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March 9th

Saint-Gobain vital for area

Terry said the Chamber began work with the Simsboro plant some time ago to try to make sure that its considerable economic impact in our area stays that way. However, the trend in the market facing Saint-Gobain is eerily similar to that which faced Pilgrim’s Pride and undoubtedly led to the decision to shutter the Farmerville plant.
Suspicion is that Pilgrim’s Pride will stay closed in Farmerville in an effort to artificially raise the demand for chicken by lowering supply. That is a business decision based on low prices at the market.

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Firefighters’ case upheld

Broussard said even though all were receiving ambulance pay, some firefighters did not qualify for it because they had never gone to EMT school. Additionally, he said the city was calculating the salaries of higher-ranking firefighters off the $4.53 per hour, as opposed to the $5.15 per hour monthly figure. A captain’s mandated 25 percent higher salary, for example, was being calculated from below minimum wage.

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Bulldogs host EMU in three games

Tech will play host to Eastern Michigan University (3-6) starting tonight and continuing through Sunday afternoon.
Single contests are set for tonight at 6 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
It will mark the second home stand of the young campaign for the ’Dogs, who started out against GSU and excelled with a dominating performance. In those three games, Tech totaled 55 runs while allowing the Tigers only four runs.
Tech was involved in a lot of runs against McNeese State, but the only problem was that the Cowboys had most of them. The Bulldogs lost 10-5, 16-6 and 8-5.

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March 6th

Of combat and ambushes

A few days ago my team conducted its first combat mission with the Afghan battalion we advise and support. This was a historic mission as it was the first time an Afghan battalion was working with the Romanians. The Romanians are part of NATO. We also had the Afghan police and U.S. police mentor team with us. We conducted cordon and searches with two elements, one moving north to south and the Romanians and one Afghan platoon blocking in the south. Usually intelligence drives operations, but in this case the Afghan HQ just wanted to do this mission, and they came along to watch.

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Fans fill Tech’s TAC

“I think they need to have the tournament here permanently,” said Maddox, who was among an estimated 700 Fairview fans cheering on the Lady Panthers (43-2) to win No. 27 in a row. “The people here were so gracious and helpful that they made you really feel like you were back home. This facility (Assembly Center) is great. There’s not a bad seat in the house.”
Attendance was estimated at 3,000 for the four games in two different classifications (Class 3A and B)

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March 5th

It's time to end drama in Grambling

This week, Mayor Martha Andrus is dealing with just that — Third District Judge Jay McCallum issued judgment Friday that held Andrus in contempt for knowingly and purposefully keeping clerk Pamela Stringfellow from returning to her normal job duties.
That’s not the end of this, by any means. The problems are more than a year old now.

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Daring women make history

At school dances, young girls will giggle nervously and wait for one of their bolder friends to get out on the floor to show off their moves before they join in. Some men and women wouldn’t think about running a 5K until they see someone twice their age doing it and begin to toy with the idea of, “Maybe I’m capable of doing that, too.”
Those individuals who do have the courage to get their feet wet before anyone else nears the water keep their eyes on their goal, swimming forward despite what others might think or what obstacles could submerge.

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’Dogs close out regular season

It all depends on how seven games to be held through Saturday play out.
Tech will be at Idaho (14-14, 7-7) for its final regular challenge tonight starting at 10:05 p.m.
The rest of the league slate for tonight will have Fresno State (12-18, 3-11) at Boise State (18-10, 8-6) and San Jose State (13-14, 6-8) at Nevada (17-11, 9-5).
Saturday will officially close out regular season action for all teams. Fresno State will be at
Idaho, New Mexico State (15-14, 8-7) will go to Hawaii (13-15, 5-10), Nevada will trek to Boise State and San Jose State will head to Utah State (26-4, 13-2).

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Moret talks of strength at awards breakfast

“All of these people have done a great job with their businesses and are important parts of our economy,” Hollingsworth said of the winners.
State Secretary of Economic Development Stephen Moret was keynote speaker at the event and said that while Louisiana, and the northern part of the state in particular, is finally feeling effects of the worldwide recession, he sees things getting better by late 2009.

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March 4th

Road projects' passage must come quickly

That vote hit a roadblock two weeks ago. Rep. Jim Fannin, D-Jonesboro, said it boiled down to legislators feeling like there were not enough projects that benefited their areas in the $300 million package.
We can easily believe that politics caused the logjam.
There is no appropriate time for too much political gamesmanship, but if any time was possibly the worst for it, this is it.

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