LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH COUNCIL CHAIRMAN KEVIN NAQUIN SAYS ITS UP TO MAYOR PRESIDENT JOEL ROBIDEAUX TO FIND A SOLUTION TO THE FINANCIAL PROBLEMS FACING THE PARISH COURTHOUSE AND JAIL. HE WAS UPSET WITH ROBIDEAUX, WHO OPPOSED TWO PROPOSED PROPERTY TAXES THAT WERE SOUNDLY DEFEATED, GETTING ONLY 26 PERCENT OF THE VOTE. NAQUIN ALSO WAS UPSET WITH THE GROUP, LAFAYETTE CITIZENS AGAINST TAXES, WHO, HE SAYS SPREAD MISINFORMATION IN THEIR FLYERS. ROBIDEAUX TOLD THE ADVERTISER HIS PLAN IS TO DIVERSIFY THE ECONOMY THROUGH HIS CULTURAL ECONOMY INITIATIVE, AND TO GET ABANDONED PROPERTIES, SUCH AS THE OLD COURTHOUSE, BACK INTO COMMERCE.
THERE ARE TEN DIFFERENT RUNOFF ELECTIONS IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA AFTERE TUESDAY’S PRIMARIES. ONE OF THE MOST HIGH PROFILE IS THE ELECTION OF THE LAKE CHARLES CITY MARSHAL. REPUBLICAN VIC SALVADOR WILL FACE OFF AGAINST DEMOCRAT NATHAN KELLER IN THE ELECTION ON DECEMBER EIGHT. THEY EACH RECEIVED 24 PERCENT OF THE VOTE, WITH SALVADOR AND KELLER SEPERATED BY LESS THAN ONE HUNDRED VOTES.
VERMILLION PARISH SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT JEROME PUYAU RETURNED TO WORK WEDNESDAY. JEFF HORCHAK HAS MORE.
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Democratic candidate Gwen Collins-Greenup reached the December runoff in the Louisiana’s secretary of state race with little money and no backing from her party.
Still, she faces difficult odds to win the office in the Dec. 8 showdown against Republican Kyle Ardoin, who’s working as interim secretary of state. GOP candidates combined received support from 61 percent of voters in Tuesday’s open primary, suggesting Ardoin has the advantage. Democratic Party leaders, meanwhile, were struggling to explain how Collins-Greenup reached the runoff at all, instead of the party’s endorsed contender, Renee Fontenot Free, a top aide to two former secretaries of state.
PETROQUEST ENERGY ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THEY ARE FILING FOR CHAPTER ELEVEN BANKRUPTCY. THE LAFAYETTE-BASED COMPANY IS ENTERING INTO A RESTRUCTURING AGREEMENT TO ELIMINATE MORE THAN 200 MILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT. IN A STATEMENT, PRESIDENT AND C-E-O CHARLES GOODSON SAID THE RESTRUCTURING WILL BEGIN A REBUILDING PROCESS AND NEW ERA FOR THE COMPANY AND STAKEHOLDERS ALLOWING THEM TO ADDRESS THEIR FINANCIAL TROUBLES THAT HAVE MADE IT DIFFICULT TO COMPETE. HE SAYS THEY WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE AS USUAL THROUGH THE PROCESS AND WILL HONOR THEIR COMMITMENTS TO THEIR EMPLOYEES, ROYALTY OWNERS AND PARTNERS.
A LAKE CHARLES MAN WAS SENTENCED TO FORTY YEARS IN THE STABBING DEATH OF JULIE A. MCQUILLIAMS IN FEBRUARY OF LAST YEAR. 40-YEAR-OLD RICHARD DOUGLAS WESTBROOK WAS ORIGINALLY CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER BUT PLED GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER. INVESTIGATORS SAID MCQUILLIAMS, WHO WAS 47, HAD BEEN STAYING WITH WESTBROOK FOR A FEW WEEKS BEFORE SHE WAS KILLED. THE BODY OF MCQUILLIAMS WAS FOUND BY POLICE ON LANDFAIR STREET WITH MULTIPLE STAB WOUNDS.
ISABELLA DELAHOUSSAYE, THE DAUGHTER OF THE FORMER MAYOR OF CROWLEY, IS CONTINUING TO CROSS ITEMS OFF HER BUCKET LIST AS SHE FIGHTS STAGE FOUR NONSMALL CELL LUNG CANCER, WHICH WAS DIAGNOSED IN JANUARY. LAST MONTH, DELAHOUSSAYE COMPLETED THE IRONMAN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN HAWAII AND NEXT SHE’S LOOKING TO CLIMB THE SEVEN SUMMITS. IN JANUARY SHE PLANS ON TRAVELING TO SOUTH AMERICA TO ACONCAGUA, THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN ON THAT CONTINENT, WHICH SHOULD TAKE ABOUT TWENTY DAYS TO COMPLETE. DELAHOUSSAYE IS ON AN EXPERIMENTAL DRUG WHICH IS SHRINKING TUMORS ON HER SPINE, AND REDUCING HER PAIN.
The drivers license computer system for the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles is down statewide. Workers discovered the outage as offices opened Wednesday. The office’s website says vehicle registration transactions can be completed but driver’s license transactions, including reinstatements and renewals, cannot be completed. Office of Motor Vehicles commissioner Karen St. Germain says the state Office of Technology Services is working on the problem and updates would be posted on the office’s Facebook page .