Wednesday, June 19, 2013
MEMBERS FROM ABOUT TWENTY DIFFERENT LAFAYETTE CHURCHES ATTENDED A MEETING AT THE FAMILY CHURCH TO LOOK AT WAYS TO HELP SUPPORT THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL DISTRICTíS TURNAROUND PLAN. SUPERINTENDENT PAT COOPER TOLD THOSE IN ATTENDANCE THAT VOLUNTEERS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR STUDENTS WHO DONíT HAVE A POSITIVE ADULT INFLUENCE IN THEIR LIVES. COOPER SAYS THE GROUP, WHICH HAS ORGANIZED AS A FAITH-BASED CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT TASK FORCE, AND ITS OUTREACH PLAN WILL BECOME PART OF THE DISTRICTíS TURNAROUND PLAN. CARLOS HARVIN, THE PASTOR OF NEW BEGINNINGS CHURCH, SAYS THE GOAL IS TO GIVE EVERY STUDENT A FIGHTING CHANCE AT SUCCESS.
THE SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA TASK FORCE FOR GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY LEARNED ABOUT PLANS FOR A NEW 70 MILLION DOLLAR FACILITY TO BE BUILT ON PORT OF LAKE CHARLES PROPERTY THAT WILL HOUSE CONSTRUCTION WORKERS. PROJECT MANAGER SAMMY PATE FROM GREENFIELD LOGISTICAL SOLUTIONS OF LOUISIANA SAYS IT WILL BE BUILT TO LAST AT LEAST TWENTY YEARS AND WILL HAVE ALL THE AMENITIES INCLUDING RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, ON-SITE BANKING AND 24 HOUR SECURITY. LAKE CHARLES CITY COUNCILWOMAN LUVERTHA AUGUST SAYS SHEíS RECEIVED CALLS WITH CONCERNS ABOUT SECURITY AND SAFETY. PATE SAYS THEY HAVE TALKED TO LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO MAKE SURE THE FACILITY AND THE SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOODS ARE SAFE.
AN 11-YEAR-OLD GIRL DIED FROM INJURIES SHE RECEIVED IN A CAR CRASH SATURDAY NIGHT THAT OCCURRED ON HIGHWAY 190 WEST OF PORT BARRE. A DRIVER OF A VEHICLE WAS SLOWING TO MAKE A LEFT TURN WHEN IT WAS REAR-ENDED. ANNA TRAHAN OF LEONVILLE, WHO WAS A PASSENGER IN THE VEHICLE THAT WAS HIT, WAS HOSPITALIZED IN CRITICAL CONDITION AND DIED MONDAY AFTERNOON. THE DRIVER OF THE OTHER VEHICLE, WHO IS 16-YEARS-OLD, WAS CITED FOR RECKLESS OPERATION. IMPAIRMENT IS NOT SUSPECTED AS A FACTOR IN THE ACCIDENT.
Scientists in Michigan and Louisiana are predicting a big summer "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released predictions Tuesday for areas with too little oxygen to support life.
It says the Gulf zone prediction is 7,286 to 8,561 square miles ó anywhere from the top 10 to the largest ever. This year's estimates are much closer together than last year's, when Michigan scientists predicted the hypoxic zone would cover just under 1,200 square miles and Louisiana scientists predicted about 6,210 square miles.
RESIDENTS IN CARENCRO MIGHT SEE AN INCREASE IN THEIR UTILITY BILL IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS. MICHAEL DUPREE HAS MORE.
THE LAKE CHARLES POLICE DEPARTMENT IS ASKING THE PUBLICíS HELP IN LOCATING AN 85-YEAR-OLD MAN WITH ALZHEIMERíS, WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE HE LEFT MOSS REGIONAL HOSPITAL MONDAY MORNING. DEPUTY CHIEF MARK KRAUS SAYS LEROY STEWART SENIOR, WHO IS BLACK, WAS LAST SEEN WEARING A WHITE T-SHIRT AND BLUE JEAN SHORTS. KRAUS SAYS HE WALKS WITH THE AID OF A CANE. ANYONE WHO SEES HIM SHOULD CALL THE LAKE CHARLES POLICE DEPARTMENT OR 9-1-1.
THE CROWLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT SET UP THREE CHECKPOINTS IN THE CITY FRIDAY TO MAKE SURE DRIVERS HAD THEIR DRIVERíS LICENSE, REGISTRATION AND INSURANCE CARD. 546 DRIVERS WERE CHECKED AND 15 WERE CITED FOR NONCOMPLIANCE. INCLUDED WAS ONE DRIVER WHO DIDNíT HAVE A DRIVERíS LICENSE, ONE WHO DIDNíT HAVE REGISTRATION AND ANOTHER WHO WAS DRIVING WITH EXPIRED PLATES. POLICE CHIEF K-P GIBSON SAYS THE PURPOSE OF THE CHECKPOINTS IS TO MAKE SURE DRIVERS ARE COMPLYING WITH STATE AND LOCAL LAWS.
A bill that funnels $1 million a year to help provide services for people with hearing impairment has been signed into law by Gov. Bobby Jindal. The legislation, signed Tuesday, will steer a slice of state sales tax to the Telecommunications Fund for the Deaf. It was a compromise reached after Jindal opposed a proposal to charge a new, 2-cent monthly tax on cell phones to drum up money for the fund. Representatives from the Louisiana Commission for the Deaf said new dollars were needed because revenue from a 5-cent tax on landline phones had dropped because of increased cell phone use.