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People watch a partial eclipse in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on March 20, 2015.
Credits: Robin Cordiner. NASA photo.

Arboretum to hold eclipse event

Weather permitting; the Louisiana State Arboretum will hold an eclipse viewing of the Great American Eclipse on Monday.
Viewing of the eclipse will take place from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the nature center.
Staff will provide information on eclipses along with games and crafts. Groups are encouraged to contact the park, in advance, to plan their visit during the eclipse.

Deadline set to claim tax refunds

Millions of dollars in state income tax refunds will become unclaimed property if taxpayers don’t claim them by Sept. 6.
The Louisiana Department of Revenue sent letters to 9,500 taxpayers advising them to claim the refunds before they are transferred by law to the Unclaimed Property Division of the state treasurer’s office. The letters are dated July 21.
The total amount of unclaimed refunds involved is $8.6 million. It includes refunds issued on or before June 30, 2016.

State Sen. Eric Lafleur, a bond attorney, explains how a line of credit will work for St. Landry Parish Government at a Parish Council meeting Wednesday in Opelousas. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Parish Council approves credit plan

The St. Landry Parish Council approved obtaining a line of credit of up to $1.5 million from Washington State Bank.
The credit line is to end a practice of moving money from account to account and sometimes using dedicated funds.
The measure passed 10-2 with Council members Alvin Stelly voting “No” and Nancy Carriere abstaining.
Parish President Bill Fontenot said, “Basically, we would like to do our accounting in a more transparent and appropriate way of business.”

Early voting is coming to Eunice

Early voting will be held at the Eunice Municipal Complex for the Oct. 14 election.
This will be the first time early voting has occurred outside of the parish courthouse, according to St. Landry Parish Clerk of Court Charles Jagneaux.
The St. Landry Parish Council approved the voting site at its meeting Wednesday in Opelousas.
Jagneaux said election officials have been working about three months on locating early voting in Eunice.
Early voting for the Oct. 14 election will be Sept. 30, through Oct. 7.

Eunice City Court Judge Terry Hoychick

Judge says drugs are the core of crime

Eunice City Court Judge Terry Hoychick pointed to drugs as the underlying cause of crime.
But he also notes many people do not know there is another way to live other than what they are doing.
“I saw people that come into city court, and I still see every day, they simply don’t know there is a different way to live life then what they have been given,” he said at the Eunice Rotary Club on Wednesday.
Hoychick, who took office in January 2015, says it was God telling him to seek election to the office.

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