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July 29th

Ramsey signs on with Saints

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After months of speculation, it’s now official: former Ruston High School star Patrick Ramsey is a Saint.
Year No. 9 in his NFL career will be in his home state, as the 31-year-old Ramsey agreed on a one-year contract with the world champions on Wednesday.
Ramsey, who was the No. 1 draftee of the Washington Redskins in 2002 following a record-setting career at Tulane, is due to be the backup to Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees.

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Gas storage facility raises questions

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News has spread through Lincoln and Union parishes that an underground gas storage tank could be in the making.
The Vaughn Sand Reservoir, which is located 9,000 feet underground, has been depleted for a few decades. Officials with Sawgrass Storage LLC propose using this old reservoir to store gas and then distribute it when market prices improve.
“The reservoir would be developed for storage by directionally drilling 19-20 injection/withdrawal wells from five well pads and constructing a 15,000 HP main gas compression station near Downsville and a 10,000 HP compressor station near Sterlington to facilitate pipeline interconnection,” spokesman Richard A. Caragol said.

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Keep school supply dollars within parish

Summer is quickly dying down, and Lincoln Parish students will be back in the classroom much sooner than they would probably like. For many families, that means a collection of intense shopping trips are on the horizon.
Parents and students will flock to the shops looking for sales and bargains on everything from pencils and highlighters to new shoes and uniform pants as the school year quickly approaches.
When spending dollars on these essential items, parents of Lincoln Parish students should think twice before handing their money over to stores outside of the parish.

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July 28th

Refilling the ‘tank’

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Sawgrass LLC looks to store gas underground
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Residents in the Downsville area could soon be walking above more than dirt and pebbles.
Located approximately 9,000 feet below ground is the Vaughn Sand Reservoir, which Sawgrass Storage LLC hopes to refill with natural gas by the summer of 2012. The approximately 8,800-acre gas production reservoir — depleted since the 1960s or 1970s — straddles Union and Lincoln parishes.
“It’s really a big, empty bottle underground, and we would reuse the space for a storage facility to put gas in the ground,” Sawgrass project representative Chris Finch said. “When the price of gas is low, producers put the gas in the ground to store it for a time when gas prices are higher.”

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My hypothesis on men versus women

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I was talking on the phone with my then-girlfriend.
The topic of our conversation — beauty pageants.
As always, I couldn’t keep my opinions to myself (I may or may not have used the adjective “tacky” to express myself, although this was five years ago. I was living in south Florida and my memory isn’t vivid).

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Ways to cut down on your power bills

The heat of summer has pounced upon us. Despite the flurry of showers recently, highs remain in the low 90s.
Many local residents should have recently received a credit on their city of Ruston power bills due to a suit settlement.
This one-time payment will bring some relief in the middle of summer. However, there are hot months ahead, which will likely be accompanied by high-energy bills.

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Ruston man gets 7-year sentence

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Convicted home burglar will have to serve first 20 months

The Third Judicial Court has sentenced a Ruston man to seven years in prison for simple burglary charges in the Green Mountain Drive and High Point Drive areas of Ruston.
William Henry Ledford, who was 18 when Ruston police arrested him last August on two simple burglary charges, will serve seven years in prison. All but the first 20 months are suspended, according to courthouse officials.
Police arrested Ledford last summer and charged him and one other man, Tyler Marsh, 18 at the time of his arrest, Quitman, with two separate burglaries on Green Mountain Drive and High Point Drive last July.

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Tellis Cooper student essay contest offers prize

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Local children will get a chance to flex their brains and muscles as part of activities leading up to the Family Day in the Park Back to School Jamboree sponsored by the Tellis Cooper Foundation.
Joy Tellis Cooper, founder of the organization, said students will get the chance to participate in an essay contest and a mini-exercise workshop before the Aug. 7 event in the Blue Building in Greenwood Park.
The essay contest has been a part of the festivities for the past seven years. This year, however, Cooper hopes to see more entries.

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Singers prep for ‘Hot August Nights’

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Piney Hills Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines is preparing for “Hot August Nights” — three free group vocal lessons for women — and is in the process is searching for singers seeking an opportunity to perform.
The lessons are scheduled from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 5, Aug. 12 and Aug. 19 in the fellowship hall of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston, located at 212 N. Bonner. The following week, on Aug. 26, participants have a chance to perform with the chorus for Friends and Family Night.
Other opportunities can also result from taking part in the lessons: In December, participants will have the chance to sing on the chorus’s “Christmas on the Bayou” show. And in the future, there is the possibility for vocal lesson students to join the chorus as full-time members.

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Belles dance their way into individual, group honors

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The 2010-11 Ruston High School Bearcat Belles recently returned from a National Dance Alliance summer camp.
The camp was held at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock and drew more than 200 dancers from the surrounding states.
The Ruston High School Bearcat Belles received the following awards at the NDA summer camp.

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