Monday, November 11, 2013
29-YEAR-OLD BETHANY ARCENEAUX IS HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL AND REUNITED WITH HER 2-YEAR-OLD SON AFTER BEING RESCUED FOLLOWING HER KIDNAPPING ON WEDNESDAY. HOPE FORD HAS MORE.
A CEREMONY WAS HELD SATURDAY NIGHT FOR THE UNVEILING OF A STATUE OF FIRST LIEUTENANT DOUGLAS B. FOURNET AT VETERANíS MEMORIAL PARK IN LAKE CHARLES. FOURNET WAS KILLED IN THE VIETNAM WAR TRYING TO DEFUSE A MINE, IN WHICH HE WAS CREDITED WITH SAVING THE LIVES OF THE MEN IN HIS PLATOON. LAKE CHARLE MAYOR RANDY ROACH SAYS MEMORIAL IS A WAY OF SHOWING THAT THE CITY WILL NOT FORGET THE SACRIFICES MADE BY ITS NATIVE SONS. FOURNETíS SON, BILL, THANKED THE CREATOR OF THE STATUE, JANIE STINE LECROIX, SAYING THAT ITíS THE CLOSEST HE HAS COME TO LOOKING HIS FATHER IN THE EYE.
THE DRIVER OF A SUGAR CANE TRUCK TRAVELING ON HIGHWAY 90 EARLY SATURDAY MORNING FAILED TO STOP FOR A RED LIGHT AND STRUCK TWO VEHICLES THAT WERE TURNING ON TO HIGHWAY 90. THE DRIVER OF ONE OF THE VEHICLES, 43-YEAR-OLD BILLY MEAUX OF ABBEVILLE, WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE, WHILE THE DRIVER OF THE OTHER VEHICLE SUFFERED MODERATE INJURIES. THE SUGAR CANE TRUCK OVERTURNED IN THE CRASH, AND THE DRIVER, 30-YEAR-OLD HILMAR ESTRADA OF BUNKIE, SUFFERED MODERATE INJURIES AS WELL. HE WAS CITED FOR FAILING TO STOP FOR A RED LIGHT AND TOXICOLOGY SAMPLES WERE TAKEN FROM HIM AND SUBMITTED TO THE STATE POLICE CRIME LAB TO DETERMINE IF HE WAS IMPAIRED IN ANY WAY.
The Louisiana Board of Regents has extended a study of remedial education in community colleges and universities. The board set up a one-year study that state Commissioner of Higher Education Jim Purcell tells The Advocate is "inconclusive." Some people want to send students who need developmental courses to community colleges, while others want them to be able to enroll in public universities and take those courses alongside college-level courses. National research suggests that sending students to community college first costs students time and money without increasing their chance of earning a degree.
NEW KINGDOM MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL HAS BEEN HOLDING CHURCH SERVICES OUT OF THE HOLIDAY INN HOLIDOME OFF OF THE EVANGELINE THRUWAY BUT THAT WILL SOON CHANGE. SUNDAY THE CHURCH HELD A GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY TO CELEBRATE THE START OF THE CONSTRUCTION PHASE FOR ITS NEW CHURCH FACILITY. THE CHURCHíS FIRST OFFICIAL SERVICE TOOK PLACE SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2007 AT THE HOLIDAY INN HOLIDOME WITH 65 PEOPLE IN ATTENDANCE. SINCE THEN THE CHURCH HAS WITNESSED SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH WITH A CURRENT MEMBERSHIP OF OVER 500.
SOUTH LAKE CHARLES VOTERS WILL DECIDE ON SATURDAY WHETHER TO APPROVE A NEW PROPERTY TAX FOR SCHOOLS. THE CALCASIEU PARISH SCHOOL BOARD HAS PLACED THE FIVE MILL PROPERTY TAX ON THE BALLOT FOR DISTRICT 34. IF APPROVED, THE FUNDS RAISED WOULD BE USED TO HELP ALLEVIATE TRAFFIC CONGESTION THAT IS CAUSED BY THE LONG LINES THAT FORM WHEN SCHOOL LETS OUT. THE MONEY WOULD ALSO BE USED FOR UPKEEP AT SCHOOLS AND TO IMPROVE THE TECHNOLOGY.
AN ACCIDENT IN LAFAYETTE THAT CLAIMED THE LIFE OF A MOTORCYCLIST FROM RAYNE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION. IT HAPPENED THURSDAY NIGHT ON THE EVANGELINE THRUWAY NEAR SURREY STREET WHEN THE DRIVER OF A CHEVY IMPALA TRIED TO CHANGE LANES AND HIT A MOTORCYCLE RIDDEN BY 56-YEAR-OLD RANDALL L CART, KNOCKING HIM INTO ANOTHER MOTORCYCLIST NEXT TO HIM. CART WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT A LOCAL HOSPITAL WHILE THE OTHER MOTORCYCLIST RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES. THE DRIVER OF THE IMPALA WAS NOT INJURED.
Crews could break ground sometime next summer on a new complex for the Calcasieu Parish Office of Juvenile Justice Services. Director Dane Bolin tells the American Press that New Jersey-based Justice Solution Group will help design the facility. The new complex will be built next to the existing one. Bolin says the current facility is outdated and is too expensive to maintain.