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Did you know? Human trafficking differs from smuggling

Human trafficking and smuggling are far apart but most people tend to believe that there is no difference.
Human trafficking can be either a commercial sex act that is induced by force, fraud or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age. It can also be the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for labor or services through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.

Bill Thompson, the city’s code enforcement officer, provided a rundown of the properties, but it was three listed as deeded to St. Landry Parish Government that drew the most attention at Thursday meeting to set the agenda for the session. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Property issues dominate city meeting

Derelict properties, including three owned by St. Landry Parish, dominate the agenda for Tuesday’s city Board meeting in Eunice.
Ten properties face condemnation by the Board of Aldermen at the 6:30 p.m. meeting at the Eunice Municipal Complex, 300 S. 2nd St.
Bill Thompson, the city’s code enforcement officer, provided a rundown of the properties, but it was three listed as deeded to St. Landry Parish Government that drew the most attention at Thursday meeting to set the agenda for the session.

Racino dough smells good to Council

Beset by budget woes, some members of the St. Landry Parish Council want to take a second look at how the money from Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino is split.
The parish receives about $2.7 million before it is divided across 11 entities.
The so-called racino money came up as the Parish Council’s Administrative and Finance Committee met Wednesday in Opelousas to hear an often stated story of parish government revenues falling behind ever expanding needs.

St. Landry Parish Councilman Harold Taylor signals he wants to speak at Wednesday’s meeting of the Council’s Administrative and Finance Committee in Opelousas. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

IT, server contract revision underway

A new lease purchase agreement for a computer network server is headed toward the Sept. 19 St. Landry Parish Council meeting.
The Council’s Administrative and Finance Committee approved sending the contract to the full meeting along with an agreement with information technology manager Shane Garrard.
The agreement with Garrard would be to end his services with parish government, Parish President Bill Fontenot said.
The server agreement is another move to fix a finding in an audit released in July that faulted parish government’s handling of the server lease-purchase.

East Elementary staff at Thursday’s St. Landry Parish School Board meeting, are, from left, Cathy Vicknair, school secretary; Principal Gina LaGrange; Julie Faul, learning center teacher; Annetta Papillion, Vanessa Cormier, Mayria Ledet, all fourth-grade teachers. With the staff is School Board member Albert Hayes Jr. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

School Board honors East Elementary

East Elementary was honored for being the state’s highest ranking Top Growth school during the St. Landry Parish School Board meeting Thursday.
Angela Cassimere, director of Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment, said, “In St. Landry Parish we’ve always been recognized for somethings, usually we are never first. We have the privilege this afternoon of recognizing one of our schools, East Elementary, for the hard work they have done...”

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