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WaterFest helps raise awareness

Approximately 850 fifth-graders from Lincoln and Bienville parishes got a lesson in water conservation last week during the annual WaterFest at Lincoln Parish Park.
Presented by the Sparta Ground Water Commission, Sparta Foundation and Devon Energy, WaterFest is an educational opportunity where students learn through hands-on activities.
For many years, the Sparta Aquifer — which is the primary source of water for several North Louisiana parishes and parts of Arkansas — has been being used faster than it can naturally be replenished by rainfall. This trend has led to lower water levels in the aquifer, resulting in water quality issues, such as saltwater intrusion and lack of clarity.

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Terry: Political sign stolen from yard

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This past week, I paid for and placed a Romney/Ryan political sign in my front yard to exercise my right to show support for the presidential candidate I intend to vote for. 
However it seems that some small-minded individual or individuals do not believe that a citizen of this country should be allowed to show support for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan — so they came into my front yard and stole the sign. There’s no doubt that this kind of action has gone on since political yard signs were invented, and sadly this type of behavior will probably continue as long as campaigns use yard signs as a form of marketing.

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Barber says leaders need to take action

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Some wonder about the turmoil in the Far East? Violent demonstrations spread across the region after one of our diplomats and three others were murdered. That incident was an act of war against the United States. Words on national television were the only response from the greatest power in the history of mankind. That translated into a clear message to those that hate the U.S. The U.S. embassies around the world will not be protected no matter what level of outrageous attack occurs.

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‘Liberal media’ not telling the truth

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If you are undecided how you should vote on Nov. 6 for the President of the United States, think on what President Ronald Reagan said years ago “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” In the past three years, most retired people have lost almost 40 percent of their retirement funds. Are you better off? I am not.

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Plamondon takes issue with Ruston 21

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This summer the Alabama State Legislature by unanimous vote passed SB477, which prohibits all state subdivisions from adopting or implementing “... policy recommendations originating in, or traceable to ‘Agenda 21,’ adopted by the United Nations at The Earth Summit in Rio in 1992.” Wisconsin, New Hampshire and Tennessee have offered similar bills in their legislatures.

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An example of bad fans

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“ … whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.” (Proverbs 17:5)
The other day sports fans were told a story that is in my judgment repulsive. It perhaps has a broader application than to those who follow sports and football in particular. Your writer heard this on our local ESPN Sports radio station.

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SCHOOL NEWS: HILLCREST ELEMENTARY

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Most Respectful
Hillcrest students are the best. Each six weeks, every teacher identifies two students who exemplify respectful behavior toward adults, other students, school property and more. Those students are honored in morning assembly and get to sit at a specially decorated table at lunchtime. Most Respectful students for the first six weeks are: kindergarten — Lance Whitman, Emayshia Wiley, Kimberly Landaverde, Payton Bell, Sophia Roberson, Joshua Brantley, Garner Allen, Synniah Spann, Luke Maestrini, McKenzie Oakley, Brooks Brown and Natalie Watkins; first grade — Drew Gulledge, Abegael Barmore, Morgan Williams, Kaitlin Woods, Kemryn Bradley, Kyle Caston, Diamond Patterson, Austin Guillory, JoJo Fernandes, Jordan McElduff, A’Niya Moore, Matthew Daulton, A’Yonnah Mamon and William Walkins; second grade — Olivia Murphy, Rodolfo Landaverde, Abigail Martin, Trace Young, Kendrick Jones, Ginger Johnson, Trevon Johnson, Logan Pardue, Laurel Dubois, Cole Maestrini, Allie Barrett and Faraz Nezamuddin. Congratulations to all of our Most Respectful students. We are so proud of you.

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SCHOOL NEWS: GRAMBLING MIDDLE

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4-H
Yes, it’s that time of year again for Grambling Middle School 4-H Club to venture out into the community, within the school and with nonprofit organizations to assist, experiment, explore, share and participate.
Even though we say, it’s that time of year for Grambling Middle 4-H to venture out, many of our members have been engaged in activities throughout the summer. The title wasn’t necessarily headed “4-H” but the participants were members of our 4-H club. In late July, our community service volunteer, Gary Dupree, hauled several red, vine-ripe, sweet watermelons that were distributed to businesses, community supporters, faculty, principal and 4-H members to enjoy. In addition, we observed that the birds and deer also enjoyed them.

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SCHOOL NEWS: DUBACH HIGH

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The Future Business Leaders of America members at Dubach High School are gearing up for a busy season after competing in the National Leadership Conference held in June in San Antonio.
The FBLA is upping the ante this year with new projects and new categories — including Partnership with Business Project. Dubach FBLA has partnered with Daniel Franks, owner of Franks Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning.

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SCHOOL NEWS: BETHEL CHRISTIAN

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Bethel Christian School’s 2012-13 school year has started with a great deal of excitement over recent and coming improvements, as well as learning and service opportunities for all of its students. Bethel, Ruston’s oldest private school, is looking to make its 47th year of operation one of its best.

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