Monday, March 18, 2013
A tenant says complaints of sewage around a Sulphur apartment complex have brought notices that uncleaned grease traps could bring eviction. The city cited Parkway Apartments on Thursday. Tenant Kayla Moore tells The American Press that on Friday, tenants got notices saying excessive grease in sewer lines could prompt lease violation notices, damage charges or evictions. The city and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality began investigating the complex on Monday.
THE RECYCLING FOUNDATIONíS PLANT IN LAFAYETTE WAS GUTTED BY A FIRE SATURDAY AFTERNOON, WHEN THE BUSINESS WAS CLOSED. FIRE INVESTIGATORS HAVE NOT YET DETERMINED THE CAUSE OF THE BLAZE. BULLDOZERS AND EXCAVATORS YESTERDAY LEVELED WHAT REMAINED OF TWO METAL BUILDINGS, AND INVESTIGATORS SIFTED THROUGH THE DEBRIS FOR CLUES AS TO WHAT STARTED THE FIRE. THE REGIONAL MANAGER FOR THE PLANT, STEVEN CHEATHAM, SAYS NONE OF THEIR TRUCKS WERE DAMAGED AND THEY WILL BE OUT ON THEIR ROUTES TODAY.
ACCORDING TO THE U-S ARMY, A HELICOPTER PILOT FROM FRANKLIN ALONG WITH FOUR OTHERS WERE KILLED IN A CRASH LAST WEEK IN AFGHANISTAN.
Three organizations opposed to Louisiana's private school tuition voucher program are weighing in on the issue ahead of state Supreme Court arguments next week.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, The Interfaith Alliance Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union said Friday they filed a friend of the court brief against the program, which uses government money to make private school tuition available for some students in poorly performing public schools. The state is appealing a district judge's ruling that the program unconstitutionally takes money from an education funding program meant for public schools. The state defends the program's constitutionality and says it provides parents with needed educational choices.
VOTERS IN PARTS OF CALCASIEU PARISH WILL BE DECIDING SEVERAL BOND ISSUES IN THE APRIL SIXTH MUNICIPAL ELECTION. IN SULPHUR, RESIDENTS WILL BE VOTING ON A 5-POINT-2 MILLION DOLLAR RENOVATION FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STADIUM AND A 4-POINT-6 MILLION DOLLAR BOND TO FUND SCHOOL UPGRADES SUCH AS PURCHASING NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE CLASSROOM. IN IOWA, VOTERS THERE WILL DECIDE WHETHER TO APPROVE A 13-POINT-2 MILLION DOLLAR BOND ISSUE WHICH WOULD, AMONG OTHER THINGS, PAY FOR A NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL AND A NEW GYMNASIUM AND AUDITORIUM FOR LEBLEU SETTLEMENT ELEMENTARY. VINTON RESIDENTS WILL BE DECIDING THE FATE OF A TEN MILLION DOLLAR BOND ISSUE WHICH WOULD FUND FACILITY UPGRADES AT ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS.
FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW, U-L LAFAYETTE HAS RECEIVED AN HONOR FOR THE NUMBER OF HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE PERFORMED BY STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY. FOR THE 2011-2012 ACADEMIC YEAR, U-L STUDENTS COMPLETED MORE THAN 163 THOUSAND HOURS OF SERVICE, DOING THINGS LIKE HELPING BUILD HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HOMES, AND TUTURING UNDERPRIVILEGED STUDENTS. U-L-L WAS NAMED TO THE PRESIDENTíS HIGHER EDUCATION COMMUNITY SERVICE HONOR ROLL. DAVID YARBROUGH, THE DEAN OF COMMUNITY SERVICE, SAYS STUDENTS EARN COLLEGE CREDIT HOURS FOR THEIR TIME AND, IN SOME CASES, A SMALL AMOUNT OF MONEY.
Though they'd normally still be in winter dens, federally protected Louisiana black bears are active in St. Mary Parish ó and getting into trash cans. Maria Davidson, the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries bear expert, tells The Advocate she doesn't know why, but they're awake and hungry. Davidson says residents need to take pet food inside at night and keep garbage in a clean, secure container.
Parish residents have been given 1,300 bear-proof garbage cans. A public meeting about bears is scheduled March 25 in Patterson.
Lafayette police have arrested a 20-year-old man accused of shooting a 17-year-old boy in the front yard of a house Friday evening. Cpl. Paul Mouton tells The Advocate Marquis Simmons was arrested Sunday and booked in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on one count of second-degree murder. Mouton says the victim, whose name has not been released, died at a hospital. Simmons is being held in lieu of a $250,000 bond.