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.

Two groups want to purchase parts of closed Bunkie Middle School

Two separate organizations are seeking to purchase different parts of the former Bunkie Middle/George Washington Carver School to support community programs. Representatives of George Washington Carver Community Group and Kingdom of Life Fellowship attended the Avoyelles School Board Building and Lands Committee on July 17 to express their interest in parts of the former school.

Eva Celestine Demouchet

Breaux Bridge – A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2018, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church for Eva Celestine Demouchet, 67, who passed away on Saturday, June 23, 2018.
Visiting hours were observed at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Friday and continued on Saturday at 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. A rosary was prayed at 6 p.m. on Friday.
Rev. Joseph Campion officiated at the Funeral Mass. Interment will followed at St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery in Breaux Bridge.


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