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April 11th

Sparta leaders tour wastewater

The West Monroe plant produces cardboard packaging for food and drink and uses 10 million gallons of water a day from the Sparta, as well as 10 million gallons a day from the Ouachita River. Sixteen parishes in north Louisiana depend either entirely or partially on the Sparta aquifer for their drinking water. Water levels in the Sparta have been dropping for years because the amount of water being taken from the aquifer exceeds its sustainable level by about 18 million gallons per day.

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‘T-Day’ has arrived for ’Dogs

Senior linebacker Harris concurred, saying that “it’s a steak all the way. We had better win.”
So forget any sparkling trophy to be rewarded to Saturday’s victorious team.
A nice, big steak will do just fine.
And for head coach Derek Dooley and his assistants, so will a solid, all-around performance by both teams bode well for making the gap between spring drills and fall training camp more bearable.

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Parents must be vigilant

There are the inevitable questions: “why,” “how,” “when,” “how often” and “could we have caught it sooner?”
The answers to all of those questions will likely never be made public because they are almost always never clear.
Let this much be made crystal clear: teachers cannot and will not be allowed to cross the line of appropriate decorum with the future of our communities in the palms of their hands.

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The human element of Iraq

I am talking in particular about the refugees and the internally displaced. These are the forgotten, but living, victims of the absurd violence in Iraq. All parties in the conflict are equally represented among the refugees, for they are non-combatants and, regardless of their religious or ethnic affiliation, were caught in the cross-fire and thus had to abandon everything and leave.

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Ruston, Research Park linked

The Air Force expects to draw the workforce for its cyber endeavors in Bossier City from an area encompassing Tyler, Texas, in the west and Monroe in the east, and as far south as Alexandria and north into mid-Arkansas, he said.
“And what’s the only research university in that map?” he said Wednesday to an ERA Lincoln Realty forum at Tech’s Lomax Hall. The implied answer was Tech.

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April 10th

’Spoon: Inspiration to teammates

From 1976-80, Lieberman guided ODU to national prominence, including a pair of championships in the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW).
Less than a decade later, Weatherspoon was helping send the Lady Techsters to an NCAA title in Tacoma, Wash.
That was in 1988, the last time Tech won an NCAA championship. With an inspiring second half comeback, the Techsters overcame Auburn 56-54.

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Enough is enough, Grambling

The rash of special called meetings does not seem to have accomplished much. There have been incidents in which the law has not been followed to the letter, and there have been motions passed by the council that have not been carried out.
It’s time to try something else.
The residents have the power. As many saw during Tuesday’s meeting, it’s the residents who are at the top of the town’s administrative structure. They’re the ones who put the mayor and council members in their leadership positions.

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Be aware of autism's impacts

Approximately 40 percent of people with this condition do not speak at all.
April marks Autism Awareness Month, a time to learn more about this condition and related disorders that affect one in 150 individuals. There is no known cause and no cure, but interventions are available to minimize challenges associated with the condition.
Jones said herbal supplements have helped Jillian with her sleep disturbances.
Whereas the child used to wake up at about 2 a.m. each night, she now sleeps until at least 3 a.m. most of the time.

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Judge sentences Cardwell

If Cardwell violates probation, he could serve four to six years in the state penitentiary.
Court documents indicate Cardwell had on multiple occasions taken juvenile male students on overnight camping trips only to take nude photographs of them and join them in “skinny dipping,” or swimming in the nude. Documents also revealed Instant Messaging chat of an inappropriate nature between Cardwell and juvenile males.

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April 9th

Lady Vols: Another NCAA title

About the only problem Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt seemed to have all night was cutting down the net. She celebrated as each of her players cut down a piece of string, then climbed up the ladder to take the rest of the net.
She needed three tries to get it — hardly looking like an eight-time champion who’s done it more often than anyone but UCLA men’s coach John Wooden. Summitt is now two short of his record.
When she finally cut the thread, she waved it high above her head and blew kisses to the Tennessee faithful.

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