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THE POST-SIGNAL / Desiray Seaux
Taking the oath of office as members of the City of Crowley Administration during ceremonies Thursday afternoon were, from left, Police Chief Jimmy Broussard, Alderman Byron K. Wilridge Sr. (Ward 3, Div. B), Alderman Vernon “Step” Martin (Ward 3, Div. A), Alderman Clint Cradeur (Ward 4, Div. A), Alderman Samuel “Sammy” J. Reggie III (Ward, 4, Div. B), Mayor Timothy “Tim” Monceaux, Alderman-at-Large Steven Premeaux, Alderman Lyle O. Fogleman Jr. (Ward 2, Div. B), Alderwoman Kim Stringfellow (Ward 1, Div. B), Alderman Thompson Bradford “Brad” Core (Ward 2, Div. A), and Alderman Jeff Cavell (Ward 1, Div. A). The officials’ term of office begins Jan. 1.

New administration seated

With a promise to “make Crowley proud,” Timothy “Tim” Monceaux was sworn in as the new mayor in ceremonies Thursday afternoon.
Monceaux succeeds Greg Jones, who did not seek re-election after serving four consecutive terms as Crowley’s mayor.
“I spent the last 12 years as mayor of the best city there is,” Jones said in brief comments before the oaths were administered. “I’m proud to say I have a lot of friends on the new council and on the old one, friends that I think can work together because, if we don’t work together, it’s not for the good of the city.”

$2M deficit projected for school finances

By Harlan Kirgan
Editor
OPELOUSAS — In a discussion about raising employee compensation for gas mileage expenses, St. Landry Parish School Board members were reminded that the school system is projected to end the year with a $2 million deficit in its general fund.
The district compensates its employees at 36 cents per mile, according to Tressa Miller, finance director. The state maximum allowed is 54.5 cents and there are surrounding schools districts that compensate employees at that rate, she said.

Parents of missing child arrested for cruelty to juveniles

By Tony Marks
Associate editor
LSN Ville Platte
Gazette
The search for a missing nine-year-old that encompassed the entire Point Blue and surrounding areas came to an end Sunday morning with news the child was found safe under a bed inside a neighbor’s home. The parents of the child were later arrested on charges of cruelty to juveniles.

The splash pad at Fairground Park in July. (File photo)

2018’s top story in Eunice nearly shut the city down

Other than hurricanes, floods, ice storms and other natural disasters there are few top stories that nearly shut Eunice down.
But the Eunice High School Bobcat Class 3-A state championship victory nearly shut the city down on the Friday of the game.
The Bobcats defeated Sterlington 59-47 on Dec. 7 in the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
The teams traded touchdown kickoff returns to begin the game, which started about one and half hour late.

Rice producer meetings set for January, February

The LSU AgCenter will hold a series of meetings to help rice farmers prepare for their 2019 crop.
Don Groth, resident coordinator of the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station, said farmers will be able to get advice on choosing varieties, land preparation, controlling pests and the new farm bill.
Farmers also will hear updated information on new technologies. “We’ve got a much better understanding about how to use new herbicides, fungicides and insecticides that were released to the market last year,” Groth said.

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