On Thursday November 16, 2017 at 12:18 pm, the Eunice Police Department responded to a bomb threat at Eunice Junior High School. A call was received concerning a note that had been located by a school employee. Upon officers’ arrival, all students and faculty members from both Eunice Junior High School, located at 751 W Oak Ave, and Eunice Elementary School, located at 451 S 9th Street, were moved to a secure predetermine location.
Officers quickly completed a comprehensive sweep of the buildings for any suspicious objects, finding none. Students and faculty were cleared to return to their schools at 1:19 pm. The note was seized as evidence and the investigation is ongoing.
Chief Randy Fontenot would like to express his appreciation to the students and faculty members for remaining calm and following their emergency plan. For the safety of the students, parents were not allowed to pick up their children until they were safely returned to the schools. This practice is followed at all such events so each student can be accounted for.
Sheriff Eddie Soileau, of the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office has released the following:
On Thursday, November 9, 2017 at approximately 4:40pm an Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputy was dispatched out for an Armed Robbery near the 2400 block of 7th Street (Eastside Subdivision) in Ville Platte, LA.
The initial investigative interview by Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Deputy revealed that a male subject wearing a bandana partially over his face held the victim at gun point. The victim said the male subject took her purse by force and fled on foot. At some point, the male subject walks up to a vehicle being driven by Charles Herbert and leaves the scene with him, after which the male suspect exited the vehicle and fled on foot.
The male subject was later identified as Kendell Pete, 18 of Ville Platte. The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance from the Public in locating Pete. Pete is known to frequent the area of the Eastside Subdivision and occasionally be at the residence of 2481 2nd Street in the Eastside Sub.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division by phone at 337-363-2161. All callers with information will remain anonymous. Subject is considered to be Armed and Dangerous.
Kendell Pete has an active warrant for Armed Robbery w/Use of a Firearm signed by 13th Judicial Judge Gary Ortego.
Supervisor Penny McDaniel had good news to share with the Evangeline Parish School Board Wednesday based on the just released early childhood performance profiles. The report card for the school district’s pre school program including Head Start and two day care centers showed an overall above average score of 5.26 out of a possible 7 score. “We are thrilled with the scores. In fact, the pre- school program at Vidrine had the highest score in the state,” McDaniel remarked.
More good news came from Supt. Of Schools Darwan Lazard who announced the school performance scores were released from state Department of Education. “Evangeline Parish is still a B District. We have 9 - B schools and 2- C schools. We are very proud of our teachers and principals for the hard work they do every day in our schools,” said Lazard.
The school board approved the lease of a huge Xerox printer at a cost of $76,375 at the request of Assistant Supt. Of Schools Mike Lombas. He explained to school board members that the wave of the future is no longer textbooks The new 16 foot long machine will print 4 million pages a year for student modules. “It will save the school district a ton of money down the road over the cost of adopting textbooks”.
In other news:
--it was announced that the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the new Teacher Training and Technology Center will be Dec. 13 from 4:45-5:45pm. The public will be invited.
--recognized the two winnners in the cleanest school contest for the past quarter: Mamou Elementary and Basile High School. The custodians were each given $25 gift cards ;
--was announced that there will only be one board meeting in December and January: December 13 and January 17.
Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue reports two arrests for felony theft.
On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, Officers with the Ville Platte Police Department responded to a report of theft on Tom Drive. Upon arrival Officers learned that many items were taken from the home including two televisions, two PlayStation gaming consoles, home stereo system, clothing, purses, shoes, cell phones, towels and wash cloths, jewelry box and multiple miscellaneous items.
Assigned to the incident was Detective Sergeant Steven Deville. Deville received information that a white female and a white male removed the items from the residence and placed them into a white Ford pickup truck and left the area. A short time later Deville located the truck at a residence on Theophile Road. After obtaining and executing a search warrant, most of the stolen items were located in the residence, truck and shed. While searching the shed for items the two suspects were discovered hiding behind a headboard that was stored in the shed. Two arrests were made and all items recovered were returned to the owner.
Christopher Dan Aucoin 35, of 221 Hill Street, Eunice, was arrested without incident and booked into the Ville Platte City Jail charged with felony theft. Aucoin remain incarcerated in an $18,000.00 bond set by Judge Gary Ortego.
