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DOTD chief says project backlog is $13.4B

Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn Wilson said the construction backlog for the state now stands at $13.4 billion, which is an increase from where it stood when he was first took over the department in January 2016.
“People need to understand the backlog is really unmet needs on our system today,” Wilson said in an episode of The LaPolitics Report that will be released this week.
So what does that include? According to Wilson it’s the lanes of transportation that take you to and from work and school and all points in between.

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St. Thomas More Catholic Church’s annual Fall Festival starts Friday and continues Saturday and Sunday. On Tuesday afternoon carnival fair rides were in the process of being set up on the church grounds. Jacob Davis, left, and Valerie Sittig, take a ‘pit stop’ to check out a ride before attending religion classes. (Photo by Myra Miller)

St. Thomas More Church Fall Festival this weekend

The annual St. Thomas More Catholic Church Fall Festival is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The family-oriented fun event begins from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, the festival will open from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m., and Sunday the festivities are from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
A variety of food will be sold at the festival. There will be barbecue sandwiches, chicken tenders, corn dogs, hot dogs, coffee, cokes, french fries, fried fish, fried shrimp, fried Oreo cookies, frozen casseroles, funnel cakes, gumbo, nachos, sausage po-boys, shrimp etouffee and much more.

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Bill Rodier, St. Landry Economic Development Board executive director, explains the development of a strategic plan for St. Landry Parish public schools. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Economic group to help pay for parish school strategic plan

The St. Landry Economic Development Board voted to share in the cost of a strategic plan for the St. Landry Parish School Board.
On Tuesday, the Board approved sharing the $115,800 cost with Vision St. Landry, the School Board and the Greater Opelousas Economic and Industrial Devolopment Council.
Bill Rodier, executive director of the economic development group, said approving the money, “... sends a message to St. Landry Parish that schools matter to the business community. It sends a message to the School Board that schools matter.”

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Kent Brown has been chosen as the 2017 Farmer of the Year by the International Rice Festival, according to Suzy Webb, festival president. This year’s festival dates are Oct. 19 to 22.

Kent Brown is Rice Festival Rice Farmer of the Year

Kent Brown has been chosen as the 2017 Farmer of the Year by the International Rice Festival, according to Suzy Webb, festival president. This year’s festival dates are Oct. 19 to 22.
Brown was born and raised in the small rural community of Hathaway, just north of Jennings, in Jeff Davis Parish. His parents, Harold and Ruth Brown, and his three brothers, Craig, Ricky, and Steven, lived on the Brown family farm.

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The Eunice Rotary Club announced Wednesday that it is giving $20,000 to the Eunice Community Health Clinic. The presentation at the club’s meeting noted the money comes equally from its golf tournament and triathlon. From left, are Donnie Richard, club member; Glen Michaud, clinic board treasurer; Kathy Moore; Nickie Toups, club member; Alisha Ardoin Morein, clinic pharmacy technician; David Reed, club member; and Bob Fontenot, club president. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Eunice Rotarians donate $20,000 to free health care clinic

The Eunice Community Health Clinic received a $20,000 contribution from the Eunice Rotary Club on Wednesday.
The free health clinic serves more than 400 people a month with primary health and a pharmacy, said Yancy Fontenot, the center’s executive director.
The $20,000 came equally from the club’s Zydeco Tri-athlon and a new golf tournament held in August at Koasati Pines at Coushatta.

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