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Pond project offers relief in 'food desert'

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Every week or so Roderick Goldsmith makes time to go fishing in the pond at Mayfield Park.

“It’s OK, if you can avoid the turtles,” Goldsmith said, after a short Monday morning excursion during which nothing so much as nibbled at the cricket on the end of his line.

There are mostly bass in the pond. Eventually there will be channel catfish big enough to catch and eat now, fingerlings that will grow for later on and maybe rainbow trout.

But things at the popular southwest Ruston community fishing hole are getting worse in order to get better.

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