St. Landry Parish Government - Working Together for Better Communities

The St. Landry Parish Veterans Memorial — a project 10 years in the making that has experienced setbacks and obstacles over the years — has announced its opening ceremony. Pat Mason-Guillory said a formal dedication ceremony has been set for 6 p.m. Sept. 10. “There is still a lot of work to do on the park, but for the dedication, it’s ready,” she said Wednesday. “The granite facing panels are up; the seals are in place. We are ready to go,” said Mason-Guillory, who has headed the project since it began in 2004. The committee had hoped to dedicate the monument on Memorial Day.

This week Karl Aucoin, with Aucoin & Associates, opened the second set of bids for the Smooth Ride Home rural road improvement program. This time to upgrade 62 miles of roads north of U.S. 190 and in the Eunice area. It did even better. The apparent low bid by Coastal Bridge of Baton Rouge was $12,783,479 …— well below the parish's estimate of $15 million. "This will allow our money to go further so we can improve even more roads," said Parish President Bill Fontenot. "We are upgrading our roads to a standard that will last for many, many years to come," he said..

Although sign-up is months away, agricultural landowners and producers need to begin planning for decisions they will have to make because of the new federal farm bill, an agricultural economist suggests. The Agricultural Act of 2014, signed into law in February, authorizes U.S. nutrition and agriculture programs through 2018 and updates how the government calculates support payments. A change in the new law is the end of direct payment subsidies that farmers received regardless of yield, price or acreage.