Jamie Carter, 37 of 1058 Andrus Lane, St. Landry was arrested without incident and booked into the Ville Platte City Jail charged with felony theft. Carter remains incarcerated in an $18,000.00 bond set by Judge Gary Ortego.
The Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce, today (Wednesday), heard from Julie Spor, the owner of a new cleaning company “Sweet Tea and Suds Cleaning Company” headquartered out of St. Landry. She announced that she does residential and commercial cleaning throughout the area. She also announced that they are bonded and insured.
The chamber also welcomed new members: Sweet Tea and Suds Cleaning, Premiere Data Systems of Opelousas, Buller Family Dentistry in Mamou and Judy Guillory.
The new manager at the Ville Platte Wal-Mart, Connie introduced herself and said she wants to work with local groups in supporting the community.
It was announced that Congressman Mike Johnson will have a Town hall meeting in Ville Platte Friday Dec. 15 at 1:30pm at the Boys and Girls Club which is located at the old nursing home facility. The public is invited to attend.
Chamber members were urged to participate in the Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade Sunday Dec. 3 at 5;30pm with lineup at 5;00pm at the Boys and Girls Club.
There will be no December Chamber meeting. The next chamber meeting will be Wednesday January 17 at 12 noon.
District 6200 Rotary District Governor Martha Collins of Houma visited the Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) during their noon luncheon. She earlier visited with the club’s board members. Also accompanying her at the meeting were her husband, former District Governor Mike Collins and Assistant District Governor Richard Hidalgo of Opelousas.
Collins praised the local club for the projects they are doing for the local community such as scholarships, the Choices Program and the Interact Club. She urged members to contribute more to the Rotary Foundation to help people in need all over the world. She gave one example dealing with polio cases. A few years ago, there were 1000 new cases of polio every day in the world. With the help of Rotary and other groups, the cases were reduced to just 14 cases a day in just two countries.
She encouraged the Ville Platte club to apply for District grants to help with community projects up to $5000. Also, Rotary International grants are available for projects of $30,000 or more.
In closing she told club members that there are 1.2 million Rotarians in the world, 35,000 clubs and is in over 200 countries.
She said , “You should quit giving when there are no more hungry children, homeless veterans and no more polio cases.”
In other business, it was announced that the Rotary Club will begin its annual Choices program to 9th graders in parish schools on December 4.
A Mamou man was arrested on November 4 and charged with attempted murder in connection with a shooting incident, according to Phyllis Soileau with the Mamou Police Department. The subject was identified as Diquon Richard, age 19 of 1074 Shorty Lane, Mamou. The police spokesperson said the dispute centered between the subject and 3 adults and 3 juveniles. It began at the Exxon station and moved to Savoy Medical Center. The argument led, according to the police, to Richard getting a pistol from his vehicle and began firing shots at the the group. No one was injured. One bullet hit the hospital building. Richard was charged with attempted murder and his bond has been set at $125,000.
Two women were charged with attempting to drop off drugs to a patient at a chemical dependency facility in Mamou. The suspects were identified as Terrika Richard age 31 of Decater, Georgia and Sharonne Tezeno age 29 of 1425 MLK Drive, Ville Platte. Richard was arrested and charged with distribution of schedule 4 and schedule 2 drugs and entering contraband into a medical institution. Tezeno was charged with two counts of being a principal to the charges. Tezeno drove the car for Richard. Richard is accused of leaving drugs for a patient right outside the New Horizons Chemical Dependency facility in Mamou.
In another case, three Ville Platte men and four juveniles were arrested last week in connection with the theft of two four wheelers. The adult suspects were identified as Dalonvo Alfred age 17, Derrick Clark age 19 and Kendall Clark age 17 all of Ville Platte. They were each charged with theft over $5,000, trespassing, obstruction of justice and four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Also arrested were four juveniles, ranging from 16-16 years old. Mamou Police in cooperation with the Ville Platte Police were able to recover two 4-wheelers: one stolen from Ville Platte and one stolen from a residence on Duos street.
