Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The state is spending nearly $2 million to renovate part of an old elementary school building, to house the archives of former Gov. Mike Foster. Gov. Bobby Jindal, who started his state government career as Foster's health secretary, announced the spending plans Tuesday in Franklin, the former governor's hometown. The third floor of the former school will be renovated to house the archives for the two-term governor who was in office from 1996 until 2004. The first and second floors serve as the Franklin City Hall.
THE CALCASIEU PARISH SCHOOL BOARD IS LOOKING AT A PROJECTED 13-AND-A-HALF MILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR AND THEREíS TALK ABOUT CLOSING SOME SCHOOLS. FINANCIAL DIRECTOR KARL BRUCHAUS SAYS STAFF WILL ANALYZE POPULATION SHIFTS AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE COMING MONTHS. BRUCHAUS ATTRIBUTES THE FINANCIAL DEFICIT TO INCREASES IN RETIREMENT COSTS AND BENEFITS.
THE GREEN T. LINDON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BUILDING WILL BE EXPANDED DESPITE THE LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH COUNCILíS REJECTION OF A PROPOSED ORDINANCE THAT WOULD HAVE ALLOWED THE DONATION OF EIGHT ACRES TO THE SCHOOL SYSTEM. YOUNG INDUSTRIES WANTED TO DONATE FOSTER PARK TO THE CITY OF YOUNGSVILLE IF EIGHT ACRES IN THE PARK WAS DONATED TO THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD FOR THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THE SCHOOL SYSTEMíS FACILITY PLANNING DIRECTOR KYLE BORDELON SAYS THE NEW WING THAT WILL BE ADDED ONTO THE SCHOOL WILL BE ON PROPERTY OWNED BY THE SCHOOL BOARD. HE SAYS THEY WOULD STILL LIKE TO GET THE 8 ACRES SO THAT KIDS WOULD HAVE AN OPEN AREA FOR PLAY.
Louisiana lawmakers are gathering information about dramatic rate increases in flood insurance costs for homeowners and businesses. The House and Senate insurance committees planned a special public hearing on the topic Wednesday, as they look for ways to stop or lessen the skyrocketing rates. But the state has few options since the program is federally-run. The rates charged through the National Flood Insurance Program are slated to rise steeply for many homeowners around the country, including Louisiana, as part of a bipartisan overhaul of the program passed by Congress last year to cut the federal government's costs.
THE CROWLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT IS ASKING FOR THE PUBLICíS HELP IN ARRESTING THREE MEN WHO ARE ACCUSED OF DISTRIBUTING ILLEGAL DRUGS. 18-YEAR-OLD RONDELL S. LEDET IS BLACK, 5-6, 156 POUNDS WITH SHORT BLACK HAIR. 33-YEAR-OLD CODY L. MIRE IS WHITE, SIX FEET TALL, 140 POUNDS WITH SHORT BLOND HAIR, AND 33-YEAR-OLD BOBBY D. STEPHEN IS BLACK, 6-2, 230 POUNDS WITH SHORT BLACK HAIR. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE LOCATION OF ANY OF THESE THREE MEN CAN CALL 789-TIPS, WHERE CALLERS REMAIN ANONYMOUS AND COULD RECEIVE UP TO A THOUSAND DOLLAR REWARD.
A WORK JOBS FAIR FOR DISABLED PEOPLE WAS HELD AT THE LAKE CHARLES CIVIC CENTER YESTERDAY AND ABOUT TWO HUNDRED PEOPLE REGISTERED. ONE OF THE ORGANIZERS, CATHERINE THOMAS WITH THE BUSINESS AND CAREER SOLUTIONS CENTER SAYS EMPLOYERS OFTEN SCREEN OUT DISABLED APPLICANTS BECAUSE THEY MAKE ASSUMPTIONS BASED ON WHAT THEY SEE. SHE TELLS K-P-L-C T-V THAT PEOPLE WITH DISABLITIES GENERALLY HAVE GREAT ATTENDANCE RECORDS AND DO THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON JOBS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, CALL CATHERINE AT 721-40-10.
ITíS A WAY TO PREVENT PILL ABUSE AND THEFT BY RIDDING HOMES OF POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS, EXPIRED, UNUSED AND UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. JULIE DARCY EXPLAINS.
St. Landry Parish deputies say an Opelousas man who ran out of gas and left his pickup Oct. 10 on the side of Kennerson Road has been arrested in the death of a motorcyclist who rode into the truck. Deputies tell The Advocate the truck had no lights on to warn others it obstructed the roadway. Marcus Amos is being held without bond on one count each of negligent homicide, failure to report an accident, driving under suspension, no insurance, expired vehicle registration and criminal mischief for allegedly filling out a false report. Capt. Megan Vizena says Cory Shawn Perry was riding his Yamaha west when it struck Amos' truck.