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Tax plan aims to rebuild city roads, provide pay raises

City voters may be asked to double their property tax for 15 years and rededicate a sales tax to rebuild city streets and provide pay raises for city employees. 
Two items are on the agenda for Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. 
One item is to rededicate 50 percent of a 1 percent sales tax for salaries. The sales tax is now dedicated to infrastructure. 
The other is to add an 11.62 mill property tax to fund a 15-year bond issue for road improvement. Some sewerage work would be included in the bond issue. 

former Eunice Police Chief Ronald Dies

Former chief Dies ordered to pay $20K to Arnauds for defamation

The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal has ordered former Eunice Police Chief Ronald Dies to pay $10,000 each to Susan and Robbie Arnaud, owners of Robbie’s Wrecker Service, in a defamation lawsuit. 
The Court reversed a ruling by District Judge Alonzo Harris made in March that rejected the defamation claims. 
The ruling issued Wednesday stated that Dies, who served one term as police chief, took office on Jan. 1, 2011. 
Prior to Dies, Eunice Police used a rotation system for calling wrecker services. 

Evangeline Parish School Board President Wayne Dardeau shakes hands with Darwan Lazard after Lazard was chose by the School Board as the district’s new superintendent. (Photo by Elizabeth West/Ville Platte Gazette)

Evangeline Parish hires new school superintendent

The Evangeline Parish School District will be welcoming Darwan Lazard as their new superintendent in January after the school board unanimously voted to hire the Ville Platte native to fill the position on Monday.
Lazard, who is currently the school district’s assistant superintendent, wasn’t the only individual hoping to become the main man on campus in Evangeline Parish, though.

Eli Smith, left, takes a selfie with Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot on Thursday at City Hall. Smith plans to walk the four corners of the nation to raise awareness of post traumatic stress disorder. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Army vet walks to raise awareness for PTSD 

Eli Smith, a 36-year-old Army veteran, estimates he will walk about three and half years to each corner of the United States to raise awareness for post traumatic stress disorder. 
On Thursday, Smith was in the Eunice City Hall where he spoke about his journey that begin Nov. 22 at Fort Pickens in Pensacola, Florida. 

Randy Miller with a Guatemalan woman and her daughter during a mission trip. (Submitted Photo)

Former ag teacher says Guatemala mission encourages self-sufficiency

Want to provide a needy family in Guatemala with a way to provide food and income for their family?
Former Church Point and Iota high school agricultural teacher Randy Miller has found a calling in retirement, working on the Animal Project, a part of Mission Housing Ministries.
Miller has traveled to Guatemala four times in the past year, doing mission work in the rural area of Comitancillo and its surrounding villages.

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