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July 1st, 2015

City has top quality water

Ruston has always been known for its natural abundance: productive farmland, hardy timber, succulent peaches and good water.
So it probably comes as no surprise that the city’s drinking water has once again been found to be top notch. The recently released 2014 source water assessment, complied by the Department of Environmental Quality, found no violations among the 14 potentially dangerous substances that could be found in potable water.
“We’ve done very well,” Carl Johnson, the city’s water superintendent, said.

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Gen. Honoré fighting for the environment

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When Gen. Russel Honoré burst on the state and national scene in the days following Hurricane Katrina, he was loud, direct, opinionated and in charge.
That was almost 10 years ago. Some things never change. Honoré, 68 and now retired, is still loud, direct, opinionated and in charge of any venue into which he steps.
Consider the general’s comment to the North Central Louisiana TEA Party about the way he sees the oil and gas industry’s hold on Louisiana: “We’re being run like Cuba was in 1963.”

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USA reaches Women’s World Cup Final

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MONTREAL (AP) — Julie Johnston thought she had blown it.
Handed a yellow card for a foul in the box on Alexandra Popp, Johnston’s heart sank when German striker Celia Sasic stepped up to take the penalty kick.
It missed.
The United States went on to beat Germany 2-0 on a penalty kick from Carli Lloyd and a late goal from Kelley O’Hara, erasing Johnston’s fear that she had cost her team the game and sending the Americans to the title match of the Women’s World Cup.

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Done deal for Davis

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Pelicans forward gets five-year extension

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans have agreed on a five-year extension worth more than $140 million.
Davis tweeted: “NOLA, I am here to stay! Just getting started” shortly after free agency opened late Tuesday night, and a person with knowledge of the details confirmed the agreement to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot yet be signed.

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Tech takes over the tube

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For the first time in school history Louisiana Tech will enter a football season with all of its games scheduled to be televised as Conference USA officials announced the broadcast selections by the American Sports Network.
The league office made the announcement in conjunction with ASN’s picks through the C-USA television contract with ASN selecting four Louisiana Tech games to be televised this fall.

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LSU hoops duo gets invitations to Nike Academy

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BATON ROUGE — LSU basketball freshman Ben Simmons and Antonio Blakeney took part in the inaugural NIKE Basketball Academy in Santa Monica, California.
In this invitation only event, Simmons and Blakeney are the only true freshman who have yet to play a Division I game among the college players invited to participate in the special camp that ended Monday.
LSU is one of three schools with multiple college players in attendance among the 27 players invited to the event.
The Nike Basketball Academy took place at the Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hangar.

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June 30th

Legislation allows more students

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More students will now have the opportunity to attend Grambling State University thanks to two pieces of legislation recently passed by the Louisiana Legislature.
HB 129 and HB 171, sponsored by state Rep. Patrick Jefferson and state Sen. Rick Gallot Jr., are aimed at helping increase enrollment at historically black colleges and universities in Louisiana by recruiting out-of-state students and students taking remedial courses.

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Mayor honors veteran for service

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Ruston native Alvie L. Brewer was recently honored by the city of Ruston and Mayor Ronny Walker for his service in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Walker honored Brewer with a proclamation and declared June 11 Major Alvie L. Brewer Day.
Brewer was also honored by the Ruston VFW on the same day.
Brewer said he was drafted into the service in 1944.
“I was drafted,” he said. “I got a telegram welcoming me to the force. ‘Greetings from the president’, it said. I was 18 when it happened.”
One year after being drafted, Brewer was sent to fight in WWII.

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Ruston water deemed good

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Ruston’s drinking water is top notch. That’s the finding of an annual assessment that tests levels of various potential contaminants in the city’s potable water.
The 2014 water source assessment released this month found no violations for the 14 substances the assessment routinely checks. The assessment was complied by the state Department of Environmental Quality.
“Our treated drinking water we produce is the best quality you can get,” Keith Jeselink, Ruston’s utilities water manager, said.

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Tech historian shows work

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Stephen Webre, Louisiana Tech University professor of history and interim associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts, was one of 33 scholars from four countries selected to present his research at an international conference in Mexico City last week.
Sponsored by the Directorate of Historical Studies at Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History, this year’s first international colloquium focused on the experience of Roman Catholic missionaries in the Maya region and adjoining territories.

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