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Maple Avenue repaving delayed but not for long

The repaving of Maple Avenue is once again delayed, but not by much.
Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot said he received notice from the state Department of Transportation and Development that the bid letting, once planned in October, is now scheduled for Jan. 13.
Fontenot said that would put the construction start around March.
Funding for the long-awaited project was first announced in July 2019. It was also announced then that the paving should take about four months to complete once the road work begins.
About two miles is to be paved.

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Average Thanksgiving meal cost down again

2020 may go down in history as one of the most uncertain and crazy years ever, but for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual cost survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table, “the show must go on.”
This survey was started in 1986 and is highly anticipated by the media and consumers each year, said AgCenter nutrition agent Quincy Vidrine, who has been counting the cost of our favorite holiday meal for many years.

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Farmer Fred Zaunbrecher, at right, is interviewed in a grain bin by Korean filmmakers, Hero Cho, at left, and Timothy Hong for a documentary on rice production. The documentary for Korean public television is expected to air next year and be available on YouTube. (Photo by Bruce Shultz / LSU AgCenter)

Korean filmmakers document Acadia Parish rice operations

Two Korean filmmakers have been in the south Louisiana area conducting interviews and shooting video as part of a documentary about rice production throughout the world.
“We want to talk about the history of U.S. rice so viewers will know the chain of the U.S. rice industry,” said Timothy Hong.
Hong and videographer Hero Cho shot footage of rice being prepared at Mother’s Restaurant in New Orleans, and they met with several area farmers and the head of a local rice mill.
“Yesterday we ate six different ways rice is cooked,” Cho said.

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COVID-19 restrictions reimposed

Gov. John Bel Edwards imposed tighter restrictions on Wednesday as the state experienced a third surge of the coronavirus.
The governor’s move calls for reducing occupancy at some businesses, decreasing gathering sizes, limiting indoor consumption at many bars and urges everyone in Louisiana to avoid gatherings with people outside of their everyday households.

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Parish meeting addresses soaring virus positivity rate

St. Landry Parish President Jessie Bellard met with several parish mayors Wednesday about the increase in positivity rates in the parish and what the impact of the modified Phase 2.
The parish has experienced a second straight week of higher COVID-19 positivity percentages. For the week of Nov. 5 to 11, the parish had an 11.90% rate. That number was up from the 11.10% recorded the week before.
Bellard and the mayors agreed to push the message to their citizens to wear a mask, wash hands, and continue to social distance, a parish government news release stated.

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