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May 25th, 2006

Children could keep Sparta afloat

Years elapsed as the siblings and I generously took advantage of the water supply within our reach.
Almost 20 years later, my showers are down to 15 minutes, and most of my drinking water comes out of a bottle.
I realize water is no longer an unlimited commodity.
Facts gathered by the USGS indicate the Sparta Aquifer can only sustain 52 (mgd) million gallons per day. We currently use 70 mgd, or 18 million gallons too much to sustain the Sparta.

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May 24th

Students impacted by changes

Both parish elementary and middle schools are being synchronized to complement the high schools’ schedule.
I.A. Lewis and Ruston Junior High students must be at school at 8 a.m. and will dismiss slightly before the high schools.
Elementary schools in Ruston are slated to start at 7:45 a.m. and dismiss at 3 p.m.
On this new system, the elementary students will be picked up and dropped off by buses before the high schoolers.

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Celebration planned for Memorial Day

The event will begin at 6 p.m. May 29 at the Dixie. There will be many local participants working to make this a complete evening of celebrating the bravery and patriotism which mark the lives of all of our veterans.
“We are going to offer hot dogs, lemonade and Blue Bell ice cream in Intermission Park adjacent to the Dixie before the showing of the movie,” Reeg said.

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Bulldogs’ baseball gets upgrade

Nearly $10,000 worth of batting cages, shields, nets and tarps that have been added to the Bulldogs’ home facility at J.C. Love Field in recent weeks is certainly adding more punch to the club’s lineup this season.
And for future years, too.
Various alumni, fans, students and other supporters of the program have donated funds to help boost the Bulldogs both at the plate and image-wise.

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Anticipated savings appreciated

The department has also upgraded parish water systems and hopes to gain points in the evaluation by pumping 2,000 gallons during the scheduled water shuttles.
Another move was made to gain points with the dispatch. By moving those duties to the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, Ford said a step was eliminated, allowing for a quicker response time as well as increasing the possibility for points in the rating.

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Spacing out within the limits

After hearing a lot about the site, particularly the dangers, I decided to look into it myself. I quickly, quickly became addicted.
The number of people, the number of networking possibilities are endless.
I found all kinds of people on there, from kids that I used to babysit to fellow Rams that walked the hallowed halls of Wilkinson County Christian Academy with me when I was just a teenybopper.
Looking at someone’s profile is just like opening a snapshot to their life. OK, this is what they’ve done in the last five years, five months, five days.

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OWL maze good for teamwork

“The youth love it,” MCH OWL Activities Supervisor Kim Ratcliff said. “They can’t wait to go back.”
Ratcliff hopes the only permanent maze in North Louisiana, funded by a donation from Ruston resident Clarence Faulk in memory of his mother Louise B. Faulk, might be used all year around for therapeutic, educational and recreational purposes.
The maze activities are not limited to youth at MCH, but are open to any interested groups whether it be university, school, church or senior citizen organizations.

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May 23rd

Animal auction bids on success

“We sold everything that we had,” Kennedy said. “Two animals (a bull and a heifer) were scratched from the sale, so we sold 62 all together. It was the best sale we’ve ever had — best attendance, strongest bidders and the highest grossing year we’ve ever had.”
He attributed some of the success of the sale to the students who helped bring it to life.
“The student help was probably the best we’ve had,” Kennedy said. “They helped with the setting up.”
During the sale student workers cleaned stalls, led animals into the auction arena or worked on a number of other activities.

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Thanks for gift of music

With the focus of most school curricula being on basic subjects and perhaps not including an exposure to classical music or music at all, these concerts may well represent the only taste of this segment of the performing arts that younger students may get.
While a sampling of all types of music may be provided by some parents as part of a well-rounded education, no matter what takes place at school, many children grow up in homes in which that is not the case.

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The small matters do matter

“I just had to come over here and tell you what your child just did,” I said. This comment in itself was extremely well received because I had mistaken the grandmother for the mother.
But I was far from finished.
“Your grandchild just held the door open for me coming out of the store and when I thanked her, she replied, ‘Yes, ma’am, you are welcome.’” The grandmother beamed. She told me how hard it was to teach children good manners and respect for their elders when there were so many negative influences in modern society.

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