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Archive - Apr 3, 2008

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Easing Sparta’s strain

Sixteen parishes in north Louisiana depend either entirely or partially on the Sparta aquifer for their drinking water. Areas of extremely high aquifer use include West Monroe, Jonesboro-Hodge and Ruston-Grambling.
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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’Dogs, Hornets start WAC series

Entering the week, the Hornets were tied for second place with Fresno State and Nevada at 5-3 each and had posted an overall record of 10-14.
The Bulldogs are 2-5 in the conference and in sixth place, one tier ahead of basement dwelling Hawaii (2-6).
Sacramento State has the second top fielding club in the WAC with a .975 percentage, only one-tenth of a percentage point under Hawaii.
The ‘Dogs are currently No. 2 in overall pitching with a 4.72 earned run average.

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Village comes together to help schools

At the Lincoln Parish School Board meeting Tuesday, three recommendations were put on the table: Seeking voter approval of a lower property tax, considering a sales tax and looking into the possibility of implementing a parcel fee.
No matter which funding method is ultimately chosen, all the money brought in would pay for renovations and maintenance and operation costs at the schools.
Because of the failure of the property taxes, Choudrant schools have not had a dedicated source of funding for maintenance and operation nor for upgrades.

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Cooking tradition stays warm

When I first started begging people to be interviewed for these articles, some were reluctant. They either claimed they were not photogenic or were not particularly talented in the kitchen. In an attempt to ease their fears, I’ve told them the only requirements for participation are that they work, attend school or reside in Lincoln Parish and can produce a recipe — theirs or someone else’s — for a dish they can create. As for apprehensions about their physical appearance on camera, I remind them we’re always our own biggest critics.

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City adds parking

Efforts begun by the city in 2004 to explore acquiring land for the area are coming to fruition with two projects. During a recent council meeting, the city obtained permission to acquire the Spears building property near the Civic Center.
The building will be demolished, and a parking lot with about 30 spaces will be put in place.
Public Works Director Lewis Love said work is expected to begin in the next month.
Construction has been ongoing on another piece of property at the intersection of Monroe Street and Georgia Avenue for the past month.

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