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Archive - Jul 23, 2007

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GSU baseball on the way back?

After winning only three games in 2006, Grambling bounced back to finish with an overall mark of 18-30 and tie with Texas Southern University for fourth place in the Western Division of the league standings.
Only a heart-breaking 13-12 loss to that team in the very last regular season game prevented Rey’s troops from suiting up for a bus trip eastward and the 2007 postseason tournament in Jackson, Miss.
Tigers’ fans shouldn’t despair, however.
The future is bright for a team that had only eight seniors on its 36-member roster this season.

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Club seeks community support

“We are seeking to improve our funding locally,” Osborne said. “So, one of the things that we’re doing now as a board is we’ve started an adult membership drive. What we’re wanting to do from this adult membership drive is create some additional funding, so we can hire a resource development individual who would assist us in additional fund-raising so we can (attain a new facility), which is an additional Boys and Girls Club.”

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Spending a night out

And Ruston residents are invited.
Capt. Wesley Harris, public information officer with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, said he has seen celebrations of the event in other cities and thinks bringing it to Ruston would help neighborhoods be more aware of crimes across the parish.
“National Night Out is really a symbolic event to express our stance against crime in our community,” Harris said.

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Code enforcement gains teeth

“This puts in concrete what we’ve already been trying to do,” Doane said.
City codes cover the whole gamut of building issues, such as how much distance is required between driveways, how electricity and water are provided to a development, drainage and erosion controls and “conditional uses.”
Conditional use is a tool by which the city grants developers leeway that could allow, for example, a developer to build an automotive center in a neighborhood business district.

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Ledford-Hebert going ‘global’

And that’s something that is taking her places. BIG places.
After rocketing to a Top 10 finish at the National Triathalon Championships in Portland, Oregon this past June, Ledford-Hebert is going global. She will compete in Hamburg, Germany, at the World Triathlon Championships. And that’s only the beginning.
She’s not just on the world stage in 2007; after achieving a double qualification, but she will return to the World event in 2008 when it unfolds in Vancouver, Canada.

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Ruling should put lawsuit issue to rest

Trimble’s ruling should have put an end to unnecessary litigation brought forth by a small minority of supposed GSU supporters. The judge made it clear that the GUNAA had not made its case. Yet association president Sharon Armstrong indicated her organization planned to continue its assault on Judson, Clausen and the ULS Board of Supervisors.
“I think we still have a lawsuit against the state and the University of Louisiana System because they haven’t operated in the best interest of Grambling State University,” Armstrong said upon learning of Trimble’s ruling.

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Tech, Ruston provide blueprint

But sometimes, in our quest to seek what’s best for our citizens, we have to point out blemishes - something we all have. Currently, one of those blemishes is the relationship — or lack of relationship — between GSU and the city officials of Grambling. The two sides have seemed to hit an impasse over issues concerning permit fees and taxes. GSU — backed by opinions from the Louisiana Attorney General’s office — says as a state-owned entity the permits and taxes aren’t owed. The Grambling city council and Mayor Martha Andrus disagree.

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GUNAA lawsuit dismissed

The alumni association, joined in the suit by multiple parties including Grambling Mayor Martha Andrus and council members the Rev. Roosevelt Bryant and Edward Jones, filed the suit in June 2006, alleging violations of constitutional, federal and state law.
Past GUNAA President James Bradford said he had no comment on the ruling Friday morning. Current GUNAA President Sharon Armstrong said she needed to consult with her attorney, but that she still feels as though the association’s suit has legs.

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