In yet another sign that our society is inching back to a pre-pandemic “normal,” the LSU AgCenter hosted a sugarcane field day in Pointe Coupee Parish on June 2.
It was the first in-person field day for sugarcane since the pandemic began. More than 60 producers, consultants and other interested parties were hosted by producer Joby Beaud at his shop on Labarre Road near Morganza. Beaud farms 3,000 acres.
The Pointe Coupee gathering was significant because it was the first sugarcane field day in living memory for the parish. Acreage in sugarcane cultivation has increased substantially in the parish over the last decade and Pointe Coupee is now the largest sugarcane-producing parish in the state. To illustrate the rapid growth, 38,000 acres were devoted to cane in 2011. Today, total Pointe Coupee cane acreage has increased to 66,556. (MORE)
Fr. Michael Moroney, whose first assignment after his ordination was right here in Pointe Coupee Parish at St. Mary of False River Catholic Church, is celebrating his 50th anniversary in the priesthood in June 2021.
Vicki Whittington with St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Greenwell Springs, where Fr. Moroney is currently pastor, having served there since 2007, is inviting everyone from the New Roads area to attend a 50th Anniversary Celebration Mass at the church at 6 pm on Friday, June 25, 2021 with reception following. (MORE)
(The Center Square) – Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law a bill that will end federal pandemic unemployment in exchange for a long-term increase in state unemployment benefits.
The bill passed last week as the state’s regular legislative session came to a close.
House Bill 183 will increase state unemployment payments by $28 a week, starting Jan. 1, up to a maximum of $275 a week. The state’s current weekly payment of $247 a week is among the lowest in the nation.
Republican legislators said they would support the proposal if Edwards agreed to turn off federal pandemic unemployment payments of $300 a week, starting July 31. Those payments are scheduled to end nationwide in early September. (MORE)
Fourteen vaccinated Louisianans will win scholarships and cash prizes – including one adult who will win $1 million – throughout July as part of the Shot At A Million campaign the state is launching to reward residents who have taken or who choose to get their COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Edwards announced Thursday.
Registration for Louisiana’s Shot At A Million lottery begins Monday, June 21, 2021 at noon CDT. Louisianans who have gotten the vaccine can register online at ShotAtAMillion.com. Residents who do not have access to the internet or who have questions can call the toll-free hotline at 877-356-1511 to register, starting Monday. (MORE)
Anthony “Tadon” Miletello passed away on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at 5:45 am at the Baton Rouge General Medical Center. He was 80 years old and a resident of Valverda. He was born on March 27, 1941, in Valverda to Salvadore P. Miletello and Margaret Pizzolato Miletello.
Tadon enjoyed gardening his grand prize winning tomatoes, hunting, dancing, LSU and Livonia Wildcats sports, and teaching his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren all of his cooking and canning recipes. He especially loved spending time with his bride of 59 years, Mary Lee where she often fussed at him about making a “mess in her kitchen” and dancing their way through life. (MORE)
You know how the old saying goes, "save the best for last," well this Saturday, June 19, the Arts Council of Pointe Coupee's final production in its 2021 Performing Arts Series, brings Pointe Coupee's own Taylor Frey and Roots Run Deep to the Poydras Center for a 7 pm concert.
Taylor Frey and Roots Run Deep got its start in May 2019 when the band performed their first concert in the informal venue of a Morganza barn. Frey's family farm and its setting of tranquility and peace helped shape her life and her music style. In fact, many of the songs she has written are based on inspiration from growing up on the family farm in Morganza. (MORE)
The summer heat has arrived, which also means blackberries are at their peak. Blackberries are easy to grow and are considered a superfood. LSU AgCenter reporter Craig Gautreaux has this report about this great summer treat. (LSU AgCenter Video News Release)
Brookshire Grocery Co. (BGC), parent company of Super 1 Foods in New Roads, announced today that it raised wages for almost 13,500 hourly employee-partners which totals more than $33 million investment in salaries.
Part of this investment is the company making the extra $1 per hour in COVID appreciation pay permanent for the hourly retail and logistics employee-partners along with raising the minimum pay for several positions in retail. (MORE)
(The Center Square) – E-commerce giant Amazon will invest $200 million to build a new robotics fulfillment center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and company officials said Wednesday.
The investment is expected to create 1,000 jobs and comes on the heels of a similar investment and Amazon facility in Shreveport and a $100 million investment to build a fulfillment center in Carencro.
