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Sen. Bill Cassidy in Opelousas in 2015. (File photo)

Senator supports president’s shutdown strategy

With the partial shutdown of the federal government now entering its third week, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy said in an interview that he’s following the lead of President Donald Trump.
“The issue is do we secure our southern border or not,” Cassidy told LaPolitics. “The president, and I agree with him, feels as if that is what is necessary to keep Americans safer and more secure.”
Louisiana’s senior senator said any resolution to end the shutdown would have to emerge from the lower chamber of Congress, which Democrats seized control of this term.

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Board members Jean Broussard (standing, left) and Kibbie Pillette (sitting) want to be the school board president for 2019. However, after three separate votes, the board stayed deadlocked at 4-4 on who the new president will be. They will vote again on Jan. 24.

Vermilion Parish School Board locked at 4-4 vote for new president

In the first Vermilion Parish School Board meeting of 2019 with three new school board members, a familiar result occurred.
The new school board members could not decide on whom they wanted to be president. After three votes, the result came up 4-4.
Board members Jean Broussard and Kibbie Pillette put their names up to be the new president.
Last year’s vice president Laura LeBeouf did not want the job.
When it came to voting for Broussard, Chris Gautreaux, Jean Broussard, and Jason Roy voted for Jean.

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Utility crews installing wireless meters in Morgan City

Crews with Aquametrics/Utiliuse will start installing the upgraded wireless meters in Morgan City on Monday. These crews should have a yellow shirt with the company name and or a yellow vest, a police news release said.

These workers are installing the new wireless meters for the utility department, they may knock on your door to gain access to the area where the meters are located. However, they will never ask to go inside of your home. If you have any questions about the workers or any problems with them, contact the Morgan City Police Department or City Hall.

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St. Mary voter turnout exceeds 2014 midterm

Fifty-four percent of St. Mary Parish voters cast ballots in last week’s election, up three percentage points compared to the 2014 midterm election.

For the Nov. 6 election, 17,941 of 33,208 registered voters in St. Mary Parish voted, according to Parish Registrar Jolene Holcombe.

The turnout was higher than the 51 percent turnout for the last midterm election in 2014, Holcombe said.

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LEBLANC REMEMBER - The daughter of the late A.J. LeBlanc, Susan Guilbeau, accepts a special remembrance from Chamber President Nikki Link and Mayor Chuck Robichaux during the 2018 OST Day Celebration. (Acadian-Tribune Photo by Josie Henry)

Third Annual Rayne OST Day Celebration welcomes hundreds

RAYNE - The historic downtown area of Rayne was filled with hundreds on Saturday, Nov. 3, for the third annual official Old Spanish Trail Celebration.
Co-sponsors of the annual event were the Rayne Chamber of Commerce and City of Rayne who welcomed visitors from throughout the area.
The Depot Square and the surrounding downtown areas were filled with historical events and numerous displays.


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