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July 14th

Martin: Texas-size impact

The Harvesters captured the championship for Division III at the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series held in Glen Falls, N.Y.
In the title game, Eastfield prevailed 9-2 after having taken earlier tournament victories of 10-4 over the same team, 12-0 over Suffolk Selden and 9-7 over Joliet College.
For the entire season, the Harvesters compiled a 44-17 record and also reigned as the champions of the regional 5 and district C tournament.

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Amputees deliver ample inspiration

“Our message is a simple one, a visual one,” Sapere said. “As we ride up as amputees, we are saying there is life after amputation. After trauma, you can choose to come to a facility like this or choose to sit in bed feeling sorry for yourself and let life pass you by.”
Johnson then spoke about the car accident that crushed both ankles when she was 17 and about being “differently-abled” after amputation.
“We’re not really disabled,” Johnson said to the crowd. “We’re just not 100 percent like everyone else.”

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July 13th

Sparta conservation efforts overflowing

Some causes for water loss from the Louisiana Sparta Aquifer identified were aging water systems, inadequate or lack of regular water audits, faulty water meters, water operator turnover, water rates which are too low and unmetered consumers.
LRWA State Certified Operator Mike Gonzales pointed to a lack of personal responsibility as a large problem with unmetered consumers.
“If you’ve got customers and you charge a flat rate of $15 a month then there is not incentive to change,” Gonzales said.
Rep. Hollis Downs, R-Ruston, addressed the notion of individual responsibility.

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Blanco vetoes cable franchise bill

At Tuesday evening’s Lincoln Parish Police Jury meeting, some jurors expressed concern that the bill would be signed by Blanco.
“We stand to lose $10,000 - $15,000 if the bill is signed,” Juror Joyce Huntington said. “Our local legislators know how we feel, yet they all supported it.”
Rep. Hollis Downs, R-Ruston, said he supported the bill because he felt it would give those in rural areas a better chance at getting high-speed Internet and cable services.

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RHS seeking new baseball coach

The RHS program, which went 25-11 overall and finished No. 6 among 5-A schools in the Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association poll this past season, is in the hunt for a successor and will try and fill that slot by the time the 2006-2007 school session gets under way.
Several names have been circulating as candidates, applicants or possibilities to succeed O’Neal at the helm.
Among them:

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Staff support raises money well spent

The increases for support personnel will cost the school board approximately $197,000 per year. With these funds, all the system’s maintenance staff, food service workers and bus drivers will see a slight raise.
Although $1,000 per year might not sound like a lot to a person who makes $30,000 plus annually, it is a significant difference to someone who makes less than $20,000 a year and has a large family to support.

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No need to yield to road rage

Then I choose not to look at them too closely to avoid witnessing any inappropriate gestures or words of anger mouthed in my direction.
Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Wes Harris said following another vehicle too closely is one of the most common causes of traffic accidents. He estimates one-half of the collisions in Ruston can be tied to one vehicle following another too closely.
When it comes to unrelenting tailgaters, Harris offers a few words of wisdom:

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Jury offers tax incentives to businesses

The company, which employs 355 workers with an annual payroll of approximately $25 million, is considering replacing both of the glass furnaces at its Ruston plant. Plant manager Steve Tilmont said that decision might rest on whether the parish and state could offer financial incentives to his company.
“Saint-Gobain would like to invest in the Ruston Plant, but it has to be attractive to the home office,” Tilmont said.
Tilmont said Saint-Gobain operates three plants in the south central

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July 12th

Tolbert good enough for 1-A?

The slippery-on-his-feet, sure-to-grab wide receiver at Grambling State University is one of 25 Division 1-AA players listed by the popular web site who could easily be successful in the 1-A ranks.
There’s plenty of evidence to support the case for the senior from
Birmingham, Ala.
Last year, Tolbert led the Southwestern Athletic Conference in four major offensive departments.
He was No. 3 in another division.

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Firemen fight for savings

Ford said the department has been preparing for the rating process since he was hired three years ago, and as the rating date got closer, it became more stressful.
“The volunteers and office staff worked really hard to get this rating,” he said.
Ford also said the department has set a goal to get the rating even lower to a Class Three and in the process save homeowners even more money.
Several suggestions were made by the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana, and Ford said the department will take those into account and continue to work toward that designation.

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