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April 3rd

Easing Sparta’s strain

Sixteen parishes in north Louisiana depend either entirely or partially on the Sparta aquifer for their drinking water. Areas of extremely high aquifer use include West Monroe, Jonesboro-Hodge and Ruston-Grambling.
Water levels in the Sparta have been dropping for years because the amount of water being taken from the aquifer exceeds its sustainable level by about 18 million gallons per day.

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’Dogs, Hornets start WAC series

Entering the week, the Hornets were tied for second place with Fresno State and Nevada at 5-3 each and had posted an overall record of 10-14.
The Bulldogs are 2-5 in the conference and in sixth place, one tier ahead of basement dwelling Hawaii (2-6).
Sacramento State has the second top fielding club in the WAC with a .975 percentage, only one-tenth of a percentage point under Hawaii.
The ‘Dogs are currently No. 2 in overall pitching with a 4.72 earned run average.

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Village comes together to help schools

At the Lincoln Parish School Board meeting Tuesday, three recommendations were put on the table: Seeking voter approval of a lower property tax, considering a sales tax and looking into the possibility of implementing a parcel fee.
No matter which funding method is ultimately chosen, all the money brought in would pay for renovations and maintenance and operation costs at the schools.
Because of the failure of the property taxes, Choudrant schools have not had a dedicated source of funding for maintenance and operation nor for upgrades.

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Cooking tradition stays warm

When I first started begging people to be interviewed for these articles, some were reluctant. They either claimed they were not photogenic or were not particularly talented in the kitchen. In an attempt to ease their fears, I’ve told them the only requirements for participation are that they work, attend school or reside in Lincoln Parish and can produce a recipe — theirs or someone else’s — for a dish they can create. As for apprehensions about their physical appearance on camera, I remind them we’re always our own biggest critics.

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City adds parking

Efforts begun by the city in 2004 to explore acquiring land for the area are coming to fruition with two projects. During a recent council meeting, the city obtained permission to acquire the Spears building property near the Civic Center.
The building will be demolished, and a parking lot with about 30 spaces will be put in place.
Public Works Director Lewis Love said work is expected to begin in the next month.
Construction has been ongoing on another piece of property at the intersection of Monroe Street and Georgia Avenue for the past month.

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April 2nd

Board eyes Choudrant’s needs

One mill equals $1 for every $1,000 of taxable value over of the homestead exemption limit of $75,000. Taxable value is 10 percent of fair market value.
“The (Save Our Schools) committee realizes we need to do some things in the Choudrant area,” Parnell said. “We would be willing to pay 18 mills, but we thought 47 mills was a little excessive.”
He suggested a 1 percent sales tax and a flat parcel fee — where a set amount is retrieved from landowners for each parcel of land owned — also be used to fund renovations to the two schools.

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Bulldogs tackle NSU tonight

Tech will try and boost its winning streak to three games after having taken wins in the last two outings of last weekend’s home and WAC series against San Jose State. A fourth and final contest was rained out on Sunday.
Prior to those two victories, the ‘Dogs had stumbled through a five-game losing string, all against WAC foes; Nevada took four-of-four in Reno earlier before the Spartans came into Ruston and prevailed 11-6 in a Friday night opener.

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Giving to Med-Camps a laudable effort

Med-Camps offers children and teens with disabilities the chance to canoe, ride horses, swim, sing and more during week-long camps tailored for specific needs.
The challenges of life as a disabled child are innumerable; providing these needy youth with an outlet is absolutely critical. On top of that, the cost of care in such situations can be quite enormous, making founder Dr. Michael Zambie’s promise to keep the services free all the more important.

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Amazing what trash can do

I first heard of the innovations of one particular Ouachita Parish native tinkering away in the labs at Louisiana Tech last spring, when I broke the news that Tech’s first nanosystems engineering graduate also bore the mantle of the world’s first such degree-holder.
That hefty honor and responsibility has not dulled the ingenuity of Josh Brown, and today he looks to a group of teammates who are taking a technology he pioneered — turning landfill gases into liquid fuel — to a nationwide invitational competition at Oak Ridge National Laboratories in rocky Tennessee.

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Locals join cancer fight

“It’s a personal goal and a way to connect with others who have been affected by
(breast cancer),” she said.
So far, Dianne Springer has raised 20 percent of the $2,200 she is required to generate in order to participate. Brandy Springer’s entrance fee will be raised after her mother’s donations are obtained.
Dianne Springer has sent a mass e-mail asking for donations and has gotten local businesses to sell $5 raffle tickets for a quilt that she made with more than 100 various 1940s reproduction fabrics.

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