A RENEWAL OF AN EXISTING PROPERTY TAX FOR THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS ON THE MAY FOURTH BALLOT. THE TEN YEAR TAX RENEWAL, WHICH GENERATES ABOUT 20 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR FOR THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE, HAS RECEIVED LITTLE PUBLICITY. SHERIFF MARK GARBER SAYS HE TRUSTS THE PUBLIC TO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THE QUALITY OF SERVICES HIS OFFICE PROVIDES AND DOESN’T FIND IT NECESSARY TO EDUCATE THEM ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE TAX. ALSO ON THE BALLOT IN LAFAYETTE PARISH IS THE RENEWAL OF A ONE-POINT-5 MILL PROPERTY TAX FOR THE TECHE VERMILLION FRESHWATER DISTRICT. EARLY VOTING FOR THE MAY FOURTH ELECTION BEGINS TOMORROW AND LASTS THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SATURDAY.
THE LAKE CHARLES CITY COUNCIL DID NOT APPROVE A PROPOSED PROGRAM TO ANALYZE EVERY CITY STREET TO DETERMINE WHICH NEEDED MORE WORK. THE DIRECTOR OF PLANNING AND ENGINEERING FOR LAKE CHARLES, MIKE HUBER, SAYS THE PROGRAM WOULD HAVE HELPED THEM TO ANALYZE ALL CITY STREETS FROM AN ENGINEER’S PERSPECTIVE AND ALLOWED THEM TO CREATE A PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE PROGRAM. THE VOTE WAS THREE-TO-THREE. THOSE VOTING AGAINST IT WERE CONCERNED ABOUT THE 220 THOUSAND DOLLAR PRICE TAG.
HIGH WINDS POSE A THREAT TO POWER LINES NEAR OVERGROWN TREES. JEFF HORCHAK TELLS US ABOUT SLEMCO’S EFFORT TO ALLEVIATE THE PROBLEM.
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A Louisiana abortion clinic is asking the Supreme Court to strike down regulations that could leave the state with just one clinic. A divided high court had previously agreed to block the law pending a full review of the case. An appeal being filed with the court Wednesday says the justices should now take the next step and declare the law an unconstitutional burden on the rights of women seeking an abortion. The Louisiana provision is similar to a Texas law the court struck down in 2016.
JUST DAYS AFTER ANNOUNCING HE WAS CONSIDERING RUNNING FOR LAFAYETTE MAYOR PRESIDENT, ATTORNEY JOSH GUILLORY TOLD SEVERAL MEDIA OUTLETS YESTERDAY HE IS IN THE RACE. GUILLORY IS SEEKING TO REPLACE JOEL ROBIDEAUX, WHO ANNOUNCED ON FRIDAY HE WOULD NOT SEEK REELECTION. THE ONLY OTHER ANNOUNCED CANDIDATE IS CARLEE ALM-LABAR, WHO IS A FORMER DIRECTOR IN THE LAFAYETTE CONSOLIDATED GOVERNMENT. YOUNGSVILLE MAYOR KEN RITTER SAYS HE ALSO IS CONSIDERING ENTERING THE RACE. THE PRIMARY WILL BE HELD ON OCTOBER 12TH.
THERE WERE TWO TRAGEDIES INVOLVING FRESHMEN AT JENNINGS HIGH SCHOOL THIS YEAR. IN JANUARY, HUNNER LEBLANC WAS ACCIDENTALLY SHOT IN THE NECK AND LAST MONTH EVAN REED WAS KILLED IN A CAR CRASH. YESTERDAY THE BASEBALL TEAM HELD AN EXHIBITION GAME TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE FAMILIES OF THE TWO STUDENTS. MORE THAN TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS WAS COLLECTED TO GIVE TO THE FAMILIES OF HUNNER AND EVAN.
A CHURCH POINT MAN IS WANTED ON FRAUD CHARGES FOR ACCEPTING MONEY TO BUILD A FENCE BUT NEVER DOING IT. 42-YEAR-OLD MILAN M. GALA WAS OPERATING THE A-1 FENCE COMPANY BUT POLICE CHIEF DALE THIBODEAUX SAYS THEY LEARNED THAT THE BUSINESS IS NOT LEGITIMATE. HE SAYS A FURTHER INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT GALA HAD DONE THIS BEFORE IN OTHER TOWNS AND PARISHES. A WARRANT OF FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR GALA WAS ISSUED OUT OF DISTRICT COURT IN CROWLEY.
Louisiana officials are calling for prayers for former Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who has entered hospice care for incurable cancer. The 76-year-old Democrat served from 2004 to 2008 as Louisiana’s first and only female governor. Blanco’s time in office included the devastating hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She was diagnosed and treated for a rare eye cancer in 2011. It returned and spread to her liver in 2017.