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Acadia Police Jury budget includes 10% pay cut for employees

A 2017 budget that includes cuts in pay and even the termination of one parish-paid employee was adopted by the Acadia Parish Police Jury here Tuesday night.
Overall, the jury adopted a $31.4 million operating budget for the coming fiscal year. However, that figure includes numerous “dedicated” funds — money that can be used only for a specified purpose. The actual day-to-day operation of the parish is handled through the General Fund, which has a budget of $7.3 million for fiscal 2017.

Tri-parish vote echoes state, district results

Vote counts in state and district elections in the Tri-parish area tracked the totals in Saturday’s voting.
State Treasurer John Kennedy won the U.S. Senate post left open by the retirement of Sen. David Vitter. Kennedy, a Republican, defeated Democrat and PSC Commissioner Foster Campbell with 61 percent of the vote.
In election results from the secretary of state’s website, Kenedy’s total was 536,204 votes to Campbell’s $347,813.
In St. Landry Parish, Kennedy tallied 54 percent or 7,897 votes to Campbell’s 6,853.

Tri-parish vote echoes state, district results

Vote counts in state and district elections in the Tri-parish area tracked the totals in Saturday’s voting.
State Treasurer John Kennedy won the U.S. Senate post left open by the retirement of Sen. David Vitter. Kennedy, a Republican, defeated Democrat and PSC Commissioner Foster Campbell with 61 percent of the vote.
In election results from the secretary of state’s website, Kenedy’s total was 536,204 votes to Campbell’s $347,813.
In St. Landry Parish, Kennedy tallied 54 percent or 7,897 votes to Campbell’s 6,853.

Dorothy Mitchell

Chataignier parade is Sunday

Dorothy Mitchell will serve as grand marshal in the Chataignier Christmas Parade Sunday.
Chataignier Mayor Jackie Thomas said “I am honored to have her as Grand Marshal in our Christmas Parade because she has played an active part in the community for many years and spent time working closely with my father (Herman Malveaux), who was the former mayor (of Chataignier).
“We appreciate her serving as our Grand Marshal this year.”
The parade will begin at 3 p.m., and line up will be at 2:30 p.m. Prior to the parade, there will be a gumbo cookoff from 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

A 1950 model Mack fire truck in the Ville Platte Christmas parade.

Ville Platte holding its Christmas Parade Sunday

Grant Soileau has had some wild requests in the 25 years he has played Santa in the Ville Platte Christmas Parade.
Soileau said, “One little boy wanted a jet. I asked him what he was going to do with the jet since he didn’t know how to fly it. He told me he wanted to get it then he would learn how to fly it.
“A little girl told me she wanted a horse, and I asked her if she knew how to take care of it. She told me that you put them in a pasture, they eat grass and then you name it and when you call it by its name, it will come to you.”

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