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Monday, November 18, 2013

Monday, November 18, 2013





SIX PUBLIC SESSIONS ARE PLANNED THIS WEEK TO FIND OUT WHAT LAFAYETTE RESIDENTS WANT IN A NEW CENTRAL PARK THAT WILL BE BUILT ON THE OLD HORSE FARM PROPERTY OFF OF JOHNSTON STREET. MORE THAN TWO THOUSAND PEOPLE ATTENDED SESSIONS LAST MONTH OR RESPONDED ON-LINE AND, SO FAR, ACCORDING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PLANNING AND DESIGN ELIZABETH BROOKS, MOST WANT A NATURAL PARK SETTING. THE FIRST TWO MEETINGS ARE TOMORROW AT THE ACADIANA CENTER FOR THE ARTS BETWEEN ELEVEN AND ONE, AND AT THE SOUTH REGIONAL LIBRARY BETWEEN SIX AND EIGHT. THE RESULTS OF THE NOVEMBER SESSIONS WILL BE DISCUSSED AT A MEETING ON DECEMBER THIRD, AND A PLAN WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE PARK’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS ON DECEMBER 13TH AND FOUR DAYS LATER TO THE PARISH GOVERNMENT.





THERE WERE AT LEAST SEVEN POLICE VEHICLES AND AN AMBULANCE AT THE MORE FOR LESS STORE IN LAKE CHARLES LAST NIGHT, BUT POLICE ARE NOT COMMENTING. DEPUTY CHIEF MARK KRAUS SAYS THEY WON’T RELEASE ANYTHING INFORMATION THE INCIDENT UNTIL THIS MORNING. K-P-L-C T-V SAYS THAT A NEARBY RESIDENT REPORTED HEARING A GUNSHOT AND SAW A MAN ON THE GROUND OUTSIDE THE STORE, LOCATED IN THE 14-HUNDRED BLOCK OF BROAD STREET. A MAN WAS SEEN TAKEN AWAY IN AN AMBULANCE AND POLICE WERE COLLECTING EVIDENCE.





A NEW IBERIA BARBER WAS SHOT WHILE CLOSING UP SHOP SATURDAY EVENING. JULIE DARCY REPORTS.







Louisiana State Police say a husband and wife have died after a car accident on Interstate 10 in West Baton Rouge Parish. A news release says the accident happened late Friday after the tread separated on the front tire of a Ford truck, causing it to cross into oncoming traffic. The Ford hit the left side of a 2006 Chevrolet pickup being driven by 66-year-old John M. Faul. Faul and his wife, 65-year-old, Elaine C. Faul, were killed.





Steven Rainey has been selected for a Fulbright Award to teach and conduct research for a semester. Rainey, an assistant professor of geography at McNeese State University, will work at the Federal University of Rondonia in Porto Velho, Brazil in the spring 2014 semester. He will teach seminars on geographic information systems and cultural and political ecology in the UNIR geography graduate program and work with members of the graduate faculty to develop future collaborative research projects. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Scholars Program sends more than 800 U.S. faculty members and professionals abroad each year to lecture and conduct research.





New Iberia city administrators and the City Council are working to complete a list of roads that will be repaired or upgraded under the city's new $2 million street improvements project. John Charpentier of Berard, Habetz and Associates, senior project manager, says he met with public works director Leroy Landry to discuss priority streets. From the discussion, he tells The Daily Iberian, came a map of 50 streets. The recommendations include portions of Angers Street, Bradley Lane, Brian Street, Bronze Street, Cypress Street, Dauterive Drive, Ernest Street, Johnson Alley, Julia Street, Mink Street, Pine Street, Silver Street, Texas Street and Twenty Arpent Road.



The Diocese of Lake Charles Seafarers Center is collecting items for its Christmas "Away from Home" distribution to seafarers coming to ports in southwest Louisiana. Center director Deacon Patrick Lapoint says more than 800 bags of mostly convenience items were handed out during the program last year. The program is seeking donations of shaving cream, combs, shampoo, toothpaste, after shave lotion, toothbrushes, bath soap, hard candy, pens and pencils, deodorant, socks, washcloths, playing cards, disposable razors, prayer cards and religious medals. More details about donating to the program are available by calling 436-13-15.





A new group of 11 young whooping cranes is scheduled to arrive in Vermilion Parish next month in an ongoing project to re-establish the endangered birds in the south Louisiana marshes where they once thrived. Since the project began in February 2011, 40 of the rare birds have been released at the state's 71,000-acre White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area, and 23 are alive. Only one crane survived out of the first group of 10 brought to White Lake, but subsequent releases have been more promising, with 12 of the 16 birds released in late 2011 still flying and 10 of the 14 birds released last year also thriving. Sara Zimorski, a biologist with the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, tells The Advocate bird deaths were expected.





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