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March 26th

RPAR: ‘Paws’ for pet care

Ashlynn Shell, recreation coordinator for RPAR, said the walk had two purposes — to promote a new walking program and raise awareness for 4-Paws, an area no-kill shelter.
“I’m using this as an opportunity to introduce a walking club I wanted to get started here in Ruston and obviously to bring awareness to 4-Paws and their desperately needing help and volunteers,” Shell said.

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Visit causes cleaning frenzy

I didn’t want him to think he was bothering me.
He then proceeded to tell me that he and my stepmom are on vacation this week and would like to take a drive up to Ruston to see me. At first I was excited. Unlike the evil stepmoms and deadbeat dads from the more cynical fairytales, my folks are actually quite fun. And the idea of their visit was abstract at that point because the plan had not been set in stone, so I wasn’t worried about them coming through on their threat.

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One airlifted after wreck

“You don’t expect nobody to just stop like that on the Interstate,” said Lawson about 15 minutes following the accident. “You just never know what might happen. My reaction was to see how she was doing — make sure she was all right. A state trooper got here right after it happened.”
Lawson was not injured and did not receive a citation. Louisiana State Police Sgt. Chuck Harris said Kujawa’s injuries were serious but did not appear life-threatening. The accident is still under investigation, and charges are pending.

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Service Road work set to begin

After the work in front of Ronnie Ward’s is complete, Love said construction would move to the Wal-Mart entrance between Ronnie Ward and Ryan’s Family Steak House. After that entrance is completed, work would begin on the Wal-Mart entrance to the east of Ryan’s.
Love said the motorists would be able to get to the businesses between the detours.
“The detour is just for through-traffic only,” Love said. “You’ll still be able to access businesses on either side of the construction, you just can’t go all the way through.”

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GSU ‘D’ holds on for win

“The players have had a tremendous, great attitude during the spring and both sides wanted to win so badly,” said head coach Rod Broadway, who completed his first spring at the helm after being chosen as the program’s leader in January. “They’ve been extremely attentive and have taken the step necessary to get better.
“Both teams showed a good effort today, but they also know they can get better. And they will get better.”

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Race could crown area speed champ

Wiley “Speed Racer” Hilburn, who has taken to lately sporting around town in a red, limited edition, 50th anniversary, Ford Thunderbird, has challenged Becky “The Lady Eliminator” Napper, owner of a white BMW Roadster, to a winner-take-all road race on the most level stretch of Interstate 20 they can find.
Hilburn, head of the Louisiana Tech University Journalism Department and a member of the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame, has recently made the move from his traditional Ford Mustang.
“I bought the T-Bird on eBay,” Hilburn said. “One look and I knew I had to have her.”

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It will take everyone to save Sparta

Due to overuse, the Sparta Aquifer is declining at the rate of about 2 feet per year. As the level of fresh water drops, salt water moves in to replace it. In the eastern areas of the Sparta Aquifer — near Monroe — the sodium content of the Sparta’s water is moving toward alarming levels.
Additionally, as the water level of the Sparta Aquifer declines, the infrastructure that supports it — the Sparta Sands — compact. Once an area compacts, its capacity to hold water is decreased — forever.

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Salt intrusion cited as Sparta concern

Based on information compiled by the U.S.G.S., McGee said most areas of the Sparta Aquifer were dropping at the rate of about two feet per year.
“It doesn’t matter where you are, the Sparta is declining,” McGee said. “The further east you go, the greater the decline.”
McGee said as the water level of the Sparta declines, the formation surrounding the water compacts.
“When that happens, you lose capacity in the aquifer,” McGee said. “Once that happens, once an area is compacted, it won’t ever hold as much water.”

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March 23rd

Salt intrusion cited as Sparta concern

Based on information compiled by the U.S.G.S., McGee said most areas of the Sparta Aquifer were dropping at the rate of about two feet per year.
“It doesn’t matter where you are, the Sparta is declining,” McGee said. “The further east you go, the greater the decline.”
McGee said as the water level of the Sparta declines, the formation surrounding the water compacts.
“When that happens, you lose capacity in the aquifer,” McGee said. “Once that happens, once an area is compacted, it won’t ever hold as much water.”

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Wilkinson era ends at Tech

He’s also due to have hip replacement surgery in the near future.
Wilkinson seemingly served in every role but university president during his stay on the Ruston campus, the labels ranging from athletic trainer to assistant athletic director and a countless number of other unofficial chores.

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