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October 19th

Parishes team up to boost tourism

“This will benefit all of North Louisiana,” Ruston-Lincoln CVB President/CEO Kyle Edmiston said. “This will be an alliance of all of North Louisiana working together to be promoted in trade shows, travel inserts and magazines.”
Funds contributed from coalition members are expected to total $100,000, bringing the total available for promotion efforts to $200,000.

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October 18th

’Cats: A ‘Mission Impossible?’

“Yes, I guess that would be good to mention this week,” quipped Laird about his team’s supposedly insurmountable assignment. “I think most everybody is not giving us much of a chance or that nobody believes in our kids.
“But we need to be concerned with how we feel and what we can do Friday night. If we do what we’re supposed to do and play the way we’re capable of playing, then we’ll see what happens. The most important thing for our kids is to believe in themselves.”

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Team effort can boost tourism

Smaller areas need the help of outside muscle. The $100,000 grant will go to help the 29-parish North Louisiana Coalition promote all of their attractions as one and market the whole effectively.

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Car horns for emergencies

Nothing happens.
It becomes apparent there is no car in my path, and the only foreseeable wreck is the one my vehicle will soon cause if I don’t move from the middle of the street. Pulling up toward the nearby stoplight, my eyes wander to my rearview mirror to observe what prompted the sound that evoked panic. A driver waiting in a parking lot apparently saw a person he knew and used his horn to grab the attention of the acquaintance.

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Fewer selling minors tobacco

According to SAMHSA’s Federal Fiscal Year 2006 annual Synar reports, the national tobacco retailer violation rate dropped to 10.9 percent in 2006, down from 40.1 percent in 1997.
In Louisiana, the retailer violation rate was 6.7 percent, putting them in the bottom 10 of those who sell tobacco to minors.
Elaine Goheen, public affairs specialist for SAMSHA, said the compliance rates are determined through undercover checks. Under regulations implementing the Synar Amendment, states must report their annual retailer violation rates to SAMHSA.

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October 17th

Rebs, Broncos make Ruston visit

Boise State (5-1, 2-0), who went a perfect 13-0 and captured a Fiesta Bowl title in 2006, will be bringing their talented squad into Joe Aillet Stadium for a 6 p.m. league duel against Louisiana Tech University (2-4, 1-2).
West Monroe (6-0, 5-0.), who has maintained a top rating for the 5-A class in the weekly Louisiana Sports Writers Association poll, will tangle with Ruston High (4-3, 1-3) in a District 1-5A showdown at James Stadium on Friday beginning at 7 p.m.

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Make smart decisions at the poll

It’s also critical that voters make educated and informed decisions at the polls, which is why we’ve included the special political edition in today’s paper. We urge you to take the time to read it thoroughly and use it when you choose state and local leaders Saturday.
Our goal is to provide a complete profile of police jury and District 11 state representative candidates. Carefully read each candidate’s response to the questions we developed based on current local issues.

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Parents need a special touch

And it’s not that I’ve never been around the extremely young and needy before; this particular set of kids, or maybe this particular time of year, has made me think about the connection between parent and child.
My fiance’ has been vocalizing her desire on the subject of procreating: not now, maybe not ever. And I’m OK with that.
We’ve got our three cats, and if we are as good of parents as we want to be, they’ll keep us busy for another 10-15 years.
She’s got her growing container garden and the bell peppers that are getting ready to cut in the next few days.

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Jury, municipalities receive funds

The LGAP program has about $10 million for distribution to municipalities and parishes around the state this budget year. Eligible expenditures would include fire protection, sewer, water, government building renovations, police protection, land acquisition, demolition, equipment, roads, drainage and engineering costs associated with construction, according to a state Web page devoted to applications and program information.

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October 16th

Is Sparta substitute feasible?

“Ten million gallons a day off the top of Lake D’Arbonne amounts to 1/64th of an inch,’’ McGee said. “The bottom line: 10 million gallons of water a day should not prove to be an issue for the lake.’’
McGee made his remarks Monday night at a meeting of the Bayou D’Arbonne Lake Watershed District.
McGee said the lake loses 50 million gallons of water per day to evaporation and that the daily yield — the amount of water that comes over the spillway — is 200 million gallons a day.
Union and Lincoln parishes both hold rights to the lake.

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