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Roofers work on the fire-damaged portion of Eunice Elementary in June 2019. The restoration of the building is nearing completion. (File photo)

Eunice Elementary project may be nearing end

The restoration project at Eunice Elementary that began in August 2018 may be nearing an end.
“We’ve been in this restoration project for quite some time at Eunice Elementary,” said Claudia Blanchard, director of operations for the St Landry Parish School Board.
Blanchard noted several events out of the school system’s control. The main contractor contracted COVID “not once, but twice.”
The contractor is from Lake Charles and Hurricane Laura destroyed products stored there that were intended for the project.

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Tom Purcell

The longer we’re isolated, the less productive we get

COVID-19 is getting old — particularly for employees who’ve been working from home for months.
That’s the finding of a Wall Street Journal article, “Companies Start to Think Remote Work Isn’t So Great After All.”
Early on, when millions stopped commuting and started working from home, many companies saw good results. Work was getting done. Most employees enjoyed it. Companies saw an opportunity to reduce future office overhead costs by making remote work part of their long-term strategy.
But that was before cracks began to emerge in the work-from-home model.

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Eunice native Lisa Dies Roy works from her Baton Rouge home helping build field hospitals. (Photo courtesy of Darrell and Marilyn Dies)

Eunice native helps build hospital expansions during coronavirus crisis

Eunice native Lisa Dies Roy is leading a company’s teams that help build field hospitals across the country in response the coronavirus COVID-19.
Roy, 48, of Baton Rouge, was featured in a Wall Street Journal story published April 13.
She is the daughter of Darrell and Marilyn Dies, of Eunice. Her father shared the article.
Lisa Roy went to Eunice High School, LSUE and LSU Baton Rouge, Darrell Dies said.

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No problem with curfew, chief says

The 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. St. Landry Parish curfew is not causing any issues, according to Eunice Police Chief Randy Fontenot.
“There are still people moving about, but we can’t stop everybody,” he said.
The curfew does allow people to travel through the city and people going to work.
People are going to the drive-through restaurants, he said.
But if somebody is doing something that bring s attention to themselves police will approach them, he said.


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