June 15, 2014 7:08 PM
This afternoon, just before 2:30 p.m., Lafayette firefighters responded to an apartment fire at 111 Rue Royale off of Pont Des Mouton Road.
When firefighters arrived, heavy smoke was coming from the apartment. Upon entry, they found the majority of the flames coming from the kitchen. Firefighters were able... more »
June 15, 2014 4:00 PM
JENNINGS, La. (AP) - The city proposed a 10 percent rate increase for water and sewer and a 2.2 percent increase for trash collection. The American Press reports that if the Jennings City Council approves the proposals when it meets June 24, the increases would go into effect on July... more »
June 14, 2014 1:44 PM
JENNINGS, La. (AP) - The Jefferson Davis Parish Police Jury is expected to call a Dec. 6 election to renew a tax tied to upkeep of the parish courthouse and jail. The American Press reported the Police Jury meets on July 23 and also is expected to call for separate... more »
May 18, 2014 12:36 PM
SULPHUR, La. (AP) - Waste collection charges could be reduced for residents of Sulphur. The American Press reports the City Council has accepted a bid for waste collection from Progressive Waste Services that would cut the current rate for the service. The council also introduced an ordinance to set garbage/trash... more »
January 15, 2014 9:49 AM
PINEVILLE, La., Jan. 15, 2014 - Winter is bringing cold weather, increasing the demand for electricity. Cleco reminds customers of energy-saving tips to better manage their utility bills.
"Customers will save the most money by properly controlling their thermostat settings," said Shirley Turner, customer experience manager for Cleco. "During... more »
October 25, 2013 6:57 AM
MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) - Fourteen people in Avoyelles Parish are facing drug charges as part of a long-term investigation into narcotic trafficking. Sheriff Doug Anderson tells The Town Talk the 14 suspects are accused of possessing or distributing marijuana, crack cocaine or other illegal drugs. Warrants had been issued for... more »
August 19, 2013 3:34 AM
MOSSVILLE, La. (AP) - A South African energy company is ready to buy homes in the Mossville area, but homeowners say they want questions answered first. Sasol Ltd. plans a $14.5 billion complex near Lake Charles to turn natural gas into chemicals and fuels. The site includes land in Mossville... more »
May 17, 2013 8:48 AM
VACHERIE, La. (AP) - A new garbage contract will save St. James Parish residents $1.45 each month. The Advocate reports the St. James Parish Council unanimously agreed in a 7-0 vote Wednesday to reduce fees for the parish's residential solid waste collection program. The approved ordinance will reduce fees from... more »
October 8, 2012 6:38 AM
CAMERON, La. (AP) - Cameron Parish residents without flood insurance should buy coverage before the new Federal Emergency Management Agency flood maps become effective Nov. 16 so they can get the best premiums, a FEMA official says. Agency spokesman Robert Alvey tells The American Press that getting flood insurance early... more »
August 12, 2012 1:40 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Houston-based brine company has agreed to make a "significant contribution" to a fund for residents ordered to evacuate their homes after a sinkhole formed in Assumption Parish that may be connected to one of the company's salt caverns. The Governor's Office of Homeland Security... more »
July 2, 2012 11:14 PM
The chemical company Multi-Chem, recently bought by Halliburton, is building a new facility in Vermilion Parish. This new location off highway 92 will have an office, field laboratory and blending facility on 64 acres of land. Multi-Chem said it will eventually replace the New Iberia facility.
While there are... more »
May 29, 2012 9:36 AM
HOUMA, La. (AP) - A grant from the Handicap Accessibility Program will help low-income Terrebonne Parish residents with disabilities to improve their home's handicap accessibility. The $25,000 grant comes from the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation. Kelli Cunningham, Community Development division administrator, told the Courier that people who qualify for the... more »
May 28, 2012 10:45 AM
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Some residents living north of Wallace Lake in northwestern Louisiana want to tie into the city of Shreveport's water supply as a precaution in case their wells run dry. Last summer's drought has some concerned that the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer might get low. So the residents along... more »
March 15, 2012 11:16 PM
Residents are still stranded in Carencro, four days after flash flooding. The high water is not only cutting them off, but now contaminating the drinking water for about 30 homes on Smith Reed Road. The problem is backwater flooding from the Vermilion River, about a mile away from the neighborhood.... more »
September 30, 2011 7:14 PM
You can't go anywhere in Lafayette without driving by some sort kind of political sign, while it may not bother some, Lafayette resident Semha Brown said he's tired of it.
He said, "they block my view. It's hard to turn sometimes. It would be better if they put them... more »
May 16, 2011 12:14 AM
It seems so calm in the Three Mile Lake Community while looking at the water, but there was a sense of urgency in the air Sunday.
"They were knocking on our doors at 8 this morning saying get out, get out." said Connie Baudoin.
Residents and campers at... more »
May 10, 2011 12:05 PM
As Louisiana residents eye the rising Mississippi River, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is encouraging residents to prepare by pre-applying online for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (DSNAP), formerly called Disaster Food Stamps.
