Survey finds small business optimism fell in September

The National Federation of Independent Business Index of Small Business Optimism tumbled in September from 105.3 to 103 led by a steep drop in sales expectations, not just in hurricane-affected states, but across the country.
“The temptation is to blame the decline on the hurricanes in Texas and Florida, but that is not consistent with our data,” said Juanita Duggan, NFIB president and CEO. “Small business owners across the country were measurably less enthusiastic last month.”

St. Landry EMS appealing Acadia Jury decision denying it a permit

St. Landry EMS apparently is not taking no for answer when it comes to seeking a permit to operate in Acadia Parish.
The Opelousas-based ground ambulance service was denied permission to conduct business in Acadia by a 4-3 vote at the Sept. 12 meeting of the Acadia Parish Police Jury.
Eight days later, the Police Jury received a letter from James T. Lee, a Bunkie attorney, advising that he had been retained to represent St. Landry EMS in appealing that decision.

Eunice students are among AP scholars

Six Eunice High School students are 23 St. Landry Parish students recognized at the October School Board meeting for scoring 3 or higher on Advanced Placement tests during the 2016-17 school year.
The Eunice High School students are: Victoria Ardoin, English language and composition; Madison Cormier, English language and composition; William McLemore, English language and composition, and U.S. history; Caroline Mire, English language and composition, and U.S. history; Vivian Mire, English language and composition; and Matthew Myers, U.S. history.

State Sen. Bret Allain

GOP Senate leader says more budget woes are ahead

State Sen. Bret Allain, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, sees more budget problems ahead. And he hopes Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards will continue working with the Legislature to solve Louisiana’s budget problems.
“I hope Edwards comes to the Legislature before he presents his budget proposal and works with us so that he makes cuts in areas that hurt the people the least,” Allain, R-Franklin, said Monday at the St. Mary Industrial Group meeting at the Petroleum Club.

Acadia Parish jurors reject Rice Arena pay raises

By a 5-3 vote, the Acadia Parish Police Jury overruled a recommendation by the parish Rice Arena Board to grant a substantial pay raise to two employees at the Crowley-based Rice Arena.
In a letter to the jury dated Sept. 21, Greg Richard, board chairman, recommended promoting Melissa Fusilier to the position of director with an annual salary of $47,450, an increase of $16,260 over her current salary, or 52.1 percent. Manager Kermit Miller’s annual salary, under the recommendation would be raised to $47,649.94, up $7,547.54, or 18.8 percent per year.


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