Archive for September, 2011

Higher Ed Roundup – 9/30/11


Committee targeting La. tuition, aid policies

Letter: SU System vital to future of La.

SLCC begins search for its next leader

Tentative Settlement in Jackson Library Suit


A tentative settlement was reached this morning in Second Judicial (Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson parishes) District Court in the matter of Martin v Jackson Parish Police Jury (JPPJ), which was a lawsuit filed by the “old” Jackson Parish Library Board of Control against the JPPJ.

The plaintiffs agreed to dismiss the lawsuit for the jury’s agreement to rescind an ordinance appointing a new board of control that the jury adopted on 8/25/11.

The plaintiffs had asked in their suit to:

Prevent the jury from implementing the ordinance it adopted on 8/25/11.
Prohibit the jury from deterring the petitioners from acting as the board of control.
Prohibit the new board of control members from taking office.
Prohibit the new board members from meeting or calling a meeting.

The plaintiffs had also asked that the jury’s action zeroing out the library’s 2011 tax millage be undone, but that part of the suit was not agreed to, so the jury’s action on the tax matter will still be in force.

Appearing for the plaintiffs was Bossier City attorney Henry Bernstein, while Jonesboro attorney Jeffrey Robinson represented the jury.

Division C Judge Glenn Fallin presided.


Jonesboro Boil Advisory Lifted


The boil advisory issued two days ago for the Town of Jonesboro’s water system has been lifted, according to Jackson Parish Sanitarian Roger Wilkinson, of the local health unit.

Wilkinson told Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO) that test results this morning showed no issues with the town’s water and that it was safe to drink.

A construction crew installing an underground cable near the intersection of Gin Road and Old Winnfield Road accidentally broke a water main, which resulted in low water pressures and in some cases, outages.

Webb Announces for Lincoln Tax Assessor


Becky Webb is a candidate for Tax Assessor of Lincoln Parish. See here her announcement.

My name is Becky Webb and I am running for Lincoln Parish Assessor. If elected October 22, I promise to always strive to be fair, equal, and treat everyone with respect. I am committed to following all laws and guidelines set forth by the State of Louisiana. Furthermore, I will readily make the laws and guidelines available to everyone and guarantee the public will receive reliable and friendly customer service when contacting the Assessor’s office. It is my desire and hope that each of you will feel comfortable and welcome in your transactions with the Assessor’s office. In campaigning for Assessor, I’ve heard many excellent suggestions; I encourage and appreciate those and any others, and will take all into consideration if given the opportunity to serve as Assessor of Lincoln Parish. It is my understanding that one of the requirements of the position is to complete Assessor’s Professional Certification classes; as I am no stranger to the classroom, I truly look forward to further educating myself about the position I believe I am qualified to hold. I look forward to meeting all my neighbors in all of Lincoln Parish while campaigning and later as Assessor, if elected.

I was raised near the community of Douglas in Lincoln Parish. I attended Choudrant Elementary School and graduated from Ruston High School. I joined the US Navy shortly after high school and was stationed at Pearl Harbor Submarine Base, Hawaii as a Radioman (telecommunications) until 1992 when I was Honorably Discharged. I held a Top Secret SCI clearance. I married a Naval Officer and lived in Honolulu, Hawaii; San Diego, California; Yokosuka, Japan; Bellevue, Nebraska; Blacksburg, Virginia; and Franklin, Virginia before returning to Lincoln Parish in 1999. I have two children, Ali and Seth Davenport. Ali is a junior at Louisiana Tech University and Seth is a senior at Ruston High School. I attended San Diego Community College, University of Maryland-Asian Division in Yokosuka, Japan; University of Nebraska at Omaha; and Louisiana Tech University where I graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology with a minor in Geography (with GIS). I presently attend Louisiana Tech University, taking Business prerequisite classes preparing to apply for a Master of Business Administration Degree and recently completed a certificate/concentration program in Information Assurance (computer security). In addition to my university education, I completed a three month US Navy Radioman “A” school in San Diego, California and a three-month P.O.S.T. (police academy) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In addition to my US Navy experience, I worked various jobs while attending university, with the Army Corps of Engineers in Norfolk, Virginia, and for the State of Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Division of Probation and Parole for over seven years, mostly in Lincoln Parish. I currently work at Automation and Electronics USA as an IT & Business Systems Specialist. Please feel free to visit my website for more information.

Any area candidates who wish to make announcements for office are welcome to send their press releases to us and we will publish them as soon as we can. Campaign literature (push cards, fliers, etc) can also be scanned and linked.

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Higher Ed Roundup – 9/29/22


Letter: Southern University furlough reversals defended

LSU Chancellor worries about losing nearly 40 percent of faculty to retirement

C of C: Jonesboro to Have Christmas Lights


The Christmas Lights for the annual “Christmas Wonderland in the Pines” will be put up this year, according to Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce director Wilda Smith. See here the email sent out today.

Sent: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 10:22 AM

Jim Beal, Dusty Hampton and I met yesterday with Mayor Thompson and members of his staff to discuss rumors of not having Christmas lights in Jonesboro for the 2011 Christmas festival.

Mayor Thompson stated there will be Christmas lights on our parade route, bushes and trees on Jimmie Davis Blvd. Also, the Tony Rome park will be decorated as our Christmas park where we will have Santa in his house on week-ends.

There is money needed to decorate some of the buildings. However, for their information, I shared that the Chamber spent $14,000.00 last year and can not spend more or even that much this year. The Chamber can not share in the expense of putting up the lights.

If you are a business and would like for the town to decorate for you, then you need to contact the Mayor’s office and make arrangements.

Also, for your information our courthouse is not the responsibility of the town of Jonesboro to decorate. The Police Jury has stated that it is a wiring problem, not the new roof that is keeping it from having lights.

Allow me to encourage you to join in our parade and festival. Forms for Grand Marshal, booth and parade can be picked up in the Chamber office.

Please share this e-mail with your friends and family!

Higher Ed Roundup – 9/28/11


LSU students unhappy about farm closure

Our Views: Another try over colleges

LSU to pay up to $1.5 M for provost search

LSU faculty union clashes with chancellor

LSU Swine Farm closure elicits discontent

Boil advisory for Jonesboro



The Jonesboro Water System is having problems with its system after a construction crew cut a 12″ water main. As a result, the system may experience losses in water pressure.

Because of this, the water is of questionable microbiological quality and users are advised to boil all water intended for consumption, including drinking, making ice, food preparation, rinsing of foods or brushing teeth.

Water must be boiled for one full minute after a rolling boil has been established.

This boil advisory will stay in effect until rescinded by the Jonesboro Water System.

Higher Ed Roundup – 9/27/11


Local higher ed institutions celebrate milestones

Judge backs award in Grambling coach-firing suit

Circus in Jonesboro Friday