"Louisiana has not seen a flood threat like this in many... more »
February 15, 2011 11:21 PM
An Abbeville man goes on a crime spree in Kaplan on Valentine's Day. But the suspect chose the wrong town, as citizens took action and tried to stop him at every turn.
66-year-old Wilfred Guidry uses a cane to get around, but on valentine's day he found a new... more »
December 6, 2010 6:45 AM
Lafayette police are urging residents to be more cautious.
The warning comes after recent car burglaries on the Southside of Lafayette. Police say cars are usually targeted this time of year, as thieves are looking for shoppers who are careless. Take caution you don't want to become a victim.... more »
November 19, 2010 8:07 AM
ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - The Community Foundation of Acadiana says businesses, individuals and local governments have pitched in nearly $300,000 since October to keep Palmetto Island State Park open in Vermilion Parish. Construction on the $13 million park was complete this year, but state budget cuts nearly kept it closed... more »
October 5, 2010 10:52 AM
Sheriff Melancon is once again reminding residents that effective October 3, 2010, the entire State of Louisiana has been put under a burn ban. All residents are to refrain from any activity that could initiate a fire.
Shortly before noon on Monday the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office received a... more »
September 29, 2010 3:24 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Chef John Besh's two restaurants were spared when Hurricane Katrina barreled through New Orleans five years ago, but the storm almost wiped him out anyway. Besh had just taken out a large loan to pay off his partners when the storm shut him down and sent... more »
September 13, 2010 12:42 PM
HOUMA, La. (AP) - The administrator of the $20 billion victims compensation fund that BP set up after the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill is considering making a significant concession following strong criticism from residents about the claims process. The issue involves the current requirement that wages people have... more »
September 1, 2010 1:42 PM
PINEVILLE, La. - For nearly 400 residents in Franklin, La., more than half a mile of Hesco baskets placed by Louisiana National Guardsmen are adding peace of mind against future storms, Aug. 27.
In 2008, Hurricane Ike caused flooding along evacuation route Highway 90 that affected numerous homes.... more »
August 29, 2010 12:03 PM
Close to 100 Lafayette nursing home residents are preparing to re-locate.
According to published reports, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is terminating its agreement with Lady of the Oaks Retirement Manor" on September 10th. This, after the facility failed to meet the minimum health and safety standards... more »
August 28, 2010 4:08 PM
CHALMETTE, La. (AP) - The casket lay in state for two days as mourners visited it one by one, or in small groups, depositing notes, cards and letters in which they poured out the memories, anger, grief and frustrations from Hurricane Katrina. On Saturday, New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond and... more »
August 23, 2010 5:53 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The oil has stopped flowing into the Gulf of Mexico, and that should be a relief. But with fewer cleanup jobs to be had, many of the people hit hardest by the huge spill are struggling as badly as ever. Boat captains ifd deckhands who managed... more »
July 29, 2010 8:39 PM
Law enforcement agencies have secured a quarter mile area around the intersection of Landry St. and Admiral Doyle in New Iberia. They are searching for Paul Collins, the man wanted for allegedly murdering his ex-wife in St. Martinville.
Collins ran into a sugar cane field around 9:30am. From that... more »
July 28, 2010 5:00 PM
Coalition Launches Toll-Free Mental Health Information Resource Line for Gulf Coast Residents Free phone line connects Louisianians to support, educational materials and resources The Our Home, Louisiana Coalition - founded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana to improve the health and welfare of Louisianians affected by the crisis... more »
April 22, 2010 12:55 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Sixty-two percent of the households in Louisiana had returned their 2010 census forms by mail Wednesday, a number lower than the 2000 census total of 65 percent, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. The Louisiana response rate was lower than the national number, which was... more »
January 11, 2010 10:07 AM
Residents in the town of Scott are dealing with power outages at this time.
According to Entergy official Liz Duhon, the outage is limited to customers north of Hwy 90. Crews are working on the problem and look to restore complete power within the next 2-3 hours. Local schools... more »
January 7, 2010 6:12 PM
LUS officials are closer to raising rates. Today, parish officials and LUS board members toured the facilities that will be affected by the increase. At this time, they're suggesting a 7% hike to parish residents. The ordinance won’t go before the LPUA and City-Parish Council until January 19 th ,... more »
December 28, 2009 8:41 AM
Some residents are without electricity in New Iberia. In the early morning hours of December 28th, a vehicle ran into a utility pole at the intersection of Hopkins and Mississippi Streets. Cleco is working to restore power to residents as soon as possible.
October 14, 2009 8:14 AM
In Scott, Lebesque Road from Shantel Road to Roger Road will be closed for one month, beginning today (October 14). Only local residents and business owners will be allowed through. Crews will be replacing large drainage culverts.
October 2, 2009 2:06 PM
As Louisiana families transition from their FEMA temporary housing unit (THU) to a permanent, long term home, FEMA has an updated telephone number to assist these residents who need to have their unit deactivated. Call 1-225-389-5732. This telephone number is for FEMA temporary housing unit deactivation requests in Louisiana associated... more »
September 22, 2009 3:13 PM
Those residents who are using Palmetto water are asked to boil their water.
There has been a report of a 6-inch line that needs repairing and testing before residents can continue using it. The boil order is under effect until further notice.