Old school to be apartments
ABBEVILLE - The ground has been broken and new life is about to be pumped into the old James A. Herod High School on Martin Luther King Drive in Abbeville.
On Wednesday, members of the James A. Herod Apartments Inc. organization held a ground breaking at the old Herod school.
The building is being developed on the east-end of the Herod school which were once classrooms.
The building was donated to Herod Village organization by the Vermilion Parish School Board in 1996.
Officially known as “James A. Herod Apartments., Inc.” in honor of James Herod, will convert nine rooms that have been previously used as classrooms into two bedroom apartments. Class rooms that had been used for home economic classes and the school’s library will be turned into spaces for substance abuse treatment programs and community meetings.
The architectural firm of Ardoin, Gaudet and Tolson of Opelousas and their development partner, Le Cente Evangeline, also of Opelousas, did the architectural plans and the development and presentation of grant and loan applications.
Grant funding was obtained from several sources.
In 2008, a grant award from the Louisiana Housing Trust Fund was awarded.
Contractors have 300 days to complete the work.(Abbeville Meridional)
Eunice wins Cleanest City
EUNICE - The city of Eunice once again captured the District 7 Cleanest City Contest.
It is the fourth time the city has been honored, the first being in 1963, the second in 1986 and third last year.
A point scale system of 100 is used by the district judges and in order to qualify the city had to have at least 80 points
Judges were Sharon Lemoine Juneau of Cottonport, Chris Rabalais of Bunkie, Roxanna Champagne of Lafayette, and District 7 Chairperson Betty Foret of Opelousas.
The good news was shared on Thursday morning. The city will advance to state competition, to take place early in May.
Kristine Joubert, President of Bulb & Blossom, was ecstatic thanking all involved with the effort. Chair and co-chairpersons of the contest Pam Quirk and Connie Thibodeaux expressed their gratitude to all of the city and the many people involved with the Cleanest City Contest.
The club members asked for Eunice citizens to continue to be conscientious of cleanliness for the state judging.(Eunice News)
State Park hours changed
BATON ROUGE – The Office of State Parks is announcing changes to check-in and check-out times, along with certain operating hours at its recreational sites. The changes to operating hours are to accommodate a reduction in staffing due to recent budget cuts.
Effective March 22, cabin check-out will be 10 a.m. and check-in will be at 4 p.m. Campsite check-out and check-in times will remain the same; 1 p.m. for check-out and 2 p.m. for check-in. Fee station hours will be altered as follows:
Entrance stations for sites with boat launches will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; gates will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Entrance stations for sites with no boat launches will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; gates will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Weekend (Friday and Saturday) and holiday hours will remain unchanged; 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. for sites with boat launches and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. for sites without boat launches.
On a case-by-case basis, park managers may be able to accommodate early arrivals and late departures. Operating hours for historic sites will remain 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s days.
For more information regarding Louisiana State Parks, visit www.lastateparks.com.(Ville Platte Gazette)
LDWF cites eight
VILLE PLATTE - Local Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agents cited eight people in March.
Citations were issued to the following:
•Ricky J. Ardoin of Ville Platte was charged March 6, with operating an unregistered motor boat in Evangeline Parish, by Sgt. Scott D. Fontenot.
•Brandon P. Dardeaux of Ville Platte was charged March 6, with expired boat registration certificate in Evangeline Parish, by Sgt. Scott D. Fontenot.
•Kody G. McDonald of Dry Prong was charged March 6, with angling without a license in Evangeline Parish, by Sgt. Scott D. Fontenot.
•Dustin K. Ardoin of Ville Platte was charged March 6, with angling without a license in Evangeline Parish, by Sgt. Scott D. Fontenot.
•Warren Courts of Pineville was charged in March with gross littering in Evangeline Parish, by Sgt. Scott D. Fontenot.
•Brooke Brunet Coincon of Ville Platte was charged March 27, with gross littering in Evangeline Parish by Senior Agent Steve Vidrine and Sgt. Scott Fontenot.
•Nickles Cornelus James Fontenot of Mamou was charged March 27, with angling without a license in Evangeline Parish by Senior Agent Steve Vidrine.
•Quentin Shane Guillory of Ville Platte was charged March 31, with no license plate, expired motor vehicle inspection and no insurance in Evangeline Parish, by Senior Agent Steve Vidrine and Sgt. Scott D. Fontenot.(Ville Platte Gazette)