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Blanco Center colloquium takes fresh look at perennial challenges

The Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Public Policy Center will examine issues central to the former Louisiana governor’s tenure during its inaugural colloquium Sept. 21.
The College of Liberal Arts at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is sponsoring the event. The two-hour panel discussion will begin at 10 a.m. at the LITE Center, 537 Cajundome Blvd.
It is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Reserve a seat at eventbrite.com/e/blanco-legacy-colloquium-tickets-49991617273.

Pictured here is the current set of the Three Little Pig signs that are outside the Mamou gas department office at the intersection of La. Highway 13 and La. Highway 104. These signs were done by Savoy Medical Center pharmacist, Kasey Duos after previous signs have been stolen on three occasions. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Once upon a time in Mamou

From the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox and statues of dinosaurs to the biggest ball of yarn, motorists across the country, who travel off the beaten path, pass by roadside attractions that have become cultural icons.
One such attraction located at the intersection of La. Highway 13 and La. Highway 104 in Mamou keeps drawing the attention of parents with young children and is the subject of strange disappearances. This attraction is the gas department office for the Town of Mamou and is called, by the town’s residents, the Three Little Pigs’ house.

School board approves proposed budgets at recent meeting

On Wednesday, the Evangeline Parish School Board heard from district chief financial officer Amy LaFleur, who shared a breakdown of the 2017-2018 budget and the 2018-2019 budget.
For the 2017-2018 budget, LaFleur stated that the general fund had a surplus of $153,239.73. The CFO called this “absolutely amazing” because the district’s MFP (Minimum Foundation Program) funds, which are dispersed based on enrollment numbers, “decreased by $193,053.00 due to student loss.”

From left are Dr. Bret Becton, dean of the B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration, Naomi Maraist, Michael P. Maraist, Gertrude Maraist, Mag Maraist Ritchey and Dr. Joseph Savoie, UL Lafayette president. (Photo credit: Rachel Keyes / University of Louisiana at Lafayette)

UL Lafayette unveils state-of-the-art financial lab

Business students and faculty at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette now have access to a state-of-the-art financial lab.
UL Lafayette’s B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday to open the Maraist Financial Services Lab.
The 1,178 square-foot facility is located in F.G. Mouton Hall. It features 24 computer workstations, 12 Bloomberg Terminals, electronic ticker tape display, digital data board, and television monitors for business and financial news.

TECHE Project to unveil new information kiosks

Breaux Bridge – The TECHE Project will reveal the first information kiosk for the Bayou Teche National Paddle Trail at a special 4 p.m. ceremony in Breaux Bridge on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at Parc des Ponts. An information kiosk will be placed at each of the 15 trailheads along Bayou Teche and the Lower Atchafalaya River from Port Barre to Patterson. These kiosks will orient trail users to the bayou and present the special stories of the 15 trail communities.

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