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March 10th, 2014

Legislature’s actions matter

The 2014 regular Louisiana legislative session is underway. And if the observations of local lawmakers are any indication, this session, like so many before it, will be chock-full of ardent debate on issues ranging from the controversial Common Core education curriculum to lessening the penalties for marijuana possession, to how to plug holes in the state budget.

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Dogs improve life's quality

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Ruston Parks and Recreation Department’s eighth annual Furry Fun Walk was held Saturday and as usual was a smashing success as dogs from all over Lincoln Parish brought their owners out to get together for a day of fun.
It’s simply amazing to see that many dogs of different breeds, sizes and personalities get together without any problems whatsoever. The only real barking heard that day was from one poor dog a little freaked out when Sparky, the Ruston Fire Department Mascot, tried to pet him. But hey, if somebody in a giant dog suit tried to pet me, I might be a little freaked out, too.

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Pet of the Week

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This little gal’s name is Lady. She is a Terrier mix and small. At 6 months she is about 15 pounds and gets to live in the pen with the smaller dogs. She is very playful and gets along with all the other dogs. A quiet girl, she sometimes gets left out of things because she stays in the back. Lady has all her shots. Her adoption fee is $65. Call 251-DOGS today for more information. See all of the dogs at 290 Rodeo Road. The 4 Paws office is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment.

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Being connected makes the difference

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What gets me up on my feet, what keeps me going is knowing that what I write touches others deeply, lending support to hurting souls because we all have something we are dealing with from the richest to the poorest to those in between.
Our emotions are our common bond that joins us to each other.
Without that bond we feel alone like ships without a rudder upon the sea of life.
It’s not what happens to us but how we use it to our own advantage. Using it as our calling card and a tool to minister  to others is what makes the difference.

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The heroes of DART’s annual radiothon

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As we enter the last month of preparation for DART’s 13th Annual Radiothon, we are reviewing all of the necessary components for a strong and successful event.
This is, after all, the most important fundraiser of the year for us. At a recent Radiothon Committee meeting, members Pam Dance, Beatrice Tatem, Sharon Pettijohn, Jhola McGee, Taylor Head and I listed all of the events of Radiothon Week. They include:

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Tech receives sizable donation

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The Purchasing Management Assoc. of Lou-Ark recently donated a sizeable check to the Sustainable Supply Management program in the College of Business at Louisiana Tech University. Attending the presentation were (from left), Brad Evans (PMA Lou-Ark member), Morehouse General Hospital; James Lumpkin, dean, College of Business; Barbara Spillers (PMA Lou-Ark member) CenturyLink; Tony Inman, professor of supply chain management and PMA Lou-Ark member; and Wayne Coker (VP PMA Lou-Ark) presenting the check to Rebecca Bennett, professor of management and head of the management department at Tech.

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March 8th

Legislative session opens Monday

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State Sen. Rick Gallot wants to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. Sen. Bob Kostelka wants vehicular homicide classified as a violent crime. He also wants to get rid of the controversial public school Common Core standards.
Sen. Mike Walsworth wants the state to allow a group seeking alternative domestic water sources to the Sparta Aquifer to be able to buy land for a treatment plant. He wants motorcyclists age 21 and over exempt from wearing safety helmets, too.

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Bill to help purchase land for ULRWSI to be considered

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The Union-Lincoln Regional Water Supply Initiative would be able to purchase state-owned acreage upon which the group wants to build a water treatment plant, if the Legislature agrees.
Sen. Mike Walsworth, R-West Monroe, is asking lawmakers to approve selling approximately 21.5 acres in the Old D’Arbonne State Park in Farmerville to the initiative for the appraised price of the property — $65,000.
The ULRWSI wants to pipe water from Lake D’Arbonne to Ruston and Farmerville as an alternative domestic source to the declining Sparta Aquifer.

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Raising the bar

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Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of stories about women fulfilling nontraditional roles in honor of Women’s History Month.
When most people think of prison wardens, the first image that pops in their head is that of a burly, imposing man.
And, while the Lincoln Parish Detention Center warden may be a man, one of his deputy wardens is, in fact, a woman.

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Cassidy Sparta savvy

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U.S. Senate candidate supports Aquifer efforts
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U.S. Senate candidate Bill Cassidy said Friday he would “absolutely” support efforts to get federal funding for projects that will lessen the drawdown of the Sparta Aquifer.
Cassidy, a Republican congressman from Louisiana’s 6th District, is trying to unseat longtime Sen. Mary Landrieu in the fall elections. Landrieu is a Democrat.
“If we can do something here that has regional benefit, absolutely I’m going to work for that,” Cassidy said during a campaign swing through Ruston.

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