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LSUE Chancellor Kim Russell

LSUE employees to receive pay raise

For the first time in eight years, The 243 employees at LSUE are getting a 4 percent pay raise, Chancellor Kim Russell said Thursday at a Eunice Kiwanis Club meeting.
“The only reason we are able to do that is really due to the financial stability of the institution now,” she said at the meeting on Thursday.
Russell also credits the increase in enrollment and help from legislators, the governor’s office that “... really allowed us to have this freedom to be able to do that so that can continue to attract and retain quality faculty and staff on campus.”

From The Eunice News files

The following are from the August 1994 files of The Eunice News.
Lou Brown, secretary at St. Edmund Elementary, was presented the Employee of the Month award by the Eunice Rotary Club. Presenting the award were Rodney Sonnier, club president, and Myra Burson, club member and St. Edmund Elementary School principal.

A combine harvests rice near Crowley. This year’s crop won’t set any records after a growing season with excess rainfall that has stretched into the harvest, making field conditions difficult to cut rice. Farmers in who have not finished harvesting their crop are anxiously watching Hurricane Harvey. (Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter)

Hurricane threatens balance of Louisiana rice harvest

The 2017 rice harvest is wrapping up in south Louisiana with overall results considered fair because of unfavorable weather, but an approaching tropical storm could complicate getting the remaining crop out of the fields.
Steve Linscombe, director of the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station, said 2017 will not rank among the top yielding years. “We’re going to have an OK crop, but certainly not near a record yield,” he said.

Tri-Parish jobless rates fall

Unemployment rates in the Tri-Parish area declined from June and from a year ago in July, according to Bureau of Labor and Statistics information released by the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
St. Landry Parish’s jobless rate in July was 7.4 percent, down from 7.9 percent in June and 8.9 percent in July 2016.
Acadia Parish’s July jobless rate was 6.2 percent, down from 6.6 percent in June and 8 percent in July 2016.
Evangeline Parish’ unemployment rate in July was 6.7 percent, down from 6.9 percent in June and 8.3 percent in July 2016.

Sandbags available

Sandbags will be available for pickup to Eunice residents starting at 1 p.m. Friday until further noticeat the Northwest Community Center Pavilion, 651 Samuel Dr., Eunice, according to an announcement from Mayor Scott Fontenot.
This is a fill your own site. Sand and bags will be available. Residents will need to bring a shovel.
For more information, call the Mayor’s Office at 337-457-7389.

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