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February 4th

Battle for city is growing old

I know a majority of Grambling residents are tired — they’ve voiced their displeasure at numerous city council meetings.
And I have a sneaking suspicion that Third District Court Judge Jay McCallum is slowly but surely becoming exasperated by the scene that has unfolded before him over the course of the past year.
Grambling’s City Council and Mayor Martha Andrus are slated to appear before McCallum on Friday as he tries to unravel the mess surrounding a flurry of filings and charges the council and Andrus have made against each other.

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Police get 17 percent raise

Despite tough economic times, the pay raise was necessary, said City Public Works Administrator Ed Pittman, who presented the proposal.
“I think in desperate times it’s more important than ever to have a quality police force,” he
said. “Ruston is progressive, and we like to be known as a leader.”
Pittman said the city appears to be in good financial shape to offer the raise, as city sales tax collections were up 10 percent in December from the year prior.

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’Dogs due for big signing day

Tech’s group, the second under Derek Dooley, features a trio of junior college signees along with a solid prep group that includes several three-star prospects.
The highly-regarded class is a spinoff of the Bulldogs’ seven-win regular season and 17-10 Independence Bowl victory over Northern Illinois University.

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February 3rd

Water Wars

The village that supplies water to about 150 customers has been operating with one deep water well for about three years. A $149,000 grant has been exhausted in the search for a second well.
“We drilled six dry holes one right after the other,” said Maddox, who is asking area legislators for emergency funding. “If we lose the water well we’re operating with now, we won’t have anything. That’s the reason we kept moving and trying to locate some water.”

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February 2nd

Projects getting under way

Contractors have to worry about their safety if they are seen working for the U.S., NATO, and even the Afghan army.
Just days before my arrival in Shajoy, the Afghan battalion headquarters was attacked with a car bomb and the only people killed were the contractors working on the front gate.
I also have to get very detailed statements of work to give to the contractors to help ensure that they do the right thing.

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Home insurance could be worse

State Farm announced last week that it will stop doing business in Florida, the first big firm to follow through on industry complaints about the state government regulators who impose price controls and maintain a prohibition on “excess profits.” The company announced its departure after regulators rejected its proposed 47 percent average policy rate increase.
The situation is reversed in Louisiana, another hurricane-prone state where insurers see more — not less — opportunity to do business and make a profit.

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Black history month source of area pride

Every February, in schools and in the community at large, we pause to recognize the contributions of blacks to the history and culture of our great nation.
And what better year than this, which will forever be known as the first in the history of our great democracy when a black man assumed the office of president, to make personal efforts as individuals to connect as a community during this month?
Many recognize names like that of Barack Obama and Martin Luther King.

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Steelers win in super finish

“Great players step up in big-time games to make plays,” said Holmes, the game’s MVP. He said he told Roethlisberger that he “wanted to be the guy to make the plays for this team.”
And he was.
Holmes grabbed the ball with both arms stretched fully above his head in the back right corner of the end zone, his toes barely dragging inbounds. He fell, sat up and cradled the ball like the prize it was.
This thriller certainly matched last year’s upset of the New England Patriots by the New York Giants that ended with Plaxico Burress’ TD catch — with 35 seconds left, too.

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Hope hangs on for area

“As an African American business owner, I feel that hope. But it’s tough for everyone out there right now. There’s always hope, but the fact that Obama is now president gives us a little more hope, because many of us never thought it would happen in our lifetimes.”
Foster started Martha’s in Grambling before moving it to its North Trenton Street location in 1996.

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Just when we were making progress

For example, ours was the only state in the country to add jobs in the month of December. The number is, in the scheme of things, fractionally above the break-even point — but 3,700 additional jobs are still 3,700 additional jobs.

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