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Eunice Police Chief Randy Fontenot was at the swearing-in of Charles Guillory as Evangeline Parish Sheriff. From left, are Fontenot, Turkey Creek Police Chief Shawn Eckhart, Mamou Police Chief Brent Zackery, Guillory, Pine Prairie Police Chief L.C. Deshotel and Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue. (Photo by Tony Marks/Ville Platte Gazette)

Chiefs attend Evangeline Parish sheriff’s ceremony

Eunice Police Chief Randy Fontenot was at the swearing-in of Charles Guillory as Evangeline Parish Sheriff. From left, are Fontenot, Turkey Creek Police Chief Shawn Eckhart, Mamou Police Chief Brent Zackery, Guillory, Pine Prairie Police Chief L.C. Deshotel and Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue. (Photo by Tony Marks/Ville Platte Gazette)

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Three days left for early voting

St. Landry Parish voters have three more days of early voting, which ends Saturday.
At the end of voting Tuesday, 1,675 votes had been cast in St. Landry Parish. Of those votes, 483 were in person and 1,192 were absentee, according to the Secretary of State’s website.
The Presidential Preference Primary is on the ballot. Only Democrats and Republicans can cast a vote for the Presidential Preference Primary.
Grand Coteau voters will decide on a millage proposition for fire protection.
Hours for voting are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday.

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Jobless rates more than double from last year

Tri-Parish unemployment rates more than doubled in May compared to those of a year ago, showing the affect of the coronavirus on the job scene, according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
St. Landry Parish’s jobless rate in May was 12.8%, up from 5.6% in May 2019 in the not seasonally adjusted statistics.
Not seasonal employment numbers do not take into factors such as holidays, school and weather.
Acadia Parish’s unemployment rate in May was 10.7%, up from 4.8% in May 2019.

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Former Mayor Kenneth Peart, right, is with his grandson, Carter Cashen, with mortars used to launch fireworks. (Photo by Myra Miller)

Fireworks are a go for 4th

The July 4th fireworks show at the Eunice Recreation Complex is scheduled at 9 p.m. Saturday and normally lasts for 30 minutes.
Kenneth Peart, former mayor and Eunice’s expert pyrotechnist, said a grand finale of fireworks is planned. The finale will be bigger and even better than last year’s, he said.
“This year’s fireworks will be something to see and it’s finale will be even better than before.”
This year’s event will have something special added to the normal shells fired and this year there will be more than 3,000 shells fired.

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Rep. Jerome Zeringue, R-Houma, helped create the state budget as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. (Photo by Elizabeth Garner/LSU Manship School News Service)

$34B state budget cuts funding to colleges

Lawmakers agreed Tuesday on a $34 billion state budget that provides hundreds of millions for businesses hurt by the COVID-19 shutdown but freezes $60 million in pay raises for state employees and cuts funding for colleges that also are struggling financially.
As a 30-day special session was nearing an end, the House agreed to a Senate proposal to temporarily set aside the pay raises for state employees and review in November whether tax collections had rebounded enough to provide them.

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