District 3 School board candidates will have their sole debate tonight, just four days before voters head to the polls. A runoff will be held Nov. 4 if no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote on Saturday. Vying for the seat is retired teacher Lionel Lewis, Jr., 70;
oilfield service company salesman Elroy Broussard, 56; an; and retired teacher and Louisiana Technical College administrator Shelton Cobb, 68. Lewis, who was appointed by the school board to the District 3 seat in January following Rickey Hardy’s election to the state legislature, is running as the incumbent. Shelton Cobb is director of the Lafayette Board of Zoning Adjustments and ran for the District 3 seat before in 2006, finishing second to Hardy in a three-way race with 25 percent of the vote. Cobb, who made a failed bid for city-parish council last year, has the support of the former incumbent Hardy. The debate tonight, hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., is at 6:30 p.m. at the Alice Boucher Elementary School cafeteria.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.