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Monday, June 17, 2013

Monday, June 17, 2013





Amateur radio operators in southwest Louisiana will prepare for emergency work during a hurricane season drill June 22-23. The Southwest Daily News reports the operators, known as "hams," will gather at Pinderosa Park in Westlake for an exercise sponsored by the Southwest Louisiana Amateur Repeater Club. Local operators and amateurs throughout the United States will send messages in a network designed to get information out in the event of a hurricane. The session is part of Amateur Radio Week activities nationwide.





ACADIAN MIDDLE SCHOOL IN LAFAYETTE WILL LIKELY RECEIVE AN F ACCOUNTABILITY SCORE WHEN PERFORMANCE SCORES ARE RELEASED LATER THIS SUMMER, ACCORDING TO PRINCIPAL LINDA NANCE. IN APRIL, THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD APPROVED NANCE’S REQUEST TO RESTAFF THE SCHOOL AS PART OF HER TURNAROUND PLAN. AS OF FRIDAY, THERE WERE 21 POSITIONS STILL TO FILL. NANCE ASKED FOR THE APPROVAL TO RESTAFF IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT TEACHERS WITH EXPERIENCE IN WORKING WITH HIGH-POVERTY STUDENTS WERE PART OF THE TURNAROUND EFFORT.





IN EVANGELINE PARISH, STATE POLICE INVESTIGATED A FOUR-WHEELER CRASH THAT CLAIMED THE LIFE OF A 15-YEAR-OLD BOY. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.





The Louisiana National Guard's highest officer has fired his top enlisted adviser over alleged sexual harassment. A guard spokesman says another guard member made a complaint against 53-year-old Sgt. Maj. Tommy Caillier (KY-AY) about 1 ½ weeks ago. He says investigators found there had been sexual harassment and are looking into an allegation of sexual assault. Caillier, a Lafayette native, was Maj. Gen. Glenn Curtis's top adviser on all matters affecting enlisted soldiers and airmen in the Louisiana National Guard.





A DEQUINCY MAN DROWNED IN THE SABINE RIVER NEAR STARKS YESTERDAY MORNING. CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S SPOKESWOMAN KIM MYERS SAYS 37-YEAR-OLD JAMES J. MASON WAS FISHING WHILE HOLDING HIS ONE-YEAR-OLD CHILD. SHE SAYS IT IS BELIEVED HE HAD A SEIZURE AND FELL INTO THE WATER. ANOTHER PERSON DOVE IN AND RESCUED THE BABY BUT THEY WERE NOT ABLE TO FIND MASON. THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE MARINE AND DIVE TEAM RECOVERED MASON’S BODY AT AROUND 11:30 YESTERDAY MORNING.







TOMORROW NIGHT THE LAFAYETTE CONSOLIDATED COUNCIL WILL DECIDE WHETHER TO GIVE CITY PARISH PRESIDENT JOEY DUREL THE AUTHORIZATION TO LEASE THE U-L HORSE FARM TO A NON-PROFIT FOUNDATION. THE NONPROFIT, LAFAYETTE CENTRAL PARK INCORPORATED, WAS CREATED BY THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF ACADIANA FOR THE HORSE FARM PROJECT. UNDER THE PROPOSED LEASE AGREEMENT, LAFAYETTE CENTRAL PARK WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR RAISING FUNDS TO TURN THE HORSE FARM INTO A PUBLIC PARK. THEY WOULD ALSO DEVELOP AND CONSTRUCT THE PARK BASED ON COMMUNITY INPUT, AND MAINTAIN IT.





DEPUTIES WITH THE IBERIA PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAY ONE OF THEIR INMATES HAS DIED. 19-YEAR-OLD ANDREW WASHINGTON JUNIOR IS BELIEVED TO HAVE PASSED AWAY FROM NATURAL CAUSES. HE WAS TAKEN TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL SATURDAY NIGHT AROUND 10:30. DEPUTIES ARE WAITING FOR AN OFFICIAL CAUSE OF DEATH FROM THE CORONER. OFFICIALS WITH THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAY WASHINGTON HAD A CHRONIC ILLNESS.





Businessman Roger Landry has signed a contract with Lake Charles city officials to buy a 3.5-acre downtown tract. The American Press reports Landry will pay $1.06 million for the land and plans to build a 170- unit residential building that also will have 22,000 square feet of business space. The project is expected to cost $20 million. The contract was signed on Wednesday.



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