RAYNE IS MAKING A MAJOR UPGRADE TO THE TOWN’S WATER SYSTEM FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SIX DECADES. SYVIA MASTERS HAS MORE.
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The U.S. Coast Guard says the offshore service vessel that capsized in the Gulf of Mexico in a deadly April disaster will have to be brought ashore in sections. A Coast Guard news release said Wednesday that the Seacor Power has rotated in the spot where it partially sank off Louisiana’s coast, and cracking indicates its structural integrity is compromised. Salvage efforts will include the use of a submersible barge that can be maneuvered under larger sections of the vessel. The Coast Guard says the largest sections could be removed by the end of June, depending on the weather and other factors.
The Lousiana Senate voted 38-0 for the final version of legislation by Democratic Sen. Cleo Fields that will require kindergarten attendance for children who turn 5 years old by Sept. 30 of each year. The House backed it in a 70-32 vote. Gov. John Bel Edwards supports the bill and will sign it into law. The requirement will take effect with the 2022-23 school year.
FEMA WILL REIMBURSE LAKE CHARLES FOR NINETY PERCENT OF THE COST OF DEBRIS REMOVAL FOLLOWING HURRICANE LAURA LAST YEAR. SENATOR JOHN KENNEDY’S OFFICE SAYS IT AMOUNTS TO MORE THAN FORTY-SIX MILLION DOLLARS. KENNEDY SAYS LAKE CHARLES RESIDENTS ARE STILL PICKING UP THE PIECES FROM THE LAST HURRICANE SEASON AND ARE WAITING FOR THE HELP THEY DESERVE FROM THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION. KENNEDY’S OFFICE SAYS MORE THAN TWO MILLION CUBIC YARDS OF DEBRIS WERE REMOVED.
SAINT MARTIN PARISH SHERIFF BECKET BREAUX SAYS HE BELIEVES SCAMMERS ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THOSE LOOKING FOR JOBS ONLINE. ONE SAINT MARTIN PARISH WOMAN SAYS SHE WAS SCAMMED THREE SEPARATE TIMES WHILE LOOKING FOR A JOB BUT NOTICED SOMETHING WAS FISHY BEFORE SHE BECAME A VICTIM. BREAUX SAYS BE ON THE ALERT IF YOU ARE ASKED FOR PERSONAL INFORMATION LIKE YOUR PERSONAL ADDRESS, BANK ACCOUNT AND SOCIAL SECURITY CARD, THINGS YOU NORMALLY WOULD PROVIDE ONLY IF A JOB IS OFFERED AND ACCEPTED. HE SAYS IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE BEEN SCAMMED, CONTACT YOUR LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT.
TWO LAFAYETTE CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS HAVE SIGNED A PROCLAMATION DECLARING GAY PRIDE MONTH IN LAFAYETTE. THE COUNCIL MEMBERS, GLENN LAZARD AND PATRICK LEWIS, WILL PRESENT THE PROCLAMATION AT TUESDAY’S REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING, AND OTHER COUNCIL MEMBERS WILL DECIDE IF THEY WILL SIGN IT BEFORE THE MEETING. MAYOR PRESIDENT JOSH GUILLORY HAS REJECTED CALLS TO DECLARE PRIDE MONTH IN LAFAYETTE. HE HAS SAID IN THE PAST IT IS NOT THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT TO PUT FORWARD PROCLAMATIONS LIKE THIS, ACCORDING TO KATC TV.
Louisiana won’t be expanding the state Supreme Court. House lawmakers Wednesday blocked debate on the proposal the day before the legislative session ends. The bill would have increased the high court from seven justices to nine starting in 2025. The move was expected to create at least one new majority-minority district on the high court and require a redrawing of districts for the first time in decades.
A NEW IBERIA ARTIST IS USING ART TO REPAIR CRACKS IN THE SIDEWALKS ALONG MAIN STREET. SYLVIA MADAJEWSKI GOT THE IDEA FROM AN ARTICLE HER FRIEND SENT HER AND SHE BEGAN USING TILE AND BEADS TO FILL IN THE CRACKS. SHE’S HOPING TO INSPIRE OTHERS TO JOIN IN AND CREATE THEIR OWN MOSAIC ART. MADAJEWSKI SAYS THE PROJECT IS ABOUT CREATING SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL THAT THE PUBLIC WILL ENJOY.