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Monday, December 9, 2013

Monday, December 9, 2013





A plan to designate a Flyway Byway scenic route through Jefferson Davis Parish envisions incorporating a nearly 55-mile driving route with potential bike routes, waterways and walking paths focusing on the Welsh, Jennings and Lake Arthur areas. David Dahlquist, who helped develop the plan, tells The American Press that the scenic route would attract visitors and spending to the areas and improve quality of life for local residents. The driving route would follow Louisiana Highways 26, 14, 99 and U.S. Highway 90 with connections to Interstate 10 and other roads in Jefferson Davis.





THE FOUR LANES OF ST. MARY BOULEVARD ON THE U-L CAMPUS WILL BE TRANSFORMED OVER THE HOLIDAYS TO TWO VEHICLE LANES AND TWO BIKE LANES. BICYCLISTS WILL BE GIVEN SIX FOOT LANES ON EACH SIDE OF THE ROAD FROM ST. LANDRY TO TAFT STREE, WITH A THREE FOOT BUFFER TO KEEP THEM SAFE. IT’S PART OF THE U-L LAFAYETTE MASTER PLAN, WHICH IS A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE FOR THE GROWTH OF THE CAMPUS. THE LAFAYETE CITY PARISH COUNCIL IN AUGUST AGREED THAT THE WORK WOULD BE DONE BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, AND U-L WILL REIMBURSE THE COSTS FROM THE MONEY THEY RECEIVE FROM STUDENT FEES.





AN ARREST FRIDAY OF A ST. MARTINVILLE MAN FOR COUNTERFEITING MONEY HAS LED AUTHORITIES TO ALERT AREA STORES TO PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE BILLS THEY RECEIVE. A FAST FOOD RESTAURANT ON WEDNESDAY CALLED THE ST. MARTINVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT AFTER THEY RECEIVED COUNTERFEIT MONEY. AN INVESTIGATION LED TO THE ARREST OF 41-YEAR-OLD KEVIN ST. JULIEN ON MONETARY INSTRUMENT ABUSE CHARGES. BOTH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE ST. MARTIN PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORT THEY HAVE RECEIVED AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS ABOUT COUNTERFEIT MONEY.





The Lafayette Parish school system has seen an increase in the number of GED test takers trying to beat an end-of-year deadline before their prior test results become invalid. The exam is the General Educational Development test offered by GED Testing Service. The company is phasing out the test to implement a more rigorous exam administered as a computer-only test starting in January. The phase-out means that those who took the test but had not passed all five parts of it would lose their scores come January.





AT NINE O’CLOCK THURSDAY MORNING, A GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD ON L-A 26 JUST WEST OF OBERLIN FOR A NEW ALLEN PARISH JAIL. THE 36 THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT, TWO STORY BUILDING WILL BE ABLE TO HOUSE UP TO 176 INMATES, A HUGE INCREASE OVER THE CURRENT FACILITY WHICH CAN HOLD ONLY 42 INMATES. SHERIFF DOUG HEBERT THE THIRD TELLS THE AMERICAN PRESS THAT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO SAVE MONEY WHICH HAS BEEN SPENT TO SEND INMATES TO OTHER PARISHES BECAUSE OF A LACK OF SPACE. HE SAYS THEY EXPECT AN ORDER TO PROCEED WITH CONSTRUCTION BY NEXT MONDAY AND IT WILL TAKE AN ESTIMATED TEN TO 14 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.





A LAFAYETTE HOME OWNER IS CLEANING UP THE SMOKE DAMAGE IN HIS HOME AFTER HIS STEPSON WAS ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY STARTING A FIRE. MICHAEL DUPRE HAS MORE.







THE ST. LANDRY PARISH COUNCIL LEARNED LAST WEEK FROM THEIR ATTORNEY THAT THEY MAY HAVE TO GET INVOLVED IN A DISPUTE BETWEEN RESIDENTS IN A SUBDIVISION OUTSIDE OF WASHINGTON AND A LOCAL LANDOWNER. THE RESIDENTS OF HIDDEN VILLAGE SUBDIVISION AND THE LANDOWNER HAVE BEEN IN A LEGAL BATTLE SINCE THE 1990’S OVER HIDDEN VILLAGE DRIVE, WHICH HAS NOT BEEN MAINTAINED FOR YEARS. THE ROAD IS IN SUCH BAD SHAPE THAT IT PREVENTS GARBAGE PICKUP AND OTHER BASIC SERVICES. COUNCIL ATTORNEY LANCE PITRE SAYS BY STATE LAW, THE ROAD IS CONSIDERED A PUBLIC ROAD BECAUSE IT WAS MAINTAINED THROUGH TAX DOLLARS AT DIFFERENT PERIODS DURING THE 1960’S THROUGH THE 1980’S.





A federal judge has temporarily suspended BP oil spill settlement payments to businesses while he reconsiders the company's arguments against compensating those that cannot trace losses directly to the nation's worst offshore oil spill. Judge Carl Barbier (BARB-yay) issued an order Thursday noting the claims office will continue taking and processing business claims but won't make final decisions on payments until the matter is settled. BP is trying to block what could be hundreds of millions of dollars in payments to Gulf Coast businesses. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that Barbier must reconsider BP PLC's arguments.



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