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Cowboys, girls kick up wins

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Saturday morning brought horse lovers from around the South to the North Louisiana Exhibition Center for the Cotton Country Association’s final open horse show of the year.
Peggy Bailey, association secretary and treasurer, said riders came from places such as Texas, Mississippi and central Louisiana for the fourth and final show of the season. The show brought more than 50 horses and riders, both amateur and professional, to the area.
“That’s a good turnout, especially with it being as hot as it was,” Bailey said.

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Jobless rate up

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Norris: Increase positive and negative

The unemployment rate in Lincoln Parish has increased from almost 8 percent in May to almost 10 percent in June, according to statistics that the Louisiana Workforce Commission released last week.
Exactly 7.8 percent of Lincoln Parish residents were unemployed in May. That percentage increased to 9.9 percent in June, according to the LWC.
The LWC counted exactly 1,961 Lincoln Parish residents as unemployed in June. Exactly 17,849 Lincoln Parish residents were employed last month, according to LWC numbers.

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‘Dixie Swim Club’ opens this week

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Billy Chandler, director of Ruston Community Theatre’s last production of the season, “The Dixie Swim Club,” thinks the play will make a splash in Ruston. The story will be brought to life on the Dixie Center for the Arts stage from Thursday through Sunday.
“We chose the play for its southern roots and content,” Chandler said. “It’s a lot like ‘Steel Magnolias.’ It’s got a lot of comedy in it, but it’s also got some real touching scenes. We thought it’d be a great play for this area that people would enjoy.”
Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, the play is a comedic drama about the friendships of five southern women who meet in college on their school swim team. Every year they gather for a weekend at a North Carolina beach house to catch up and meddle in one another’s lives. The story about friendship, love and teamwork spans 33 years.

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Second area plant catches on fire

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Firefighters with the Lincoln Parish Fire Department and the Ruston Fire Department responded to a fire at the Duraflake plant in Simsboro early this morning.
Lincoln Parish Fire Department officials were unavailable for comment this morning, but officials with the Ruston Fire Department received a call for assistance at exactly 4:42 a.m., said Eric Brazzel, spokesman for the RFD.
“We arrived to find a fire in one of the high rise dryers near a conveyer belt that required multiple ladder trucks to access that particular fire, which was very high up,” Brazzel said.

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Much for kids to learn in summer

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One thing I’ve noticed this summer, and over the course of many summers that I’ve lived here — children in Lincoln Parish have plenty of opportunities to prosper even when school isn’t in session.
Both Louisiana Tech and Grambling State University have played big roles in that fact.
GSU brought in more than 20 of the top high-school students from around the nation for its recently completed Summer High Ability program.

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An education in Sparta should start as early as possible

Everyone enjoys the convenience of walking to their kitchen sink and turning on the faucet when they need a drink during the hot summer months. In Lincoln Parish, that water comes from the Sparta Aquifer.
Most people are aware that there is a problem with the aquifer, which is the main source of potable water for 16 parishes, including Lincoln. Due to overuse, the aquifer is depleting one to four feet per year.
Lately, there has been a push to make sure children understand this as well as, if not better than, their parents.

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’Dogs get low votes for WAC

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Preseason polls have Tech no higher than No. 5 slot
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Rob McGill and Tank Calais preferred to look the other way when the Western Athletic Conference coaches and media announced their traditional preseason football polls.
Besides, too often, the prognosticators’ thoughts aren’t worth the paper they’re using to mark down their votes.
And in the case of the Louisiana Tech University team that McGill and Calais play for, the 2010 WAC poll may come across more as a bad joke or simply fodder for the clipboard later on.

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Tech kicks off ‘Quest’ website

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Officials hope to boost progress for facility upgrade

In conjunction with the most historic athletics capital campaign in Louisiana Tech history, the University has launched an official “Quest for Excellence” website at www.quest4excellence.com.
The website is geared towards providing Tech alums and fans a vehicle for accessing all of the information on the $20 million campaign which is centered around the construction of a 90,000-plus square-foot multipurpose facility in the south end zone of Joe Aillet Stadium. Commitments have already been made for $9 million.
Following the official announcement on the “Quest for Excellence campaign,” the website is completed and live as it contains the official press release, renderings of the facility, naming opportunities, messages from Tech President Dan Reneau and Athletics Director Bruce Van De Velde, bios on the Leadership Team which consists of Steve Davison, former Bulldogs’ quarterback great Terry Bradshaw and Drake Mills as well as a link where individuals can make donations towards the project.

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Walker, Carter win RCC Classic crown

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Bradley Walker and Neal Carter are No. 1 in the Ruston Country Club Classic golf tournament.
The First National Bank-sponsored competition featured a total of 40 teams competing in four different flights.
Walker and Carter topped the list of championship performers with a score of 121, while Chris Wyatt and Greg Scott were runner-ups with a 123. In third place were Ty Cowan and Daryl Altic.

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