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The Family Dollar on Catherine Street in Patterson, shown here after a Jan. 1 fire that closed the store for eight months, reopened Thursday. Grand opening events are planned for Aug. 9-11.

The Daily Review/Bill Decker

After fire, Patterson Family Dollar reopens

PATTERSON — Last November marked five years in business for the Family Dollar store on Catherine Street. But the store was open for only a couple of months more.
A fire, which authorities said was started the night of Jan. 1 by a 12-year-old boy for no reason they could determine, closed the store for the next eight months while repairs were underway. The store that now employs five people again was out of action, and neighbors hit hard by a local economic downturn lost a place to buy groceries and inexpensive household items.

Replacement for levee road?

Officials meeting here on Tuesday concluded that a completely new road is needed along the Atchafalaya Basin West Protection Levee south of Henderson.
Portions of the existing roadway (LA 352/Henderson Levee Road) has been restricted to one lane for the past two years due to several dirt slides on the portion of the levee below the asphalt road.

LASUCA EXPANSION — The first phase of a five-year plan to increase the LaSuCa sugar mill’s refining capacity is underway. About 10 percent more acreage of cane is expected at the St. John mill during the upcoming harvest season. The blue structure, a new continuous evaporator, will be lifted into place before grinding begins.
(Karl Jeter)

LaSuCa mill expanding

The LaSuCa sugar mill at St. John is anything but quiet during this off-season. Along with the usual repair and maintenance required between grinding seasons, the mill is swarming with workers bringing about the first phase of a multi-year expansion in the historic mill’s capacity.

Tunica-Biloxi Tribal Council raises minimum wage for tribal enterprises employees

The minimum wage at all Tunica-Biloxi enterprises, including Paragon Casino Resort, was raised to $8.50 an hour by the Tribal Council on Wednesday (Aug. 1) and will go into effect this coming Monday (Aug. 6).

The state minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.

The 17 percent raise applies to all non-tip hourly wage employees, or about 25 percent of the tribe’s employees in Avoyelles Parish.

Tribal Chairman Marshall Pierite said raising the minimum wage was a top priority of the Tribal Council.

Corbett LeBouef practiced medicine for 40 years, and he delivered more than 2,000 babies.

Long time Abbeville doctor, Corbett LeBouef passes away

A lifetime resident and icon of Vermilion Parish, Dr. Corbett J. LeBouef, Jr. died peacefully in his Abbeville home on Friday, July 20, 2018 of heart failure.
He was 79.
Dr. LeBouef, or “Doc” as he was affectionately called, was a highly respected and dearly loved family physician who practiced medicine on Hospital Drive in Abbeville for over 40 years, delivering over 2,000 babies and accruing more than 40,000 active patient files by the time his doors closed in 2003.

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