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April 21st

Get serious about Sparta

The depleting Sparta aquifer provides potable water to residents in 16 parishes across north Louisiana. Locally, we rely 100 percent on the Sparta for our water.
It’s our responsibility to use only what we need year-round, but especially during the summer months. We can’t afford to waste one drop of our precious Sparta water. Once it’s gone, our community will be in dire straits.

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Groups’ green efforts united

“We need trees for oxygen,” fifth-grader Rachel Brown said. “And people are cutting down trees, so we’re losing oxygen.”
Throughout the year, students work in the courtyard garden, planting flowers and peanuts or building strawberry beds to grow fruit for local nursing home residents. Herbs grown by the students are being sold at the Townsend House to benefit the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team.
Seated under the courtyard gazebo on Friday, fourth-grader Ricky Parker reflected on his other experiences in the school garden this year.

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April 20th

City’s bank account comes up short

Jones said those figures concerned him, Mabry and Stringfellow because he said there was more than $500,000 in the account when they last checked. When they went to Regions Bank in Ruston on Friday morning to check on the account, Jones, Mabry and Stringfellow learned it was actually $3,200 overdrawn.
“We tried to meet with the manager of Regions Bank on Thursday, but he was tied up in meetings all day,” Jones said. “But he got on it first thing Friday and called Ms. Stringfellow to tell us that the account was $3,200 overdrawn.”

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Tech sweeps Fresno State

Nobody, probably least of which was Fresno State, saw this sweep coming.
Tech entered the weekend series in last place for the seven-school league and FSU (18-20, 2-6) was favored in most circles to at least break even before heading back home.
It didn’t happen.
Now, Tech is suddenly back in business and setting the foundation for what coach Wade Simoneaux and his team hope can be a major momentum boost for the remainder of the season.
“Before we played Northwestern State, we told each other that we were going to turn our season around,” Simoneaux said.

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Economic fund tapped for wider use

Peterson, D-New Orleans, was talking recently about Jindal’s plans to use $50 million in mega-fund money to cover half the Pilgrim’s Pride plant’s $80 million sale price to California-based Foster Farms, along with another $10 million for improvements to the plant site.
Foster Farms will take over the plant in Farmerville and keep it running, a move that could save up to 1,300 jobs and the farms of an estimated 300 chicken growers.
Jindal said it was absolutely critical for the state to try to keep the plant running. “You’re talking about the most significant employer in that region.”

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Committee will offer new perspective

That’s why the city’s new Ruston 21 Education Committee is a step in the right direction. The committee was born in response to overwhelming feedback from local residents that public education is a top concern. It will include two school board members in addition to other community members.
The committee is focused on finding ways to improve the education of students from backgrounds of poverty or that lack emphasis on education, as well as supporting the education of excellent students. Committee recommendations and findings will be brought to the school board for consideration.

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Tech’s impact estimated at $462.5M

The study also shows Tech’s impact on jobs — 4,745 statewide non-university jobs and 4,553 in its focus area from Ouachita Parish west to the Texas border. Almost $450 million of Tech’s impact occurs in that focus area.
ULS President Randy Moffett commissioned the studies at system universities in summer 2008. After months of information gathering and data analyses, an impact of nearly 8-1 for every dollar spent at the system level came to light. The studies show the system’s impact at $3.4 billion statewide annually.

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Sparta’s health raises concerns

Prompted by their reaction, State Department of Natural Resources Secretary Scott Angelle, who heads the commission, called for a Sparta-specific workshop for commissioners, to be led by USGS Supervisory Hydrologist Ben McGee, of Ruston.
The amount of water being taken from the Sparta aquifer exceeds its sustainable level by about 18 million gallons per day. Areas of extremely high aquifer use include West Monroe, Jonesboro-Hodge and Ruston-Grambling. Forty four percent of the aquifer’s water is used by industrial users; 53 percent is siphoned by public users.

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Prep softball: ‘New’ season

Because Dubach (5-11-1) and Claiborne Christian (16-4) are the only two members of District 2-C, those two clubs will bypass first and second round action and collide in a regional game scheduled in West Monroe April 25.
Of the four parish teams, the Lady Aggies have the highest seeding (No. 2) and longest winning streak.
Coach Gloria Riser’s perennially strong team has won 17 consecutive games, the last defeat having been 6-1 to Calvin at home on March 16.

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ULS proves cuts will hurt La. economy

A large chunk of that, $726 million to be exact, originates right here in Lincoln Parish. If there was ever clear signal that this parish is in a bad spot with the budget cuts destined for higher education’s chunk of the state pie, the realization of just how deeply universities impact our area is it.
Considering an 8-1 rate of return, cuts to Louisiana Tech and Grambling State University, recommended at a cool $13.2 million by Gov. Bobby Jindal’s executive budget, will cut to the bone. That’s an impact of more than $100 million.

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