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April 28th, 2009

Partnerships pay off for local students

The state Department of Education gives the Distinguished Partner in Education awards to businesses and other organizations based on their financial or volunteer-driven support of a school.
Two years ago, Community Trust Bank was honored with the same award, and it looks as though Lincoln Parish is establishing itself as a leader in education partnerships.
Every business and group in the parish can look to Super 1 and Trinity UMC as an example of undertaking an effort to contribute financially and volunteer in a way that makes a difference.

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Salt encroachment threatens Sparta

“The situation we have occurring presently in Ouachita Parish is really the perfect storm for saltwater encroachment,” said Ben McGee, a supervisory hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Ruston. “You have a large withdrawal of water very close to that freshwater-saltwater boundary, so when we pump water out of the Sparta and reduce the pressure, the saltwater responds by filling in.”
The problem
The Sparta can sustain use of up to 56 million gallons per day. But, current use of the aquifer is 70 million gallons per day.

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Sparta’s health raises concerns

The grave situation of north Louisiana’s diminishing water supply seems to have finally raised concern among state officials. At a February meeting of the Louisiana Groundwater Resources Commission in Minden, the majority of commission members and area residents in attendance expressed sincere interest finding viable solutions for the rapidly depleting aquifer.

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Super 1, Trinity honored by state

State winners are selected based on nominees’ support of a school, whether it is monetary or manpower. Criteria include the duration of a group’s partnership with a school, as well as the number of participants involved and types of activities undertaken to help boost education.
According to the nomination form, Super 1 Foods has invested more than $50,000 in local educational initiatives, volunteered countless hours in service and provided on-site opportunities for students and teachers through its daily business operation over the past five years.

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April 27th

Layden: High praise for Malone

“Karl said, ‘Coach, you know you gotta play hurt, now get over here.’ So Barbara (Layden’s wife) drove us over to his house. The whole time I was over there, I felt really bad and, to be honest, didn’t feel like staying very long.”
After dining on a meal prepared by Karl’s wife, Kay, the Laydens visited for a while and then were preparing to leave when the former Summerfield High School and Louisiana Tech University star handed over a card to his coach.

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Tax break proposals worrisome

Are they oblivious to the state’s money woes, truly committed to the notion that tax breaks would improve the state economy, trying to get a conversation going about a tax cut that could be years away from passage or just engaging in political posturing?
Whatever the case, many folks are on edge.

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Legislators have busy months ahead

Here in Lincoln Parish, our two universities face a combined cut total of more than $13 million as part of the overall state plan to trim back higher education by $219 million.
Louisiana Tech stands to lose $8.28 million, and GSU is dealing with $4.9 million in losses.

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Seeds planted for shopping explosion

“The arts and crafts and food vendors are a significant draw for the festival,” said Nancy Bergeron, communications manager of the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, which produces the festival. “Folks like to come and shop and see a variety of things. Oftentimes, the items the vendors have are things you might not necessarily see in your local stores. Some people do their Christmas shopping at these festivals.”
Bergeron said the festival attracts vendors from throughout Louisiana, as well as some from Arkansas, Texas and farther away areas, such as Tennessee and Alabama.

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April 24th

Bulldogs face long WAC trip

Tech (20-16, 5-7), winners of seven straight games and coming off of a recent four-game sweep over defending champ Fresno State University, will face Sacramento State for the next four days before then moving on to Hawaii.
The Bulldogs and Hornets (21-17, 2-6) will play single games today (4 p.m.), Saturday (3 p.m.), Sunday (3 p.m.) and Monday (3 p.m.).
Then it’s on to Honolulu to play the Warriors in single games on April 30 (11:35 p.m.), May 1 (11:35 p.m.), May 2 (11:35 p.m.) and May 3 (6 p.m.).

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15 minutes quickly fleeting

As intriguing as it is, the possibility of being famous even for a quarter of an hour in one’s life is far more enticing than an eternity of invisibility. Recently, 47-year-old and never been smooched Scotland native Susan Boyle wowed the ever uber-critical Simon Cowell on a British talent show, revealing a voice that was dripping in talent, but accompanied by a wallflower physical appearance that seems to counteract the probability of launching a timely and attractive career.

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