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June 5th, 2013

Water contract draws ire of DNR

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Southwestern fined for failure to register drilling rig supply well
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Southwestern Energy’s decision to enter a contract with the Town of Farmerville to pump 17 million gallons from the Sparta Aquifer rather than using surface water for their rigs, such as the water from Lake D’Arbonne, has drawn the ire of the Department of Natural Resources.
“When word came out that the ground water supply was being drawn it raised some questions in (Commissioner of Conservation) Jim Welsh’s mind because he had been assured multiple times by Southwestern agents they would make every effort to use surface water,” said DNR Communications Director Patrick Courreges.

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Rolling across town: Participants lining up to join in Peachy keen fun

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Residents might just think they’ve wandered back through time when the annual Louisiana Peach Festival Parade rolls through downtown Ruston on June 22.
This year’s theme is “Feeling Peachy Keen in the ’50s,” so bobby socks, poodle skirts and rolled up jeans will likely fill the floats of those hoping to take the top prize.

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A leave of absence

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LPFD Chief temporarily out for medical reasons
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Three new members found themselves facing early challenges Tuesday as the Lincoln Parish Fire District No. 1 Board of Commissioners met for the first time this year.
Richard Aillet, who was voted in as Chairman at the start of the meeting, Bart Dugdale and Ricky Durrett all attended as new commissioners and learned LPFD Chief Dennis Ford has requested a temporary leave for an indeterminate amount of time due to medical reasons.

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Remember to stay hydrated during summer activities

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School is out and summer is here, which means that kids will be spending a big chunk of their day outside.
Additionally, more individuals will be outside watching or playing softball, playing 18 holes of golf, playing a few sets of tennis, wandering around local festivals, shooting hoops at one of our local outdoor basketball courts or even fishing the lake at Woodland Park — just to name a few summer activities. Although it is good to be outside and be active, it is also a time that presents some concerns. One of which is dehydration.

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Choudrant FBLA students plan for nationals

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The Choudrant High School FBLA Club will be sending six students and two chaperones to the National FBLA Conference in Anaheim, Calif., this summer from June 22 - July 1. Choudrant High School was first represented at the national conference in 2008 by Carly Sproule. Since then, several students have attended the national conference with this group of students and advisors representing the largest participation ever for Choudrant High School at the National Conference.

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Go green this summer and save a little, too

We are not even officially in the summer months and the temperature will hit the mid-90s by week’s end. Of course, as the mercury rises, so does the cost of keeping a home cool.
But while priority No. 1 will be staying comfortable as we begin to nudge into the triple digits, the Unites States Department of Energy recommends consumers adopt a whole-house approach to save a little green during the swelter summer months.

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The upcoming hurricane season

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My friend Mary did her student teaching at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla. That’s the school that was flattened on May 20 by a tornado that also killed some of the students.
“Saddest are the little kids that were lost at the school,” Mary posted in our Facebook conversation a few days after the storm. “Hardest part for me is that Moore is between work and home.”
The day of the storm, it took Mary two hours to get to her house. Last week, just about the time Mary and her area neighbors were getting over one storm, the nation’s heartland got popped again.

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Tech trackters at NCAA meet

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Ex-RHS star Hadnot among national meet entries
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Trey Hadnot has more business to take care of in this 2013 track and field season.
So do several other members of the Louisiana Tech University program.
Hadnot, the former All-American and All-State sprint and relay star at Ruston High School, will be one of six members of the Tech squad who have qualified for the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championship meet that begins today in Eugene, Ore.
The meet will extend through Saturday at venerable Hayward Stadium.

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Hester, Cox join Tech athletic staff

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Louisiana Tech University head football coach Skip Holtz has announced the hiring of Kurt Hester as the athletic department’s head strength and conditioning coach and Justin Cox as the new director of football operations.
Hester joins the Louisiana Tech Family after serving as a National Director of Training for the D1 Sports Training Center in Nashville, Tenn., since 2008.

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Ex-Grambling coach Stevens dies

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Ed Stevens, a former head track and field coach and assistant football coach at Grambling State University, passed away this morning following a battle with esophageal cancer.
Stevens, a California native, had served as an assistant coach on the football staff of the late Tigers’ legend, Eddie Robinson, as well as directing the track and field program during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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