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Rice is drill-seeded on the Lounsberry Farm near Lake Arthur in early March. Planting in south Louisiana is considerably ahead of the usual planting time because of warm weather. (Photos by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter)

Louisiana rice planting gets off to a good start

Louisiana rice farmers have taken advantage of warm weather to plant their 2017 crop exceptionally early.
“We had a lot of people that started planting in mid-February,” said Steve Linscombe, director of the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station.
Some farmers with large acreage had completed planting by the first week of March, Linscombe said, estimating that as much as 70 percent of the crop had been planted by March 28.

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City’s meeting agenda light

The agenda for Tuesday’s Eunice Board of Alderman meeting was light as of a meeting Thursday.
Aldermen will be asked to schedule a public hearing on May 9 as part of the process to roll forward property taxes.
The 2017 general alimony is to be adjusted from 6.59 to 6.77 mills. The street maintenance millage is to increase from 4.87 mills to 5 mills.
In St. Landry Parish, the increase form 2016 to 2017 amounts to $18,976 in St. Landry Parish and in Acadia Parish, $788. The total millage revenue will be $29,943 in Acadia Parish and $720,497 in St. Landry Parish.

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Sales tax report presents mixed picture

Sales tax revenue for Eunice and St. Landry Parish presented a mixed picture at the end of March, according to statistics from the St. Landry Parish School Board Sales Tax Division.
Eunice’s collections were off 3.6 percent from January through March compared to the same three months a year ago.
Eunice collections totaled $1,326,447 through March compared to $1,375,483 in 2016.
March revenue was $393,486, a 3.9 percent decrease from March 2016’s revenue of $409,281.
The March total was up 2.8 percent from February’s $382,807.

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A tour in 2015. (Submitted Photo)

Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society to meet

The Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society is to meet beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday for a tour of the Duralde Restored Prairie followed by a tour of the restored prairie at Eunice at 10 a.m.
Lunch will be at noon at Rocky’s Restaurant located at 1415 E. Laurel Ave., Eunice.

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Robert Johnson, Eunice recreation department director, stands just beyond first base on a field at the Eunice Recreation Complex. Johnson explained the use of the facility. The baseball and softball seasons open today. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Rec director explains field use policy

While the Eunice Recreation Complex is a public facility it operates under rules that preclude free use of the 10 fields off Sittig Road.
Restrictions on the use of the facility was questioned in a letter published Sunday in The Eunice News.
Robert Johnson, recreation director, said he and a committee approved by the Eunice Board of Aldermen set policy for the city’s parks.
In the case of the decade-old complex, “The facility is not necessarily open to the public to come and go as you please any time of the day or night, 24/7...” Johnson said.


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