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Political scene sweltering

Republican Bobby Jindal moves into the governor’s seat in two weeks, promising change and a shake-up to the Capitol scene. Whether he delivers will be closely monitored. His first big test comes in the form of a special legislative session on ethics law changes that he plans to call when he takes office.
Jindal’s not the only new face in office.

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Usher in new year with optimism

Whether you’ve made resolutions or not, today is the perfect opportunity to take a fresh look at life. A new year holds endless opportunity and possibility. Now is the time to be optimistic and to look ahead with hope and determination.
There are challenges ahead for Lincoln Parish in 2008, no question. But, they present the chance for success and innovation. Let’s start the year with a clean slate and an open mind so the obstacles of the past will stay behind us as we move forward.

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Resolve to donate in 2008

With people returning to work and school, back from out-of-town jaunts and focusing less on holiday endeavors, there is the hope that becoming a blood donor or making a pledge to donate will be on their to-do-list for the new year, which is kicked off with National Blood Donor Month in January.
Phillip Thomas, donor resources coordinator with LifeShare Blood Centers, said there is a minimum number of units of blood required monthly, based on hospital demand. He said donations have been down from that goal and could continue to fall short if enough people don’t donate blood.

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Dean: Semi-finalist for Canton

The Louisiana Sports Hall of Famer didn’t disappoint.
In his first game as a 49er, Dean went up against the Dallas Cowboys after practicing only twice.
If there was any so-called rustiness, it didn’t show. He sacked quarterback Danny White three times and had eight tackles to aid a 45-14 victory.
Noted San Francisco-Oakland area sports author Tom Danyluk about that performance: “It was the greatest set of downs I have ever seen unleashed by a pass rusher.”

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A glimpse back at 2007

Grambling State University
• Assembly Center opens
When it opened in May, the new Grambling State University Assembly Center became the biggest building on campus, nearly tripling the seating capacity of T.H. Harris Auditorium, which was previously used for graduations and programs.
In addition to serving as an arena for men and women’s basketball, the $22 million state-funded facility also houses the kinesiology and leisure studies department, faculty offices, the athletic ticket office, a weight room, dance studio, concessions areas and the team store.
• Enrollment leads UL System

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Targeting local officials could kill ethics bill

Jindal’s ethics platform is one of the things that helped get him elected outright in the October election. By planning to address it as soon as he takes office, Jindal is showing the state he will stand by his campaign promise.
Taking a hard look at ethics laws in Louisiana can only benefit our state. The tradition and perception of political corruption has haunted Louisiana government for decades, and it continues to drag us down.

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New Year brings renewed hope

This year area churches have New Year’s Eve plans that are aimed at doing just that. New Year’s Eve will be a time for local congregations to gather and ring in the new year together.

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Lathan helps light up ’Dogs

The 6-2 and 185-pounder hit on seven-of-nine field goals and was four-of-seven from the foul line. Three of his five boards came on the defensive end.
“Our team is like a family,” Lathan said. “We love each other and we help each other become better. We’re learning more and more about each other with every game we play.
“This win we got against McNeese State, it shows what we can do before conference play
begins. Hopefully, it can send a message to the other teams in the WAC.”

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Jurors: Parish faces challenges

Having studied the situation, he said that the budget is in a state that a change must be made.
“We have a choice to make — we either raise taxes or we cut services,” he said. “And I am 100 percent against increased taxes, so we’ll have to go from there.”
He also believes the detention center is becoming a problem that can’t be ignored.
“And again, that’s primarily because of funding,” he said.

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Thanks Bush for OK’ing earmarks

The omnibus appropriations bill that was signed into law this past week had come under fire for containing too many pet projects — too many local earmarks that local legislators like U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander had squeezed into it.
We’re nothing if not ecstatic that Alexander and Sens. Mary Landrieu and David Vitter were able to secure so much money for Louisiana — $142 million.
More than $3 million of that will come right here to Lincoln Parish to benefit myriad agencies that need the federal help to thrive.

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