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Ruston approves two water projects

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Wet Weather Lagoon facility, Celebrity Drive to see improvements

The City of Ruston Department of Water Utilities will soon be getting some help and much needed improvements at the Wet Weather Lagoon facility.
The Ruston Board of Aldermen voted Monday to enter into a contract with Cecil D. Gassiot Construction out of Alexandria to make improvements at the facility located off of Vaughn Street.
Ruston Water Utilities Superintendent Keith Jeselink said Gassiot was the lowest of five bidders at $368,807.

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Local autism nonprofit up for $25K grant

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Group seeks online votes from residents to win funding from State Farm

State Farm officials have announced that Ruston’s Hope Center for Autism program has been listed as one of 100 finalists for a $25,000 grant in partnership with the Urban Support Agency in Shreveport.
The Hope Center for Autism’s “Autism Awareness” program was one of 3,000 “causes” submitted to State Farm this spring for consideration.  This is a first-of-its-kind competition from State Farm, which will result in 40 nonprofit programs, each receiving $25,000 grants, based on supporter votes on Facebook. This was the only nonprofit Cause in Louisiana to make the top 100 finalist list.

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Local professionals staff arts camps

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NCLAC’s annual Summer Arts Camps are in full preparation mode, with supplies arriving, registrations rolling in and teachers prepping class materials. This year the camps have a handful of new teachers, as well as a number of repeats. Seeing familiar faces is always exciting to the campers and parents, and our teachers enjoy seeing the students’ growth each year.
Last year was my first summer with NCLAC, and I saw happy signs of familiarity each Monday, as repeating campers and teachers met again after another school year.

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Pre-Civil War grave receives new tombstone

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The two obscure grave plots have remained virtually unnoticed for more than a century and a half. Their presence on this pine-covered hill in southwest Lincoln Parish represents another point in time, another moment in history.
Tilman and Eliza Hemphill were the owners of this 2,000-acre working plantation in the 1850s. Hemphill was a medical doctor, but also owned a general store and a sawmill on this property, just south of Simsboro. Corn and cotton were the staples of this ground, now owned, in part, by Hunt Forest Products of Ruston.

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Take care of your pets

Furry friends are an integral part of many people’s lives.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, an animal protection organization, 39 percent of U.S. households own at least one dog. Likewise, approximately 33 percent of U.S. households own at least one cat.

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Sunlight isn't for everyone

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I have never really liked the sun. Maybe it’s the super paleness of my skin, maybe it’s all the freckles or maybe it’s all the sunburns I have had in my life, but standing outside, soaking in the rays of a beaming sun is something I just can’t seem to ever find myself wanting to do.
Being pale, as I said earlier, I have experienced only pain and suffering for my moments out in the heat, and any of my pale sisters or brethren can back me up on that one.

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N.C. vote proves Limbaugh right

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President Obama is apparently tired of pretending he opposes gay marriage. Good.
Good, because lying to the American people is always wrong, and because now the American people will have a clear choice: a president who supports gay marriage, or a president who sides with the majority of the American people, including 61 percent of North Carolinians.

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Revisiting capital punishment

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After a four-year moratori­um, the Supreme Court re­instated the death penalty in 1976. Since then, 1,264 people have been executed in the United States. Only 28 of those execu­tions have taken place in Loui­siana, but our neighbors to the west, the “great state of Texas,” have executed a whopping 474 people.
The federal government sees capital punishment as a deterrent to crime.
If capital punishment were working as deterrence, I don’t be­lieve there would be 3,199 people on death row in the United States.

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Techsters blast FSU

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Hale sets several marks in 17-7 rout
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LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Louisiana Tech junior Dacia Hale shattered numerous NCAA, school and conference records to lead the Lady Techsters to a 17-7 run-rule win over perennial NCAA power Fresno State in their first game of the 2012 Western Athletic Conference tournament.
Hale, a junior from Hillsboro, Ore., hit three home runs and registered 11 RBIs in the win in a game that started Wednesday night and ended Thursday afternoon due to storms in the area.

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State 1A/2A tournament begins today

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Can the No. 1 seeds live up to their billing at the 2012 Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 1A and Class 2A baseball tournament this weekend?
That’s the challenge facing Monroe Ouachita Christian in 1A and Shreveport Evangel Academy in 2A during the two-day tourney that begins today and ends Saturday at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Ouachita Christian has the top seed in 1A, where they will meet up with North Louisiana rival No. 5 seeded Mangham in a 1 p.m. semifinal game today.

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