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District 42 Representative John Stefanski (standing right) fields a question during Wednesday’s Community Update Meeting at Estherwood Elementary. Also standing before the audience are, from left, OneAcadia’s Laurie Suire and Bill Oliver with DOTD.

Ward Five residents vent frustration

A Community Update Meeting was held in the Estherwood Elementary auditorium Wednesday night, to give residents who have been hoping for over a decade to replace the Pontoon Bridge on Hwy. 91 a voice to vent their concerns.
The bridge has been a source of frustration for many years due to how often it closes down when heavy storms saturate the area with water.

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Doris Musick of Swartz paints an altar at the Acadian Baptist Center in Richard as part of Campers on Mission. (Photo by Myra Miller)

Seniors camp with a mission

The Acadian Baptist Center, near Richard, has served as host for Campers on Mission for the past 25 years. Each year, normally in October, the Acadian Baptist Center grounds has many volunteers from all parts of Louisiana pull up in RVs and campers and stay for one week to work.
Campers on Mission (COM) is a national fellowship of Christian campers who share their faith while they camp. Membership is open to Christian campers of all denominations and requires no membership fees, only a willingness to join other campers in fellowship and service.

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School employees getting a Christmas bonus

Following a patriotic program to honor veterans serving in the St. Landry Parish school system, the School Board added to the festivities by approving a Christmas bonus for its employees.
Full-time employees will receive a $1,000 bonus and substitutes will get $250 in December.
The School Board was unanimous in approving the bonus. Board member Candace Gerace was absent.
The School Board’s Finance Committee sent a recommendation for a bonus of $750 for full-time employees and $200 for substitutes. However, there was disagreement on the committee about the bonus.

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The St. Landry Parish Government budget was discussed Wednesday at a meeting in the Old City Market in Opelousas. From left, are Amanda Cain, parish finance director, and Bill Fontenot, parish president. Another budget meeting is scheduled at 5 p.m. Thursday. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

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St. Landry Parish Council Administrative-Finance Committee members, from left, Timmy Lejeune, Ken Marks and Wayne Ardoin, chairman, discuss the parish’s budget at a meeting Wednesday in the Old City Market in Opelousas. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

Will the parish be able to save $300,000 next year?

A year ago St. Landry Parish Government faced ending the year with a $670,000 deficit in its general fund.
Fast forward to the Nov. 1 Administrative-Finance Committee and Amanda Cain, finance director, declared she wants to save $300,000 in a contingency fund in 2018. And, she says she wants to do that for five years to tuck away $1.5 million.
Recently the Parish Council approved a $1.5 million line of credit with Washington State Bank to help bridge the gap between expenditures and revenues which land on the books after the first of the year.

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St. Landry Parish School Superintendent Patrick Jenkins, left, places a pin on George Soileau at a meeting of the School Board Thursday in which employees who served in the armed forces were recognized. Soileau served in the Air Force from 1954 to 1957. Soileau went on to teach at Highland Elementary from 1962 to 1969. He then went to Happy Hill Elementary in Eunice as a teacher in 1969. He became the school’s principal after two weeks and served as principal for 19 years during which time the school became East Elementary. Soileau ended his education career in 1994 as a media services supervisor. About 44 veterans were recognized at the meeting. Additional photo from Thursday’s meeting is on Page 14. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

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St. Landry Parish School Superintendent Patrick Jenkins, center, places a pin on Harry Jerry of Opelousas. Jerry, a Korean War veteran who served in the Army from 1950 to 1953, was among the school employees who were recognized for the military service. Jenkins served as a major in the Army National Guard. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

School Board calls tax election

Without comment, the St. Landry Parish School Board voted unanimously to place two tax propositions on the March 24 ballot at its meeting Thursday at the Opelousas Civic Center.
There will be an 11.4-mill, 10-year property tax proposal to raise $7 million annually to fund pay raises.
The other proposal is a 20-year, 12.4-mill tax to fund a $99 million bond issue for capital improvements.


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