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New playground equipment was being installed Friday at the Southeast Neighborhood Center. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Playground equipment installed at Southeast Neighborhood Center

The Southeast Neighborhood Center is getting a $50,000 playground unit, which may be completely installed this week.
Mayor Scott Fontenot said the equipment meets the latest safety standards and includes slides, stairs, swings, benches and other features.
“My goal is to get all our parks up to today’s standards. They haven’t been touched in years,” he said.
The playground equipment at Southeast was planned about four years ago and it was in the 2015 budget, but was delayed until now, he said.

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St Landry Parish Veteran Funeral Honor Guard seeks support

The foundation has been set for a St Landry Parish Veteran Funeral Honor Guard and now it needs donations to become a reality, according to Lincoln “Link” Savoie, coordinator.
Savoie has talked about the honor guard at a St. Landry Parish Council and each of the 12 municipal meetings in the parish. He’s gone to veterans groups and talked to about anyone who would listen about the formation of an honor guard to pay tribute to veterans.

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Education tax credit sunset

State Sen. Morrell, D-New Orleans, has pre-filed a bill for the 2017 regular session that eliminates what he calls a ““really obscure, weird” tax credit in Louisiana. He hopes it will free up money to fund early childhood and college scholarships instead.
The bill sunsets the state’s individual income tax education credit. In other words, if signed into law this spring, it would discontinue a tax credit that gives $18 to eligible families for each child that has attended kindergarten through 12th grade for at least part of the year.

Opelousas Lighthouse Mission plans expansion

The Opelousas Lighthouse Mission in partnership with the St. Landry Chamber of Commerce will break ground for the Mission’s new 64-bed dorm and office facility at 704 W. South Street in Opelousas at 10 a.m. March 31.
The public is invited to join the groundbreaking celebration and enjoy a meet and greet with community leaders and staff.

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