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April 29th, 2009

Bulldogs have dual MVPs

Not only that, but each left with another major award. Gibson was named as the team’s Offensive Player of the Year and Rolle as the Defensive Player of the Year.
Gibson was the team’s leading scorer with a 16.1 average, and Rolle had a club-best 7.2 rebounds per game.
“Kyle and Magnum are deserving of these awards for what they brought to our team this past year,” said coach Kerry Rupp. “They helped lead our team in not only what they achieved on the court, but served as examples for their teammates by their hard work and dedication.”

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A 'standing O' for Reneau

Reneau had spent more than an hour talking intimately with a group of 50 or more employees of the university about the impending cuts planned for Tech as its share of cuts to state higher education.
He’d just finished telling the group about how their pay will suffer — both in direct pay reductions and furloughs — and how every facet of Louisiana Tech will feel the heat.
And they gave Reneau an ovation anyway.
You just can’t say enough about all of the things that kind of symbolic gesture means in a few hundred words, but I’ll try.

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GSU outlines $264M impact

According to study results, GSU’s statewide annual economic impact is $264 million, and it supports 2,778 non-university jobs, which Judson said include transportation, healthcare, retail and construction.
Grambling visitor spending had a $36 million impact on the state, and GSU campus events drew approximately 189,000 attendees last year. Of those attendees, 68 percent came from off campus, significantly adding to the impact from visitor spending.
Community contributions are also apparent, as GSU faculty, staff and students volunteered 147,000 hours last year.

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Impact study shows GSU's importance

A particularly exciting facet of that visitor impact has yet to be opened but will surely go a long way in making GSU have more of an influence here than it currently does. The Eddie Robinson Museum promises to bring thousands upon thousands of visitors, including graduates, their families and people who are swinging through to learn a little bit about a legendary football coach. With that influx of visits will come more hotel stays, more meals and more dollars for Lincoln Parish and the state.

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April 28th

Salt encroachment threatens Sparta

“The situation we have occurring presently in Ouachita Parish is really the perfect storm for saltwater encroachment,” said Ben McGee, a supervisory hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Ruston. “You have a large withdrawal of water very close to that freshwater-saltwater boundary, so when we pump water out of the Sparta and reduce the pressure, the saltwater responds by filling in.”
The problem
The Sparta can sustain use of up to 56 million gallons per day. But, current use of the aquifer is 70 million gallons per day.

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Creek, Choudrant move on

In Class C, Dubach (5-12-1) had its hopes of advancing to the next round halted by District 2-C rival Claiborne Christian with a 15-0 regional loss in West Monroe.
Cedar Creek and Choudrant will play quarterfinal games Friday, the Lady Cougars to meet Oberlin (19-10-1) and the Lady Aggies to take on Grace Christian (12-13); starting times will be announced later.
For the Lady Cougars, the shutout over Vermilion Catholic (9-13-1) featured another outstanding performance on the mound by All-State candidate Hayley Gaston. The senior righthander struck out 14 batters and allowed two hits.

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Taking back the summer

Even taking classes at Louisiana Tech during the summer was a breeze because everyone was more laid back, the classes whizzed by on an accelerated schedule and I still found myself with plenty of free time to leisurely sip my Route 44 cherry limeades.
But ever since that graduation day in May 2003, when I faced the wide-open future of working as a professional for the first time in my life, summer has lost much of its charm.

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West Monroe sets example for Sparta fix

Saltwater is slowly but surely encroaching upon the pristine freshwater that the Sparta supplies. The naturally occurring saltwater has begun to spread to areas on the northern and eastern ends of the aquifer that used to hold freshwater. If the saltwater encroachment continues, the result could leave the water unusable for public consumption or industrial purposes.

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’Dogs: Foundation for success

The course could wind into more success next year for the Bulldogs, who will be honored tonight with a postseason banquet set for 7 p.m. at the Squire Creek Golf and Country Club in Choudrant.
Former Utah Jazz coach Frank Layden, former Bulldogs’ coach Scotty Robertson and ex-Tech and NBA star Karl Malone will be speakers at the event which will be sponsored by First National Bank of Ruston.
Depending on how two key juniors size up their chances to be selected in the NBA’s June draft, Tech potentially could have its strongest team entering the third year at the helm for Rupp.

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Fight for farmers to begin

Ron Foster, chief executive of the California poultry company, said Pilgrim’s Pride will idle the Farmerville complex May 8.
“Foster Farms is looking forward to expanding our operations into the state of Louisiana,” Foster said via press release. “Foster Farms anticipates upgrading and adding to the capabilities of the Farmerville complex.
“These enhancements, when operational and used in conjunction with the experienced local work force, will allow us to build a strong sales base, leading to a return to full double-shift capacity, over time, after Foster Farms’ purchase.”

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