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August 15th, 2013

A precious discussion

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TEA Party hosts Sparta panel
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There is trouble ahead in the future if something isn’t done about it now.
That was the main message conveyed Monday as experts involved with the Sparta Aquifer met with TEA Party members during their monthly meeting held at Ruston Country Club.
Ben McGee, of the U.S. Geological Service; Richard Durrett, of Waggoner Engineering; and Rick Hohlt, Sparta Commission member, served as panel team members to speak on “The Future of the Sparta Aquifer.”
McGee started the session explaining the history of the Sparta Aquifer and how it has been gradually depleted over time.

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LPFD helps out in Union

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At 4:22 a.m. Tuesday, the Lincoln Parish Fire Department responded to a house fire on Kuhn Road in Farmerville. Due to storming, a tree was knocked over and fell through the house starting the fire. The owner of the house was not injured, and there were no other injuries reported.
The Lincoln Parish Fire Department had six apparatus on scene, with nine volunteers and four career personnel responding. The incident was cleared and secure by 7:56 a.m.

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Learning the percussive arts

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Free drumming class kicks off Monday
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Coming from a musical background, the Waller family had talked about doing something similar to the new Percussive Arts Institute in Ruston.
“James is the musical mastermind,” Sarah said. “We’ve talked about doing something like this for some time and it has always been his dream.”

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College of Education programs at Tech earn accreditation

Two concentrations in Louisiana Tech’s College of Education received accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP.)
CACREP granted accreditation to clinical mental health counseling and school counseling, which are both concentrations within the counseling and guidance master’s program.

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Lions club hosts Shadoin

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State Representative Rob Shadoin was a recent speaker at the Ruston Lions Club. Rep. Shadoin told the group of some of the travails of the recent fiscal session.

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Don’t let West Nile take a bite of your life

Last year, a number of people in Lincoln Parish and neighboring parishes contracted the potentially deadly West Nile Virus. The Centers for Disease Control said that 2012 was the largest and most deadly outbreak of West Nile since 1999 when it first appeared in the United States.
This year has been a little lighter on mosquitoes, but safety is still key in preventing mosquito-related disease. With sports seasons starting up, people will likely be spending even more time outside than they might have during the heat of the summer.

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Recognizing gestures of kindness

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Last week I wrote a column about my appreciation for the Lincoln Parish Library. About my memories there growing up and about my gratefulness for the programs they host and the standards they uphold to this day. For that I am truly appreciative, but this is not a sequel to that column, it’s more like a spin-off.
On Monday, I received an email in the Ruston Leader’s newsroom account from my elementary school librarian, Ms. Dawn Pinkston. In the email, she told me how much she enjoyed the column and that she would be looking forward to my future columns.

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Tigers slow things down for a bit

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GSU works out at indoor walk-throughs while preparing to up the pace

The Grambling State Tigers conducted a second consecutive day of indoor walk-throughs Wednesday, easing things up a bit before making a big push toward the start of the 2013 season.
“The rain on Tuesday pushed us inside and then we already had the walk-through planned for (Wednesday) to give the guys a bit of break,” Tigers head coach Doug Williams said. “They’ve been working hard in a lot of heat, so they deserved that kind of break. You can still accomplish a lot of things during the walk-throughs, especially things like putting in packages and schemes, and things like that.”

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Laird satisified with RHS progress

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The Ruston High School Bearcats continued preseason workouts Wednesday under the watchful eyes of first-year head coach Brad Laird.
“They’re working hard right now and making progress, and that’s all we can ask for at this point,” Laird said. “It’s still early on. We’re not nearly ready to line up and play a game at this point, but that’s what preseason practices are for. We have a long way to go, but we’re taking things step by step and the guys will be ready by the time the start of the season rolls around.”
Laird said the team reported to preseason practice in solid condition.

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Tech tailgate plans announced

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Louisiana Tech fans wishing to participate in tailgating prior to the five home games at Joe Aillet Stadium this year are encouraged to begin making plans now as the Bulldogs begin their first year as a member of Conference USA.
Skip Holtz and Co. will open the home portion of their schedule Sept. 7 when the Bulldogs host Lamar at 6 p.m. The additional four home games include Tulane (Sept. 12), North Texas (Oct. 19), Southern Miss (Nov. 9) and Tulsa (Nov. 23).

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