After holding a public hearing prior to its meeting Tuesday, the Ville Platte City Council adopted an ordinance approving the sale of up to five million dollars in utility bonds to complete phase three and phase four of the city wide water line replacement project.. Phase three is ending and phase four, the final phase, will concentrate on Main and LaSalle Street water lines next year.
Also the city council adopted another ordinance to partner with the Louisiana Municipal Association and use their administrative hearing protocol in dealing with overgrown properties such as tall grass and overgrown vegetation.
Mayor Jennifer Vidrine announced that the city is accepting nominations for a slogan for the new “Welcome Sign” to be erected on the east side entrance way in front of Tobacco Plus. The new welcome sign will also have a flag display and a lighted fountain.
She announced work crews are stringing up the Christmas lights on city streets but they will not be lit until Dec. 1. The annual Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade is scheduled for Dec. 3 at 5:30pm.
In other action the city council:
--heard that Thaddeus Arvie of Chataignier is proposing to paint a mural of Dr. Martin Luther King on the side of the Southside MLK center once the council approves the sketch drawing and the cost;
--received news that city expenses dropped from September to October by some $57,362;
--approved the hiring of Shannon Semien as a patrol officer with the Ville Platte Police Department;
-received a report from the city fire department that in October the fire department responded to a total of 28 calls including seven structure fires.
One of the largest crowds of people in quite a few years jammed Sixth Street in Mamou to attend the Veteran’s Day parade and then gathered at the American Legion Post Home grounds for the flag raising and public speaking event.
The weather was perfect for a parade with clear skies and mild temperatures. The crowds of people viewed one of the largest and longest parades in years with Parade Marshal Retired General Ben Soileau greeting the throng. There were veterans riding in classic cars, jeeps, ATV’s and other vehicles. Two bands performed during the parade: Mamou High and Basile High.
At the public speaking event, there was a fly over by a crop dusting plane and a helicopter. American Legion Post 123 Commander Charles Perdices was the emcee. General Soileau was the keynote speaker. Also speaking were District Judges Gary Ortego and Chuck West. A representative for Congressman Mike Johnson read a letter to the crowd in attendance. Mamou elementary students were awarded medals for their essays and shoe box patriotic displays. The Mamou elementary students enrolled in French Immersion said the Pledge of Allegiance in French and English. Fr. Richard Vidrine, a veteran himself, gave the invocation. The Mamou High band performed a number of patriotic songs during the program. Former commander James Fontenot was given a plaque of appreciation for his service to the legion post.
At the conclusion of the program, auctioneer Kevin Fontenot auctioned off several home- made cakes and pies as a fund raiser for the post home.
Rotary Club hears from Nancy Tabb Marcantel
November 7, 2017
The Rotary Club of Ville Platte today (Tuesday) heard from Nancy Tabb Marcantel, President of the Animal Rescue Foundation of Louisiana that has been helping rescue and save dogs for the past 20 years. Marcantel is a well know singer and performer but her first love is saving animals.
She shared several rescue stories with rotary club members. One story dealt with sending a lab to the President of the New York Yankees. Five of the labs her group rescued became New York City police dogs.
Another dog was sent to an autistic child who never spoke but a few weeks after the child got the dog, he began speaking to the dog.
Another rescue dog saved the life of a two year old who fell into the backyard pool.
She was the special guest of Rotarian Annie Fruge.
Club President Wayne Vidrine and Rotarian Leonard Glenn Fontenot installed Bob Buroker and his wife, Barbara as official members.
On Monday, November 6, 2017 the Evangeline Parish Police Jury held their monthly meeting.
Charles Guillory, Ville Platte District Manager at the Department of Probation and Parole, announced his retirement in an address to the jury, and his decision to run for Sheriff in the October 2019 election. Guillory stated that it’s time to retire and put his experience to work for Evangeline Parish. Guillory is a military veteran with 37 years of State Employment experience. Guillory graduated from Police Academy and is knowledgeable about Louisiana law.
Business approved by Police Jury:
A resolution was adopted and approved committing parish funds of up to $14,485 towards Gustav/Ike Beacon Gully Drainage Project.
2017 millages were reviewed and adopted.
The October 2, 2017 Public Hearing, Committee, and Regular Meeting Minutes were approved.
