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Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Wednesday, October 09, 2013





Vernon Parish public schools have been put on notice to begin searching for another superintendent. At last week's school board meeting, Superintendent Jackie Self announced his plans to retire, after more than 44 years with the system.

Self says he plans to retire June 30, the end of his contract. Self recommended that the board install his replacement by the first board meeting in December in an effort to give the new superintendent time to get adjusted.





THE YOUNGSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT IS IN NEED OF MORE VOLUNTEERS. CURRENTLY THE CITY HAS 30 VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS, ENOUGH TO STAFF THE DEPARTMENT ON THE WEEKENDS AND AFTER FIVE P-M ON THE WEEKDAYS. ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF BYRON KNOTT TELLS THE DAILY ADVERTISER THAT THEY GET NEWCOMERS WHO EXPRESS AN INTEREST IN VOLUNTEERING, BUT NOT ENOUGH TO KEEP PACE WITH THE CITY’S GROWTH. THE DEPARTMENT HAS FIVE FULL TIME FIREFIGHTERS AND CHIEF TIM BARBIER SAYS THEY’VE APPLIED FOR GRANTS TO HIRE TWO MORE.





AN OPELOUSAS MAN IS IN JAIL ON MURDER CHARGES IN THE DEATH OF HIS WIFE. JULIE DARCY REPORTS.







The leader of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System is leaving the state for a job in Dallas. Joe May, LCTCS president, was nominated this week to be chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District. His hiring must be approved in a vote of the district's board of trustees in November, but that's procedural since May was the board's only finalist for the job. In a statement released by the Dallas County Community College District, May said he looked forward to the new job and a return to his home state of Texas.





THE STATE SUPREME COURT HAS RULED AGAINST FORMER LEESVILLE POLICE CHIEF BOBBY HICKMAN, WHO SAYS THE CITY DID NOT FOLLOW PROPER PROTOCOL IN FIRING HIM IN 2011. THE CITY FIRED HIM AFTER HE DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN AN INVESTIGATION OF A POLICE OFFICER, WHO CLAIMED HE PROVIDED HICKMAN WITH HYDROCODONE AND VALIUM IN EXCHANGE FOR A PROMOTION AND OVERTIME AUTHORIZATIONS. THE THIRD CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS RULED IN HICKMAN’S FAVOR BECAUSE THE CITY DID NOT COMPLETE THE INVESTIGATION WITHIN 60 DAYS, AND THEY AWARDED HICKMAN HIS FULL PAY AND BENEFITS. THE STATE SUPREME COURT OVERRULED THAT DECISION BECAUSE HICKMAN PLEADED GUILTY IN 2012 TO OWNING A FIREARM WITH AN OBLITERATED SERIAL NUMBER AND WAS SENTENCED TO 46 MONTHS IN PRISON, AND, THEREFORE, HE CANNOT BE REINSTATED TO HIS OLD POSITION.







NEXT WEEK, THE LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER A MEASURE THAT WOULD VOID A TEN-YEAR-OLD AGREEMENT WITH VERMILLION PARISH OVER THE BORDER BETWEEN THE TWO. AT THAT TIME, BOTH SIDES DECIDED TO FOLLOW THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE STATE LAND OFFICE, BUT CURRENT CITY PARISH COUNCILMAN DON BERTRAND SAYS THEY DIDN’T TAKE INTO ACCOUNT CRITICAL DOCUMENTS FROM THE 1930’S. BERTRAND SAYS LAFAYETTE PARISH, AS A RESULT, GAVE UP TOO MUCH LAND TOO VERMILLION PARISH. SEVEN COUNCILMAN HAVE SIGNED ON TO THE PROPOSED ORDINANCE, WHICH MEANS IT IS LIKELY TO PASS.





TWO MEN WERE ARRESTED MONDAY WHEN THEY PICKED UP A PACKAGE FROM THE BREAUX BRIDGE POST OFFICE THAT CONTAINED HUNDREDS OF GRAMS OF ECSTACY AND MOLLY. THE ST. MARTIN PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE WAS INFORMED BY U-S CUSTOMS AND BORDER ENFORCEMENT THAT THEY HAD INTERCEPTED A PACKAGE FROM CHINA CONTAINING THE ILLEGAL DRUGS. MAJOR GINNY HIGGINS WITH THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS DEPUTIES AND HOMELAND SECURITY AGENTS ARRESTED 23-YEAR-OLD JERMIA BATISTE OF LAFAYETTE AND 21-YEAR-OLD TONY BENOIT OF BREAUX BRIDGE AS THEY TRIED TO LEAVE THE POST OFFICE WITH THE PACKAGE. THEY EACH HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION WITH THE INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE MORE THAN 400 GRAMS OF M-D-M-A, ALSO KNOWN AS MOLLY.





Louisiana's election expenses are running over-budget. According to an update from the Legislature's fiscal analysts, the Secretary of State's Office received a $2.7 million budget to pay for elections this year. But the Legislative Fiscal Office says the secretary of state's expenses are estimated to double that, reaching $5.4 million.

The increase is tied to more local elections than previously expected, along with a special election for the 5th District congressional seat representing northeast and central Louisiana.



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