By Bethany Blankley
The Center Square
Louisiana ranks second to last in a recent report published by the London-based The Legatum Institute analyzing the prosperity of U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
Mississippi ranks 51st, with Louisiana at 50th. Massachusetts ranked first, followed by Connecticut and Minnesota.
By Bethany Blankley
By Will Sentell
Despite notable gains in key areas, Louisiana remains mired near the bottom nationally when it comes to public school achievement.
The state launched its latest bid to improve schools more than 20 years ago, including a sweeping overhaul of operations that former Gov. Bobby Jindal rammed through the Legislature in 2012.
More students than ever — 81.4% — graduated from high school last year.
The number of students earning a qualifying score for college is up nearly 7,000 students since 2012.
North Eunice Baptist Church on Thursday afternoon gave away free school supplies purchased by the congregation. Getting the supplies ready are, from left, Ellen Jennings, Mary Jennings, Rosalie Dyer and the Rev. Travis Turner, pastor.
From the August 2009 files of The Eunice News.
Church Point senior trainer Taylor Lejeune makes sure lineman Zachery Faul drinks water during the heat on the annual photo day activities on Thursday. Heat is a major concern as practices increase.
Young Bears excited about 2009 season. Church Point sophomore lineman Mitchell Vanicor poses for a photo with his sisters Malena and Sierra during the annual Media Day activities on Thursday.
By Nancy Duplechain
Ville Platte Gazette
VILLE PLATTE — Cameron, a Schlumberger company, had another round of layoffs nearly four weeks ago as about 80 employees were laid off. This was the second round of layoffs at the company.
The first round was earlier this year and also displaced some 80 workers. Others left, fearing they would be laid off.
Voter registration deadlines listed
Cheryl Milburn, St. Landry Parish registrar of voters, has announced that the last day to register to vote in person or by mail for the Oct. 12 election will be Sept. 11.
The deadline for GeauxVote.com online electronic registration will be Sept. 21.
Persons interested in participating in the upcoming election must register to vote and make any change to their records by this deadline.