From The Eunice News files

The following are from the April 1997 files of The Eunice. News.
Mayor Kenneth Peart called a meeting of Eunice organizations to discuss creating a retirement community.
Ira Richard was in a photo making a donation to help with advertising about a tax proposal to fund the police department. With Richard was Lt. Bruce Vige.
Joe Bertrand, past president of the Acadian Shrine Club, handed over the gavel to new president, Gerald Bergeron.

A team of researchers from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette worked to count the crowd at the Lafayette Mardi Gras. (Photo by Doug Dugas/University of Louisiana at Lafayette)

Mardi Gras math: UL Lafayette researchers tally parade crowd size

A team of researchers from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette who attended the city’s recent Mardi Gras King’s Parade wasn’t interested in catching beads or doubloons.
It was after data.
The group of four, which included students and postdoctoral researchers, fanned out along the parade route. The floats rolled from near the intersection of Jefferson, Surrey and Simcoe streets, and ended near Cajun Field. The researchers walked along the entire 4-mile route.

Dr. J. Bret Becton

Becton named UL Lafayette Moody College business dean

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette announced Thursday that Dr. J. Bret Becton will serve as the next dean of the B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration. His appointment is effective July 1, pending approval of the UL System Board of Supervisors.
“Dr. Becton has an accomplished career and we are looking forward to his strategic leadership of the Moody College of Business,” said University President Dr. E. Joseph Savoie.

Rep. Steve Carter introduces House Bill 632 in the House’s Chamber on Tuesday. (Photo by Sarah Gamard/ Manship School News Service)

17-cent-a-gallon gas tax increase bill filed

Rep. Steve Carter, R-Baton Rouge, filed, as promised, House Bill 632 Tuesday, which would increase Louisiana’s gas tax by 17 cents per gallon and would raise an estimated additional $510 million annually for the state’s highways and bridges.
“Across Louisiana, our infrastructure is crumbling,” Carter said off the floor. “The citizens of this state are sick of being stuck in traffic, and they want bold solutions that improve safety, quality of life and economic productivity, which this bill provides.”

A six-pack of Bayou Bengal. (Photo by Sarah Gamard/ Manship School News Service)

Senator wants to ban college beer deals

A contentious proposal in the Louisiana House of Representatives by a Shreveport lawmaker would prohibit a state institution of higher learning from allowing its name or symbol to be affixed to an alcoholic beverage.
This has ramification for both the microbreweries and the schools. The controversy even caught the attention of Gov. John Bel Edwards, who weighed into the brew-ha-ha Thursday.


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