Paragon Casino Resort now sports big-screen TVs, new carpeting and several other changes aimed at enhancing guests’ gaming experience while they are visiting the Marksville casino and other sites in Avoyelles Parish.

Paragon Casino Resort embarks on ‘refresh’ campaign

As part of an overall effort to improve its appeal to potential guests, Paragon Casino Resort and its consultant partner Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment recently rolled out several updates to the Paragon’s facilities and advertising efforts.

Paragon officials are calling this a “refresh,” and they are pleased with the results so far.

This memorial to honor the Avoyelles Parish servicemen who died in Vietnam will be erected at the intersection of La. Hwy 1 and Cocoville Road. The aluminum frame will be wrapped in aluminum sheets and painted. The “granite” in the monument is a digital print. The flag will be 1-inch thick with digital-printed graphics. The sign will be illuminated at night. It includes the branch of service, rank, name and date of death of the 15 men from this parish who died in Vietnam between July 11, 1965 and April 9, 1971. {Provided by GibKo Nursery and Signs. Designed by David Holsomback}

Vets organizations seek donations for memorial to Avoyelles men killed in Vietnam War

The first Avoyelles Parish Veterans Vietnam War Memorial sign will be finished and erected on La. Hwy 1 in time to be dedicated on Veterans Day. The Marksville chapter of VFW 3139, American Legion Post 130 and Cenla Honor Guard spearheaded the effort to create a memorial monument and to have that section of La. Hwy 1 (Tunica Drive) through Marksville dedicated to honor the 15 Avoyelles Parish servicemen who died in Vietnam.

GibKo Nursery and Signs of Bunkie was selected to design and create the memorial. The company has also donated to the project.

Drop in enrollment will cost APSD $800,000

A drop in enrollment numbers will take an $800,000 bite out of the Avoyelles Parish School District budget this year, the School Board learned at its monthly meeting Oct. 3.

“Enrollment is a little better today than at the start of the school year, but still not great,” Dauzat said. “As a district, we are 132 students behind what the Feb. 1 count showed and what we had budgeted.”

Assessor Todd Dugas delivered the property assessment report to the St. Martin Parish Council during a public hearing on Oct. 3. (Karl Jeter)

SMP property assessed value drops in 2017

Assessor Todd Dugas reports that total property values in St. Martin Parish went down slightly this fiscal year for the first time in years.
Dugas gave his annual assessment report at the Oct. 3 parish council meeting. He said that, in what was close to a “flat” year for property values, taxable values were assessed at $383,456,179. That is a decrease of about $6 million, just less than 1.7 percent, from last year.

$14.5M project planned for SM Hospital

Plans for a major expansion of the St. Martin Hospital in Breaux Bridge advanced one step closer to reality last week when the St. Martin Parish Council approved a request by the hospital board to hold an election seeking approval of a $14.5 million bond issue in March.
Only residents of Hospital Service District No. 2 are eligible to vote on the bond issue and only property owners in the district would be subject to the millage, if the proposal passes.
Hospital Board member Burton Dupuis presented the request to parish council members last week.


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