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Dr. Bill Crowe, LSU Eunice’s interim chancellor; Dr. Henry Kaufman, surgical oncology specialist; Becki Benoit, vice president of LGH and chief nursing officer; Patrick W. Gandy Jr., executive vice president of LGH and chief executive officer of Lafayette General Medical Center, and Dr. F. King Alexander, president of LSU cut the ribbon on the newly renovated 7,700 square foot area at Lafayette General Orthopedic Hospital that will house LSUE’s nursing and surgical technology classrooms and laboratories. (LSUE photo)

LSU president opens LSUE-LGH classrooms, labs

Dr. F. King Alexander, president of LSU, joined the administration of LSU Eunice and Lafayette General Health to cut the ribbon on the newly renovated classroom and clinical laboratory space at Lafayette General Orthopedic Hospital for LSUE’s nursing and surgical technology programs on Jan. 10.

Audit projects Basile to run of out of money in February

A recent audit of the town of Basile’s finances has resulted in a proposal by the state’s legislative auditor to meet with the town’s mayor, police chief, and mayor pro-tempore to discuss long term and short options to remedy the town’s financial shortfalls.
In a letter addressed to Mayor Mark Denette and Chief of Police Allen Ivory, Jr., the legislative auditor, Eric Sloan, said, “The audit shows that revenue and expenditure trends in the current and prior two fiscal years (2017 and 2018) show that the Town cannot sustain its current operations with available funding.”

Interim LSUE Chancellor Dr. William Crowe addresses the Dec. 14 commencement. Crowe became interim chancellor on Dec. 3. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Interim LSUE chancellor is taking the long view

Interim LSUE Chancellor Dr. William Crowe is taking the long view of his job that began Dec. 3.
Crowe, 65, came out of retirement to take the chancellor’s job after Kimberly Russell left to become vice president for advancement at Texas Woman’s University.
Russell took the LSUE post in July 2015 coming from Tyler (Texas) Junior College.
In one of those world as a small place moments, Crowe was once president of the two-year Tyler college and Russell worked for him.

St. Landry Parish sales tax revenues rose 4.5% in 2018 over 2017

Total St. Landry Parish sales tax revenue rose 4.5 percent in 2018 over the 2017 total, according to statistics released by the St. Landry Parish School Board Sales Tax Division.
The year-end tally was $68,841,515, up $2,973,612 over the 2017 total.
That’s probably a record for local sales tax collections in St. Landry Parish. Collections for previous years include $66.1 million in 2015; $64.7 million in 2016; and $$65.9 million in 2017.

Eddie Thibodeaux, St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s chief deputy

Neighborhood watch meeting planned at Liberty

In the wake of a fatal shooting in late December, a meeting to establish a neighborhood watch in Eunice is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Liberty Theater.
The panel will address concerns from citizens and as a group work on ideas and tactics to help each other solve, deter and fight crime in their neighborhoods, a news release from Eddie Thibodeaux, St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s chief deputy.
Thibodeaux also serves as the St. Landry Crime Stoppers coordinator.

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