THE BODY OF A LAFAYETTE MAN WAS RECOVERED FROM CATAHOULA LAKE IN RAPIDES PARISH SUNDAY MORNING. JEFF HORCHAK REPORTS.
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THE PASTOR OF GLAD TIDINGS CHURCH IN LAKE CHARLES WENT HOME TO BE WITH THE LORD ON FRIDAY MORNING. STEPHEN PERRY BEGAN AS PASTOR AT GLAD TIDINGS IN 2007. THE FUNERAL SERVICE WILL TAKE PLACE THIS WEDNESDAY AT GLAD TIDINGS CHURCH AT ONE P-M. VISITATION IS TOMMORROW EVENING FROM FOUR TO EIGHT AND ON WEDNESDAY FROM ELEVEN TO ONE.
AUTHORITIES IN ST. MARY PARISH HAVE FOUND THE DRIVER OF A VEHICLE WHO HIT AN ELDERLY WOMAN AND DID NOT STOP. THE WOMAN WAS HIT CROSSING L-A 182 AT TOURNAMENT BOULEVARD AND HAD TO BE AIRLIFTED TO NEW ORLEANS FOR TREATMENT. ACTING ON TIPS, BERWICK POLICE AND ST. MARY PARISH SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES LOCATED THE SUSPECT VEHICLE IN A DRIVEWAY AT A RESIDENCE IN BERWICK. ONE PERSON IS IN CUSTODY, THOUGH THE IDENTITY AND CHARGES HAVE NOT YET BEEN RELEASED.
Louisiana is taking a deep dive into its drinking water pipes and pumps as it tries to avoid a potential disaster. Gov. John Bel Edwards created the Rural Water Infrastructure Committee in March. It’s a coordinated effort including state and federal agencies. The Advocate reports the team’s job is to guide local government authorities through a patchwork of grants, loans and technical assistance to repair old and neglected pipes and pumps.
LAFAYETTE MAYOR PRESIDENT JOEL ROBIDEAUX HAS CONCEDED THAT THE NEW DIRECTOR FOR LAFAYETTE UTILITIES SYSTEM SHOULD BE PAID MUCH MORE THAN HE ORIGINALLY WANTED. AFTER TERRY HUVAL RETIRED AS DIRECTOR OF LUS AND LUS FIBER, ROBIDEAUX DECIDED TO SPLIT THE TWO AND HAVE A DIRECTOR JUST FOR LUS TO LESSEN THE WORKLOAD. HE BUDGETED 150 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THE LUS DIRECTORS SALARY BUT BASED ON RESEARCH FROM A CONSULTING FIRM ACKNOWLEDGED IT WILL BE DIFFICULT TO GET A TOP CALIBER CANDIDATE FOR THAT SALARY. LAST WEEK AN ORDINANCE WAS INTRODUCED AT THE CITY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING TO INCREASE THE LUS DIRECTOR’S SALARY TO ALMOST 240 THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR.
The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority says it has built or renewed 600 acres of marsh in Cameron Parish, and has nearly completed a slightly smaller project. The authority announced Friday that the Oyster Bayou Marsh Creation and Terracing project is complete. The $31 million project used dredged sediment to build 510 acres of salt marsh and nourish another 90 acres. It also created 2.5 miles of earthen terraces.
THERE WERE NO INJURIES FROM A HOUSE FIRE IN VILLE PLATTE LATE FRIDAY NIGHT. THE HOUSE WAS LOCATED IN THE KENNEDY SUBDIVISION. THE FIRE SPREAD TO A SECOND HOUSE BEFORE IT WAS BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.
Gov. John Bel Edwards is launching a Louisiana business summit this month that he says will link business leaders with state government officials. The Feb. 21 event also seems aimed as a promotional event for a Democratic governor running for his second term this fall. The governor’s office says the summit “will highlight Louisiana economic development success stories” and work on ways to address economic challenges in the state. The Louisiana Statewide Business Summit will be an all-day event in Baton Rouge.