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Defiant council rallies for recall

“We just want all of you (Grambling residents) to know the facts about the city’s finances and 2007 budget,” Jones said as he opened the meeting.
The City Council’s call for the mayor’s resignation came after Andrus last week terminated newly hired city accountant Mabry without the council’s knowledge.
That termination came shortly after Mabry announced he uncovered $47,000 in missing funds from October and November’s records.

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City bears down on blight

Aldermen heard from real estate agent Qureda Wigfield, speaking on behalf of Mike Mabry, owner of the abandoned property located at 614 Eastland.
Wigfield explained that the property is in the process of being sold, and the sale should be closed by the end of the month. She said the buyer plans to renovate the house and use it as rental property.
“She’s bought and rehabbed several properties in town, and she’s doing a pretty good job,” Dufour said.
The aldermen agreed to give the property owner 90 days to complete the sale and for the new owner to make repairs.

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Baker makes Tech future bright

Baker was one of the main reasons why Tech had one of its best seasons ever, too.
The junior defensive back was named to the first unit of the All-WAC squad, included on several postseason all-star teams, led Tech in tackles and was rated as one of the country’s top players at his position by various national magazines and Web sites.
And this past weekend, Baker was chosen as the Defensive Player of the Year for the entire state by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

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Hard times test universities

All of this started ballooning before Christmas, but the scope of it was unclear. Now, the universities’ officials are digging in their heels and setting the cutbacks.
For Tech’s situation, the president is walking into his office every morning with the numbers greeting him like a cold January ice storm. There’s a sense that the temperature is dropping, too. Dan Reneau and his senior leadership have been grinding on this for the greater part of a month now, and it would be easy to get discouraged by it.

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Area relies on support from congressman

In Lincoln Parish, as well as the many parishes Alexander represents at the nation’s capitol, people are suffering, projects need tending to and worthy causes are struggling to gain a foothold for doing good in the community.
A federal project for the Tarbutton Road interchange is a good example of that. For years, it has been on the table but there never has been much movement.
That’s a project that, if carried out with local workers, could be a benefit to the Lincoln Parish economy that cannot be overlooked.

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