Thursday, June 20, 2013
THE PRESIDENT OF VAN EATON AND ROMERO SAYS 2013 IS ON PACE TO BE THE BEST YEAR EVER FOR REAL ESTATE IN LAFAYETTE PARISH. ACCORDING TO BILL BACQUE, THERE HAS BEEN 1,301 CLOSED RESIDENTIAL SALES IN LAFAYETTE PARISH THROUGH THE END OF MAY, WHICH IS 15-POINT-4 PERCENT HIGHER THAN THE SAME PERIOD IN 2007, WHICH HE SAYS WAS THE APEX OF THE REAL ESTATE MARKET FOR THE PARISH. THE DOLLAR VOLUME OF CLOSED SALES IS NEARLY 19 PERCENT HIGHER IN 2013 COMPARED TO 2007. GREGG GOTHREAUX OF THE LAFAYETTE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY TELLS THE ADVERTISER THE SURGE IN HOME SALES IS A SIGN THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY IS COMPLETE FOR THIS AREA.
A COMPANY THAT HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF EMITTING BLACK DUST INTO A LAKE CHARLES NEIGHBORHOOD HAS BEEN ORDERD TO STOP OPERATIONS BY THE CITY COUNCIL. OFFICIALS INDUSTRIAL CARBON SERVICES TOLD THE COUNCIL THEY HAD UPGRADED A BUILDING THAT WOULD CORRECT THE PROBLEM AND ASKED THE COUNCIL FOR PERMISSION TO CONTINUE OPERATIONS. ONE NEARBY RESIDENT SHOWED THE COUNCIL RECENT VIDEO SHOWING BLACK DUST COMING FROM ONE OF THEIR BUILDINGS WHICH CONVINCED SOME COUNCIL MEMBERS TO NOT GRANT THEIR REQUEST. THE ATTORNEY FOR THE COMPANY AND PROPERTY OWNER ARE EXPECTED TO FILE AN INJUNCTION IN COURT.
THE MOSQUITO COUNT IN ACADIA PARISH IS THE LOWEST ITíS BEEN IN THE LAST TEN YEARS, AND PROBABLY THE LOWEST EVER, ACCORDING TO GLEN STOKES OF MOSQUITO CONTROL CONTRACTORS. THAT COMPANY IS IN ITS SIXTH YEAR OF SERVING THE PARISH. STOKES SAYS THE POLICE JURY RENEGOTIATED A THREE YEAR CONTRACT WHICH ALLOWED THEM TO ADD TWO MORE SPRAY TRUCKS AND DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF SURVEILLANCE SITES. HE TELLS THE CROWLEY POST SIGNAL THAT ACADIA PARISH NOW HAS THE MOST SPRAYING CAPACITY OF ANY PARISH IN THE STATE.
Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law a bill that makes it a crime for journalists or anyone else to publicly identify concealed handgun permit holders or applicants.
Jindal described the legislation by Bossier City Rep. Jeff Thompson as protecting "the privacy of law-abiding gun owners." He signed it Wednesday while in West Monroe as part of his statewide tour. Critics of the measure argue that the law violates First Amendment protections governing freedom of the press and prohibiting prior restraint to publishing factual information.
TWO LAFAYETTE SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS ARE FACING DISCIPLINARY ACTION. MICHAEL DUPREE HAS MORE.
RESIDENTS WHO LIVE IN WARD SEVEN FIRE DISTRICT ONE OF CALCASIEU PARISH WILL SEE THEIR FIRE INSURANCE PREMIUMS LOWERED BECAUSE THE PROPERTY INSURANCE ASSOCIATION OF LOUISIANA IMPROVED THEIR FIRE PROTECTION GRADE. A PERSON WITH A 150 THOUSAND DOLLAR HOME WILL SEE A SAVINGS OF ABOUT EIGHTY DOLLARS ANNUALLY. DISTRICT FIRE CHIEF THOMAS BERRY SAYS THE FIRE RATING IMPROVED BECAUSE THE DISTRICT HAS A LARGER WATER SUPPLY AND FIREFIGHTERS COMPLETED FIRE SUPPRESSION TRAINING. WARD SEVEN FIRE DISTRICT ONE SERVES ABOUT 26-HUNDRED PEOPLE INCLUDING THE COMMUNITIES OF EDGERLY AND TOOMEY.
LAST NIGHT THE ST. LANDRY PARISH COUNCIL APPROVED OPERATING BUDGETS FOR COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY DEPARTMENTS. LAST YEAR THE PARISH GOVERNMENT TOOK OVER CONTROL OF THE AGENCY AFTER THE FIRING OF DIRECTOR DONALD ROBINSON BECAUSE OF AN AUDIT THAT REVEALED DEFECITS FOR SEVERAL AGENCY-RUN PROGRAMS. PARISH PRESIDENT BILL FONTENOT SAYS YESTERDAY WAS THE FIRST TIME THE BUDGET FOR THE AGENCY WAS PRESENTED TO THE COUNCIL FOR APPROVAL EVEN THOUGH IT HAS BEEN A PARISH GOVERNMENT AGENCY FOR SEVERAL YEARS. FONTENOT SAYS THE COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY HELPS ABOUT FIVE THOUSAND RESIDENTS PER MONTH WITH TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE, COMMODITIES AND UTILITY PAYMENT AID.
Louisiana's top education board is reviewing how the state education department stores and shares public school student data. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education agreed Wednesday to create a task force looking at the issue after concerns were raised about a state data-sharing agreement with an outside organization. Superintendent of Education John White says he has terminated the agreement with inBloom, a nonprofit that is seeking to create a national database of student information. White says he also has asked for all Louisiana data to be removed from the database.