Bond Commish gives green light to three Acadiana projects
The state Bond Commission has approved nearly $40 million in projects in southwest Louisiana, including three large undertakings in the Acadiana area. The local projects include education infrastructure and economic development. The commission also approved more than $42 million in GO Zone funding for continuing hurricane recovery and rebuilding.
Vermilion Parish stands the benefit the most in the Acadiana region. The commission approved a $1.4 million loan for the Vermilion Parish School Board to build a new cafeteria at Meaux Elementary. The city of Abbeville, meanwhile, has been approved for a $500,000 cooperative endeavor agreement between Economic Development District No. 1 and Lowe’s Home Centers for the installation of a Lowe’s home-improvement store. Approval of the project is subject to a Bond Commission feasibility report.
In addition, the commission approved a $570,000 loan for the Acadia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau to purchase property.
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.
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.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.