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Attorneys Mike Stag, left, and Joe Burke talk to the Patterson City Council on Tuesday about a potential lawsuit targeting the opioid epidemic.

Patterson council joins opioid litigation

PATTERSON — The city council has joined the effort to hold Big Pharma accountable for the opioid crisis.
On Tuesday, the council voted unanimously to become one of the Louisiana communities represented by a group of attorneys in a possible lawsuit to reclaim the financial costs of opioid abuse.

Berwick joins opioid litigation

The town of Berwick has joined several other area councils in signing on to participate in lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors.

On Tuesday, the town council approved a resolution to hire outside legal counsel to possible damages regarding the national, statewide or local opioid litigation. Under the resolution, the attorneys representing the town would only receive payment contingent upon Berwick receiving an award of damages as a result of the litigation.

Councilman Francis Plaisance stands by the sign for Lafitte Drive-In Park.

When will Abbeville’s Lafitte Park open?

For more than a year since the Abbeville City Council voted to give it a name, Lafitte Drive-In Park has been described as a work in progress.
During a committee meeting Tuesday evening, council members discussed when, and just as importantly how, that progress will become a reality.
Councilman Francis Plaisance, who has spearheaded the effort for the park’s creation and is the chair of the city’s parks committee, said things are moving along.

September 14, 1978- Jules Ashlock, Ville Platte attorney and former newspaper publisher, dropped this world record lion while on a hunting trip in Rhodesia in July. This is the largest lion ever killed in the world, measuring nine feet, eight and a half inches and weighing 530 pounds. It was killed with a 270 caliber rifle.

Looking Back: September ‘58, ‘68, and ‘78

September 4, 1958
•Ville Platte High School, along with all other parish schools, will open Monday morning at 8:30 for the 1958-59 session, according to Principal J.D. LaFleur.
The new president of the student body, Jerry Clyde Foret, will welcome the teachers, parents and students at a short assembly in the high school gym at 8:30 a.m. and school schedules will be distributed and explained at that time.
• Ice cream was .89, and honey graham crackers were .33.

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