Tuesday, May 28, 2013
The police chief in Welsh is tracking patrol cars, including his own. Chief Marcus Crochet tells The American Press that the global positioning system he's installing on all squad cars will improve response time and safety ó and will let him know when citizens' complaints are valid. He says that if people in a neighborhood complain about lack of patrols, he'll be able to see how many drive through that area, and compare it to other parts of town. Dispatchers will soon be able to see where the cars are when emergency calls come in, so they can send the officer who's closest.
YESTERDAY THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED A HOUSE BILL THAT WOULD REDIRECT SOME LAFAYETTE TOURISM DOLLARS TO RESTORE THE HOLY ROSARY INSTITUTE. THE BILL BY REPRESENTATIVES VINCENT PIERRE OF LAFAYETTE AND FRED MILLS OF PARKS WOULD DIRECT A PORTION OF ANY INCREASE IN REVENUE FROM THE TAX ON HOTELS AND MOTELS TO THE RESTORATION PROJECT. THE HOLY ROSARY INSTITUTE IS A HISTORICAL SITE THAT ONCE HOUSED A BOARDING SCHOOL FOR BLACK CHILDREN. STATE SENATORS ELBERT GUILLORY OF OPELOUSAS AND PAIGE CORTEZ OF LAFAYETTE ARE WORKING ON THE BILL TO MAKE SURE THERE IS OVERSIGHT SO THE MONEY GOES TO THE PERSON DOING THE RESTORATION.
ARNAUDVILLE IS BECOMING A RESEARCH LAB FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS WHO WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CAJUN CULTURE. STUDENTS HAVE VISITED FROM AS FAR AWAY AS THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSON EAU CLAIRE, DOCUMENTING STORIES FROM TOWN RESIDENTS AND LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE CAJUN LANGUAGE AND TRADITIONS. LAST WEEK, A DOZEN GRADUATE STUDENTS FROM L-S-UíS FRENCH DEPARTMENT HELPED LAUNCH ARNAUDVILLEíS FIRST CULTURAL IMMERSION PROGRAM. REBECCA HENRY, THE FOUNDER OF THE CREOLE HERITAGE FOLKLIFE CENTER IN OPELOUSAS, TOLD THE ADVOCATE THAT ITíS A GOOD COLLABORATION WHERE THE STUDENTS LEARN THEIR WAYS WHICH BRINGS BACK THE PRIDE IN THE CULTURE.
NEARLY A THOUSAND AMERICAN FLAGS WERE ON DISPLAY AT ORANGE GROVE GRACELAND CEMETARY ON BROAD STREET IN LAKE CHARLES. EACH FLAG WAS DONATED BY THE FAMILY OF A MILITARY VETERAN WHO HAS PASSED AWAY. THE TRADITION, KNOWN AS THE AVENUE OF FLAGS, BEGAN THIRTY YEARS AGO WITH FIFTY FLAGS. A MEMORIAL SERVICE WAS ALSO HELD YESTERDAY AT THE CEMETARY WHICH FEATURED A SPEECH BY MAYOR RANDY ROACH AND MEMBERS OF THE SONS OF THE REVOLUTION WEARING MILITARY UNIFORMS FROM THE DIFFERENT WARS.
MARINE CORPS AND NAVY VETERAN BOB LOWE WAS THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT YESTERDAYíS MEMORIAL SERVICE HELD AT THE FOUNTAIN MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME AND CEMETARY IN LAFAYETTE. LOWE SAID THE PURPOSE OF THE CEREMONY WAS TO SHOW APPRECIATION FOR THOSE WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY. HE SAYS THERE ARE MORE THAN 60 THOUSAND VETERANS IN THE ACADIANA AREA AND THOUSANDS MORE CURRENTLY SERVING. LOWE WAS CRITICAL OF THE HEALTH CARE VETERANS ARE RECEIVING SAYING THE VETERANíS ADMINISTRATION IS GUILTY OF SERIOUS NEGLECT.
Snakes are slithering around the basement of Louisiana's state Capitol. When The Advocate asked state Rep. Terry Landry about them, the New Iberia Democrat asked, "We're talking about real snakes; not the two-legged kind?" Baby water snakes have been curled up in closets, crawling across the carpet in basement-level committee rooms and coiled in a bathroom corner. Workers recently installed weather stripping to help keep snakes out.
A HIGH PROFILE DOUBLE MURDER THAT SHOCKED RESIDENTS OF EUNICE HEADS TO TRIAL TODAY. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.
State police have arrested the driver of a pickup truck that ran into a house in Moss Bluff. It happened late Monday. KPLC reports that state police say a pickup truck rear-ended a car that was stopped at a red light. The driver of the car followed the pickup, which crashed into a house. There were two people in the house but nobody was hurt.