Parish, city sales tax collections rebound

St. Landry Parish and Eunice sales tax collections posted increases in September, according to a report from the St. Landry Parish School Board Sales Tax Division.
Eunice sales tax collections have been struggling to reach levels for the previous years, but the September report shows a turnaround.
Eunice sales tax collections from January through September were $4,011,965, up 1.1 percent or $45,130 from the same period in 2016.
That compares to January through August when sales tax collections were down 0.4 percent or $15,125 from the same period in 2016.

The St. Landry Parish School Board learned about the LSUE Academy at its meeting Thurday in Opelousas. From left, are Sondra Cormier, Academy director, with students Sophie Guillory of Port Barre High School, Taylor Johnson of Port Barre High School, Brent Sonnier of Eunice High School, Carson Doyle of Port Barre High School, Natalie Albert of Port Barre High School, and Malik Guillory of Northwest High School. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)


Six of the 64 high school students enrolled in the LSUE Academy were introduced at the St. Landry Parish School Board meeting Thursday.
LSUE Chancellor Kimberly Russell explained that the LSUE Academy is about six weeks old and has 22 students from St. Landry Parish public schools.
The enrollment is open to St. Landry, Acadia and Evangeline parish students, she said. 
“Basically, it provides a collegiate setting for students to receive academic programs that are college level,” she said.

From The Eunice News files

The following are from the October 1996 files of The Eunice News.
About 200 residents were vowing a fight over “low-rent” housing on West Maple Avenue. There was a report that a letter had been sent to the state Housing Finance Agency stating the city government had no objections to the project, which was named Sweetridge Apartments.
New Kiwanis Club officers were James Tucker, secretary; Steve Ortego, treasurer; Randall Vigee, president; Dan Fontenot, president-elect; and Clint Bischoff, assistant secretary.

From left, Jacob Bergeron, Robert Johnson and Launey Patton Griffith at Thursday'sEconomic Development Committee meeting at the Eunice Municipal Complex. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Economic panel looks at website, branding

During its second meeting, the newly formed Economic Development Committee heard from Mayor Scott Fontenot about some of his goals.
Fontenot handed out copies of a “Strategic Plan for Community Growth’ believed to have been written during Lynn LeJeune’s term as mayor and asked the committee to review it.
“I’ve learned over the last couple of studies I’ve went through, you can take a plan that you already have and go back and review, and tweak it. And, they encourage that they do that every two to five years,” he said.
Goals in the plan were:

Property donation is on city’s agenda

A possible donation of property to the city is on the Eunice Board of Aldermen’s agenda for the Tuesday meeting at the Eunice Municipal Complex.
Bill Thompson, code enforcement officer, said Travis Wood, owner of a house at 651 East Magnolia, which has been damaged by a fire, said he would be interested in donating the property to the city.
Vernon McManus, city attorney, said if the city does not take the property than it would go through the normal process that may end in condemnation in a years-long process.


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