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January 2nd

Grambling council wants Andrus out

“We just hired this man to fix some major accounting problems, and he finds some financial improprieties going on, so he gets fired?” city councilman Edward Jones said.
“The mayor cut him off at the very point he tried to make something out of this mess, and after he still manages to find out some things and make people aware, he gets fired for being a whistle-blower.
“Something is very wrong with this picture.”

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Dollars not making sense

As a nation, perhaps the following resolution should be public resolution numero uno: financial equality. Thirty years ago, before the Google gaggle and the millennial infusion of insta-cash, two Swedish prophets named Andersson and Ulvaeus canted no truer words: “I work all night, I work all day, I pay the bills I have to pay.”
Mamma Mia! The yin and yang of ABBA prophesied financial inequality long ago, but have we really paid attention to their premonitions? Time to shake the magic eight ball, light the lava lamp and begin to examine the state of the dance floor.

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Enjoy tax break; it may not be lasting

We as individuals watched with merry glee as gas prices fell, relieving us of one of the biggest burdens on our take-home pay and a hurdle to our ability to save much cash each month.
The state watched with a bit of horror, because officials close to the state’s revenue understood the larger picture.
Our budget shortfalls come as a direct result of filling in too many line items on the state budget with money pulled out of the ground, so to speak, by oil exploration.

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’Dogs, GSU clubs open league play

In San Jose, Calif., it’s a Western Athletic Conference opener for the ’Dogs.
As far as the Lady Techsters are concerned, their WAC schedule won’t start until Jan. 8 against Nevada in Reno. Meanwhile, Tech will play a final non-league contest Saturday against McNeese State at Lake Charles.
Tipoff times for the GSU-A&M doubleheader are 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men).
Tech’s women play at 5 p.m. and the men at 8:30 p.m.
Here’s a sizeup of each of the parish collegiate squads entering Saturday’s games:
TIGERS
(2-9)

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Lowe Family set for Dixie show

All seven of the Lowe siblings began studying and performing music of the masters at very young ages. Soon, additional instruments, dance classes and vocal lessons were added along with more teachers and more practice time.
Recently, the Lowe Family appeared with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and orchestra on their national TV and radio broadcast. They also have been featured as special guests during the Olympics and on China’s New Year’s celebration televised internationally.
They have been featured on ABC, CBS, PBS, Time-Warner and other stations worldwide.

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Turning the page on 2008

Service roads upgraded
Construction on the North Service Road, which accesses many of Ruston’s largest businesses off Interstate 20, dragged on for most of the year. Drivers traveling west on the North Service Road now are able to make a straight path to the I-20 entrance ramp. The final steps in the project are to tie in the La. 33 ramp to the service road and make Byram Avenue, located near Peking Restaurant, into a two-way street.
Events Center plans finalized
The Lincoln Parish Library’s planned Events Center is closer than ever to becoming reality.

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