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St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office arrests

The following are arrests reported by the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Oct. 10
Lashonda M. Matthews, 31, 400 block of East Cotton Street, Ville Platte. Domestic abuse battery, simple criminal damage to property. Arrested by St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Department.
Devonte Edwards, 18, 900 block of Bernice Street, Opelousas. Simple burglary, flight from an officer. Arrested by St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Department.
Joshua Janice, 34, 100 block of Bollich Road, Eunice. Aggravated flight from an officer. Arrested by Eunice Police.

Marksville natve Dustin Fuqua (left), was honored with the Creole Peoples Award at the Creole Heritage Celebration in Natchitoches on Sept. 14. Fuqua is the chief of resources of the Cane River Creole National Historical Park in Natchitoches Parish. Shown with Fuqua is Retired Army Lt. Gen. Russell Honore, of Pointe Coupee Parish, who was the keynote speaker for the event. {Photo courtesy of Dustin Fuqua}

‘Dusty’ Fuqua receives Creole Peoples Award

History is forever and cannot be changed, but cultures -- like gardens -- will disappear if they are left untended.

One of the state’s “gardeners” is Marksville native Dustin “Dusty” Fuqua, the chief of resources at Cane River Creole National Historical Park in Natchitoches Parish.

Fuqua was honored with a Creole Peoples Award at the Creole Heritage Celebration in Natchitoches on Sept. 14.

Avoyelles School Board to award bonuses to highest-performing teachers

Avoyelles Parish teachers who came to work every day, whose students’ scores improved significantly and who helped their schools meet performance goals could receive a bonus this November.

The Avoyelles School Board Education Committee was presented the bonus proposal at its Sept. 18 meeting.

Elementary Education Supervisor Celeste Voinche told board members the pay supplement would be funded by the district’s $535,000 state Teacher Incentive Fund grant.

The grant would pay a teacher $1,000 for perfect attendance and $500 for missing only one or two days.

Improving the downtown Morgan City area was among the recommendations of Urban Land Institute's Advisory Services panel during the panel's visit to the area last week. (The Daily Review/Bill Decker)

Panel’s ideas offer help to face economic challenges

Community leaders say some recommendations to help improve the Morgan City and Berwick economies will be challenging but attainable with a coordinated effort.

A panel of consultants with Urban Land Institute, a nonprofit education and research organization, visited Morgan City and Berwick last week to tour the area and interview people as part of an economic study.

St. Mary Excel, a local community group, commissioned the study with donations from the private and public sectors.

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