Grambling May Shutter Lab Schools

10/31/2014

Grambling leader outlines plan to address deficit

BY Elizabeth Crisp

Facing a more than $3 million deficit, Grambling University plans to increase faculty teaching loads while requiring furloughs, provide incentives for 15 faculty members to retire, and possibly even shutter the Grambling Laboratory Schools.

Interim President Cynthia Warrick announced the drastic measures to help cash-strapped Grambling regain sound financial footing during a meeting with faculty and staff on campus Thursday.

Warrick attributed much of the immediate problem to the university’s drastic decrease in enrollment this fall.

The university’s fall enrollment is 4,504 — down 11 percent from last year. Based on the tuition rate, Warrick estimated the university is out $3.7 million.

Warrick said she’s hopeful the state will step in and provide $762,000 for Grambling’s lab schools to stay open past May 2015.

“It will be up to the Legislature and the governor and the Louisiana Board of Education,” Warrick said. “I don’t think anyone’s going to do anything about it unless we tell them we’re going to close those laboratory schools.”

See here a video of Warrick’s comments.

2nd JD (Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson) DA Campaign Finances

10/30/2014

Danny Newell

Funds on Hand as of 10/27 – $11,660
Loans to Campaign: $23,000

Significant Contributions:

$1,000 – B&N Contractors, Haynesville; D&S Oil and Gas Operators, Homer; G&C Construction, Ruston; Mike Merritt, Minden; John McKee, Homer; Robinson & Williams, Bossier City; Chad Still, Minden; Brookie White, Haynesville; Audie Edwards, Summerfield; Wesley Emerson, Homer; David Tigner, Homer; Carter Lewis, Haynesville; Sidney Rhodes, Shreveport; Peterson Contractors, Homer; David Peterson, Minden; Jason Edwards, Minden; J. C. Carroll, Jonesboro

$1,500 – Stallion Production Svcs, Houston; Eric Johnson, Minden

$2,000 – Red Rock Rentals, Ruston; Bryce Transport, Minden

$2,500 – Cloy Gantt, Athens; Murphy Brothers Partnership, Arcadia; Cole Smith, Shreveport; James Colvin, Homer; Bryant Lewis, Haynesville; Heloise Lewis, Haynesville; City Tele-Coin, Bossier City

Significant Disbursements: Capital Business Services, Baton Rouge (Scott Wilfong), Consulting – $32,800; several thousand to local newspapers, Jackson Independent, Bienville Democrat, Claiborne Guardian, Haynesville News.

See here the complete reports:

10/06/14
10/27/14
10/29/14

Chris Bowman

Funds on Hand as of 10/27 – $3,700
Loans to Campaign – $46,700

Significant Contributions:

$2,500 – B&T Land Co., Farmerville; Durrett Construction, Aspermont, TX; Koga Investments, Monroe; Sterling Associates, Ruston
$2,000 – Credit Acceptance Cars, Monroe
$1,500 – J. K. Martin Pulpwood, Winnfield; JKM Logging, Winnfield
$1,000 – G. S. Butler, Homer; B&N Contractors, Haynesville, Double K Logging, Winnfield; Radian Hennigan, Ruston

Signficant Disbursements: The Glascock Group, Pineville (Darrell Glascock), Consulting – $21,000; Mailouts – $7,450; Billboards, $6,500; Signs, $9,000.

See here the complete reports:

10/06/14
10/27/14

“Ticket” Political Flyer Making the Rounds

10/28/2014

Walker Ticket crop

A flyer promoting a “ticket vote” has been distributed locally, primarily on the Louisiana Tech University (LTU), it was reported late last week.

Mayoral candidate Bill Elmore told Lincoln Parish News Online that three of those depicted on the “ticket” called him and said they did not solicit the recognition.

Mayoral Candidate Ronny Walker said that he did not sponsor, distribute, or pay for the “ticket,” but only the food events that had been scheduled months ago.

Monroe City Council Tuesday

10/27/2014

The Monroe City Council will meet Tuesday, October 28, 6:00 PM, Monroe City Hall, 500 Lea Joyner Expressway.

See here the agenda and meeting info packet.

