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Conservative digital news site targeting Louisiana statehouse

It’s no secret that newspapers have been increasingly laying off reporters for years, especially those covering statehouses. But a new conservative-leaning outfit is working to reverse that trend around the country, and in Louisiana.
Watchdog.org, by covering state politics “from the taxpayers’ perspective,” has earned both fans and foes — and much like everything else on the web they’re here to stay, whether through digitally-archived means or via original content.

St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office arrests

The following are arrests reported by the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Aug. 13
Jarred Roman Sonnier, 19, 100 bock of Raleigh Lane, Sunset. Domestic abuse battery w/child endangerment; false imprisonment. Arrested by St. Landry Sheriff’s Office.
Clara R. Smitlh, 63, 100 block of Floyd Lane, Opelousas. Cruelty to juveniles. Arrested by St. Landry Sheriff’s Office.
Johnny Craig Guillory III, 31, 600 block of Hall Street, Opelousas. Bench warrant; simple criminal damage; attempted; simple burglary. Arrested by St. Landry Sheriff’s Office.

The Rev. Keith Pellerin, the pastor of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Kinder, is pictured here as he delivers the homily during the Mass for the 59th anniversary of the death of his fourth cousin Charlene Richard. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

‘Little Cajun Saint’ celebrated at Mass

When the Cajun and Creole ancestors of those currently living in South Louisiana first arrived, they brought with them vestiges of the ways of life from their native homeland. One major vestige is the faith that is taught by the Roman Catholic Church.
Evidence of this can be seen in the urban area of Lafayette where the bishop presides over the diocese but can also be found in parts such as rural Acadia Parish where Charlene Richard lived in the community of Richard.

DOTD to begin La. 106 project

Beginning Wednesday, construction will begin on a $3.04 million project on La. 106 from La. 13 to U.S. 167 between mileposts 9.9 to 14.4 in Evangeline Parish, according to DOTD.
The work is estimated to take place on Mondays through Fridays between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., with intermittent lane closures throughout the project, weather permitting.
The road will be open to regular traffic with a 12-foot lane restriction on oversized loads passing through the work zone.

U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins

Higgins pushes standards on imported seafood

Along with agriculture and oil and gas, the seafood industry is an important economic driver for south Louisiana.
U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins, whose 3rd Congressional District covers a large portion of south Louisiana, said he does not want to see producers in such an important industry for the state working at a disadvantage, something he said has been happening because of the amount of foreign seafood coming into this country that is not held to the same standards.
“Louisiana fishermen deserve a level playing field,” Higgins, R-Port Barre, said.

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