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October 30th

Ruston opens arms to Tulane

He'll gather each Tuesday with area media representatives to talk about the week's previous game and the upcoming test for the Green Wave.
And seldom has there been a time in which the seventh-year leader of the Conference USA program hasn't failed to mention how appreciative he and his staff, players and entire school have been over the graciousness of Ruston and Louisiana Tech University.
They realize the goodness and lending hand that has been extended by so many people within our city and at the university.

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RPAR must maintiain its focus

At next month's meeting, further discussion is scheduled with the board slated to come up with a recommendation to take to the city council.
RPAR Director Wes Barton has brought in the right type of attitude — some programs need rate increases, while others need to be reexamined and possibly lowered.
The major concern right now at RPAR is whether its three big facilities — the Eddie McLane Recreation Center, Bobby James Gym and Greenwood Recreation Center — are being rented at the right prices.

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Early detection vital to survival

Women over 40 should annually receive a mammogram, women in their twenties and thirties should get a clinical breast exam at least every three years, and all women should perform monthly self-exams. Those at high risk should discuss with their doctors when they should begin having mammograms.
High risk factors include increased age, women who have had a breast biopsy or women who have a first-degree relative, such as a sister or mother, who have had breast cancer.

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Sparta effort collaborative

Although no major restrictions followed the issuance of the order on Monday, there were recommendations and guidelines that should serve to boost conservation efforts for an aquifer that supplies a large portion of North Louisiana with its drinking water.
The order requires that users of non-domestic wells report their water use each month. This would allow the Office of Conservation a look at where conservation efforts need to be focused.

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Pro-business bill a threat to aquifer

Enough evidence piled up over 20 years to earn the "critical" designation for the Sparta Sands, a spongelike underground river -- drinking water for 19 upland parishes. Sparta is drying up at the rate of two feet to four feet a year, eventually allowing salt water to replace the sweet drinking water for which the aquifer was once known.
The critical designation, meanwhile, opened the way for the Sparta Commission to seek solutions for depletion of the aquifer. The "critical" designation spurs action on the local, state and even national levels.

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Legislators leave constituents behind

Sen. Bob Kostelka, R-Monroe, made his opinion known in November 2004 at a Sparta Groundwater Conservation District Commission meeting. "The word 'critical' is scaring business away. Businesses make decisions 30 to 40 years down the road, and they will not want to relocate here with a critical designation hanging over them. Putting a label on ourselves can't do us any good."

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Jones concerned over HB123

There is certainly nothing wrong with that stated purpose, and I know that he means well.
However, when one reads House Bill 123, it is apparent that the bill does something vastly different from setting up a study group. In fact, the bill does not even require the lake authority to issue a report.
The powers this bill would grant the proposed lake authority cause me and many others great concern. This bill should amended to make the lake authority a "study only" commission. We should study this "objectively" and gather public input before acting.

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Area faces critical time

Water issues, economic development and traffic problems are just some of the concerns facing us today.
For too long we’ve “talked” about these issues instead of seeking solutions and working to resolve the problems.
We can no longer procrastinate! We’re facing a situation with the Sparta where there is a very real possibility that our supply of drinking water will be gone in our lifetime unless steps are taken — now.

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Admit Sparta is problem

• Usage on the Sparta Aquifer is approximately 70 million gallons per day;
• The Sparta Aquifer can only sustain 52 million gallons per day;
• In some areas of the Sparta Aquifer, water levels are dropping at a rate of more than two feet per year;
• In some areas the water level has dropped below the top of the formation;
• Salt water intrusion is entering from the east as levels of the Sparta Aquifer drop.

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Alexander lawsuit back in state court

Spawned by Democrats' fury at the congressman's sudden switch, the suit seeks to have Alexander either kicked off the November ballot, or be forced to run as a Democrat.
First filed in a state court at the southern tip of Alexander's sprawling district, the congressman's lawyers pushed the lawsuit into federal court last week, saying his constitutional rights were at issue.

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