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A Texas Water Safari boat zips down Bayou Teche in the 2015 Tour du Teche. The “Big Boat” class, meaning boats with crews of three or more, is one of three categories racing in the inaugural Lower Atchafalaya Sprint in Patterson on Sept. 9. (Photo by Sandy Yonley)

Lower Atchfalaya River race planned

A Texas Water Safari boat zips down Bayou Teche in the 2015 Tour du Teche. The “Big Boat” class, meaning boats with crews of three or more, is one of three categories racing in the inaugural Lower Atchafalaya Sprint in Patterson on Sept. 9. (Photo by Sandy Yonley)
Lower Atchafalaya sprints Sept. 9

ACT scores on the rise in state

ACT scores for public high school students in 2017 rose by a record number, but in St. Landry Parish the scores failed to meet the state average and showed a decline from the 2012 results.
In the state, the students posted the fourth straight year of growth in the state’s public high school average ACT score, now at 19.6. The average score was 19.1 in 2013, the first year in which all public school graduates completed the ACT.
Scoring 18 or higher generally allows graduates admission to college without the need to retake high school classes.

Eunice sales tax collections lag behind

Eunice sales tax collections continue to lag behind those of 2016, according to statistics from the St. Landry Parish School Board Sales Tax Division.
From January through July sales tax collections totaled $3,121,336, down 0.8 percent from the $3,147,369 collected in the same period in 2016.
Eunice sales tax collections in July were $448,314, down 1.7 percent compared to the $459,112 collected in July 2016.
A bright spot for Eunice sales tax collection is they rose $16,816 in July from June’s $431,498 — a 3.9 percent increase.

The Maple Avenue bridge at the intersection with Bobcat Drive is expected to be completed by late November to early December, according to Alderman Marion “Nootsie” Sattler. Sattler said he spoke with state Department of Transportation and Development officials recently about the bridge on the west side of Eunice. The work is to include widening the drainage channel from 40 to 60 feet to about 100 feet wide. The bridge deck is to be about 80 feet east of the previous deck. The work included easing a 90-degree turn in the channel to about a 45-degree turn, he said. The work may help alliviate flooding along the Richard Gully.The photos were taken Wednesday morning. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

When will the Maple Avenue bridge be completed

The Maple Avenue bridge at the intersection with Bobcat Drive is expected to be completed by late November to early December, according to Alderman Marion “Nootsie” Sattler. Sattler said he spoke with state Department of Transportation and Development officials recently about the bridge on the west side of Eunice. The work is to include widening the drainage channel from 40 to 60 feet to about 100 feet wide. The bridge deck is to be about 80 feet east of the previous deck. The work included easing a 90-degree turn in the channel to about a 45-degree turn, he said.

U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson

U.S. representative to hold town hall meetings in Eunice, Ville Platte

U.S. representative to hold town hall in Eunice, Ville Platte
U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson of the 4th District plans town hall meetings in Eunice and Ville Platte.
Johnson’s town hall in Eunice will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Aug. 23 in the Eunice City Council Chambers, 300 S. 2nd St.
On Aug. 30, Johnson will hold a town hall from 3 to 4 p.m. at the North Side Civic Center, 704 N. Soileau St., Ville Platte.

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