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Eunice Police Chief Randy Fontenot, right, talks with Mingo Harrison as they waited for election returns at Nick’s On Second Tuesday. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Police chief sees possible opening to raise police pay

Eunice Police Chief Randy Fontenot sees hope in Tuesday’s election results that voters may be inclined to help his department with its pay issue.
“Hopefully, we can work with the city council now and see what we can do about getting our pay up to par with the rest of Acadiana so that we can be competitive in attracting good qualified officers and retain those that we have,” he said Wednesday morning.
Fontenot noted that he won re-election with 78 percent of the vote and Mayor Scott Fontenot earned 82 percent of the vote.

Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot, in white shirt, talks with Terry Fontenot and John Miller as they wait for election returns Tuesday. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Eunice mayor, police chief win big

Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot and Police Chief Randy Fontenot won re-election with overwhelming majorities in Tuesday’s election.
Scott Fontenot won 82 percent of the vote in defeating challenger Tim Smith.
With a 42 percent turnout, the incumbent garnered 2,141 votes to Smith’s 481.
The mayor was not available for comment Wednesday morning.
In the police chief race, Randy Fontenot won 78 percent and challenger Allarae “AJ” Frank had 22 percent of the vote. With a 43 percent turnout, Fontenot polled 2,097 votes to Frank’s 592.

Parish sales tax revenues rose 3.3% in year

Total St. Landry Parish sales tax revenue rose 3.3 percent from October 2017 to October 2018, according to statistics released by the St. Landry Parish School Board Sales Tax Division.
Through October, sales tax revenue totaled $58 million. The September sales tax total also reflected a 3.3 percent increase in the first nine months of the year.
The parish sales and use tax total includes collections for the parish government, School Board, solid waste, law enforcement, special tax districts and municipalities. The total does not include state collections.

Eunice Players' staging 'Southern Fried Funeral'

The Eunice Players’ Theatre will stage “Southern Fried Funeral,” directed by Amy Markle and Sharon Blankenship, in November. Showings are at 7 p.m. Nov. 7, 8, 10, 13, 16 and 17. The dinner theater showing will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 14. A matinee performance is scheduled at 2 p.m. Nov. 11. Cast members, from left, are Abigail Eaves, April Miller, Gabrielle Reed, Brett Faulkner, Caleb Delafosse, Nicole Roy, Shawn DArbonne, Jody Powell, Nathaniel Calrk, Johnny Deshotel and Kristi Burleigh. (Submitted photo.)

Big Mamou fire one of many

Practically any town built when most structures were made of wood and crowded close together has suffered a disastrous fire. Water supplies were often poor or non-existent, and volunteer firemen were usually ill-trained and ill-equipped.
All of those things may have contributed to the big fire in Mamou in November 1944, but there may have been another factor: Many of the young firefighters who usually made up the small town’s volunteer force were off at a bigger firefight called World War II.

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