Lafayette DA Update

10/26/2014

Harson, Stutes locked in bitter campaign for Lafayette DA

Richard Burgess| rburgess@theadvocate.com

LAFAYETTE — Keith Stutes recalled a meeting with Mike Harson shortly after the FBI searched the 15th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Lafayette in February 2012.

Stutes, a retired prosecutor who is the first person to challenge Harson for the district attorney’s seat in 20 years, said he was shocked to learn federal authorities were investigating bribery allegations in the office.

What’s more, Stutes said, the bribes were in connection with what he called a “secret program” he had never heard about that allowed DWI defendants to have their charges quickly resolved and expunged.

“I confronted Mike with that and basically pleaded with him to stop that process,” Stutes said, adding that the incident tested the loyalty he had given Harson during his long career working for him.

Harson remembers things differently.

“That’s a lie. He never came and talked to me,” he said. “That was not his style to talk to me at all.”

Spending on the campaign this year totaled nearly $720,000 as of Sept. 25 — $420,306 from Harson and $299,101 from Stutes, according to campaign finance reports filed with the state.

The one issue that looms largest — the issue that Stutes said prompted his retirement after 28 years as a prosecutor and was a major factor in his decision to challenge Harson — is the bribery scandal that has tarred the reputation of the District Attorney’s Office for the past two years.

Five people have pleaded guilty in the federal probe, including three of Harson’s former employees, for their role in arranging favorable plea deals for DWI offenders in return for bribes.

The alleged mastermind behind the operation, Lafayette private investigator Robert Williamson, is still awaiting trial.

Federal prosecutors have alleged that in return for gifts and payments of cash, District Attorney’s Office employees allowed the defendants to participate in a program in which criminal charges were quickly swept through the system if they successfully completed certain probation requirements, such as driver’s safety classes, substance abuse treatment and community service.

Harson has not been identified as the target of a federal investigation, but federal prosecutors wrote in court filings that the scheme was carried out without the DA’s knowledge because of a “lack of oversight and safeguards.”

Stewart Withdraws From 2nd JD DA Race

10/23/2014
Posted in lobby of Jackson Parish Court House - 10/23/14

Posted in lobby of Jackson Parish Court House – 10/23/14

Ouachita Library Book Sale Friday, Saturday

10/22/2014

Bibliophiles take note!

The last Ouachita Parish Friends of the Library book sale of the year will be Friday, 10/24, and Saturday, 10/25, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, West Ouachita Branch, 188 Hwy 546, West Monroe.

Take Exit 108 (Cheniere) north from I-20. The library is about 1/2 mile on the left.

Take our word for it, this is a good book sale. The books are cheap, and visiting with the folks there is worth the trip, even if you don’t buy a thing. If you have some old books to donate, they’ll take them off your hands.

2014 Lincoln School District Report Cards

10/21/2014

Lincoln Parish School Scores 2014

The data is from the Louisiana Department of Education.

See the complete report cards for the individual schools here:

Ruston High School
Choudrant Elementary
Choudrant High
Cypress Springs Elementary
Dubach
Glen View Elementary
Hillcrest Elementary
I A Lewis Middle School
Ruston Elementary
Ruston Junior High
Simsboro
Alma J. Brown Elementary
Grambling High School
Gambling Middle School
A. E. Phillips

Jindal orders Ebola travel restrictions for Louisiana

10/20/2014

The Hill

By Keith Laing – 10/20/14

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) is restricting travel to African nations that are battling Ebola amid extensive debate in Washington about a nationwide flight ban.

Jindal issued an executive order Monday that requires Louisiana state agencies to participate in the ban on travel to West Africa, which has been hotly debated following the first domestic diagnoses of the deadly disease.

“All departments, budget units, agencies, offices, entities, and officers of the executive branch of the State of Louisiana are authorized and directed to develop policies and reporting mechanisms for public employees and students, faculty, and staff of institutions of higher learning to report travel to the countries identified by the Centers for Disease Control as having a threat of contracting the Ebola Virus Disease,” Jindal’s executive order said.

Ouachita Parish Police Jury Monday

10/19/2014

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) will meet Monday, October 20, 5:30 PM, Ouachita Parish Court House, second floor.

Here is the agenda.

Immediately following the jury meeting, the Finance Committee will meet in the jury’s conference room.

Here is the agenda.


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