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Work to begin on D’Arbonne study

Scott Terry, president of the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, asked how long the study was expected to take.
“We anticipate it will take about 15 months,” Waggoner said. “We want to get a good idea of the results each step has on the next step, plus we want to check how the lake will be affected during each season.”
Waggoner also gave jurors an update on the Lincoln Parish Transportation Initiative.
“There is approximately $15 million of project activity under construction at this time,” Waggoner said. “In October, another $6.5 million should begin.”

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$2M secured for Sparta

The Union-Lincoln Water Supply project is designed to improve infrastructure in north Louisiana due to significant restrictions of the Sparta Aquifer, which supplies water for 16 parishes in north and central Louisiana. The Union-Lincoln Water Supply project seeks to identify alternative water supplies to decrease this dependence on the aquifer.
Hollingsworth said this $2 million was a stepping-stone.
“If we can get that, it may be the door to future funding,” Hollingsworth said.
Vitter said this study would help the area.

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Edwards leads GSU honors

By the time his career comes to a halt following the 2007 season, the hard-to-corner wide receiver will be ranked among the Tigers’ best records and accorded due recognition on the all-time statistical lists.
Consider a junior season in which Edwards totaled 56 catches for 789 yards and 11 touchdowns, numbers that made him the No. 1 ranked aerial target not only for the team but for the entire Southwestern Athletic Conference.
He was either No. 1 or No. 2 in four different receiving departments for league players.

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Plunge into pool safely this summer

• Learn to swim. The best thing anyone can do to stay safe in and around the water is to learn to swim. Always swim with a buddy; never swim alone.
• Swim in areas supervised by a lifeguard.
• Read and obey all rules and posted signs.
• Children or inexperienced swimmers should take precautions, such as wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (PFD) when around the water.
• Watch out for the “too’s” — too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, too much strenuous activity.

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Tech welcome was 'present'

Apparently, new student orientation is underway because the university was buzzing with kids pushing suitcases and looking a little lost.
Orientation allows these soon-to-be Bulldogs the opportunity to see what the university has to offer with workshops, meals, entertainment and various activities while allowing them to independently explore the campus they will likely call home.

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Centanni to share experiences

They were freed on Aug. 27 after a video was released that showed both journalists wearing beige robes and reading statements that said they had converted to Islam.
In the video Centanni said, “Islam is not just meant for some people; it is the true religion for all people at all times.”

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Stuckey leaves solid mark on RDBA

But judging from the excellent progress and continued popularity that has been in place with the Ruston Dixie Baseball Association over the past four years, Stuckey would best be termed as a Most Valuable Player.
Rather, Most Valuable President.
He’s been heavily involved with one of the oldest running youth diamond organization in the city for the last four summers, his two-year duties as president officially coming to an end once the current playoffs and then postseason All-Star tournaments are over.

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City, GSU need to come together

Judson’s work has not been easy: he is often met with roadblocks by a city administration and alumni leadership that has had its way for many years. Judson’s desire for the university to control programs associated with the university is at odds with those folks, and the result has been a battle around every corner for the president.

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Grambling should back university

I asked Andrus and Jones how Judson was “destroying” the relationship between the city and the university. Andrus began by saying the city was not included in discussions of the new housing being built on campus, and the city was not allowed to collect building permit fees from the new construction. She also said some of the funds dedicated to the new construction on campus could have been spent refurbishing the downtown area of Grambling.

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Hydrologist speaks to Sparta group

“We monitor all users of the aquifers and are funded by pumpage fees assessed to ground water users in the district, based on the amount of water they use,” Dial said. “We currently charge $3.50 per million gallons pumped, and our users pump about 173 million gallons of water per day.”
Dial said his organization does not charge those who use the Mississippi Alluvial Aquifer, or those whose wells are less than 400 feet, those whose wells are not capable of producing more than 50,000 gallons per day or wells used for agriculture purposes.

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