Another year has come and gone. In 2010, Lincoln Parish saw both good and bad — new construction, increased water conservation efforts, cuts to higher education and the loss of a recycling program.
For 2011, we hope to see several things take place before the calendar year turns to 2012.
First has to do with higher education. State colleges and universities were recently instructed to develop “what-if” budgets for 2011 that could cut as much as 35 percent of current funding — a total of almost $500 million — in light of the fact that nearly $290 million in federal stimulus money being used to help fund Louisiana’s high education system will expire in the summer. That means the state could be facing a possible $1.6 billion budget shortfall for the next fiscal year.
A “Big Event” was held Tuesday for 32 Grambling State University students, as well as others attending the university.
Tom Joyner, a national radio show host, was on campus along with notable figures from Allstate Insurance.
After some not so bright national attention in the latter part of 2013, the university received news in January they would be the recipients of $50,000 from the Tom Joyner Foundation and Allstate Insurance for being voted as the most popular HBCU in the country.
In less than two months — on Sept. 5 — the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football team will open the 2015 season at home against Southern University at Joe Aillet Stadium.
And oh what a sight it will be for the Bulldog Nation.
The highly-anticipated and widely-publicized construction of the $20 million-plus South End Zone project has been the focal point of the new additions to Joe Aillet Stadium since construction began more than a year ago.
But there will be even more new and exciting things to see than that state-of-the-art facility.