Rep. Phillip DeVillier spoke at the Eunice Kiwanis Club Thursday.
(Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

DeVillier: ‘Serious’ budget cuts are coming

On the heels of a special session that filled a $304 million state budget hole, Rep. Phillip DeVillier said more cuts are on the horizon when legislators take up the 2017-18 budget.
“I’m telling you and the message needs to get out ... we are going to make serious cuts...” he said at a Eunice Kiwanis Club meeting Thursday.
Temporary taxes, such as a 1 percent sales, are about to expire, he said as an explanation for the next round of budget crisis.
“We can’t continue to grow a state budget and we don’t have the revenues to support it,” he said.

From The Eunice News files

The following are from the February 1998 files of The Eunice News.
Ericka Bollich, daughter of John and Merline Bollich, was named St. Edmund Student of the Year.
The home of Coach and Mrs. Eldon Chachere was damaged when a large tree fell into it.
Bob Courville, a medical technologist at Eunice Medical Center Lab, was honored on his 30th anniversary as music minister at Emmanuel Baptist Church.

After funding hits, Acadia School Board revises budget

Through a item in each of its committees, the Acadia Parish School Board is bracing for funding hits and trying to do so while staying away from the classrooms.
There were a few items that took the school board by surprise since adopting the 2016-2017 fiscal year budget, mainly a $2.1 million hit to the MFP – Minimum Foundation Program. The school board learned that the power plant they waited years to be able to draw sales tax from had actually increased the property value of the parish, therefore dropping its MFP funding for the school district.

Educational Awards were presented during the VFW annual Service Awards banquet. From left, are Susan Synborski of Eunice High; Aimie Fontenot of East Elementary; and Shelsy Williams of Highland Elementary.

VFW Post 8971 honors many at annual awards banquet

VFW Post 8971 in Eunice held its annual Service Awards banquet Monday evening to honor people who give every day to the community.
District 7 Commander Gene Olivier welcomed guests and honorees and added, “It’s this post’s 66th birthday this month, and therefore, we always enjoy giving awards during this month to those of you who give back .”
Emcees for the evening were Alvin Wilson, VFW senior vice president; Donald Estilette, Post chaplain; and Roger Veillon, quartermaster. Terry Matte, commander, was not present due to medical reasons.

Albert Hayes Jr., a Eunice member of the St. Landry Parish School Board, listens to Superintendent Patrick Jenkins talk about a plan to raise salaries and make capital improvements. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

School Board mulling tax vote

By Harlan Kirgan
OPELOUSAS — The St. Landry Parish School Board will continue a discussion about a plan to raise employee salaries and make capital improvements funded by a property tax.
Superintendent Patrick Jenkins presented a proposal to the Board’s Executive Committee meeting Monday. Because a special meeting had been held prior to the committee meeting, the full board was present.
The proposal also had been presented at the School Board’s retreat on Jan. 28.
“I’m just asking for approval so we can move forward,” Jenkins said Monday.


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