THE LAFAYETTE FIRE DEPARTMENT IS HANDING OUT FREE AT-HOME COVID-NINETEEN TEST KITS TODAY. A DRIVE THRU WILL BE SET UP FROM ELEVEN TO ONE AT THE MARTIN LUTHER KING RECREATIONAL CENTER ON CORA STREET. THEY’LL OFFER ONLY ONE TEST KIT PER PERSON AND THAT PERSON MUST BE PRESENT TO RECEIVE THE KIT. THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SUPPLIED THE KITS TO THE LAFAYETTE FIRE DEPARTMENT.
TEN OUT OF TWO HUNDRED THIRY-FOUR INMATES ARE COVID-POSITIVE INSIDE THE SAINT LANDRY PARISH JAIL. SYLVIA MASTERS HAS MORE.
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Gov. John Bel Edwards says the Army Corps of Engineers will be getting $2.6 billion for Louisiana under the infrastructure and supplemental disaster acts. Edwards said Wednesday that the disaster bill includes more than $2 billion for flood prevention in the state. Earlier Wednesday, the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority said it plans to spend nearly $1.3 billion in the fiscal year starting July 1. Executive director Bren Haase says the Corps money won’t affect its total though some details may need changing to provide state matches for federal projects.
A RAGLEY MAN WAS ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY POINTING A GUN AT HIS NEIGHBOR AND HIS NEIGHBOR’S CHILDREN. THE NEIGHBOR HAD RECENTLY PURCHASED PROPERTY ON TOPSY BELL ROAD. JEFF DAVIS PARISH SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO COMPLAINTS ABOUT SIXTY-TWO-YEAR-OLD JAMES RANDALL CROOKS POINTING THE GUN AT THE NEIGHBORS ON SUNDAY. TUESDAY NIGHT CROOKS WAS ARRESTED ON THREE COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND ONE COUNT OF CRIMINAL TRESPASSING.
A Lafayette call center business that provides safety, health care and counseling hotline services is expanding. The expansion of the CALLS PLUS multilingual call center in Lafayette was announced Wednesday by Gov. John Bel Edwards and company president Barbara Lamont. Their joint statement says the expansion means 50 new jobs will be added to 37 already at the center. The company’s primary clients are governmental organizations.
A BIBLE READING MARATHON BEGAN AT NOON YESTERDAY AT THE SAINT MARTIN DU TOURS CHURCH IN DOWNTOWN SAINT MARTINVILLE. THE BIBLE WILL BE READ COVER TO COVER ON THE FRIAR TRUCK, WHICH IS A CONVERTED ANTIQUE FIRE TRUCK THAT INCLUDES A BUILT-IN PULPIT. IT WILL TAKE UNTIL SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT FOUR-THIRTY TO COMPLETE THE READING, MORE THAN A HUNDRED HOURS. READERS INCLUDE REPRESENTATIVES FROM ONE HUNDRED-TWENTY-ONE CHURCH PARISHES IN THE DIOCESE OF LAFAYETTE AND LEADERS FROM OTHER DENOMINATIONS.
A NEW REPORT FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SHOWS A RECORD NINE HUNDRED NINETY-ONE PEOPLE DIED ON LOUISIANA HIGHWAYS IN TWENTY-TWENTY-ONE. SYLVIA MASTERS HAS THE DETAILS.
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SEVEN HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS IN ACADIA PARISH WILL BE AWARDED A FIVE HUNDRED DOLLAR SCHOLARSHIP. SHERIFF K-P GIBSON MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT YESTERDAY. ONE OF THE SCHOLARSHIPS WILL COME THROUGH THE LOUISIANA SHERIFF’S SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM AND THE REMAINING SIX WILL BE AWARDED THROUGH THE ACADIA PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE SCHOLARSHIP. DETAILS ON THE SCHOLARSHIP AND APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE BY GOING TO A-P-S-O-DOT-ORG, OR SENIORS CAN REQUEST APPLICATIONS FROM THEIR HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELORS.