Jim Bradshaw

Merry (Trappers) Christmas, everybody

Mardi Gras has come and gone, but if you live in the south Louisiana marshland it’s still not too late to follow an old custom and celebrate Christmas.
In the not too distant past, while the rest of the world celebrated Christmas on Dec. 25, trappers in some parts of south Louisiana were scattered across the marsh, working to make the most of the 75-day trapping season that ended in early February.

From The Eunice News files

The following are from the February 2001 files of The Eunice News.
The news from City Hall was about natural gas bills. The city’s bill was nearing $600,000 a month compared to $200,000 the previous year. Mayor Ken Peart and councilmen were expressing concerns about the city’s bill and those of customers. Peart said the gas cost was the highest local gas on record. A partial pay plan eventually was approved for customers.

State Rep. Phillip DeVillier, R-Eunice, talks to the Eunice Rotary Club about state budget issues. Legislators have been called by Gov. John Bel Edwards to a special session to begin Monday. (Photo by Myra Miller)

DeVillier concerned about state government’s growth

Rep. Phillip DeVillier, of Eunice, continues to eye state government’s growth as the fifth special session called by Gov. John Bel Edwards is to begin Monday.
The session scheduled through March 7 is to deal with a budget shortfall of up to $1 billion.
A regular session will follow from March 12 to June 4.
“One thing that you hear an awful lot about today is how much our budget has grown in the last two years,” Devillier said in a speech recently to the Eunice Rotary Club.

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Governor’s popularity on the line in budget session

Gov. John Bel Edwards will have to put his personal popularity on the line to rally support for his proposals to close a $1 billion state budget gap if he continues to face resistance from Republican lawmakers, political strategists say.
Edwards, the only Democratic governor in the South, on Feb. 9 called the Legislature into a special session, starting Monday, to see if he can reach a compromise with Republican leaders over how to replace the revenue that the state will lose when a temporary increase in the sales tax expires this summer.

Crystal Rougeau Wiley,

City takes another step to clear abandoned properties

Civic Source was approved as the city agent and attorney to sell adjudicated property in Eunice on Wednesday by the Board of Aldermen.
The city has about 100 properties where taxes have not been paid, which eventually tags them with the “adjudicated” label.
A check at already shows property up for bid in Eunice.
The process takes the place of the city having to do the work to sell abandoned property.
Vernon McManus, city attorney, said usually there are title problems with the properites.


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