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Pete Burney, an LSU Eunice graduate and retired vice president at Hallmark Cards, will be the commencement speaker when Louisiana State University Eunice holds fall graduation ceremonies at 10 a.m. Friday in the gymnasium of the Health and Physical Education Building.

Eunice native, LSUE grad Burney to speak at commencement

Pete Burney, an LSU Eunice graduate and retired vice president at Hallmark Cards, will be the commencement speaker when Louisiana State University Eunice holds fall graduation ceremonies at 10 a.m. Friday in the gymnasium of the Health and Physical Education Building.
One hundred twenty-five students are candidates for graduation. Included are students who completed degree requirements during the summer and fall semester.

News notes

EHS senior project Toy Drive underway
Eunice High School seniors Cameron Fontenot and Taneisha Chavis are collecting toys for a Toy Drive through Dec. 20. All toys can be brought by Eunice High School.

Holiday Sing-along in Eunice
A Holiday Sing-along is planned from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the courtyard between the Liberty Center and the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center.
There will be hot chocolate and music by Ryan and Melanie Blanchard and Jordon Vidrine.
There also will be a reading of the Cajun Night Before Christmas.

Amanda Cain, a certified public accountant, has been hired by St. Landry Parish Government. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Former LSUE accountant hired to help parish finances

A former accountant at LSUE, Amanda Cain, has been hired to guide St. Landry Parish Government through a fiscal crisis. 
Cain’s hiring was announced Wednesday by Parish President Bill Fontenot at an Administrative-Finance Committee meeting. 
“Our budget should be more current and easier to manage,” Fontenot said. 
The parish government is ending the year with a deficit of about $700,000. Up to 17 parish workers face losing their jobs. 
The 2016 ending balance is budgeted at $1,114,973 in the General Fund. 

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. 

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