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LSU AgCenter coastal ecologist Andy Nyman shows reporters how the network of roots from Roseau cane holds marsh soil in place. (Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter)

Scale insect attacking coastal vegetation

Finding a solution to controlling an insect that threatens the key vegetation in coastal Louisiana will require extensive research by the LSU AgCenter working with several other state agencies that met on June 14 to give an update on the problem.
The potential threat, and the LSU AgCenter plan for the research to devise a solution, were outlined for state and national media at the meeting.

DA eyes temp job

How long is “temporary?”
Unfortunately, there is no etched-in-stone definition, according to District Attorney Keith Stutes.
And that appears to be a problem with some members of the Acadia Parish Police Jury as it concerns Donna Bertrand’s appointment as “designated secretary-treasurer.”
Back in February, when parish Secretary-Treasurer Laura Faul announced she was leaving that position one year into her two-year term, jurors were all set to appoint an interim to complete the unexpired term, which ends Dec. 31.

Cleco offers storm preparation tips

A tropical storm warning has been issued for Louisiana which includes parts of Cleco’s service territory.
Cleco crews, along with contractor crews, are on stand-by, prepared to respond to possible weather related outages.
“We are closely monitoring weather reports,” said James Lass, general manager of distribution operations and emergency management. “Our crews and equipment are ready to respond, and we ask our customers to prepare, as well.”
Cleco storm preparation and safety tips:

Evangeline Parish Sheriff Eddie Soileau

Evangeline Parish sheriff pays $1M loan, ends fiscal year with surplus

Just two and a half months after paying off a $1 million loan, Evangeline Parish Sheriff Eddie Soileau adopted a budget that reflects a major financial turn around from last September when the sheriff declared his department was broke.
During a public hearing on June 15, the sheriff revealed that his office has ended this fiscal year with a $849,186 surplus.
Concerning this surplus, the sheriff stated, “In all of my years I have never seen a number like this before. Since I started, $600,000 was a good number. This looks good.”

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