The reappointment of Vic Slaven to the Te Mamou Water Board was approved.
The replacement of Amy Fontenot on Tourism Commission with Judy Guillory was approved.
Jury selected Edie Guillory as new Administrative Assistant for Health Unit.
The Evangeline Communications budget for 2018 was approved.
The replacement of Bradley Ardoin on the Library Board with Sandra Salazar was approved.
The payment of bills on file in the Police Jury Office was approved.
Public Works Director Chester Granger gave his report.
Granger led with most recent news of someone stealing limestone from their stock piles. The Sheriff’s department was notified and the situation was handled.
Granger discussed the purchasing of new equipment, and reported that 2% equipment in District 2 is doing beautiful work, and Ward 2 equipment in District 7 is doing well also. Granger reported an incident that happened with one of their drivers a week ago. The driver was uninjured and the truck, which had been turned over on its side, had moderate damage. The driver was under a 90-day probation period, and as of 9:00 am Monday morning the driver was dismissed. A major incident within a 90-day probation period calls for dismissal. District 1,8, and 9 areas of Region A will start looking for a replacement driver. Drivers must have CDL, and must pass drug test and physical.
Lamar Johnson from District 4 was not in attendance, but asked the jury to approve the cutting of a few trees. Lamar stated in a letter addressed to the jury that two trees in Pratt cemetery need to be cut and costs would come out of Ward 5 cemetery funds. He stated that two other trees also need to be cut, but are in different locations, and costs would come out of road funds. Johnson’s request was approved by jury members.
Secretary-Treasurer Donald Bergeron gave his report.
Bergeron reported that Secretary of State Tom Schedler, and Governor John Bel Edwards approved a 2% pay increase for state classified employees who work in a Registrar of Voters office. Bergeron stated that there are currently two employees in their Registrar of Voters office who are classified. Police Jury will be required to pay a 1% increase to the two employees at the Registrar of Voters office, beginning January 1st.
Lastly, Bergeron reported sales tax collections for September were $267,208.91.
Evangeline School District Officials Speak at Rotary Club Meeting
October 31, 2017
Evangeline Parish Superintendent of Schools Darwan Lazard and Assistant Superintendent of Schools Mike Lombas were the special guest speakers at today’s(Tuesday) meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club.
Superintendent Lazard told club members that the Evangeline School District has a five year goal to move from textbooks to all electronic devices in the hands of all 6001 students. He said Vidrine Elementary is taking the lead in this effort as they have adopted the Google platform.
He reported at Chicot Elementary, Health and Fitness is emphasized and teachers were able to secure over $25,000 in grant funding.
The school board was able to secure funding without additional taxes to construct a Teacher Training and Technology Center adjacent to the school board office. He reported that French Immersion is going well at both Mamou and Ville Platte elementary schools.
Assistant Superintendent Lombas reported that high school students can take advantage of dual enrollment courses to gain college credit. In fact, 26 students in the new LSU-E academy are working toward receiving their Associates college degree when they receive their high school diploma. A total of 168 parish students are participating in dual enrollment courses with LSUE earning college credit.
Lombas also announced that the school district has begun a career academy to encourage students to go into education. “We need to grow our own teachers. There are not enough teachers to fill the vacancies,” he said.
Lombas praised the local school district. He said he has worked in a number of school systems in the state but “the best school district I have ever worked for is here in Evangeline Parish. Our public schools are heading in the right direction.”
Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue reports a Ville Platte man was arrested in an ongoing investigation.
On September 23, Officers responded to a report of an assault where Officers learned that the victim had been struck with a set of brass knuckles causing a laceration to the top of the victim’s head which required multiple stitches. After further investigation a warrant was issued for Steveniski Frank, 26 of 520 East Jackson Street, Ville Platte on a charge of aggravated second degree battery.
On Saturday, October 28, Officers responding to a call to have him removed from his mother’s home on East Jackson Street, located Frank walking away from the residence. Upon arresting Frank on the warrant for aggravated second degree battery, they located a loaded sawed off shot gun and extra rounds inside a duffle bag being carried by Frank. Officers and Detectives found that the serial numbers on the shotgun had been scratched off. Frank was also charged with carrying of a firearm by a convicted felon, illegal carrying of a weapon, and firearm with obliterated number. Frank was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail on a $110,000.00 bond and transferred to the Evangeline Parish Jail where he remains incarcerated.
