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Annexation suit bolstering St. George support

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BATON ROUGE- As the fight for the Mall of Louisiana heats up more people are stepping up to back a plan to create the City of St. George.

"The movement has never been stronger, we're gaining more and more volunteers every week, we're getting more and more signatures every week," said Lionel Rainey, III, the spokesperson for St. George.

City leaders think the suit only serves to stall the inevitable.

"This has nothing to do with whether the plan of government was followed to the letter of the law, this has everything to do with trying to create the city of St. George and this is just a last ditch effort to create an opportunity to have this city," said Metro-Council member John Delgado.

Still, St. George backers contend they don't need a mall to make their city viable.

"The city of St. George isn't based around a mall or a shopping center or whatever, the city of St. George is based around being able to create a school system," said Rainey. "An outstanding school system for all of the children and being able to give residents control of their tax dollars and a voice in their future."

The suit will be heard within the next 30 days and decision is expected five days after the hearing.


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