Jay Grymes, chief meteorologist, gives a presentation on Louisiana’s climate Wednesday during the intercultural dialogue on weather, water and climate. (Photo by Greta Jines)

Jay Grymes, chief meteorologist, gives a presentation on Louisiana’s climate Wednesday during the intercultural dialogue on weather, water and climate. (Photo by Greta Jines)

Expert says La. is in the crosshairs of climate change

Climate change, hurricanes and floods were hot topics during the Louisiana State University International Programs’ intercultural dialogue on weather, water and climate on Wednesday, with one presenter saying that whatever the extent of climate change will be Louisiana will be in the crosshairs.   
Chief meteorologist at WAFB Jay Grymes opened the presentations with a focus on the state’s wet climate and the potential effects of climate change, warning that of the lower 48 states, Louisiana might be the most severely impacted in terms of climate change.

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Thanksgiving Turkey Contest winners

Winners of the Thanksgiving Turkey Contest may pick up the vouchers at the Eunice News and redeem the at Champagnes. The deadline to redeem the turkeys is Nov 30.
Winners are:
St. Landry Homestead - Joan Richard.
LeJeune Chiropractic - Charmaine Richard.
Eunice Superette - Brenda Fontenot.
Craig’s Automotive - Brently Young.
Perry Pitre Ford - Joann Andrus.
Oakland Wellness - Michelle Newsom.
LA Academy of Beauty - Lionel Richard.
Brownie’s Shop Rite - Ricky Coutee.
Sattler’s Supply - Clifford Martel.

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Parish to pave 54 more roads

Fifty-four more roads are to be paved in the final phase of the Smooth Ride Home Program.
St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot announced at a Parish Council meeting Wednesday that Prairie Contractors Inc., of Opelousas, was the apparent low bidder for Phase 3B.
The company bid $7,890,083.60 to pave about 40 miles of road in the program funded by a 2 percent sales tax in rural St. Landry Parish.
“We are upgrading our roads to a standard that will last for many, many years to come; this is work that has been needed for decades,” Fontenot said in a news release.

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Maureen Kirsch Fontenot

Bishop appoints Roberts Cove woman

Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel has announced the appointment of Maureen Kirsch Fontenot as the new chancellor and assistant director of chancery personnel for the Diocese of Lafayette.
The appointment is effective Monday.

Deshotel said, “I am deeply gratified that Maureen has accepted this call to further serve the people of our diocese. She is a person of intelligence, wisdom, and sound judgment. Her experience and knowledge of the diocese will be a great help to me in service to all in the diocese and I look forward to working with her in this vital role.”

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St. Landry Parish Councilman Ken Marks is requesting the formation of a committee to study boards and commissions. (File photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Council OKs panel to study its relationship with boards, commissions

Naming individuals to boards and commissions that form the governing structure of St. Landry Parish is nearly a monthly job for the St. Landry Parish Council.
But the relationship between the council and its appointees has been ill-defined.
The Parish Council decided Wednesday to form a committee to write a policy for boards and commissions.
Ken Marks, a council member from Port Barre, said guidance is needed, noting the individuals wanting to serve on boards and commissions fill out a single page application form that is presented to the council.


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