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Study cites economic benefits expected by completing I-49

Community Foundation of Acadiana has released an economic impact analysis it commissioned that assesses the benefits of completing the I-49 Lafayette Connector and the extension of I-49 South from Lafayette to New Orleans. CFA contracted with Regional Economic Models, Inc. and CDM Smith to perform the study.

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Several election officials met Thursday morning outside the St. Landry Parish Clerk of Court office on the second floor of the Eunice Municipal Complex to discuss an early voting site. From left, are Lauren Jones, of the parish registrar’s office; Linda Brown, of the clerk of court’s office; Richard Bertrand, a parish Board of Election Supervisors member; Cheryl Milburn, registrar of voters; Charles Jagneaux, clerk of court; Angie Rogers, state commissioner of elections; Sherri Hadskey, state director of elections; and Shane Garrard, parish government information technology director. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Voting site coming to Eunice

An early voting site is planned by October at the St. Landry Parish Clerk of Court office on the second floor of the Eunice Municipal Complex.
The site would be open to any St. Landry Parish voter for early voting.
On Thursday morning, several election officials gathered outside the satellite office of Clerk of Court Charles Jagneaux to discuss the voting site.
Jagneaux expects the site will increase voter turnout in Eunice because of its convenience.

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DeVillier ready to hold the line on spending

When the Louisiana Legislature opens its session Monday, Rep. Phillip DeVillier, District 41, said he is open to any ideas and welcomes others to share “...what can be done to fix our repeated budget problems.”
But DeVillier, of Eunice, said he ready to keep a lid on state spending.
“The first of it is we need to spend the next two years with a standstill budget,” he said Friday.
“What we are operating now is called a continuation budget. It typically adds around 13 percent every year,” he said.

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Rice is drill-seeded on the Lounsberry Farm near Lake Arthur in early March. Planting in south Louisiana is considerably ahead of the usual planting time because of warm weather. (Photos by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter)

Louisiana rice planting gets off to a good start

Louisiana rice farmers have taken advantage of warm weather to plant their 2017 crop exceptionally early.
“We had a lot of people that started planting in mid-February,” said Steve Linscombe, director of the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station.
Some farmers with large acreage had completed planting by the first week of March, Linscombe said, estimating that as much as 70 percent of the crop had been planted by March 28.

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City’s meeting agenda light

The agenda for Tuesday’s Eunice Board of Alderman meeting was light as of a meeting Thursday.
Aldermen will be asked to schedule a public hearing on May 9 as part of the process to roll forward property taxes.
The 2017 general alimony is to be adjusted from 6.59 to 6.77 mills. The street maintenance millage is to increase from 4.87 mills to 5 mills.
In St. Landry Parish, the increase form 2016 to 2017 amounts to $18,976 in St. Landry Parish and in Acadia Parish, $788. The total millage revenue will be $29,943 in Acadia Parish and $720,497 in St. Landry Parish.


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