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State Court Denies Residency Challenge in Basile Mayor's Race


CANDIDACY TRIAL RULES IN FAVOR OF CHALLENGER

SEPTEMBER 2, 2014

 

      13th Judicial District Court Judge Thomas Fuselier on Tuesday ruled in favor of defendant, Mark Denette, a candidate for mayor in the Town of Basile.

     Basile Mayor Berline Sonnier last week filed a petition in court challenging the residency qualifications of her opponent, Mark Denette.  Sonnier through her attorney claimed that Denette did not meet the minimum one year requirement to seek political office. The petition claims Denette’s home was annexed into the Basile city limits eight months ago.

     In his ruling, Judge Fuselier read an attorney general’s opinion which states”  Inhabitants of an area annexed to a municipality are considered to be the category as inhabitants of the original territory for purpose of qualifications for holding office, voting and the like. I cannot declare the candidacy of Mr. Denette to be not qualified. We’ll have to have an election and let the voters decide.”

Rotary Club Hears Report on Recreational Facility


VILLE PLATTE ROTARY CLUB

SEPTEMBER 2, 2014

 

    The Rotary Club of Ville Platte met today (Tuesday) at noon and heard from Thomas Scully, Director of the Ville Platte Recreational Park.

    Scully said our youth leagues represented Ville Platte well in the various tournaments. Our Ville Platte 8 and under girls all star team placed second in the National Pony League Tournament in Youngsville.

    In the boys leagues, the Pitching Machine team went to District, the Te Ball team finished second in District and won the Sportsmanship award, our ten year old all star team lost in the state tournament and our 12 year old all stars finished fourth in the Dixie Youth World Series in Lexington, South Carolina.

    Scully said the Ville Platte facility was totally built without additional tax burden to local residents. It was a state grant thanks to the efforts of our state lawmakers:  State Rep. Bernard LeBas and Senator Eric Lafleur.

    He said there are a number of softball tournaments planned for the Ville Platte facility. He said the financial impact is considerable. For example, a 20 team tournament, using the formula that the money turns over three times in the community could bring in $430,000 to the community. “Let’s welcome our visitors to Ville Platte and show them a genuine hospitality that we’re known for” said Scully.

   Also speaking at the meeting was Chris Paul, a professional wrestler with Louisiana Championship Wrestling who is promoting a wrestling event this Saturday night at the Ville Platte High gym for the Ville Platte Boys and Girls Club.

   In other business:

--the club was notified that there will be a fellowship activity Sept. 16 at Dr. Jerry Veillion’s camp.

Ville Plate Chamber Hears from SLCC Chancellor Dr. Natalie Hardy


VILLE PLATTE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEETING

AUGUST 27, 2014

 

    The Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce today (Wednesday) heard from Dr. Natalie Harder, Chancellor of the South Louisiana Community College System. She told chamber members that enrollment figures at the local Coreil campus are down slightly from last year.  However two  positive statistics show that students had more credit hours and had more financial aid than in the past.

    SLCC is listening to employers and industry and they’re saying they want students with technical degrees that are transferrable to a regular four year university, according to Dr. Harder. The Ville Platte Coreil campus will be offering three new business courses this fall: general business, business management and accounting. Harder also informed the chamber that the Coreil campus has just added a second welding instructor that will be instructing 19 students. Due to a major cut in funding, the staff was reduced from 14-11 for this fall.  Coreil campus is currently searching for the following to hire: a full time English instructor, a full time Math Instructor and an adjunct instructor for Business and Accounting.

    Administrator Carlene Jones said there will be no Certified Nursing Assistant program this Fall because students could not afford to pay the course fees. She said financial aid will not pay these course fees.

    State Representative Bernard LeBas along with Clerk of Court Randy Deshotel both commented that the school needs to work closely with industry , nursing homes, hospitals and the chamber to see if funds could be found to keep the C.N.A. program alive.

    LeBas said he was concerned over the fewer number of students enrolled at Coreil and the fewer courses being offered.

    In other business, the chamber of commerce:

--received a report from Dr. William “Tojo” Ward, who is charge of the Evangeline Parish Industrial Development Board. Dr. Ward said there is a firm that visited the Industrial Park that is considering moving their operation. The firm also is visiting certified industrial sites in Bunkie and Alexandria.

--heard from Chamber Executive Director Camille Fontenot that the recent political rally was a success bring in $1300. There were 12 political candidates that participated;

--received a report that the “Dirt Cheap” store will be opening at the old Walmart location on Opelousas road sometime next month. The store will be selling overstocked items of clothing, furniture and other merchandise. They will be hiring up to 20 employees;

--also heard from Suzy Lemoine that the Ville Platte Library branch will be closing September 4 to begin the big move to the new library facility. The grand opening at the new location is set for Sept. 26 from 9-11am and a fun day for the children Sept.27. All past library employees will be invited to attend the grand opening.

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