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Archive - Oct 14, 2005

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Fannin calls for more Sparta research

“We do have a problem with the Sparta and other aquifers in the state,” Fannin said during an environmental conference at the Marriott Hotel. “But we don’t think it is critical.”
Rick Hohlt, publisher of The Ruston Daily Leader, said Fannin’s comments show a continuance of legislators’ inability to look at the facts surrounding the Sparta.

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Students, traffic congestion highlight concerns

City Planner Sherry Bailey said all comments and recommendations from the five meetings would be used by the Planning and Zoning Commission to make the final zoning map for Ruston.
"What we have now is a proposed zoning map that goes along with our future land use map," Bailey said. "We're hoping to do away with conflicts arising from old zoning requirements."
One of the questions posed to Bailey at Monday's meeting was by what authority was the city able to zone property for different uses.

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Storms knock out power

Ruston Light and Power Director Zach Spivey said several power outages were reported.
"Let's just say it was a bad weekend," Spivey said.
Among the outages were two at Louisiana Tech University and one in the Franklin Avenue area of Ruston.
"A lightning strike took Tech out for about 15 minutes at about 4:45 p.m.," Spivey said. "Shortly afterward we got a call from the Tech Dairy that lightning had knocked them out."
At 5:14 p.m., Spivey said Franklin Avenue was knocked out by lightening.

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Senate says Sparta not critical

The bill, which removes the "critical" designation for aquifers and replaces it with "an area of ground water concern" label, now goes to Gov. Kathleen Blanco's desk for signature after passing the Senate by a 30-4 vote.
"I'm not surprised it passed," Mays said. "The question now is what do we do next. I thought it would be more than four votes against it. I thought there would be a little more common sense in the Senate than that."

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Area residents speak out in Leader survey

We're not going to give you piece-meal information about our results like others who have recently conducted surveys. We'll wait until all surveys have been received and counted before releasing the totals.
What we will share are comments some of you have made on your survey sheets. These are unsolicited statements made by anonymous readers, yet they are significant in that they go beyond the "yes" and "no" questions typically asked in surveys.

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Priming the pump

On Saturday, the leaders hosted a town meeting at the Vienna Town Hall and invited the Louisiana Tech University architecture department to lend a hand in mapping out the new Vienna.
"We call this type of meeting 'priming the pump," Bill Willoughby, assistant professor and head of Tech's Community Design Assistance Center, said.
The 40-plus who attended the 10 a.m. meeting listened to Willoughby and three Tech architecture students talk about issues such as signage, landscaping and potential commercial areas.

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New Orleans lady to sashay through Ruston

Southern Pacific Steam Locomotive No. 745, a turn-of-the-century steam engine built near New Orleans, chugged her way through Ruston Monday afternoon, belching steam and blowing her whistle much to the delight of hundreds of fans.
Judge R. Wayne Smith was part of the crowd that showed up first at 7:30 a.m., then checked back in throughout the morning to find out when the lady would actually show up.
"I actually remember one of these passing through here," Smith said. "This is history."

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Moats' big day: suspenseful, happy

10:15 a.m.- I arrived at the home of Moats' parents in Dallas about 45 minutes before the draft was set to begin. Moats introduced me to some of his family members, and we sat down in his 'sports room' to talk. Moats said he had a good feeling that he would be a first-day pick, but he really didn't have a clue as to where he would be selected. He felt good about several of the teams he worked out for, particularly Atlanta - whom he said called him earlier in the morning.

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McDonald's holds training day

The lobby was packed with neatly attired attendants, greeting customers with smiles and bending over backward to provide service.
The reason? A training day to remind store managers what it's like to work in the trenches.
"The owners wanted our store managers to get back behind the counter and remember what it's like," said Darren Thomas, one of the organizers working the event said. "We chose this location because it's the busiest one in our group."

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Mayors take 'wait and see' approach to garbage issue

Due to slowly tightening Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) guidelines, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury solid waste and recycling committee has devised three garbage system alternatives — door-to-door pickup, consolidating the garbage bins into eight sites with monitoring, and a combination of four trash sites and door-to-door pickup.

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