Commentary

Gary Borders: Testifying before lawmakers isn't for the faint of heart

Commentator Gary Borders received a mulligan this month after a tongue tongue-tied testimony before Texas lawmakers.

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8:37am

Thu April 11, 2013
Business

Louisiana's 4-H camp gets $1.8 million upgrade

The growth in the number of 4-H camp participants is one of the main reasons why the Louisiana 4-H Foundation is upgrading its Pollock, La., camp.

The Louisiana 4-H Foundation is preparing to make a $1.8 million investment in its Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center near Pollock, La. More than 12,000 youth stay at the camp each year, and they come from across the state. Foundation executive director Jeff Bush said the new multipurpose facility will convert from an open-air pavilion into an enclosed building with fold-down walls in later phases of the project. He said he’ll begin accepting construction bids next month.

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9:08am

Wed April 10, 2013
Business

Shreveport software firm aims to rally local investors around high-tech

BlueArx CEO Ryan Wooley of Shreveport wants to rally local investors around high-tech to evolve the business climate in his hometown.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

A Shreveport software engineering firm aims to leverage local angel investment dollars and sink seed capital into new technology ideas. The CEO of BlueArx, Ryan Wooley, has six employees clustered in a downtown office suite. His new startup firm will provide all the tools necessary to take a novel technology to market – from startup cash to programming and marketing to launch and business development. Wooley said he’ll earn the trust of local investors and steer them toward the most promising high-tech ventures.

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10:06am

Tue April 9, 2013
Local

Nacogdoches Ag Pioneer of the Year credits forefathers for farming success

Roy B. Mills, 67, was named the Pete Smith Agricultural Pioneer of the Year by the Nacogdoches Agribusiness committee, an organization of business and industry groups.

The Nacogdoches County Ag Pioneer of the Year wants to ensure that his family farm will continue operating for generations to come. Roy Mills, 67, said the award presented at the April 8 banquet is actually a tribute to his pioneering forefathers who toiled to build a successful third-generation farm. Mills said his father made a living on the land, and ultimately put his 10 children through college.

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7:47am

Tue April 9, 2013
Commentary

History Matters: A drummer boy on a mission

Commentator Gary Joiner profiles a tween, a 10-year-old who aspired to be a drummer boy during the Civil War, and never looked back.

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