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Acadia Parish police jurors OK more RV hookups

By Steve Bandy
Crowley Post-Signal
CROWLEY (July 12) — With the exception of a PowerPoint presentation by a company that wants to become the parish’s “disaster recovery reimbursement consultant,” the Acadia Police Jury handled a routine agenda with little fanfare here Tuesday night.
Gene Robinson, engineer, and Chris Fenner, vice president, outlined Stuart Consulting Group’s credentials for the jurors and explained how they could cut through the red tape with FEMA and other disaster aid agencies if and when needed.

Danny Lee Petrella is inside his home on Railroad Street in Mamou with his accordion. Like many other Choctaw descendents, Petrella has embraced the Cajun and Creole cultures while keeping alive his own native culture. (Ville Platte Gazette photos by Tony Marks)

Choctaw influence remains strong

By Tony Marks
Ville Platte Gazette
MAMOU — The several distinct cultures of South Louisiana such as Cajun, Creole, and African have come together to form one identity much like how different ingredients come together to form a gumbo. One of these lesser known cultures is even responsible for gumbo itself.

The former National Guard Armory at West Maple Avenue and 9th Street probably qualifies as a place once busy with activity, but now fallen silent. The site may stir memories such as when it was used to distribute supplies after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Across 9th Street from the old armory is the site of many memories — the old Bobcat Field. The scoreboard suggests days of glory and suspense. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Uninhabited but not unloved

By Claudette Olivier
Church Point News
Louisiana’s coast may be eroding and business, homes and entire towns may come and go, but one man and his 73,000 plus followers are making sure what may be gone is not forgotten.
Jason Sexton, founder of the Facebook group Abandoned Louisiana, said, “At first I started the group to talk about towns that had been washed away by hurricanes. The group was to be about towns that no longer existed, and then people started posting pictures of ‘abandoned’ places in Louisiana, so I let it go in that direction.”

St. Landry Parish School Superintendent Patrick Jenkins talks about the school system's budget Thursday at School Board meeting in Opelousas. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

School Board Oks budget with $2M deficit

By Harlan Kirgan
Editor
OPELOUSAS — The St. Landry Parish School Board approved a budget that projects a $2 million general fund deficit that will erode the school system’s ending balance from $7 million to about $5 million.
The 2018-2019 budget was approved on a voice vote at a meeting Thursday. The budget year began July 1.
Superintendent Patrick Jenkins attributed the budget deficit to several factors including the loss of students, salary increases and rising insurance costs.

News notes

Free Back to School Bash today, Friday
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There will be games, water slides, food, prizes, school supplies, and more.
For more information, call: 337-678-4004.

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