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July 9th

Get active with RPAR programs

The third session of RPAR swimming lessons for all ages will be held July 16-27. The cost is $30 for Ruston residents and $40 for non-Ruston residents. These lessons allow fun in the sun under the instruction of trained lifeguards as young and old learn basic swimming techniques. Registration for the session will be held from 3-6 p.m. July 12-13 at the RPAR office at 605 James St.

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News reporting is the life

Tuesday afternoon I went to the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana to get some pictures of their Ice Cream Social. Summer is a great time to get pictures of ice cream, and it sets the perfect mood for children having fun. Now when you get the two together, it makes for a picture that is cute and sweet.

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Rain leaves Ruston in the dark

The rain left parts of Ruston and Grambling without power Friday. Ruston Power and Light’s Darrell Caraway said a downhill runoff washed away the base around a tree, causing it to fall on one of the city’s feeder lines on Fletcher Lane around noon Friday, knocking out power to businesses, homes, traffic signals and the local radio stations.
“It was a healthy tree,” Caraway said. “It just had too much water around its base.”
Entergy spokesman Jim Pesnell said a feeder line into Grambling was also out for a time Friday.

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RHS softball adds more honors

Lady Bearcats’ outfielders Albritton and Smith and Cedar Creek High pitcher Sanders were also honored on the first units on those All-State squads.
Now,they’re being recognized again.
Goulart is the Coach of the Year, Sanders the Pitcher of the Year, Albritton the Hitter of the Year and Smith the recipient of the Spirit Award on the 2007 All-Lincoln Parish team selected by The Daily Leader.

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Rain hasn’t resolved Sparta’s woes

Just as it did not take a couple of weeks of overuse of the Sparta sands to put us at risk of losing this most valuable of assets, so to will two weeks of heavy rain not refill those sands.
We took for granted the pristine source of our drinking water for years, casually wasting the precious nectar as if there were an unlimited supply. We didn’t stop to think that at one time the Sparta Aquifer actually was above ground in this area, but now you have to drill — deeply — to find it.

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Peach Fest a rousing success

As I visited with Chamber President Scott Terry during the Percy Sledge concert, you could tell it would be a while before he would be able to wipe the grin from his face. The two sets of bleachers brought in from the Expo Center were filled to overflowing, all of the seats in Railroad Park’s amphitheater were packed and every available standing room space was occupied by someone straining to catch a glimpse of Sledge as he belted out his hits from the 1970s.

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Grambling annexes 10 acres

“We didn’t approve it,” McCarter said. “Maybe we should have met again, but we didn’t; we said we were, but I was out of town. It can wait 30 more days. Most of the commission was at odds over the number of houses.”
Wiley said he was at the last commission meeting and it didn’t seem to him commission members were concerned with the number of houses planned for the subdivision.
“You weren’t at the table,” McCarter said. “I was.”
Jones asked Wiley if he would like to come forward and make a formal request for the council to approve the subdivision.

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July 6th

Tech, GSU on NCAA stat list

Tech, which won 35 games during the fourth year of head coach Wade Simoneaux, had its highest team ranking for home runs per game.
Led by Western Athletic Conference leader Brian Rike with his 20, the ‘Dogs produced for 1.24 round trippers per contest. Wofford was the national leader with its per-game output of 1.71.
Tech was No. 14 in scoring with an average of 7.6 runs each contest, the national leader being the College of Charleston at 9.5.

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Every day good for flag waving

If you are reading these words, you are benefiting from a number of freedoms. Most of all you are benefiting from freedom of the press and its close partner freedom of speech. The whole system which governs our country is based on those principles.

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Dilemmas of working moms

Women have many more choices now. And one of those choices is whether they want to be self-employed or whether they want to take a corporate position.
The image of being employed is often one of a woman doing housework in between corporate reports. Her attire would vary between sweats to a business suit depending upon the day’s schedule. But no matter which, the schedule would be under her control. And her means of communication could range from conference calls to regular telephone calls to the all inclusive e-mail.

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