Chief Lartigue reminds citizens to report suspicious and illegal activity immediately to the Ville Platte Police Department by calling 363-1313. Your call will remain anonymous.
After all the rain Friday, the third annual Louisiana Experience Festival began with lots of sunshine and a brisk northerly wind. The cool weather did not keep away festival goers. The festival grounds quickly filled up with visitors enjoying the live music, food booths and arts and crafts booths. Also again this year, there was another classic car show with even more vintage vehicles on display. The festival is held on the LSUE campus grounds and is sponsored by the Eunice Rotary Club. One new display this year was a huge Ag Village with tractors and implements, livestock show and even Smokey Bear was present. The Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI road crew, Josh and Mark, were there covering it with a live remote broadcast
Ville Platte Man in Jail After Troopers Find Cocaine in Vehicle
Calcasieu Parish – A Ville Platte Man was arrested last night after Troopers found cocaine in the vehicle he was driving on Interstate 10 in Calcasieu Parish.
On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, shortly after 9:00 p.m., a Trooper assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop D stopped a 2013 Buick Lacrosse on Interstate 10 east for a traffic violation. Troopers requested permission to search the vehicle but the driver, 39-year-old Eric Richard of Ville Platte, refused to give consent.
A State Police K-9 was deployed and indicated the presence of narcotics in the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, approximately 2 pounds of powdered cocaine with an estimated street value of $74,000 was located in the vehicle.
Richard was charged with following too close, defective vehicle equipment and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. He was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center.
If convicted, Richard faces up to 30 years in prison and up to a $50,000 fine.
Troopers work to protect the citizens of our state from the illicit manufacturing, distribution, selling, and use of drugs by enforcing federal and state laws governing such activities. The general public may report narcotic and/or drug violations by calling the nearest State Police Narcotics office. For local office phone numbers please visit our website, www.LSP.org.
A large group of Bayou Chicot Elementary teachers and parents Wednesday filled the Evangeline Parish School Board meeting room as the school was being showcased for their ability to secure health and wellness grand funding. Chicot School Principal Mary Chris Fontenot and Food Supervisor Karen Soileau announced that some $25,000 in grant funding was awarded to the rural school through the hard work of two school teachers: Ann Soileau and Amy Andrus.
The two instructors explained some of the projects that were funded: walk kits that let students walk around and listen to instructive pod casts through an “Eat, Move and Grow grant; they were able to get grant funds to install basketball goals for Jr. High students; involving school students to grow and appreciate home gardening by involving students to grow the largest cabbage head and win a $1000; a grab and go breakfast to encourage students to eat a healthy breakfast by giving them the option to grab a healthy breakfast kit and eat it in the classroom; received an award to take a school class on a fully funded class trip to a civil war site. Their big goals now are to secure funding to air condition the school gym, construct a school track and install an electronic sign for the school. Supt. Darwan Lazard and members of the school thanked the two teachers and principals for their hard work. Principal Mary Chris Fontenot played an original song sung by seventh graders called “We Got Class” using the music from a Lady Antebellum song “You Look Good.” KVPI plans to play the song back during La Tass de Café Monday morning at 8:30am on KVPI AM and FM.
In other action, Chief Financial Officers Amy Lafleur reported that sales tax collections are down $47,210 in September as compared to the previous September.
Supt. Lazard, members of the staff and all of the school board were all wearing special shirts recognizing bus drivers. This week is “National School Bus Safety Week”. “This is our way of saying how much we appreciate their service to our students”, Lazard said.
Technology Supervisor Connie Guillory reported that with the assistance of E-Rate funding, the Evangeline Parish School District was able to save nearly $500,000 in funding for technology such as internet access, Wi Fi and Wide Area Network.
Supt. Lazard announces that businesses who hire school students in the new work based special education program will be able to get tax credits from the state.
