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Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot

Public safety tax to start in October

A 0.25% tax to fund public safety pay raises is scheduled to begin in October and is projected to generate at least $500,000 a year.
The tax passed with 78% of the vote on May 4 in the election that drew 6,308 votes.
In recent weeks there has been questions raised on social media about the tax that have drawn Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot online.
Fontenot and city financial advisor Steve Moosa have said the city won’t start seeing proceeds from the tax until December.

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Tickets on sale for “Greater Tuna.” Kevin Miller, left, and Van Reed rehearse for the upcoming Eunice Players Theatre “Greater Tuna.” The play begins Sept. 12 and continues through Sept. 20. They are playing Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie, respectively for Tuna’s radio station.

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Fontenot takes Miller’s practice. After 44 years in operation, Dr. Benjamin Miller hands over the reins of his veterinary hospital to fellow Eunice native Dr. Jerome Fontenot.

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Re-connecting. Workers stretch temporary piping that will replace a broken line between the Acadian Prairie Culture Center and the Liberty Theater. A late September re-opening of the facility is tentatively scheduled.

From The Eunice News files

From the September 2009 files of The Eunice News.
Finishing touches for new season. Eunice High senior trainer Meagan McLemore and football players Aaron Charlot, Dylan Rodriguez and Jeffery Burge, from left, repair helmets and put on new stripes and decals in preparation of Friday night’s season opener against Opelousas.
Margaret Leger begins her new career. Margaret Leger, holding Paris, begins a new career with the Acadia Parish School Board on Thursday.

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Yellow fever struck hard in Washington

On Aug. 13, 1853, Oramel Hinckley, master of the steamer Opelousas, advertised that his boat would not return to Washington from New Orleans because of a yellow fever epidemic there. He said he would begin his Washington-to-New Orleans runs again when “the epidemic shall cease or the citizens say they are not afraid of her being the means of transmitting the disease.”

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Washington Monthly ranks UL Lafayette as a ‘Best Bang for the Buck’ education

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is ranked No. 281 in Washington Monthly magazine’s 2019 College Guide and Rankings.
Washington Monthly considered a total of 1,732 four-year, private and public colleges and universities for its 2019 National University Rankings, before winnowing that number down to 395.
UL Lafayette was also included in the publication’s “Best Bang for the Buck” category. According to the magazine’s website, the category recognizes schools for “how well they help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.”

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Errol “Slu” Comeaux, Church Point Mayor Pro Tem and Ward 5 alderman, left, and Mayor Ryan “Spanky” Meche look on as Eric Fiest with Entergy prepares to install a light on Aug. 13. Church Point is the first town in the state to have an entire main street, from one end to the other, lit with LED lights. The lights were paid for by the Town of Church Point, and the town’s contribution was matched by a donation from Church Point Community Development. Entergy also provided the lights at a discounted price. (Photo by Claudette Olivier/Church Point News)

Church Point LED lights

Errol “Slu” Comeaux, Church Point Mayor Pro Tem and Ward 5 alderman, left, and Mayor Ryan “Spanky” Meche look on as Eric Fiest with Entergy prepares to install a light on Aug. 13. Church Point is the first town in the state to have an entire main street, from one end to the other, lit with LED lights. The lights were paid for by the Town of Church Point, and the town’s contribution was matched by a donation from Church Point Community Development. Entergy also provided the lights at a discounted price. (Photo by Claudette Olivier/Church Point News)

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