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Avoyelles School Board to award bonuses to highest-performing teachers

Avoyelles Parish teachers who came to work every day, whose students’ scores improved significantly and who helped their schools meet performance goals could receive a bonus this November.

The Avoyelles School Board Education Committee was presented the bonus proposal at its Sept. 18 meeting.

Elementary Education Supervisor Celeste Voinche told board members the pay supplement would be funded by the district’s $535,000 state Teacher Incentive Fund grant.

The grant would pay a teacher $1,000 for perfect attendance and $500 for missing only one or two days.

Improving the downtown Morgan City area was among the recommendations of Urban Land Institute's Advisory Services panel during the panel's visit to the area last week. (The Daily Review/Bill Decker)

Panel’s ideas offer help to face economic challenges

Community leaders say some recommendations to help improve the Morgan City and Berwick economies will be challenging but attainable with a coordinated effort.

A panel of consultants with Urban Land Institute, a nonprofit education and research organization, visited Morgan City and Berwick last week to tour the area and interview people as part of an economic study.

St. Mary Excel, a local community group, commissioned the study with donations from the private and public sectors.

—The Daily Review/Diane Miller Fears

Swamp scene took Lonnie Landry more than 30 hours to create

Lonnie Landry, 78, has more than 30 hours of work on his fence mural in his back yard. The project is ongoing as he adds bits and pieces to the swamp scene and has a side fence that has yet to be done. Landry, a self-taught artist, started with oils years ago and has used various medium from acrylic and water colors to his newest venture, pastels. His favorite medium is water colors because it is easy to work with and cleans up quickly. He and his wife, Sherrel, reside in Morgan City.

Tommie Pillette

Tommie Pillette named grand marshal of Erath Homecoming Parade

ERATH — Erath educator Tommie Pillette (also known as Coach P. in the community) has been selected as the 2018 Erath High School Homecoming Grand Marshal.
Entering his 40th year as an educator and coach, he is a man you can count on to care about the students and the community. As a coach, he has taught and worked with a large number of students at Erath High who to this day, respect him tremendously and hold him in high esteem.

'COMING TO YOUR TOWN ..."

Members of Grand Funk Railroad are (from left) Tim Cashion (keyboardist), Bruce Kulick (guitar), Don Brewer (drummer, original member) Max Carl (vocals), Mel Schacher (bass guitar, original member). The classic rock band will perform in concert in the Paragon Casino Resort’s Mari Showroom at 8 p.m. Friday (Sept. 28. {Photo by Jim McGuire}

Grand Funk Railroad still on track

Pretend you are on a popular game show. The category is “Rock Music of the 1970’s.”

The “answer” is: “An American band who is coming to your town to help you party down.”

The correct response, in the form of a question: “Who is Grand Funk Railroad?”

The iconic rock band will perform in concert in the Paragon Casino Resort’s Mari Showroom at 8 p.m. on Sept. 28. The five-member band includes two of the three founding members, Don Brewer and Mel Schacher.

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