Kakata, Margibi County – Citizens of Margibi County have for the first time in four years convened their county siting aimed at apportioning fund allotted as social development fund for fiscal year 2018/2019. Report by Gerald C. Koinyeneh, [email protected] The exercise is in line with Section 9 of the National Budget Law of Liberia, which calls for mass citizens’ participation in the decision-making process over the allotments and utilization of the County Social Development Fund (CSDF). Of the total US$232,666 as the county’s fiscal budget for 2018/2019, US$150,000 was allotted to the five electoral districts for development purposes. Each of the districts is expected to receive US$30,000 to fund their incomplete or evolving projects. US$27,500 was allocated towards the payment of debt incurred during the past national county sports tournament and US$25,000 was allotted for 2018/2019 national county sports meet. The amount of US$23,000 (10% of the total CSDF) … [Read more...] about Margibi County Shares ‘Meager’ Development Fund Among 5 Districts
Metro Council member Barbara Freiberg says she is surprised and disappointed that after a year-long national search for a new airport director, which produced three qualified candidates, her fellow council members voted Wednesday to offer the position to interim director Mike Edwards. Edwards interviewed for the position earlier this year but was not among the short list of finalists recommended to the council by its own search committee. Freiberg had been pushing the council to reopen the national search on a limited basis. “Our national consultant with ADK told me he’s never been in a situation where there is a national search and a search committee accepts your recommendation and then it’s rejected,” Freiberg says. Freiberg is particularly disappointed that the $40,000 search, which was conducted for several months in late 2017 and early 2018, was mischaracterized by her fellow council members. At Wednesday’s meeting, Councilmember Scott Wilson referred … [Read more...] about Freiberg disappointed, but airport director search process exposes Metro Council divide
Gordon Mese was happy the “For Lease” sign was stolen off his Government Street property when he put part of it up for rent last summer. It was right after the Smokin Aces BBQ and Tiger Deaux-nuts merger, and as soon as the sign went up, the Meses received 42 phone calls of potential tenants, an amount he says was a bit overwhelming, 225 Dine reports. “It was only 42 because the 42nd person stole the lease sign, thinking that they were the first person to see it and didn’t want anyone else to see it,” Mese says. “Thank God they stole the sign.” Unfortunately for those 42 hopefuls, the Meses went in a different route. The previous pitmaster at Smokin Aces BBQ, Robert Vasquez, wanted to continue barbecuing after departing Tiger Deauxnuts and Barbecue after the merger. With Mese’s backing, Garden District Barbeque (or GD Barbeque) was born in the same building that once housed Smokin Aces. The barbecue joint officially opened Monday and is … [Read more...] about ‘225 Dine:’ Garden District Barbeque opens with former Smokin’ Aces pitmaster
Increased downtown investment, minor league baseball and high school CEOs are a few glimpses into the future of Baton Rouge, according to a group of panelists Wednesday evening during Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week. Downtown, north Baton Rouge and LSU appear to be the areas of focus for entrepreneurial endeavors, panelists said. John O. Hearin, who developed The Heron Downtown, said the first tenants of the 142-unit downtown apartment complex are moving in today. And there are more projects in the works. “The ball is rolling,” Hearin said. “I have one or two more projects in me, but I have to play monopoly and find financing.” Joining the city this summer is the Baton Rouge Rougarou, the city’s first minor league baseball team. At the panel, team president Uri Geva said he’s excited about the opportunity for the team—which will play at Pete Goldsby Field—to re-energize a section of north Baton Rouge. He wants it to have the same effect … [Read more...] about BREW panel: What does the future of Baton Rouge look like?
A dramatic drop in oil prices over the past several weeks is fueling a price decline at the pump. Gas prices neared a four-year high in October, briefly topping $2.90 per gallon, but have since retreated, The Daily Advertiser reports. Ample global supplies of petroleum, which is refined into gasoline, have played a key role in delivering savings for consumers. “Thanksgiving gas prices are getting carved up at a time of year when we’re all used to getting the turkey ready,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst at fuel-finding app GasBuddy. “This is a fairly dramatic turnaround.” The national average was $2.68 per gallon on Wednesday, down 7 cents from a week earlier and 22 cents from a month earlier, according to AAA. Prices are still up 12 cents from a year ago. Several dozen stations across Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas were charging less than $2 per gallon as of Wednesday, according to GasBuddy. That number “could be … [Read more...] about Gas prices plunging as the Thanksgiving holiday travel period approaches