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David Cresson, executive director of the Coastal Conservation Association Louisiana, spoke Wednesday at the Eunice Rotary Club meeting. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

CCA chief stresses importance of fishing

Fishermen know the importance of their sport and often that centers on fun, but a serious side of saltwater angling was discussed by the executive director of the Coastal Conservation Association Louisiana.
David Cresson spoke Wednesday at the Eunice Rotary Club meeting. He was in attendance with Randy Young, president of the Tri-Parish chapter of the CCA.
“We like to think we are the voice of the fish and the fishermen here in Louisiana,” Cresson said.
There are 22,000 CCA members in Louisiana and 100,000 in the U.S., he said.

Steve Linscombe of the LSU AgCenter, far left, received the Rice Industry Award at the USA Rice Outlook Conference in Memphis recently (Dec. 7-9). Linscombe, a rice breeder and director of the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station. Richard Fontenot of Evangeline Parish, far right, received the Rice Farmer of the Year Award, and Arkansas rice farmer Gary Sebree, center, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. (Photos by Bruce Schultz, LSU AgCenter)

Evangeline farmer recognized as Rice Farmer of the Year

Steve Linscombe of the LSU AgCenter received the Rice Industry Award at the 2016 USA Rice Outlook Conference recently (Dec.7-9) for his work as rice breeder and director of the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station.
Richard Fontenot of Evangeline Parish was recognized as Rice Farmer of the Year.
Linscombe has worked for the LSU AgCenter for 34 years, and his breeding work has resulted in 24 new varieties.

The blue star on top of a rice dryer has returned. (Photo by Myra Miller)

The star is seen from the G&H parking lot on Tuesday night. The star went up on the 100-foot building on Dec. 9. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Blue star is shining again

The blue star at the towering building between East Street and La. 13 is back.
What was thought to be missing some 30 or 40 years ago from a rice dryer is now shining brightly on another rice dryer.
One of the oldest rice dryers, located on East Street, was recently demolished, but what was not raised, and stored away safely was a large star.
If you grew up in Eunice you will most likely remember seeing a huge bright blue star on top of a rice dryer during the Christmas season. The star is guessed to be some 50 years old and is an angle-iron 15-foot wide one.

Sales tax revenues decline

Sales tax revenues in Eunice and the total for St. Landry Parish declined in November by several measures.
Eunice sales tax revenues from January to November totaled $4,823,023, which is 0.7 percent or $31,733 below the same period in 2015, according to the St. Landry Parish School Board Sales Tax Division.
Total St. Landry Parish’s sales tax revenue through November was $59,981,119, down 1.8 percent or $1,099,505 from the same period in 2015.
The parish sales tax total includes parish, school, solid waste, law enforcement and municipal taxes.

Shirley Vige Jr., CPA,

Tax plan headed to January meeting

The Eunice Board of Aldermen announced its intention to introduce two tax proposals at a special meeting on Jan. 17 aimed at improving roads and raising the pay of city workers, include police and firefighters.
One resolution would be a new property tax. At a meeting on Dec. 8, the discussion was on proposing an 11.62-mill tax, which would be added to a current 11.62-mill tax. The millage would be dedicated for street and sewer improvements.

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