State

Layoffs to help balance budget

n an effort to reduce an anticipated deficit, the St. Martinville City Council has acted to trim $191,000 from the proposed 2018 budget. After Jan. 1, additional cuts are expected bring the total budget reduction to $250,000.
At the Oct. 17 council meeting, Mayor Thomas Nelson proposed that several positions in city government be eliminated and that he and council members take a 5 percent pay cut. “We have to lead by example,” Nelson said. The council approved the measure.

COA millage fails

A proposal to levy a 1.75 mills, 10-year property tax that would generate funds to operate the St. Martin Council on Aging failed to gain approval in light voting last Saturday.
The proposal, which would have generated about $680,000 per year, was voted down by a 1,838 to 1,685 vote margin. The turnout was less than 10 percent of the parish’s 36,928 registered voters.

Nicole Atkinson

Police: Battery suspect booked on drug warrants

A 32-year-old Morgan City woman was charged with simple battery and booked on drug possession warrants after police responded to a disturbance on Pecos Street, Morgan City Police Chief James Blair said in a news release.

—Nicole M. Atkinson, 32, of Keith Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 3:19 p.m. Monday on a charge of simple battery and on warrants for possession of marijuana, possession of hydrocodone, possession of alprazolam, possession of ondansetron and improper turning.

ARCHAEOLOGISTS RETURNING TO MARKSVILLE MOUNDS

The last time a group of archaeologists visited the Marksville Mounds at the State Historic Site park was during the Louisiana Archaeological Society convention in February (see above). The LAS has organized a return trip for Oct. 22, calling all society members and interested individuals to come out to clean-up the closed state park and museum grounds.

Archaeological Society sponsors clean-up day at Marksville Mounds on Oct. 22

{Editor’s Note: October is Louisiana Archaeology Month. This is the third in a series of archaeology-related articles to help celebrate Avoyelles’ history -- and pre-history -- and those men and women who are dedicated to researching and preserving those links to our past.}

When most residents of Louisiana hear the word “Marksville,” they think of the small city in Avoyelles Parish.

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