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March 4th

This is about people, governor

That has not been the case — Franklin has presented himself as a representative working to make sure the needs of his district are met. Franklin, on top of his duty as a representative in parish government, is a chicken farmer.
That tidbit is cogent because on Friday, Pilgrim’s Pride announced cuts that will cripple the Farmerville area and leave chicken farmers like Franklin helpless.
Franklin was not his usual affable self when I called. Not that you’d expect a man who’s been told his livelihood is in jeopardy to greet you with a song.

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Techsters: No. 1 in WAC race

More significantly, though, is that Tech (18-11, 11-4) is resting atop the Western Athletic Conference standings.
And suddenly, they’re the team to whip in the upcoming conference postseason tournament to be held in Reno, Nev.
“They’ve got everybody excited about women’s basketball again at Tech,” said Techsters’ fan Arthur Smith of Jonesboro-Hodge. “They’re playing some great basketball right now and they’re giving a great effort on both ends of the court. It’s great to see and the reason is Coach Weatherspoon. She is just bringing out a lot of energy and intensity in the players.”

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‘We need help now’

The support was appreciated, but their aim seemed a bit off for many who hoped to hear something more concrete than terms like “hold on” and “tread water.”
State officials told area poultry contractors that things will be tough in the short term, but there is hope for the long term.
“Long term is bankruptcy,” Pilgrim’s Pride contractor Lara Smith said.
Six years ago Smith and her husband invested their lives into becoming poultry farmers, moving from Jonesboro to Lillie to do so. And Monday’s meeting didn’t leave her hopeful for the future.

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March 3rd

Area families need help after closure

On Friday, Pilgrim’s Pride announced it will idle its chicken processing plants in Farmerville, El Dorado, Ark., and Douglas, Ga. Since then, local employees and contract poultry farmers have been worrying about what the future holds and most are expecting a solid plan from the state.
Although Jindal could not offer a complete rescue plan, it was evident that residents appreciate his genuine concern and efforts to make the situation less painful.

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Raise voices for Farmerville

That’s the name of a song title I’m suggesting, in all seriousness, to singer/songwriter John Mellencamp.
You see, last year Mellencamp wrote a song called “Jena” about the troubles surrounding the Jena 6 ordeal.
Well Mr. Mellencamp, north Louisiana really needs you now. You see, thousands of our residents are hurting, for all the wrong reasons.

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Tech runners tops again

After the first day, Tech was in last place with 13 points. That was nearly 50 points in back of first-place Idaho.
But thanks to a super performance by the 1,600-meter relay team on the final event of the meet, the Techsters sprinted past the Vandals and to the championship podium.
Combining for that title in the relay event were senior El Charrita Reynolds, junior Kamelia
Story and sophomores Shante Benion and Monique Wright with a time of 3:43.07.
Tech finished with 120 points, and Idaho was runner-up with 114 points.

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Stringfellow named Dixie entertainer

Event emcee/coordinator C.J. Matlock (left) announces Stringfellow as the winner.

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March 2nd

Jindal assesses plant closur

By the end of May, Pilgrim’s Pride will indefinitely close its plants in Farmerville, El Dorado, Ark., and Douglas, Ga. While the company has offered severance packages to plant employees, no such support is being extended to the producers.
State Rep. Hollis Downs, R-Ruston, said his understanding is workers will receive at least another four-five weeks of compensation after the idling period begins, plus an additional week for every year they have been with the company.

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Struck speechless by response

What in the world? I found myself sitting in the comfort of my home only to become uncomfortable as the popular morning show The View plastered Jindal’s face on national TV.
I was a bit uneasy, because I was wondering what they would say about the Republican response speech or even the stimulus money situation. I tightly clenched my teeth in hopes that it would be something good, or more realistically, something not very embarrassing.
Of course the ladies on the show are very opinionated, so I was prepared to hear anything.

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Commission needs viable water plan

We need our lawmakers on every level of government to understand the situation here in north Louisiana. They need to know it’s a problem we take seriously, and we expect their help.
Gov. Bobby Jindal made a good first step by appointing some local people to the State Groundwater Resources Commission. The governor has high expectations for the Groundwater Commission.

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