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April 20th, 2009

Committee will offer new perspective

That’s why the city’s new Ruston 21 Education Committee is a step in the right direction. The committee was born in response to overwhelming feedback from local residents that public education is a top concern. It will include two school board members in addition to other community members.
The committee is focused on finding ways to improve the education of students from backgrounds of poverty or that lack emphasis on education, as well as supporting the education of excellent students. Committee recommendations and findings will be brought to the school board for consideration.

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Sparta’s health raises concerns

Prompted by their reaction, State Department of Natural Resources Secretary Scott Angelle, who heads the commission, called for a Sparta-specific workshop for commissioners, to be led by USGS Supervisory Hydrologist Ben McGee, of Ruston.
The amount of water being taken from the Sparta aquifer exceeds its sustainable level by about 18 million gallons per day. Areas of extremely high aquifer use include West Monroe, Jonesboro-Hodge and Ruston-Grambling. Forty four percent of the aquifer’s water is used by industrial users; 53 percent is siphoned by public users.

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Prep softball: ‘New’ season

Because Dubach (5-11-1) and Claiborne Christian (16-4) are the only two members of District 2-C, those two clubs will bypass first and second round action and collide in a regional game scheduled in West Monroe April 25.
Of the four parish teams, the Lady Aggies have the highest seeding (No. 2) and longest winning streak.
Coach Gloria Riser’s perennially strong team has won 17 consecutive games, the last defeat having been 6-1 to Calvin at home on March 16.

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ULS proves cuts will hurt La. economy

A large chunk of that, $726 million to be exact, originates right here in Lincoln Parish. If there was ever clear signal that this parish is in a bad spot with the budget cuts destined for higher education’s chunk of the state pie, the realization of just how deeply universities impact our area is it.
Considering an 8-1 rate of return, cuts to Louisiana Tech and Grambling State University, recommended at a cool $13.2 million by Gov. Bobby Jindal’s executive budget, will cut to the bone. That’s an impact of more than $100 million.

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Gibbs’ music to rouse Ruston

Gibbs gets down to it by putting on two weekend shows as he conducts the Louisiana Tech Jazz Ensemble today before “Swinging Into Spring” with a performance from the Lawrence Gibbs Orchestra Saturday.
Gibbs, a University of Louisiana-Monroe graduate, not only serves as a professor of music and director of his own namesake band. He is also the principal clarinetist for the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, performs with the South Arkansas Symphony, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and is the founder and director of The Russ-Town Band, a select community band based in Ruston.

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What things could you live without?

At the moment, I own both of these items; yet, their functions in my lives couldn’t be more opposite.
Can I imagine life without a garlic press? Absolutely. In fact, I bet if you paid me $100 I couldn’t put my hands on the garlic press without tearing up every kitchen cabinet and drawer in a wild search. A garlic press just isn’t worth the trouble, especially when you can buy pre-minced garlic at the grocery store. For the $100, though, I’d find the darn thing.

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April 17th

Bulldogs host Fresno State

Now, Fresno State is back in Ruston, this time to try and start making a move up in the WAC standings.
The two Bulldogs’ squads will begin a four-game series tonight with a single game starting at 6 p.m., resume play Saturday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader and wrap things up Sunday with a 1 p.m. single contest.
“The Fresno State series is a do or die series for us,” Tech coach Wade Simoneaux said. “We need to produce and win some games this weekend to have a chance to go to postseason play.”

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Things you need to confess

Perhaps you are acquainted with the “Sunday Christian,” an interesting religious hybrid that flocks not only to chapter and verse, but prides himself on possessing vast knowledge of the Bible’s dimensional complexities and is willing to go to the ends of the Earth to prove it. As impressive as such knowledge is, Sunday Christians are paradoxically neutralized when their armament is stripped off on Monday, revealing an individual who not only prays, but also preys in the form of worshipping the altar of gossip (bearing false witness, as seen on Judge Judy).

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State trooper charged with sex crimes

“When this information was brought to me a week ago, I told them to check the information and if an arrest was needed, we needed to make it as soon as possible,” said State Police Col. Mike Edmonson.
Williams e-mailed inappropriate photos of himself to the investigator and solicited similar photos from the investigator who posed as a juvenile.
Williams graduated from the State Police Academy in February. State Police released the information at a news conference at Troop F in Monroe on Friday.
“We do expect additional charges as we move forward with this investigation,” Edmonson said.

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Coordinator could help on trash issue

The increase in attendance and participation over KLPB’s first efforts at organizing cleanups in 2008 was obvious. With a committee-driven approach to community involvement and a focus on one central event and gathering point, this year’s cleanup made a significant impact in terms of getting the community further involved.

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