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October 27th

Sparta lessons are crucial for students

Those who watch the short film on the Sparta can learn the value of being a good steward of our natural resources. Timmy and Grandpa, the main characters of the DVD, are more than just two characters in a short film.
Grandpa’s wise words are more than a lesson. The two characters are metaphors for those who understand the wisdom behind protecting the source of our drinking water and those who might be irresponsible in its use but are open to learning more about what makes our particular situation so important.

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Can Bearcats end victory drought?

“Honestly, I thought Barbe should probably have gone up to No. 1,” said West Monroe coach Don Shows. “The polls don’t mean anything right now except for the fans. That’s who they’re for. As coaches and players, it’s about preparing to play your next game and I know that we’ll have to be very well prepared for a great Ruston team. Everywhere I look on their team, they’ve got outstanding personnel.”
While Laird doesn’t plan to make mention of it to his team, it’s no small secret about how much water has gone under the proverbial bridge since the Bearcats halted the Rebels.

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October 24th

Sparta lessons flow in schools

The Sparta Aquifer — a geological formation hundreds of feet below ground — supplies potable water to all or part of 16 parishes in north central Louisiana. For years, the Sparta’s water has been used at a rate faster than it can be replenished, which has spurred public education efforts about limiting water usage.

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October 23rd

Mayor: Gas windfall should flow to Sparta

Ben McGee, supervisory hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey Ruston program office, said the Sparta is being used in Louisiana at a rate of about 70 million gallons per day, although it can only sustain a usage of around 56 million gallons per day.
“We’re using more water than it can naturally replenish,” McGee said. “We’re overusing the Sparta by about 14 million gallons per day, which is resulting in a decline of the level of the aquifer by about two feet per year. Basically, we have a finite amount of water in the Sparta, and the decline can’t continue forever.”

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Conservation message goes high definition

Sixteen parishes in north Louisiana depend either entirely or partially on the Sparta aquifer for their potable water. Water levels in the Sparta have been dropping for years because the amount of water being taken from the aquifer exceeds its sustainable level.

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October 22nd

Sparta lessons flow in schools

“Imagine what it would be like if our water wells ran dry,” Bell said in a memo to principals and faculty members. “It would have a significant and serious economic impact on our communities and our region. Perhaps if we plant the seed with our youth, then we may begin to help some individuals change their wasteful habits with ground water usage.”

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Bearcats follow Dean’s example

The Bearcats are hoping great things can also happen Friday night when they face No. 1 state ranked West Monroe at Rebel Stadium in a battle of District 1-5A rivals.
Graham marvels at the very fact that RHS is among the elite list of high schools with a professional Hall of Fame athlete among its graduates.
“How many students can say that they have played on the same practice field with Fred Dean?” Graham said . “Or have worn the same colors and strived for the same pride?  To have those things in common, itís just a flat out honor.”

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Tech teamwork goes global

Important projects require it. The LHC, a 17-mile long underground particle accelerator built beneath the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, Switzerland, is aimed at cracking some of the most arcane secrets of modern science. It will produce data on a scale that you and I cannot likely comprehend and will require more computing power than has ever been leveraged toward any one goal to perform its data analysis.
Scientists hope they find answers to some of the most fundamental questions of our existence, questions that heretofore were matters of faith or belief.

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Oil price slips mean state must save

It certainly represents a break for the individual. We’ve been carving big chunks out of our take-home pay to make it to and from the places we need to go because of high gas prices, but the state is going to see the opposite effect once the numbers are in. What’s good for us is also bad for us.
The governor, who came into office riding that wave of plump budgets and immediately set about making sure one-time money went to one-time expenditures, has said already that next year’s budgets are going to be tight.

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DART remembers

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and 26 silhouettes are on display outside the Ruston Civic Center to represent the women and children killed as a result of domestic violence since 1997 in the five parishes DART serves.
Signs set up in the Civic Center Monday evening revealed facts about domestic violence, such as “A woman is battered every nine seconds in the U.S.” and “Ninety-five percent of all assaults on spouses or ex-spouses are committed by men.”

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