Researchers discuss implications of roseau cane die-off at summit

By Johnny Morgan
BATON ROUGE — Scientists recently discussed ways to overcome the problem of roseau cane die-offs in the marsh of coastal Louisiana.
The Dec. 10 meeting featured researchers from the LSU AgCenter, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Army Corps of Engineers.
Roseau cane, a reed that is critical to reducing coastal erosion, has been suffering widespread die-offs in the Mississippi River Delta.

Political talk show host lands in Red Stick

By Jeremy Alford
Mitch Rabalais
Moon Griffon, the fiery and sometimes controversial radio host, is bringing his brand of conservative punditry back to Louisiana’s capital region after several short, unsuccessful runs in the premier Bayou State market over the past decade or so.
“I’m tickled to death,” he told LaPolitics. “We think that we need to be there. I feel like our program talks more about what goes on in Baton Rouge, at the Capitol and in the governor’s office, more than anybody else.”

Gov. Edwards gives update on economy

By Elizabeth Crisp
Gov. John Bel Edwards, who is heading into a heated re-election battle next year, spent his final news conference of 2018 touting successes the state saw in the past year – the state budget deficit is gone, the GDP is at a record high and the state has its lowest uninsured rate ever.
“The size of our economy now is bigger than it has ever been,” he said.

LSN PHOTO / Lisa Soileaux
Rayne’s mayor, city council and police chief were installed during ceremonies held recently at the Civic Center Ballroom. Taking part in the program were, front row, from left, Judge Jim Cunningham (installing officer), Police Chief Carroll Stelly, Alderman-at-Large Lendell “Pete” Babineaux (mayor pro tem), Mayor Chuck Robichaux and Acadia Assessor Jimbo Petitjean (emcee); back row, Councilwoman Curtrese Minix - District 1; Coucilman Kenneth Guidry - District 2; Councilman Calise Michael Doucet - District 3; and Councilman Jimmy Fontenot - District 4.

Rayne officials take oaths of office

After the city’s voters re-elected a clean sweep of incumbents, that same administration was officially sworn into office in recent ceremonies at the Civic Center Ballroom.
City Judge Jim Cunningham administered the oaths of office to the city leaders.
The ceremony opened with an invocation by Pastor Gene Lee of First Baptist Church of Rayn, followed by the Nathional Antherm by City Clerk Annette Cutrera.


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