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Salt encroachment threatens Sparta

“The situation we have occurring presently in Ouachita Parish is really the perfect storm for saltwater encroachment,” said Ben McGee, a supervisory hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Ruston. “You have a large withdrawal of water very close to that freshwater-saltwater boundary, so when we pump water out of the Sparta and reduce the pressure, the saltwater responds by filling in.”
The problem
The Sparta can sustain use of up to 56 million gallons per day. But, current use of the aquifer is 70 million gallons per day.

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Creek, Choudrant move on

In Class C, Dubach (5-12-1) had its hopes of advancing to the next round halted by District 2-C rival Claiborne Christian with a 15-0 regional loss in West Monroe.
Cedar Creek and Choudrant will play quarterfinal games Friday, the Lady Cougars to meet Oberlin (19-10-1) and the Lady Aggies to take on Grace Christian (12-13); starting times will be announced later.
For the Lady Cougars, the shutout over Vermilion Catholic (9-13-1) featured another outstanding performance on the mound by All-State candidate Hayley Gaston. The senior righthander struck out 14 batters and allowed two hits.

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Taking back the summer

Even taking classes at Louisiana Tech during the summer was a breeze because everyone was more laid back, the classes whizzed by on an accelerated schedule and I still found myself with plenty of free time to leisurely sip my Route 44 cherry limeades.
But ever since that graduation day in May 2003, when I faced the wide-open future of working as a professional for the first time in my life, summer has lost much of its charm.

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West Monroe sets example for Sparta fix

Saltwater is slowly but surely encroaching upon the pristine freshwater that the Sparta supplies. The naturally occurring saltwater has begun to spread to areas on the northern and eastern ends of the aquifer that used to hold freshwater. If the saltwater encroachment continues, the result could leave the water unusable for public consumption or industrial purposes.

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’Dogs: Foundation for success

The course could wind into more success next year for the Bulldogs, who will be honored tonight with a postseason banquet set for 7 p.m. at the Squire Creek Golf and Country Club in Choudrant.
Former Utah Jazz coach Frank Layden, former Bulldogs’ coach Scotty Robertson and ex-Tech and NBA star Karl Malone will be speakers at the event which will be sponsored by First National Bank of Ruston.
Depending on how two key juniors size up their chances to be selected in the NBA’s June draft, Tech potentially could have its strongest team entering the third year at the helm for Rupp.

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Fight for farmers to begin

Ron Foster, chief executive of the California poultry company, said Pilgrim’s Pride will idle the Farmerville complex May 8.
“Foster Farms is looking forward to expanding our operations into the state of Louisiana,” Foster said via press release. “Foster Farms anticipates upgrading and adding to the capabilities of the Farmerville complex.
“These enhancements, when operational and used in conjunction with the experienced local work force, will allow us to build a strong sales base, leading to a return to full double-shift capacity, over time, after Foster Farms’ purchase.”

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Partnerships pay off for local students

The state Department of Education gives the Distinguished Partner in Education awards to businesses and other organizations based on their financial or volunteer-driven support of a school.
Two years ago, Community Trust Bank was honored with the same award, and it looks as though Lincoln Parish is establishing itself as a leader in education partnerships.
Every business and group in the parish can look to Super 1 and Trinity UMC as an example of undertaking an effort to contribute financially and volunteer in a way that makes a difference.

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Salt encroachment threatens Sparta

“The situation we have occurring presently in Ouachita Parish is really the perfect storm for saltwater encroachment,” said Ben McGee, a supervisory hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Ruston. “You have a large withdrawal of water very close to that freshwater-saltwater boundary, so when we pump water out of the Sparta and reduce the pressure, the saltwater responds by filling in.”
The problem
The Sparta can sustain use of up to 56 million gallons per day. But, current use of the aquifer is 70 million gallons per day.

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Sparta’s health raises concerns

The grave situation of north Louisiana’s diminishing water supply seems to have finally raised concern among state officials. At a February meeting of the Louisiana Groundwater Resources Commission in Minden, the majority of commission members and area residents in attendance expressed sincere interest finding viable solutions for the rapidly depleting aquifer.

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Super 1, Trinity honored by state

State winners are selected based on nominees’ support of a school, whether it is monetary or manpower. Criteria include the duration of a group’s partnership with a school, as well as the number of participants involved and types of activities undertaken to help boost education.
According to the nomination form, Super 1 Foods has invested more than $50,000 in local educational initiatives, volunteered countless hours in service and provided on-site opportunities for students and teachers through its daily business operation over the past five years.

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