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Mayor Scott Fonteno

Mayor cites progress, talks about the future

A 15-year road paving project is on the drawing board for Eunice, Mayor Scott Fontenot said.
The program would involve using existing funds to pave streets in one project instead of the once every two year schedule the city uses now.
“It is consolidating money knowing we have a steady source of income and going to the bond commission and asking for a loan,” he said.
The program is similar to what St. Landry Parish Government is doing with its Smooth Ride Home Program that has paved more than 300 miles of road in a 15-year program.

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St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office arrests

The following are arrests reported by the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office.
February 4
Alvin Williams, 36, 1000 block of West South Street, Opelousas. Simple burglary. Arrested by Opelousas Police.
Juan K. Bourgeois, 21, 500 block of Statesman Road, Opelousas. Possession with intent to distribute schedule I CDS, possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal possession of a firearm in the presence of a CDS, transactions involving proceeds from drug offenses. Arrested by Opelousas Police.

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LSU AgCenter engineer Randy Price, far right, answers questions about drones during a digital agriculture conference held by the LSU AgCenter on Jan. 23. (Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter)

New technology offers farmers benefits

Farmers can benefit from using emerging technology on their farms by reducing expenses and increasing crop yields, LSU AgCenter experts advised at a digital agriculture conference held on Jan. 23.
Bill Richardson, LSU vice president for agriculture, said the LSU College of Agriculture is developing curricula for ag technology majors. “We think the demand is only going to increase,” he said.

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President Trump, in lower left of photo, with the crowd at his rally Thursday in Des Moines. (Photo by Will Mari/LSU Manship School News Service)

Impressions of an Iowa Trump rally

“Do you want some of my beef jerky?” asked the man, a producer for Vice Media.
The risers were shaking in the indoor stadium at Drake University, as we waited for the arrival of President Trump at the Knapp Center on a cold Thursday night ahead of the Monday caucuses in Iowa. The salty smell of popcorn and hotdogs from the concession stands was wafting into one of two designated press areas, and I had said aloud that I was hungry.

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Tri-Parish labor force declines

The Tri-Parish labor force dropped 776 people in December compared the same month a year ago, according to a Louisiana Workforce Commission report citing federal Bureau of Labor & Statistics released Friday.
The workforce for St. Landry, Acadia and Evangeline parishes totaled 66,226 in December, down 1.2% from the 67,002 in the December 2018 workforce.
The workforce includes people working and those looking for a job.
The statistics are not seasonally adjusted for factors such as weather and holidays.
The December 2019 workforce totals by parish were:

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