School Board audit includes several findings

A audit of the St. Landry Parish School reported several findings and two incidents of non-compliance.
The audit by Kolder, Champagne, Slaven & Company was completed. Dec. 18 and released Jan. 18 on the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s website,
On Monday, the audit is on the School Board’s Finance Committee agenda.
Auditors list three material deficiencies, two significant deficiencies and two non-compliance items in the audit cover the fiscal year ending in June 2018.

St. Landry Parish Sheriff Deputy Chief EddieThibodeaux, left, and Sgt. Ashley Boudreaux talk about neighborhood watches at a community meeting at the Liberty Theater on Thursday. The meeting was held in the wake of a fatal shooting on Juanita Street on Dec. 27. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

Eunice residents challenged to form neighborhood watches

If anyone was expecting an armchair solution to curb crime in Eunice, they didn’t find it at a community meeting at the Liberty Theater.
About 100 people attended the meeting sparked by the fatal shooting of Scott Daville, 56, on Dec. 27 as he interrupted the burglary of his pickup truck in the 700 block of Juanita.
In early January, Sgt. Alex Andrus of the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office, started the Eunice Community Watch page on Facebook. After about two weeks, the group has more than 2,300 members.

Mamou council discusses buses parking on resident’s property

One new Mamou Council Member dove right in to addressing complaints on behalf of his constituents during the Town of Mamou’s first council meeting of the year.
Newly elected councilman Sheaky Thomas shared he received a complaint from a resident in his District regarding a school bus parking on her property and leaving ruts in her yard near Mamou Elementary School.

The Acadia Parish School Board members for the 2019-2022 term were sworn in during ceremonies at the School Board office. Included are, from left, Steve Jones, District 5 (Rayne); Becky Atkinson, District 4 (Crowley); Bishop James Proctor, District 1 (Crowley); James Higginbotham, District 7, APSB president (Church Point area); Delo Hebert, District 3, APSB vice-president (Midland area); Ike Richard, District 6 (Church Point area); Milton Simar, District 8 (Iota area) and Douglas LaCombe, District 2 (Crowley-Egan area).

School Board members sworn in as year begins

The Acadia Parish School Board met on Monday for the first meeting of the new year — the first for newly elected board members.
Highlighting the meeting was the swearing in of members by Clerk of Court Robert “Robby” Barousse.
Those newly elected members include, Becky Atkinson, District 4; Steve Jones, District 6; and Ike Richard, District 6. Returning board members include, James Proctor, District 1; Douglas Lacombe, District 2; Delo Hebert, District 3; James Higginbotham, District 7; and Milton Simar, District 8.

From the Editor: Louisiana people stand together — against the refs

As a state, we’re sometimes divided. Events often pit one against the other: Democrat vs. Republican, liberal vs. conservative, men against women, north Louisiana vs. south Louisiana and even, occasionally, east St. Mary vs. west St. Mary.
But sometimes we come together in amazing ways. Sunday, the occasion was the Saints game, and it united us in our determination to tar and feather an officiating crew.
As you surely know, the Saints were driving late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s National Football Conference championship game, tied 20-20 with Los Angeles.


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