STUDENTS AT FIVE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOLS COULD BE GOING TO DIFFERENT SCHOOLS BEGINNING IN AUGUST. THAT’S BECAUSE A NEW ZONE IS BEING CREATED FOR A NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BEING BUILT IN SOUTH BROUSSARD. THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS THAT WOULD BE AFFECTED ARE ERNEST GALLET, GREEN T. LINDON, KATHARINE DREXEL, CORPORAL MIDDLEBROOK, AS WELL AS YOUNGSVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL. SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER JEREMY HIDALGO, WHO HELD A TOWN HALL MEETING LAST NIGHT AT KATHARINE DREXEL, SAYS HE DOESN’T SEE ANY MORE BIG REZONINGS TAKING PLACE IN THE NEAR FUTURE BECAUSE THERE’S NOT ANOTHER SCHOOL BEING BUILT IN THE FORSEEABLE FUTURE.
MORE DETAILS HAVE BEEN RELEASED CONCERNING AN ACCIDENT INVOLVING A MULE-DRAWN CARRIAGE AND A CAR ON SHELL BEACH DRIVE IN LAKE CHARLES. ONE OF THE DRIVERS, KAITLIN THIBODEAUX, SAYS THEY SLOWED DOWN SO THE PASSENGERS COULD TAKE A PICTURE WHEN THEY WERE HIT BY A CAR, CAUSING THE CARRIAGE TO GO INTO TRAFFIC, AND BE HIT BY ANOTHER CAR. KAITLIN AND HER HUSBAND, GARRETT, ALONG WITH TWO PASSENGERS WERE HOSPITALIZED WITH SERIOUS INJURIES. KAITLIN TELLS KPLC TV THE CARRIAGE IS LIT UP LIKE THE FOURTH OF JULY AND DRIVERS JUST NEED TO PAY ATTENTION AND GO THE SPEED LIMIT. SHE SAYS THE MULE HAD A FEW CUTS AND BRUISES AND THE CARRIAGE RIDES WILL CONTINUE.
A Louisiana judge says a company building an oil pipeline through south Louisiana trespassed on the land of three people challenging the construction — but he allowed the work to continue and awarded each of the three $150 in compensation and damages. Judge Keith Comeaux’s ruling Thursday disappointed opponents of the nearly complete Bayou Bridge Pipeline, who said they would appeal. Opponents had hoped the St. Martinville-based judge would order the pipeline removed from the relatively small amount of land involved, a fraction of a 38-acre tract. Energy Transfer Partners, the project owner, has said the 162-mile pipeline is expected to be operational by year’s end.
U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham has jumped into the Louisiana governor’s race, becoming the second Republican to announce he’ll challenge Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards in the 2019 election. The congressman’s decision Thursday comes a month after he won re-election to a third term in the U.S. House and days after U.S. Sen. John Kennedy declared that he wouldn’t run. Abraham hopes his quick decision upon Kennedy’s exit will keep other possible Republican contenders away from the race and rally GOP support for him. He joins wealthy Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone as the Republican contenders vying to keep Edwards from a second term.
A DUSON MAN, TRYING TO SELL A CELL PHONE TO A MAN HE MET ON SNAPCHAT, WAS SHOT TWICE IN WHAT POLICE ARE CALLING AN ATTEMPTED HOMOCIDE AND ROBBERY. GERALD GRUENING HAS MORE.
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PEOPLE ARE GOING TO EARTH STREET IN SULPHUR TO SEE WHAT MAY BE THE TALLEST CHRISTMAS TREE IN THE STATE. BRAD BROUSSARD DECIDED TO TURN A 46 FOOT TALL CYPRESS TREE INTO A HOLIDAY ATTRACTION, SPENDING 800 DOLLARS TO LIGHT IT UP, WHICH, HE TELLS KPLC TV, IS A SMALL PRICE TO PAY TO GET PEOPLE INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT. HE SAYS THEY DID SOME INVESTIGATING AND FOUND OUT IT MAY BE THE TALLEST CHRISTMAS TREE IN THE STATE. 24/7 WALL STREET-DOT-COM, WHICH LISTS THE TALLEST CHRISTMAS TREES IN EACH STATE, HAS LOUISIANA’S TALLEST AT JUST 30 FEET.
THE CATTLE INDUSTRY IN VERMILLION PARISH IS STRUGGLING BECAUSE OF A SHORTAGE OF HAY. CATTLEMAN COY DURKE FROM ABBEVILLE TELLS KLFY TV THAT THE CONTINUOUS RAINS SINCE SEPTEMBER HAVE NOT GIVEN THEM ENOUGH TIME TO PRODUCE AND CUT HAY. HE SAYS SOME CATTLEMEN WILL NOT BE ABLE TO HOLD OUT AND HAVE TO DUMP CATTLE ON THE MARKET, WHICH DRIVES THE MARKET DOWN. HE SAYS THEY ARE HOLDING ON, HOPING TO MAKE IT TO NEXT YEAR WHEN, HE HOPES, IT’S HOTTER AND DRYER.
The leader of Louisiana’s coastal protection and restoration efforts is leaving Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration at the end of the year to take a job in private industry. Johnny Bradberry’s resignation as Edwards’ executive assistant for coastal activities and chairman of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority takes effect Jan. 1. The Democratic governor announced Bradberry’s planned departure Thursday, as he praised Bradberry’s work since taking the job three years ago. Edwards named Chip Kline, his deputy director for coastal activities, to serve as the interim chairman of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.