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Acadia School Board budget OK’d

As far as the Acadia Parish School Board’s Budget and Finance Committee is concerned, the door can be closed on the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 budgets.
Both the final revisions to the 2016-2017 budget and the expenditures and revenue projections for the 2017-2018 budget earned favorable recommendations to the full board ahead of its July meeting.
At one point, both budgets were hefty deficits, however, with much work and due diligence those numbers are now near the $1 million range.

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Acadia School Board hears about preparation for next school year

The Acadia Parish School Board learned that Student Transportation Specialists is already readying itself for the 2017-2018 school year.
Less than three weeks after school was dismissed for the summer, STS employees have been busy cleaning and providing maintenance to the Acadia Parish school district fleet, which has already seen new buses roll in.

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Darrel J. Papillion

Papillion is among Bar Association leadership

The Louisiana State Bar Association’s 2017-18 officers and members of the Board of Governors were installed June 8, in conjunction with the LSBA’s Annual Meeting in Destin, Florida.
Darrel J. Papillion, of Eunice, a partner in the Baton Rouge law firm Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, L.L.C., will continue his service to the LSBA as 2017-18 immediate past president.
Barry H. Grodsky, a partner in the New Orleans law firm Taggart Morton, L.L.C., was installed as 2017-18 president-elect. He will assume the presidency in 2018-19.

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Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot listens to the program at the regional meeting of Keep Louisiana Beautiful held on the LSUE campus Wednesday. (Photo by Myra Miller)

Keep Louisiana Beautiful shows new website

Keep Louisiana Beautiful held its regional meeting in Eunice at LSU Eunice campus on Wednesday at the Acadian Center.
Donna Baltakis, director of Keep Eunice Beautiful, said it is the second time the city of Eunice served as the host for the event.
Baltakis, along with other Eunice KEB representatives, and Mayor Scott Fontenot were among the attendees. Those representing the city included Andrea West, Connie Thibodeaux and Fran Guillory.

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Live oaks provide a canopy in front of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Eunice on Thursday. The Rev. Dustin Dought is walking below the live oaks. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

‘What a splendid possession’

There’s no record of what the ancient settlers of Louisiana thought about Louisiana’s live oaks, but poets and travelers have written about their majesty and beauty since they first arrived with pen and paper.


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