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Fire tax waits until August

A motion to approve the election by Annie Brown failed to produce a second from the other committee members — Mickey Mays, David Hammons, Mike Franklin and Bobby Bennett — and died on the floor.
“Everybody who’s called me has told me not to support this,” Franklin said.
Hammons said people don’t want to be taxed, as well, and wouldn’t support it until something happened like an injury or death or an increase in the parish’s fire rating.
“With the price of gas the way it is, a lot of people are more worried about a lot of other things,” Hammons said.

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Fire illustrates parish’s need for protection

Fire Chief Dennis Ford, who has been warning the parish that flagging numbers in the department could cost us in the end, said that two things contributed to difficulties with the fire on Monday.
One was getting the appropriate number of firefighters to the site — Choudrant ended up pitching in a handful of men to help combat the towering fire.
The other, which is equally if not more concerning, is that it took more than an hour, almost two, before the department was notified.

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Ruston's appeal wins out

It was spent at “home,” since I hadn’t torn myself away from Ruston for a few months. Part of what I did in Shreveport was take a new resident and friend on a small tour of his area of the city.
I’m from Shreveport, he’s from Ruston, now we live in each other’s hometowns. Maybe that irony is fitting. As crazy as it felt to move from a metropolitan area the size of Shreveport to a quaint city like Ruston, it has to be equally shocking to reverse that.

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WAC grid race up for grabs?

But the son of former University of Georgia coaching legend Vince Dooley guided the club to a 5-7 mark and one game shy of bowl eligility.
Of course, for the 2006 season, College Football Poll.com forecasted a 6-7 mark for Tech and the team finished at 3-10 before making a change in head coaches.
“Until you start playing, it’s all a big guess at this time of the year,” said Utah State head coach Brent Guy.
He’s hoping that the low finishes (anywhere from No. 7 to dead last) being predicted for his team are off the mark.

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Blaze scours site

Ford said he is puzzled why it took so long for the department to get the call.
“I don’t see how people didn’t see it,” Ford said.
While no one was injured, in the process of squelching the flames a couple of firefighters overheated.
Forty-five minutes after the emergency call was issued, Ford said, 12 firefighters had responded, including three firefighters from Choudrant.
“The problem that we’re having is getting people to turn out,” he said. “We’re having such low numbers.”
The written record, issued by Cross, yielded a count of 19 responders in total.

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