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Jeremy Alford

Rural jobs bill unites unlikely political allies

In what could be described as an exercise in star-crossed politics, the left-leaning Louisiana Budget Project and the right-leaning Americans For Prosperity officially joined forces on Monday to oppose the creation of a rural jobs tax credit.
Special interests and lawmakers alike have become more protective in recent years about the use of taxpayer money for such incentives, with Louisiana’s government struggling through one budget shortfall after another.

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St. Landry Parish School Board member Mary Ellen Donatto, left, listens to Superintendent Patrick Jenkins at a special meeting on May 22 in Opelousas. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

School Board continues steps to tax vote

The St. Landry Parish School is continuing to take steps that may result in a Spring 2018 tax election to pay for a capital improvement plan.
The board’s Building, Lands and Sites Committee gave the greenlight for Superintendent Patrick Jenkins to engage Volkert Inc., an engineering company, to conduct a facility assessment.
Initially, the School Board was to pay $7,000 per building, but the cost is now $5,000, Jenkins said the Wednesday meeting.
Jenkins said demographer Michael Hefner is studying the school district’s attendance zones.

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Volunteers from Keep Eunice Beautiful and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Citywide Community Committee cleaned up a lot on Martin Luther King Drive on May 20. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Project removes debris from MLK Jr. property

The first “Neighbor Helping Neighbor” cleanup sponsored by Keep Eunice Beautiful in conjunction with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Citywide Community Committee and many community supporters, volunteers, churches, businesses, the City of Eunice and the Eunice Police Department took place on May 20. 

Smoked Meat Festival scheduled June 2-3

Bob Manuel presented Renee Brown and Samantha Guillory from Viande Boucanee, Inc., to the Ville Platte Rotary Club who discussed the 25th annual Louisiana Smoked Meat Festival scheduled June 2-3.
“We moved our festival up an entire month,” Brown said. “Everyone’s been asking for a long time to consider this because of the temperature. The weather is extremely hot. Last year when we happened to be working out at the festival grounds at the beginning of June we realized it was actually a little cooler.”

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From The Eunice News file

The following are from May 2002 files of The Eunice News.
Former Eunice mayor and state representative Curtis Joubert received the LSUE University Medal in commencement ceremonies on May 25.
Eunice High School softball team award winners included Leslie Daigle, sportsmanship; Emily Deshotel, coaches’ award; Marcia Allison, outstanding offensive player; Naomi Marcantel, outstanding defensive player; and Lauren Fontenot, academic award and Lady Cat award.


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