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Demographer Mike Hefner talks to the St. Landry Parish Council Administrative-Finance Committee on Sept. 4. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

With Census count coming reapportionment is on the way

The 10-year Census count is on April 1, 2020, and demographer Mike Hefner urged the St. Landry Parish Council give him the green light to begin his work.
Hefner, of Geographic Planning and Demographic Services, spoke to the Council’s Administrative-Finance Committee on Sept. 4 about the Census and reapportionment.
Much of the count will be done electronically, he said. In the past people received post cards and long forms, but the Census count is likely to use phones and computers, he said.

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Parish burn ban may get repealed

A ban on burning in rural St. Landry Parish subdivisions passed in June is on the Parish Council’s Wednesday agenda.
And this time the agenda item is for repeal of the ban at the meeting scheduled at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Old City Market, 131 W. Bellevue St., Opelousas.
The burn ordinance was placed on the agenda for repeal by a 3-2 vote of the Council’s Administrative-Finance Committee at a Sept. 4 meeting.

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Parties ‘targeting Louisiana’ for redistricting

Republican strategist Karl Rove is expecting a “heckuva battle” over redistricting and the legislative races that will precede the process, according to an op-ed he wrote in The Wall Street Journal last week, and Louisiana will certainly be in the mix.
Rove, a top advisor to former President George W. Bush, suggested that “state legislative races in 16 states could determine House control in the 2020s,” and that our backyard could be part of the mix.

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Parish sales tax collections rebound

Staff Report
Year-to-date St. Landry Parish sales tax collections through August totaled $47,033,123, up 1% over the same eight-month period a year ago, according to statistics released by the St. Landry Parish School Board Sales Tax Division.
The report shows a rebound in total collections. In July, the seventh-month collections were down 0.8% from the total in July 2018.

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The stage is set for the celebration of Eunice's 125th year on Park Avenue. At left is the statue of Eunice Pharr Duson, one of the city's founders. At 3 p.m. Saturday a statue of Clovis Crawfish is to be unveiled. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

All music is on the street for celebration — and free

All the music during the city’s 125th birthday celebration Saturday will be outside and free.
The National Park Service is presenting of the Grammy-award winning band, Pine Leaf Boys, at 6 p.m.
There will be specially designed birthday T-shirts on sale for $15 each as well as posters.
Vivian Soileau Broussard, a Eunice artist, created and designed the two birthday celebration products.
The Eunice Kiwanians will sponsor a Children’s Face Painting from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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