Online bond sale supports parish projects
An online auction held in February sold more than $900,000 in bonds to pay for projects in Lafourche Parish.
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Wed Mar 12, 2014
Lawmakers a no-show on voting, candidate bills
Sponsors of three bills affecting elections failed to show up at the House Governmental Affairs committee meeting Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge.
Tue Mar 11, 2014
St. Mary Parish Daily Arrest Report
According to St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert, over the last 24 hour reporting period the Sheriff's Office responded to 54 complaints and reports the following arrests: William Quebedeaux, 29, 1503 Cross Road #2 Lot #1, Bayou Vista, LA was arrested on March 10, 2014 at 2:51 pm on a warrant for molestation of a juvenile.
Mon Mar 10, 2014
The Daily Advertiser
Statewide projects vie for coastal money
<![CDATA[HOUMA, La. (AP) -- Eight wetland restoration projects are in the running for federal money this year. The Courier reports the projects include work in both Lafourche and Terrebonne parish and are among 18 others statewide vying for money set aside by the federal Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act. Simone Maloz, director of Thibodaux-based coastal restoration advocacy group Restore or Retreat, said the process is tedious, but it has aided in a number of projects and was at one time the only source of money to fight the continuing erosion of Louisiana's coastal wetlands. A task force overseeing the federal money usually allocates between $30 million and $50 million for projects each year. The task force also allocates money annually for project planning and engineering. The latest projects will be further screened in April. Following that, there will be more research on the effectiveness and longevity of the projects before money is allocated in December. The projects are judged by the programs by six environmental organizations that make up the task force. Initially, projects are allocated engineering and design money. Once those plans are developed, the project comes before the task force again to seek construction money. The remaining local projects vying for money this year are: -- The Bayou Dupont project hopes to use Mississippi River sediment to create or nourish about 300 acres of marsh near Lafitte, just east of Lafourche Parish, for $22.5 million. -- A similar project in the Barataria Bay Waterway, also near Lafitte, seeks to create 241 acres of marsh for about $29.2 million. -- The East Leeville Marsh Creation and Nourishment project, in south Lafourche, seeks to create or nourish 440 acres of marsh on Leeville's east side. -- The Grand Bayou Marsh Creation and Terracing project in the Barataria Basin seeks to create 375-480 acres of marsh and 70,000 to 77,000 feet of terracing, narrow strips of land designed to blunt wave action and build wetlands, for about $28 million. -- A project along Catfish Lake, just west of Golden Meadow, would create or nourish about 610 acres of marsh and build 18 acres terracing for about $25.6 million. -- A project near Port Fourchon seeks to create 314 acres and nourish 300 acres of emergent marsh for $26 million. -- The Lake Felicity Oyster Reef Shoreline Protection and Marsh Creation project would reduce shoreline erosion along 30,030 feet of Terrebonne Bay using an artificial oyster reef. It also creates 131 acres of marsh for $15 million to $20 million. -- The Bayou Dularge Ridge Restoration and Marsh Creation project in southwestern Terrebonne Parish includes 27,000 linear feet of ridge restoration on either side of Grand Pass and 556 acres of marsh creation or nourishment for $20 million and $25 million. ------ Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com
The Courier reports the projects include work in both Lafourche and Terrebonne parish and are among 18 others statewide vying for money set aside by the federal Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act.
Crawfish scarce, expensive; cold weather to blame
The long, cold winter means crawfish are scarce and expensive. During cold weather, crawfish stay at the bottom of their ponds or streams, and don't eat.
Sun Mar 09, 2014
Taxpayers: Shape education to enhance skills
Although education is essential to the business community, not all stakeholders agree with how some legislators are attempting to fund it.
Fri Mar 07, 2014
Medicaid changes will be tough sell
"I believe in states' rights. I think we have the right of a state to do that. ... Other states have done it."
BR housing activity performing above historic levels
Baton Rouge again topped a monthly index that measures how housing and economic activity in a city compares to normal historical levels.
Thu Mar 06, 2014
Renewal rules to change for state-authorized charter schools
Louisiana would raise the standards for state-authorized charter schools to stay in business, under rules that the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted in committee Thursday.
Wed Mar 05, 2014
Lori LeBlanc, Lori LeBlanc LLC
A new offshore committee is being formed by the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association to promote energy production and responsible development of energy resources in the Gulf of Mexico.
Sun Mar 02, 2014
President to step down at Houma high school
Officials of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux say the president of Vandebilt Catholic High School plans to retire June 30. He tells The Courier that he will not seek renewal of his contract in order to devote more time to his family.
Fri Feb 28, 2014
Thibodaux bail bondsman accused of firing gun at fugitive
Assumption Parish sheriff's deputies have arrested a bail bondsman accused of firing a gun in a Paincourtville neighborhood last month while pursuing a fugitive wanted for issuing worthless checks and contempt of court.
Wed Feb 26, 2014
Father indicted for first-degree murder for beheading disabled son
A father was indicted on charges of first-degree murder after confessing to beheading his disabled seven year-old son.
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Thibodaux police searching for shooter
Thibodaux Police are searching for a man they say grabbed a gun from his car and shot someone Tuesday night.
Tue Feb 25, 2014
Rouses plans stores in Lafayette, Livingston, Gretna
Rouses Supermarket is set to open three more stores in south Louisiana later this year, including its first Baton Rouge area location and its third in the Lafayette area.
Mon Feb 24, 2014
WWL-TV New Orleans
Woman says float rider caused dangerous situation at parade
It was supposed to be the usual Mardi Gras tradition in Thibodaux - watching parades with family and friends from your front porch.
Sun Feb 23, 2014
No-booze zones set up for Carnival
So in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes, alcohol- and tobacco-free zones have been established along parade routes for people who want to enjoy the festivities and not drink, The Daily Comet reports .
Fri Feb 21, 2014
Letter: Involved parents push change
I feel compelled to respond to the letter from Mr. Leslie, from Thibodaux no less, who feels like he has the solution to the education problems in East Baton Rouge Parish.