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Richard LeBouef, executive director of the St. Landry Parish Solid Waste Commission, talks about moving from twice-weekly garbage collection in municipalities to once-a-week pickup at the St. Landry Parish Council Public Works Committee on Wednesday. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Twice weekly garbage collection may end for St. Landry's municipal residents

Twice-weekly residential garbage collection in St. Landry Parish’s municipalities may revert to once-a-week by the end of the year.
Richard LeBouef, executive director of the Solid Waste Commission, presented the proposed change to the St. Landry Parish Council’s Public Works Committee on Wednesday.
“I’m on a fact-finding mission,” he said.
Since the parish voters approved an 0.8 percent sales tax to pay for a solid waste collection and disposal system in the parish, municipal residents have received twice-a-week collection.

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Justin Glenn Thompson, 40, of Hineston

Louisiana man arrested after intense multistate investigation

Thanks to a five-month investigation by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Rangers and Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Brand Inspectors, a Louisiana man is behind bars on three felony cattle theft charges out of Texas.
TSCRA Special Rangers Larry Hand and Bo Fox were in Louisiana Tuesday as LDAF brand inspectors arrested Justin Glenn Thompson, 40, of Hineston. Thompson was subsequently booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail where he remains while awaiting extradition to Texas.

Coastal passenger rail reemerging

The federal government is directing $4.3 million toward the Gulf Coast to restore an active passenger rail service that once transported Louisiana to and from neighboring states.
The Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration awarded the money to the Southern Rail Commission, on which Louisiana has a seat, to get the intercity project up and running.

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Official T-shirts marking Eunice’s 125th anniversary are on sale at City Hall and will be available for $15 at the celebration on Sept. 14. J.D. Bank sponsored and donated the T-shirts. Displaying the T-shirts are, from left, Kitty Jo Deshotel, vice president, branch manager and committee chairperson of Eunice celebration; and Mayor Scott Fontenot. (Photo by Myra Miller)

AC outage won’t stop celebration’s final performance

The air conditioning breakdown and closing of the Liberty Theater is casting a shadow on one of the top events scheduled for city’s 125th anniversary celebration.
The Grammy-award-winning band, the Pine Leaf Boys, is scheduled to perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Liberty Theater.
The $20 ticket price was intended to help pay for day’s music, Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot said.
The repair or replacement is at the expense of the National Park Service, he said.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, in 2009 presented $20,000 and their Angel Award to the late Jean McManus,left, of Eunice, whose dedication and efforts to bring the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to the children of Eunice inspired many others to support the program. At right is former first lady Supriya Jindal.

Hospital, United Way to celebrate library

Ten years ago, Acadian Medical Center, partnered with St. Landry-Evangeline United Way to distribute Dolly Parton Imagination Library enrollment forms in the hospital’s maternity ward and waiting areas.
The effort helped establish the state’s first Dolly Parton Imagination Library provide books and information to parents of newborns.
After a decade, St. Landry-Evangeline United Way, as the Imagination Library affiliate for St. Landry and Evangeline parishes, has provided over 100,000 free and age-appropriate books to about 3,000 local children.

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