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January 8th

Don't neglect family homes

In some areas of the city, uninhabited houses sit unattended, as their porches cave in, windows are broken out and internal problems develop.
City Chief Code Enforcement Officer Mitch Dufour said a number of inherited houses jointly owned by siblings or other relatives get placed on the city’s list of structures recommended to either undergo extensive repairs or demolition.
“Family members move away, and the property gets neglected,” Dufour said. “It sits there empty and deteriorates. No one is taking care of it, and it literally falls apart.”

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School Family Night unique opportunity

Her experience, which includes time as a teacher, administrator and counselor, coupled with her understanding of issues surrounding the poor, promises to be illuminating.
Pierson is a part of the larger organization aha! Process Inc., a group focused on the challenges of children who live in poverty.
Poor children interact with people who may be raised in middle class homes who end up as their teachers and school officials, and the disparity can create a disconnect that impedes clear communication and understanding.

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January 7th

Defiant council rallies for recall

“We just want all of you (Grambling residents) to know the facts about the city’s finances and 2007 budget,” Jones said as he opened the meeting.
The City Council’s call for the mayor’s resignation came after Andrus last week terminated newly hired city accountant Mabry without the council’s knowledge.
That termination came shortly after Mabry announced he uncovered $47,000 in missing funds from October and November’s records.

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City bears down on blight

Aldermen heard from real estate agent Qureda Wigfield, speaking on behalf of Mike Mabry, owner of the abandoned property located at 614 Eastland.
Wigfield explained that the property is in the process of being sold, and the sale should be closed by the end of the month. She said the buyer plans to renovate the house and use it as rental property.
“She’s bought and rehabbed several properties in town, and she’s doing a pretty good job,” Dufour said.
The aldermen agreed to give the property owner 90 days to complete the sale and for the new owner to make repairs.

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Baker makes Tech future bright

Baker was one of the main reasons why Tech had one of its best seasons ever, too.
The junior defensive back was named to the first unit of the All-WAC squad, included on several postseason all-star teams, led Tech in tackles and was rated as one of the country’s top players at his position by various national magazines and Web sites.
And this past weekend, Baker was chosen as the Defensive Player of the Year for the entire state by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

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Hard times test universities

All of this started ballooning before Christmas, but the scope of it was unclear. Now, the universities’ officials are digging in their heels and setting the cutbacks.
For Tech’s situation, the president is walking into his office every morning with the numbers greeting him like a cold January ice storm. There’s a sense that the temperature is dropping, too. Dan Reneau and his senior leadership have been grinding on this for the greater part of a month now, and it would be easy to get discouraged by it.

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Area relies on support from congressman

In Lincoln Parish, as well as the many parishes Alexander represents at the nation’s capitol, people are suffering, projects need tending to and worthy causes are struggling to gain a foothold for doing good in the community.
A federal project for the Tarbutton Road interchange is a good example of that. For years, it has been on the table but there never has been much movement.
That’s a project that, if carried out with local workers, could be a benefit to the Lincoln Parish economy that cannot be overlooked.

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January 6th

Livas has No. 1 WAC rankings

“Somebody with that speed and breakaway skills has the ability to break a game wide-open,” said former Utah State coach Brent Guy. “You have to be aware of them every time they get some touches.”
When Livas touched the football this past season, he made lots of good things happen and the final statistical report of the WAC bears it out.
The former South Terrebonne High School track and gridiron standout has finished No. 1 for all-purpose yards and punt return average.

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Grambling deserves better

Grambling councilmen Edward Jones, Roosevelt Bryant and Toby Bryan the next day held a public meeting attended by approximately 30 residents in which they asked Andrus to resign, citing instances of her conducting city business independent of their counsel and entering into illegal and unapproved contracts.
Some Grambling residents at that public meeting said they planned to start a recall petition. State law requires signatures from half of Grambling’s 4,800 residents to recall Andrus.

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Blood donors needed badly

Every day in the United States, approximately 39,000 units of blood are required in hospitals and emergency treatment facilities for patients with cancer and other diseases, for organ transplant recipients and to help save the lives of accident victims.
Members of our own community have experienced life-threatening vehicle accidents in recent months. Without a healthy supply of blood on hand, some accident victims may not pull through. It really is a matter of life and death.

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