Thursday, December 19, 2013
THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD VOTED 5-TO-4 TO HOLD A PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIPS WORKSHOP TO TRY TO RESOLVE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN BOARD MEMBERS AND SUPERINTENDENT PAT COOPER. IT ORIGINALLY WAS TO BE CALLED A MEDIATION SESSION, BUT BOARD MEMBER MARK ALLEN BABINEAUX OBJECTED. HE SAID A MEDIATION SESSION IS BETWEEN TWO EQUAL PARTIES AND, IN THIS CASE, IT’S BETWEEN A GOVERNMENTAL BODY AND AN EMPLOYEE. BABINEAUX VOTED AGAINST HOLDING THE WORKSHOP, CALLING IT A WASTE OF HIS TIME.
THE PRINCIPAL AND EMPLOYEES AT JOHN F. KENNEDY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN LAKE CHARLES WERE SURPRISED TO LEARN THAT THE SCHOOL WAS PLACED ON A LIST OF THREE SCHOOLS RECOMMENDED FOR CLOSURE. ORIGINALLY THE THREE SCHOOLS ON THE LIST WERE REYNAUD MIDDLE, RALPH WILSON ELEMENTARY, AND T-H WATKINS ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. BUT BACKERS OF
T-H WATKINS SUCCESSFULLY LOBBIED THE CALCASIEU PARISH SCHOOL BOARD BUDGET COMMITTEE TO REMOVE THAT SCHOOL FROM THE LIST, AND JOHN F. KENNEDY ELEMENTARY WAS PUT IN THEIR PLACE. KENNEDY ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL DR. DINAH ROBINSON TOLD K-P-L-C T-V THAT HER SCHOOL WAS RECENTLY ABLE TO ACHIEVE A B PERFORMANCE GRADE FROM THE STATE AND SHE’S NOT SURE WHAT TO TELL THE TEACHERS, WHO WORKED EXTREMELY HARD TO GET THAT GRADE.
A CASHIER WAS SHOT DURING AND ARMED ROBBERY IN NEW IBERIA LAST NIGHT. MICHAEL DUPREE HAS MORE.
A funeral Mass will be held at St. Louis Cathedral today for artist George Rodrigue, who painted scenes from Cajun country but became famous for his round-eyed, perk-eared Blue Dog. Rodrigue died Saturday of cancer. He was 69.
In lieu of flowers, the family says memorial donations may be mailed to the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts in New Orleans or online via RodrigueFoundation.org.
THE BOARD PRESIDENT FOR THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF ACADIANA IN DOWNTOWN LAFAYETTE SAYS THEY HAVE MADE SOME CHANGES TO ADDRESS FINANCIAL CONCERNS. PROJECTIONS FOR FISCAL 2014 SHOWS PROJECTED EXPENSES AT OVER 480 THOUSAND DOLLARS WHILE REVENUES ARE ANTICIPATED TO BE JUST OVER 430 THOUSAND DOLLARS. BOARD PRESIDENT TORI GUIDRY SAYS THEY’VE ADDED A FUNDRAISER AND ARE WORKING TO MAKE THEIR OTHER REGULAR FUNDRAISERS MORE PROFITABLE. THE MUSEUM BOARD HOPES TO EXPAND IN THE FUTURE THAT WOULD INCLUDE NEW EXHIBITS AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS.
LAKE CHARLES CITY OFFICIALS MET YESTERDAY WITH OTHER CITIES IN THE PARISH AND LAW ENFORCEMENT TO DISCUSS MAKING ORDINANCES UNIFORM THROUGHOUT THE PARISH FOR DOOR-TO-DOOR SOLICITION. LAKE CHARLES CITY ADMINISTRATOR JOHN CARDONE TOLD K-P-L-C THAT IF THERE IS A ONE ORDINANCE, IT WOULD MAKE IT EASIER FOR THOSE WHO SOLICIT TO KNOW WHAT THEY CAN AND CAN’T DO. THERE WAS TALK ABOUT REQUIRING SOLICITORS TO UNDERGO A BACKGROUND CHECK WHEN THEY REGISTER. WARD THREE MARSHAL JOEY ALCEDE SAYS THAT 99 PERCENT OF SOLICITORS HAVE CRIMINAL RECORDS.
A CROWLEY MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER DRUGS WERE FOUND IN HIS VEHICLE AFTER A TRAFFIC STOP ON JACOBS AVENUE NEAR HUTCHINSON. DURING THE STOP, AN OFFICER DETECTED THE SMELL OF MARIJUANA COMING FROM THE VEHICLE WHICH LED TO A K-9 SEARCH. THE OFFICERS FOUND 31 ROCKS OF CRACK COCAINE AND SEVEN BAGS OF MARIJUANA. CHI GUILLORY WAS BOOKED INTO THE ACADIA PARISH JAIL ON A CHARGE OF POSSESSION WITH THE INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE CRACK COCAINE AND MARIJUANA.
Oil company BP says it has made a "significant" discovery in the Gulf of Mexico in a well it co-owns with ConocoPhillips. BP said Wednesday that the find at an exploration well on Keathley Canyon Block 93 is about 300 miles southwest of New Orleans and in approximately 4,900 feet of water. BP says more drilling is necessary to determine how big, and potentially how valuable, it might be.
Meanwhile, BP also announced it was taking a $230 million loss related to the costs of an unsuccessful well off Brazil's coast, together with an $850 million write off for the value allocated to the block as part of the 2010 acquisition of Devon Energy's interests in the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil and Azerbaijan.