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WAC stars could shine in ’07

Count them: there’s 12 different players suiting up again for the 2007 campaign who either led outright or finished in a tie for statistical leads in the WAC last year.
It all makes for what looms as yet another exciting season in the league that turned the BCS voting system on its heels with the presence of eventual Fiesta Bowl champion and top 10 nationally ranked Boise State in 2006 (and also a Broncos’ club that was the only perfect NCAA 1-A program in the nation).

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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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