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Parish on track to cut 17 employees

St. Landry Parish Government is on track to cut 17 jobs as part of a plan to bring spending in line with revenue.
Parish President Bill Fontenot said nine people were off the payroll as of Wednesday’s Administrative-Finance Committee meeting.
Another six jobs will be eliminated within seven days, he said.
Some of the employees were eligible for retirement and others have leave time, which had to be cleared from the books, he said.
The staff reduction is part of plan to deal with an operating deficit, which was projected to be about $700,000 at the end of 2016.

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Recreation interests pushed change in leadership at LDWF

After a year of fighting the former wildlife and fisheries secretary on a number of fronts, recreational interests are hopeful for 2017 as state Rep. Jack Montoucet of Crowley takes over the top hunting and fishing regulatory job in Louisiana.
Montoucet, an alligator farmer by trade and a former fire chief, replaces Charlie Melancon, who was forced out of the secretary position after getting crossways on red snapper management issues with the Edwards Administration, Congressman Garret Graves, the Louisiana chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association and others.

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J.D. Soileau stands on the front porch of his truly remarkable bousillage (mud made from a mixture of moss, dirt and water) house in Point Blue. Soileau was given the home, which is roughly 180 years old, by Woodrow Veillon in 1992 and he has since then filled it with antiques he has collected over the years. (Ville Platte Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

Point Blue bousilage house is a living museum

By Elizabeth West
Ville Platte Gazette
POINT BLUE — There is a unique home that brings life to a part of the beloved French history and culture of Evangeline Parish.
Positioned right along Bayou des Cannes in Point Blue is a bousillage (mixture of clay and moss) house that is roughly 180 years old, which through its fine details provides a glimpse into the unbelievable craftmanship of the home’s builders — a Chataignier family.
In 1992, this home fell into the hands of J.D. Soileau — a man who has a passion for collecting antiques.

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Water covers La. 757 (North Bobcat Drive) in Eunice after flooding rains on Aug. 13. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

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Newly elected Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot, center of photo, celebrated his victory at Ruby’s on March 5. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Top stories from 2016

Flooding in August was the top story for the Eunice area.
But there were several other stories that grabbed attention and the front page.
The articles were researched on NewsBank, which contains archives of Eunice News stories since 2008. NewsBank is accessible at


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