Thursday, July 11, 2013
THE CITYS OF WESTLAKE AND SULPHUR ARE AT ODDS. EFFECTIVE THIS MONTH SULPHUR IS CHARGING WESTLAKE $18,000 MORE A MONTH FOR THEIR SEWAGE TREATMENT, WESTLAKE WAS PAYING $26.000 A MONTH AND NOW THE BILL IS $44,000 A MONTH, WESTLAKE MAYOR DAN CUPIT SAID THAT’S A 70% INCREASE. IF PASSED ON TO WESTLAKE RESIDENTS, THEY WILL BE PAYING $9 MORE DOLLARS A MONTH COMPARED TO A .75 INCREASE IN SULPHUR. ACCORDING TO SULPHUR MAYOR CHRIS DUNCAN SULPHUR BUILT THE $32 MILLION PLANT IN 2008 AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE AND ARE STILL PAYING ON IT. ALSO, DUNCAN SAID SULPHUR RESIDENTS HAD AN INCREASE IN THEIR BILL OF $1 BACK IN 2011 AND NOW A .75 INCREASE. HE ALSO STATED THAT SULPHUR CHARGES DOUBLE TO ANYONE OUTSIDE THE CITY WHO USES THE PLANT, UNLESS OTHER ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN CONTRACTED. BOTH MAYORS MET YESTERDAY AFTERNOON IN HOPES TO COME TO A COMPROMISE
LAFAYETTE METRO NARCOTICS WERE BUSY WITH 2 DRUG RAIDS, JULIE DARCY HAS THE DETAILS
AN ONGOING CONTROVERY OVER A FLAGPOLE AT GIRAURD PARK CONTINUES. A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO A GAY GROUP HOISTED A GAY PRIDE FLAG ON THE POLE.SOME VETERANS TOOK OFFENSE AND VOICED THEIR OPINION. SINCE THEN COUNCILMAN ANDY NAUQAIN HAS VOICED HIS OPINION THAT ONLY GOVERNMENT FLAGS SHOULD BE FLOWN ON GOVERNMENT FLAGPOLES. NAUQAIN AND LCG ARE DOING RESEARCH INTO WHAT THEY SHOULD DO. THE ACLU HAS SPOKEN OUT AGAINST A BAN OF PRIVATE FLAGS BEING FLOWN ON PUBLIC FLAGPOLES, SAYING THAT THE BAN WOULD INFRINGE ON RESIDENTS CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.
(AP) — A state district judge has ruled against former N.P. Moss Middle School Principal Ken Douet in his civil lawsuit against the Lafayette Parish School Board. The Advertiser reports Douet had sued the board in April 2012 for breach of contract. He was seeking $500,000 in damages. Douet had served as principal of N.P. Moss Middle but was displaced in May 2011 when the district closed the poor-performing school to avoid a state takeover. Then-Superintendent Burnell Lemoine recommended Douet for the principal position at the Early College Academy, but the board did not approve that recommendation. Instead, Douet was named a staff development specialist at the Vermilion Conference Center. Douet worked there from May 2011 until his contract expired in July 2012. Douet then retired from the school system.
(AP) — Coast Guard rescue crews are searching for a missing swimmer last seen off of Grand Isle. The Coast Guard in a press release said it received a report around 4:20 p.m. Tuesday that a person was seen submerging and not resurfacing about 300 yards from Cajun Tide Beach Resort. The Coast Guard has not identified the missing swimmer.
(AP) — To cope with budget troubles, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has steadily depleted a trust fund for elderly services created with an infusion of federal cash a decade ago. When Jindal took office, the Medicaid Trust Fund for the Elderly contained more than $830 million. Today, the balance has dropped to $410 million, according to the treasurer's office. By the end of the current fiscal year, it is projected to sink to $250 million or less. Officials involved with creating the fund expected the state to use largely the interest and investment earnings and leave the principal alone, so the fund would be available for decades. Instead, the Jindal administration keeps dipping into the trust fund to plug health care budget gaps and finance Medicaid services at nursing homes.
(TV-10) A Rayne police officer was told something that could crush anyone's heart. Officer Troy Menard needs a heart transplant. Officer Menard's wife says her husband has 27 years with the police department. "He helps us out so why not the community help him," says Forest Park Church of Christ youth group member Bradley Ancelet. Menard attends Forest Park Church of Christ in Crowley. His son is part of the youth group - a group that's collecting change to help the family. Bradley Ancelet calls the collection a "change for a chance." "We're trying to get people to donate the change in their house. It makes it easier because it's just change you know." Menard's wife says her husband takes 15 pills a day. Makes about 3 to 4 trips a month to the hospital in New Orleans. "They put him on a permanent IV in April with his medication, which is $170 for a little bag of medicine; and he has to keep it permanently in until we get a transplant," explains Ella Menard. Donations are being taken at the church. Plus, an account has been set up at the Bank of Commerce in Rayne. The fund is called "Troy Menard Heart Transplant Fund."