Acadia Parish Police Jury budget includes pay raises, jail medic

The Acadia Parish Police Jury Tuesday night adopted a $26.2 million operating budget for 2019 that includes pay raises for employees and a second medic for the parish jail.
But it took months of negotiations and a number of cost-cutting measures to arrive at that balanced budget.
The plan includes a one-year intergovernmental agreement with Sheriff K.P. Gibson to share evenly in the $73,000 cost of hiring Southern Security, Inc., to provide two armed guards for the courthouse entrance.

President George H. W. Bush thanks Cpl. David Bertrand, right, of Basile following Bertrand’s year of service aboard Marine One, the president’s helicopter, in this photo from 1990. (Submitted photo)

Basile veteran recalls year spent serving President Bush

When a president of the United States dies, the entire nation mourns. With the recent passing of President George H.W. Bush, a local Marine veteran watched the national news and the beautiful funeral services with a stronger sense of mourning than most other locals or even most other veterans.
Cpl. David Bertrand had a unique relationship with President Bush.

Eric Smith, professor of practice at Tulane’s A.B. Freeman School of Business and interim director of the Tulane Energy Institute

Professor: Deepwater energy more sustainable than shale

Deepwater energy production in the Gulf of Mexico should be more sustainable than shale production, which is welcome news to south Louisiana’s oil and gas industry, a Tulane University business professor said.
Eric Smith, professor of practice at Tulane’s A.B. Freeman School of Business and interim director of the Tulane Energy Institute, was guest speaker during a meeting of the Atchafalaya Chapter of the American Petroleum Institute at the Petroleum Club of Morgan City.

Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Kim Hunter delivered the commencement address Friday at LSUE. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

LSUE graduates urged to keep going, growing

LSUE’s graduates were urged to keep growing by commencement speaker Dr. Kim Hunter, state commissioner of higher education, on Friday.
Hunter addressed the ceremony for 147 summer and fall graduates, which was said to be the largest number in 20 years.
The ceremony recognizes students who earned degrees and certificates in the summer and fall semesters.
Reed, who grew up in Lake Charles, was appointed commissioner in April after serving as executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

Richard’s Cajun Foods investing $2.7M in Church Point

Gov. John Bel Edwards and Richard’s Cajun Foods Inc. President Ronnie Doucet announced Richard’s will invest $2.7 million to relocate some production and administrative functions to Church Point and expand the company’s operations there.
With the expansion, the food processing company will retain 38 jobs and will create 12 new direct jobs, with an average annual salary of $35,000. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in 16 new indirect jobs, for a total of 28 new jobs in the Acadiana Region.


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