The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from Vicky Dupre, with the Louisiana Dept. of Insurance’s S.H.I.P. program. SHIP stands for Louisiana Senior Health Insurance Information Program. The program offers free Medicare counseling. There are 816,000 Medicare recipients in Louisiana. Right now, it is Medicare Open Enrollment through the end of the December. Her agency offers free counseling for Medicare. Her counselors have no connection with any insurance company or product. She encourages seniors to call her office toll free at 1-800-259-5300 for information and advice. She was the special guest of Rotary Club member Lisa Deshotel.
In other club news, Club President Wayne Vidrine announced that the Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser was given a tour of Chicot State Park by State Rep. Bernard LeBas and shown how the park needs additional financial assistance.
Also, it was announced that that the rotary club will sponsor a Halloween social next Tuesday night Oct. 24 at 6;00pm at Dr. Aswell’s Camping Lodge near Chicot Park. Due to the social taking place, there will be no noon meeting next week.
The 2017 Grand Parade of Cotton rolled down Main Street today at noon with a long line of marching units, floats and queens and dignitaries. Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI was there broadcasting live from the start of the parade at Investar Bank.
The weather was warm and the crowds of family, friends and well wishers packed along the side of the track Sunday afternoon for the 2017 running of the Tournoi. Here are the results of the running of the Tournoi:
Congratulations to the 2017 Tournoi Champ-Eric Guillory who has won it for the sixth time in a row. No Tournoi champ has ever done that before. Eric and his horse, General Lee also won the fastest time award. Eric is a third generation rider: his father Kent Guillory won the championship in 1991 and Eric’s grandfather, Winston Guillory, -a three time champ in 1963, 1965 and 1971. Eric also won the champion saddle in memory of Alyssa Guillory donated by Mr and Mrs. John L. Soileau.
Second place-Marcus Guillory, Third Place-Ryan Haller, Fourth Place-Kent Saucier, Fifth Place- Alex Haller; Sixth Place- Keith Saucier; Seventh Place- Lisa Crane; Eith Place- John Ross Guillory; Ninth Place- Paul Fontenot and Tenth Place- Shane Lee. The top ten this year are automatically qualified to run in next year’s running of the Tournoi. The sportsmanship award went to Bryce Johnson who fell off his horse while competing in the second round. Acadian Ambulance medics attended to him and said he is going to an area hospital to be treated for a fractured arm.
Once again this year, we had the mother-daughter team of Lisa Crane and Cheyenne Crane competing in the Tournoi.
This year’s Tournoi was dedicated to the Late Jerry Dupre, past Tournoi board member. Once again this year’s emcee was Charlie Manuel. Miss Tournoi Queen is Holly Kay, Teen Tournoi Queen is Charley Bieber and Junior Tournoi Queen is Samara LaFleur.
KVPI-FM 92.5 was there covering the entire Tournoi with Mark and A.J. from start to the announcement of the winners. KVPI has been covering Tournoi events since we signed on in 1953.
The turnout for Saturday’s election in Evangeline Parish as well as statewide was light due to the few local races to generate a lot of interest among the voters.
There were no local elections in Evangeline Parish. Here are the parish results:
For Secretary of State: Angele Davis was the top vote getter with 479 voters, followed by John Shroeder with 407 votes, Derrel Edwards with 358 votes, Neil Riser with 331 votes, Terry Hughes 51 votes and Joseph Little with 32 votes. Statewide, there appears to be a runoff in the works for State Treasurer between Derrell Edwards with 31 percent of the vote and the second place finisher John Shroeder with 24 percent of the vote. Angele Davis was third with 22 percent, Neil Riser with 18 percent, Terry Hughes with 3 percent and Joseph Little with 2 percent of the vote.
In the amendments: Amendment #1 which offers an exemption of property taxes for construction sites passed by 66 percent of the voters statewide. Here in Evangeline Parish, 1119 votes for and 474 votes no;
Amendmbet #2- offers homestead exemption for unmarried surviving spouse, 67 percent of the voters statewide said year. Here is Evangeline Parish, voters passed it 1119 votes for and 534 voters no;
Amendment #3 dedicates any new taxes into a construction sub-fund. That amendment passed statewide by 53 percent of the voters. In Evangeline Parish, it was voted down 822 to 817.
Special thanks to the Clerk of Court’s staff for their assistance in getting these numbers for our listeners.