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Thursday, February 07, 2013

Thursday, February 07, 2013





LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH PRESIDENT JOEY DUREL MADE SEVERAL PROPOSALS IN HIS STATE OF THE PARISH SPEECH YESTERDAY, WITH THE GOAL OF MAKING LAFAYETTE THE BEST PLACE TO LIVE AND RAISE A FAMILY IN AMERICA. DUREL WANTS TO CREATE A BLUE RIBBON PANEL THAT WOULD EVALUATE THE CURRENT TAX STRUCTURE WHILE PRIORITIZING HOW FUNDING FOR THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE HANDLED IN THE FUTURE. DUREL SAYS HE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A CITY COUNCIL WITHIN THE CITY PARISH COUNCIL THAT WOULD HANDLE CITY ONLY ISSUES. ALSO DUREL SAYS TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR TONY TRAMEL WILL BE RETIRING SOON AND, WHEN HE DOES, DUREL PROPOSES MAKING THAT DEPARTMENT A DIVISION OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.





THE LAKE CHARLES CITY COUNCIL HAS APPROVED AN ORDINANCE ALLOWING SMALL BUSINESSES TO OPEN UP ALONG THE NORTH I-TEN BEACH. THE ORDINANCE REQUIRES THESE BUSINESSES TO RENEW THEIR AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY EVERY 90 DAYS. ONE COMPANY THAT PLANS TO OPEN ON THE BEACH WITHIN THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS IS WATERSPORTS UNLIMITED. THE COMPANY WILL PROVIDE RENTALS OF JET SKIS, KAYAKS, CANOES, WATER TRAMPOLINES AND MORE.





TWO ALLEGED DRUG DEALERS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED BY THE VERMILLION MUNICIPAL TASK FORCE. 27-YEAR-OLD SHEB C. CALLAHAN OF ABBEVILLE FACES SEVERAL CHARGES INCLUDING POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE MARIJUANA AND METHADONE AS WELL AS WEAPONS CHARGES. 23-YEAR-OLD PAUL PILLETTE OF ABBEVILLE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH THE POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA AND CRACK COCAINE WITH THE INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE IT. ALSO ARRESTED BY THE TASK FORCE IS 22-YEAR-OLD PAUL PILLETTE OF ABBEVILLE FOR POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA.





Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has hired one of the so-called "Big Four" accounting firms to review the numbers on the governor's tax code rewrite.

The Department of Revenue has chosen Ernst & Young to analyze calculations used to design Jindal's tax proposal. Jindal is proposing to get rid of state income taxes, in exchange for higher sales taxes and other tax code adjustments.

Ernst & Young, according to the project scope released by the revenue department, will determine if the agency's assumptions are correctly calculated, how the proposals affect residents and businesses and whether the changes are "revenue neutral."





THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD UNANIMOUSLY AGREED TO DISMISS ITS LEGAL MALPRACTIC LAWSUIT AGAINST AN ATTORNEY WHO HAD REPRESENTED THEM IN LAWSUITS AGAINST TWO DESIGN COMPANIES. PAUL MCMAHON WAS THE ATTORNEY AND HE IS NO LONGER ALLOWED TO PRACTICE LAW IN LOUISIANA. THE BOARD’S CURRENT ATTORNEY, DAWN MORRIS, RECOMMENDED THE BOARD DROP ITS BREACH OF CONTRACT CASE AGAINST MCMAHON UNTIL SHE CAN FILE A DISMISSAL REQUEST IN COURT. SHE SAYS SHE CANNOT DISCUSS THE SPECIFICS OF THE CASE UNTIL THE MOTIONS FOR DISMISSAL ARE FILED.





PEDI-CABS ARE COMING SOON TO DOWNTOWN LAKE CHARLES. BUSINESS PARTNERS JAMES BITTNER AND TODD ARDOIN PLAN TO BEGIN WITH A FLEET OF SIX PEDI-CABS THAT WILL OPERATE BETWEEN 10:30 IN THE MORNING AND MIDNIGHT. PEDICABS ARE BICYCLES THAT PULL A CAB BEHIND IT FOR PASSENGERS. THE LAKE CHARLES CITY COUNCIL HAS APPROVED AN ORDINANCE REGULATING THE WAY PED-CABS CAN OPERATE IN THE CITY.





THE ACADIA PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS INVESTIGATING AN ANIMAL CRUELTY CASE AT CROWLEY HIGH SCHOOL.





State officials say they are soliciting bids from school districts and others for pilot projects to overhaul pre-kindergarten classes in Louisiana. The Advocate reports the changes stem from a 2012 state law, which assigned details of the do-over to the state Department of Education and the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The new setup is aimed at revamping what critics call a pre-kindergarten system that features uneven quality, standards and availability. The rate of children entering kindergarten ready to learn is 54 percent.

















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