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Lake Arthur swears in new members

LAKE ARTHUR – The interim mayor and an interim councilman have been sworn in here. Sherry Crochet was chosen by the council to temporarily assume the duties of mayor following the June 5 resignation of former mayor Robert “Robbie” Bertrand. To replace Crochet’s council seat, resident Samson “Poncho” LeJeune was selected to act as interim […]

Police chief’s pay to be decided next week

WELSH – A public hearing concerning a proposed $15,000 salary increase for the police chief here will be held at the start of the July 11 meeting of the board of aldermen. Citizens will have the chance to weigh in on the raise proposal during the public hearing. Aldermen will then decide whether to amend […]

Council accepts project bid

LAKE ARTHUR – The council here has awarded the contract for its Lake Street Overlay Project to Elliott Construction, LLC out of Arnaudville. The project will include the overlay for the entire length of Lake Street to Orange Street. It is the second half of an overall plan that includes the replacement of the waterlines […]

Utility, garbage rates increasing July 1

City water and sewer rates will increase by 5 percent starting July 1, while garbage collection rates will go up by 1 percent. The city council approved the increases this week, along with a 2 percent pay increase for full-time employees. Mayor Terry Duhon said the 5 percent increase will equal about $1.50 more per […]

Salary increases, pay ordinances top agenda

FENTON – During a special meeting held here Wednesday morning, pay raises for the mayor and chief of police were proposed, as well as a proposal to change the village clerk pay rate from salary to hourly, following the denial of a pay increase for village employees. After a lengthy discussion regarding an $80,000 increase […]

Parish working against weather to maintain roads

The rainy season is causing parish employees to work overtime to maintain the quality of gravel roads across the area. Police Jury Administration Supervisor Randy Ringuet said he is aware the public is dealing with compromised gravel roads all over the parish as excessive downpours cause washouts and flooding. “This has been a particularly wet […]

Summer Feeding Program winding down

After losing some events due to recent Tropical Storm Cindy, the Summer Feeding Program here in Jennings will offer a fun and exciting end to the summer with an array of activities next week. The program is designed to allow students who rely on meals during the school year to continue to get the proper […]

Juneteenth Festival returns to Welsh

WELSH – The annual Juneteenth Festival here will celebrate the abolition of slavery with a day of family activities between Bethune and Richmond parks. Juneteenth commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement that slavery had been abolished in Texas. Today, the holiday celebrates the emancipation of slaves throughout the southern US. “Celebrating a day of remembrance […]

Fenton alderwoman opposes salary increase

FENTON – A special meeting was held here this week to discuss the 2017-18 budget. While discussing the approval of specific items, one official questioned the need for an $80,000 increase in the budget line item for employee salary increases. During the Wednesday morning meeting, Fenton Alderwoman Gwen Johnson said she felt the increase was […]

Fenton mayor details community center plans

FENTON — Officials here are seeking to purchase additional property for the future construction of a community center. Aldermen voted in favor of the new center last year, which was included in the 2016-17 budget. However, some property that was set aside for the center has since been earmarked for another pending project. “Initially the […]

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