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Ohio State, Florida go for title

The Bowl Championship Series’ new showcase event is a 1 vs. 2 matchup that had many skeptical at first about its legitimacy.
Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith and the Buckeyes (12-0) were a no-brainer. The Big Ten champions have been No. 1 since the preseason, and already have a pair of victories against teams ranked No. 2.

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Hospital sale offers unique opportunity

As for the money held in escrow by the Police Jury, there seems to be a difference of opinion on who holds the purse strings that control the $10 million. Some believe the money is the Police Jury’s to use as it pleases, while others are of the opinion it would take a vote of the people of Lincoln Parish to determine how the money is spent.
What is apparent is the Lincoln Parish Police Jury is faced with an unexpected windfall. Since the sale of Lincoln General Hospital is imminent, it is important that a plan be developed that explains how the money is to be spent.

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Making new resolutions stick

I’ve been thinking about what causes the lot of us to leave our resolutions to be better by the wayside. When I interviewed Nicole Duke, a dietitian at Lincoln General Hospital, and Kim Allen, owner of Add Life Fitness and Wellness Center, their comments helped me come up with this: We set ourselves up to fail. We make promises to reach outrageous goals without the tools or know-how.
To help us out, I’ve made a “how-to” of ways to make it through the month without wanting to quit.

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LGH sale may be complete by March

“The final agreement will then probably be signed somewhere between the first and the 15th of March,” Stone said.
In August 2006, Lincoln General Hospital’s Board of Trustees announced it had signed a non-binding letter of intent to sell the hospital to a subsidiary of Community Health Systems, based out of Brentwood, Tenn.

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’Dogs: Super home slate in ’07

• The naming of Derek Dooley as new head coach.
• Quarterback Colt Brennan leading Hawaii to a victory in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.
•Boise State stunning Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl.
Sure, the arrival of Dooley from an two-year stint as the tight ends’ coach for the Miami Dolphins is a given in so far as creating excitement and anticipation for the 2007 season.
But Colt Brennan, Hawaii and Boise State?
Oh, yes, they also factor big time in how Bulldogs’ fans will start lining up to buy tickets for this fall.

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Support active jury president

An even better way to make sure petty party politics are set aside and a president is chosen based on that person’s ability to lead would be for residents — voters — to show up at Tuesday’s meeting and make their opinions known.
There is nothing like a little peer pressure from a juror’s constituents to grab their attention and make sure they base their vote on what’s best for those they represent.

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Just one last Christmas story

Christmas was always a great time. I remember getting a book, “Bill Stern’s Favorite Football Stories,” from Aunt Mary’s crew. I still have the book today and will occasionally open the dog-eared pages and enjoy an afternoon of great tales.
Another gift I remember came from Uncle Al’s bunch — a year-long subscription to Sports Illustrated. I also remember that as I anxiously awaited the arrival of my first-ever swimsuit issue, Mom beat me to the mailbox and tossed it. She said there would be none of that smut in her house.

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Parish trash megasite on hold

At its November meeting, the Jury voted to hold off on creating more than one megasite until it was determined how much it would cost to build the sites and what the public’s response was to the consolidation. The first site was built on land already owned by the Police Jury.
At its December meeting, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury voted to close sites at 10 locations in the vicinity of Louisiana 822 and Louisiana 33, and move the 25 dumpsters to the megasite, located on Pylant Road.
The 10 locations to be closed and the number of dumpsters at each site include:

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