Monday, October 07, 2013
A Breaux Bridge police officer who shot and killed a 17-year-old driver told state investigators he believed he was protecting an injured officer and others. The Advertiser obtained the state police report about Officer Travis Guillot (GEE'-yot) last week through the state open records laws. A grand jury declined in July to indict Guillot in the Dec. 2 shooting. According to the report, Guillot told state police that he and another officer had yelled repeatedly at the girl to stop her car after she had rammed a police car and hit at least two bystanders.
CLEAN OUT THE FREEZER AND PANTRY DAY IS COMING UP TWO SUNDAYS FROM TODAY IN LAKE CHARLES. IT BEGAN 12 YEARS AGO TO BENEFIT ABRAHAM’S TENT, A MISSION THAT PROVIDES FOOD FOR THE POOR AND HUNGRY IN LAKE CHARLES. THIS YEAR’S EVENT TAKES PLACE FROM ONE TO FOUR SUNDAY AFTERNOON, OCTOBER 20TH, IN THE PARKING LOT OF GORDON’S DRUG STORE ON LAKE STREET. THE EVENT HAS GROWN OVER THE YEARS, STARTING WITH ABOUT 500 POUNDS OF FOOD COLLECTED TO OVER THREE THOUSAND POUNDS LAST YEAR.
ABOUT 35 CHURCHES IN LAFAYETTE ARE ADOPTING PUBLIC SCHOOLS AS PART OF A FAITH AND CHARACTER TASK FORCE THAT WAS CREATED A FEW MONTHS AGO. PASTOR BOBBY RICHARD, PASTOR OF HOPE ALIVE CHURCH, SAID DURING A SEPTEMBER 18TH WORKSHOP THAT THE GOAL IS TO SEE THE SCHOOL SYSTEM SUCCEED. HE SAYS THEY’LL SEEK TO DO THAT THROUGH CHARACTER AND LIFE SKILLS EDUCATION, MENTORING AND CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES AND OTHER VOLUNTEER RESOURCES. FELISE WILLIAMS, PRINCIPAL AT EVANGELINE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, SAYS THE VOLUNTEERS HAVE BEEN A BLESSING, LISTENING TO THEIR NEEDS AND COMING UP WITH WAYS TO SUPPORT WHAT’S GOOD IN THE SCHOOL.
NEARLY HALF OF LOUISIANA’S 40 THOUSAND PLUS CLASSIFIED STATE EMPLOYEES RECEIVED A FOUR PERCENT INCREASE IN THEIR PAYCHECKS LAST WEEK. THE REMAINING THOUSANDS OF OTHER RANK AND FILE WORKERS DID NOT GET PAY RAISES. JULIE DARCY EXPLAINS WHY.
A FUNDRAISER TO PROVIDE MEALS FOR CHILDREN IN HAITI, PUT ON BY STUDENTS AT WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN ACADEMIES IN OPELOUSAS AND LAFAYETTE, WAS A HUGE SUCCESS. THE GOAL WAS TO RAISE 130 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR CHURCH SPONSORED SCHOOLS IN HAITI, BUT, AS OF THURSDAY, MORE THAN 200 THOUSAND DOLLARS WAS COLLECTED FROM ABOUT 750 FAMILIES. DIRECTOR TERI COBER CALLED IT A MONUMENTAL EVENT, AND TELLS THE DAILY WORLD THAT MOST OF THE MONEY WILL BE USED TO BUY, PACK AND SHIP ABOUT 15 THOUSAND MEALS TO HAITI. THE STUDENTS RAISED MONEY THROUGH A WEBSITE THEY CREATED, WHICH WAS CIRCULATED TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY.
The Welsh Town Council has voted to impose an across-the-board wage and hiring freeze for all departments until the end of the year. Mayor Carolyn Louviere tells The American Press that town finances are tight. The council has given Louviere authority to make emergency hires through the end of the year.
A Thibodaux company has been awarded a $1.1 million contract to improve drainage in Beau Bassin Coulee in the Carencro community. The contract, awarded by the Army Corps of Engineers, went to Phylway Construction LLC.
Construction of phase I is expected to begin November 2013 and includes excavation of a detention pond, construction of concrete slope paving, clearing and grubbing and installation of erosion protection measures. Work is expected to be completed by April 2014.
The Louisiana Board of Regents says $113 million donated to bring top professors to state universities is going unused. The Times reports that money for 76 endowed chairs and 263 endowed professorships has been unused for at least two years. The chairs are valued at $1 million to $3 million, and the professorships at $10,000 to $30,000 or more. Deputy commissioner Kerry Davidson says he and the Board of Regents were surprised by the findings, which have brought new rules. One is that if a campus has more than 20 percent of its endowments unfilled for two years or more, it cannot qualify for a new chair or professorship.