TONIGHT THE LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH COUNCIL WILL VOTE TO REDEDICATE SURPLUS FUNDS FROM THE LIBRARY TO PAY FOR ROADS, BRIDGES AND DRAINAGE. THE LIBRARY HAS A FUND BALANCE OF 26 MILLION DOLLARS. THE COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER A PROPOSTION TO TAKE 18 MILLION DOLLARS OF THE FUND BALANCE FOR THE PURPOSES OF CONSTRUCTION, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF ROADS, BRIDGES AND DRAINAGE IN THE PARISH. SINCE THE MONEY COMES FROM A DEDICATED TAX FOR THE LIBRARY, PARISH VOTERS WOULD ALSO HAVE TO APPROVE THE REDEDICATION IN A SPECIAL ELECTION.
A EUNICE MAN IS DEAD, THE VICTIM OF AN EARLY MONDAY MORNING SHOOTING, AND THE SUSPECT IS STILL ON THE RUN. JEFF HORCHAK REPORTS.
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Louisiana’s top higher education board found that college freshmen admitted without meeting its minimum standards had lower grades and were less likely to graduate. The Advocate reports the Board of Regents survey tracked students admitted to public colleges in 2016 and 2017. It found more than 2,300 freshmen failed to meet the board’s minimum admissions standards. The report says grade point averages for those students averaged 2.0, while the 41,500 students who met minimum standards ended the first term with an average 2.7 GPA.
A MARCH WAS HELD IN DERIDDER YESTERDAY TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING. THE C&B COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION HAS BEEN HOSTING THE MARCH FOR 26 YEARS. THE SPEAKER AT THE EVENT, LADONNA JARDEN, SAYS THE FIGHT FOR EQUALITY IS NOT OVER. PASTOR DAVID ILES SAYS HE’S HOPING TO INSPIRE THE NEXT GENERATION TO DREAM BIGGER THAN HE HAS DREAMED AND UNDERSTAND THAT THEY CAN MAKE THEIR DREAMS A REALITY IF THEY PUT THEIR CONFIDENCE IN GOD.
ABOUT THIRTY U-L STUDENTS HONORED THE LEGACY OF MARTIN LUTHER KING YESTERDAY BY VOLUNTEERING AT THE SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK. VANESSA ADAMSON, THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR FOR U-L’S AMERICORPS GROUP, SAID THEY CONSIDERED MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY TO BE A DAY ON, NOT A DAY OFF. THE VOLUNTEERS SORTED AND REPACKAGED TEN THOUSAND POUNDS OF FOOD INTO BOXES THAT ARE READY TO BE SENT TO FAMILIES IN NEED. ADAMSON TELLS KLFY TV THAT THE GREAT THING ABOUT VOLUNTEERING IS THE FEELING THAT YOU’VE ACCOMPLISHED SOMETHING AND HELPED SOMEONE IN NEED.
THE ACADIA PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE HAS ARRESTED A PROFESSIONAL BOXER FROM MIRE FOR ALLEGEDLY ABUSING THE MOTHER OF HIS CHILD. A COMPLAINT WAS FILED ON JANUARY FOURTH BY THE WOMAN WHO SAYS SHE HAD ARRANGED TO EXCHANGE CUSTODY OF HER CHILD WITH THE FATHER, MASON MENARD. DURING THE EXCHANGE, SHE SAYS MENARD STRUCK HER, CAUSING MINOR INJURIES. ON SUNDAY, ACADIA PARISH SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES ARRESTED MENARD AND BOOKED HIM INTO THE PARISH JAIL ON A CHARGE OF DOMESTIC ABUSE BATTERY WITH CHILD ENDANGERMENT.
About 1,400 Louisiana educators are expected to attend the state’s first summit aimed at addressing student behavior issues. The Louisiana Department of Education says the Behavioral Intervention Summit is scheduled for Jan. 30 in Baton Rouge. The event will offer attendees a day of professional development training with national experts, to get resources for responding to students with behavioral problems and developing and using student codes of conduct. Sessions also will include topics on dealing with behavior rooted in trauma or stress, improving school climate and engaging families in addressing behavioral problems.
A FREE SELF DEFENSE CLASS IS BEING OFFERED IN LAKE CHARLES NEXT MONTH FOR WOMEN. THE EVENT IS BEING PUT ON BY THE GRACIE BARRA BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU STUDIO ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD FROM THREE TO FIVE P-M. WOMEN WILL BE PREPARED MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY FOR DEALING WITH THE MOST COMMON ATTACKS. YOU CAN REGISTER FOR THE CLASS AT THE STUDIO’S FACEBOOK PAGE OR BY GOING TO THEIR STUDIO, LOCATED AT 310 WEST MCNEESE STREET IN LAKE CHARLES.