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Faculty decry deep cuts

The senate holds that cuts could jeopardize accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools because of funding requirements, adversely affect academic programs and hurt Lincoln Parish at large.
Senate Chairman Tsegai Emmanuel, a business professor, said younger faculty members have come to him concerned since the first news of cuts came out of Baton Rouge this year.
“I can understand,” he said. “It’s their careers, their livelihoods. Especially for the young faculty who have just come here and are trying to build careers here, raise a family, pay a mortgage.”

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State leaders target Sparta

State Department of Natural Resources Secretary Scott Angelle, who heads the commission, told the crowd gathered for the meeting that it’s only appropriate for the group to travel throughout the state and hear residents’ concerns.
Although the commission is charged with managing the state’s groundwater resources, commission member Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth expressed concern about the lack of an action plan for each of the state’s 11 aquifers. He also questioned whether the commission has access to the resources necessary to conduct research and develop such plans.

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Mill closures’ effects will trickle down

The logger gets a percentage of value of that cut, with the majority of profit going to the landowner. With mill closures, Blazier said it becomes more difficult for private forest owners to find loggers who are willing to cut their timber, because the hauling distance becomes farther to another mill that would accept it.
“North Louisiana has an extremely high number of private landowners, so it will affect the economy in that way,” he said.
Blazier said problems in the forestry industry did not arise overnight, but have been growing over the last 18 months.

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State tries again with Pilgrim’s

“I think this is a very strong offer in a market where they’re not going to get other buyers,” Moret said. “It’s a good return investment for the state, too, because it would put those workers back to work. This Pilgrim’s Pride situation has had the biggest impact in the state by the recession, so we’re going to do everything we can to keep those people farming chickens and working at the facility in Farmerville.”
Pilgrim’s Pride said it rejected the initial $40 million offer from the state and Foster Farms because it was inadequate.

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Another hit comes at a bad time

It is, however, up to all of us to help guide the community through another dark spot. With Simsboro sure to suffer in the face of the Weyerhaeuser wood plant’s closure and the loss of around 50 jobs at the facility, our parish is taking yet another blow that a year ago none of us could have thought would be possible.

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Police funding boosts are vital

Local residents first got word of the Pilgrim’s Pride closures and the impact they would have on the livelihood of hundreds of plant workers and poultry growers. Then this week, we learned that almost 50 local job positions would be eliminated as Weyerhaeuser Co. indefinitely closes its Simsboro wood mill.
In the face of many jobs losses and the toll they will inevitably take on the area’s economy to bring more job losses, some are undoubtedly wondering: Why are our police still getting local and federal money thrown their way?

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’Dogs tip off WAC tourney play

“We’ll both be trying to stay alive,” said Tech coach Kerry Rupp. “Every game you play now is big because it’s either win or get ready for next season. Our guys aren’t ready for the season to be over. And I know Idaho’s aren’t, either. So both teams are going to come into this game determined to keep their season going and hopefully keep moving on.”
Although they lost their last regular season game, the Bulldogs will go into the tournament with one of the top performances among all league teams during the past several weeks.

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State puts up matching funds

The deal, brokered by Gov. Bobby Jindal, Chief of Staff Timmy Teepell and the Economic Development team, would include what Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain terms “major incentives’’ from the state.
Downsville Mayor Reggie Skains is in Washington, D.C. talking to legislators and other officials about ways to keep Pilgrim’s Pride workers and growers in north Louisiana and said he received an e-mail from Strain saying that Foster Farms had made an offer to buy the facility.

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