“Louisiana has a long and storied history as a leading state for the shipping and transport of goods,” Edwards said in a statement. “Today’s announcement by Amazon reveals a new chapter in that history, as Baton Rouge will now be home to a state-of-the-art Amazon Robotics Fulfillment Center. I am proud to welcome this new investment to Louisiana’s Capital Region, and I thank Amazon for its continued investment in our great state – the third such investment in seven months. The new jobs and opportunities created by this project will be a tremendous value to Baton Rouge and the entire state.” (MORE)
(The Center Square) - A federal judge in Louisiana has halted the Biden administration’s moratorium on new oil and gas leases for federal lands.
The Tuesday decision marks a setback for President Joe Biden’s aggressive agenda to curb climate change by focusing on green energy and overturn the former Trump administration’s regulatory rollbacks. (MORE)
Forever and much loved, Helen Jeanpierre Sutton embraced her homegoing on Thursday, June 10, 2021. She was the second of five children born on September 3, 1932 to Gertrude Modeliste and Paul Jeanpierre, Sr.
For many years, she worked as the School Food Service Supervisor for 10 schools in Pointe Coupee Parish.
Visiting at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 809 New Roads Street in New Roads on Friday, June 18, 2021 from 9 am until recitation of the rosary at 9:20 am. Mass of Christian Burial at the church at 10:00 am Friday, with Father Patrick Healey, SSJ, Pastor as celebrant. (MORE)
For the dad who loves to go outdoors, breathe in the fresh air, and get back to nature, there’s one place to shop this Father’s Day - Bass Pro Shops.
Founded in 1972, Bass Pro Shops is North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company. They provide unrivaled products, dynamic locations, and excellent customer service. They know the meaning of adventure and their collection of superior outdoor gear is unmatched. (MORE)
LSU’s Newest Football Defensive Back Stayed Home To Play At His Dream School
The LSU Tigers may be coming off a down season since their College Football Playoff win against Clemson, but their recruiting classes haven’t taken any hits. They even attracted a player who was committed to playing elsewhere despite hailing from the Bayou State. Read the article at www.fanbuzz.com.
It’s been called Louisiana’s Woodstock. The nearly forgotten rock festival — dubbed “Celebration of Life” — happened 50 years ago this month near McCrea, La., at the Cypress Pointe Plantation. The spot in rural Pointe Coupee Parish is on the banks of the Atchafalaya River, about 40 miles upriver from Baton Rouge. Read the article at www.nola.gambit.com.
A young Irishman from the Emerald Isle--Fr. Michael Moroney began his journey as the new assistant pastor at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Roads only one month after he was ordained in June, 1971. He celebrated his first Mass at St. Bartholomew Church in his hometown, Athea, just about 100 miles southwest of Dublin, Ireland. He was one of twenty-four Irish seminarians raised into the priesthood by Bishop Morris, Bishop of Cashel and Emily in the Cathedral of the Assumption in Thurles County, Tippery Ireland.
His father, Dan Moroney, a tradesman, and his mother, Mairead Moore Moroney, had four children. Fr. Mike is the eldest. He has one brother and two sisters. (MORE)
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen put together a strong debut season after the team selected him with the No. 28 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The rookie first-round pick started all 16 games and racked up 106 tackles, nine tackles for loss, three sacks, 10 quarterback hits, two forced fumbles, one interception and a fumble return for a touchdown. Read the article at www.247sports.com.
(The Center Square) – Gov. John Bel Edwards said he will review the implications of the complex tax swap the Louisiana Legislature approved during the session that ended Thursday but indicated he was likely to sign off.
“I expect to support those bills,” Edwards said.
The four-bill tax package that gained final passage on the session’s last day seeks to simplify the state’s income tax system, eliminating tax breaks while lowering rates. Taxpayers still could deduct medical expenses from their state taxes but would lose other deductions, including one for the cost of paying their federal income taxes currently enshrined in the state constitution. (MORE)
(The Center Square) – Gov. John Bel Edwards reached an agreement with legislators Thursday whereby the state will give up enhanced federal unemployment benefits early in exchange for a $28 permanent increase of the state’s maximum weekly payout for unemployed workers.
The federal government has been adding an extra $300 per week to unemployment benefits to help workers and stimulate the economy. Many employers believe the benefits are enabling large numbers of potential employees to stay out of the workforce, creating a labor shortage. Many economists disagree that the benefits are a major factor. At least 25 states already have announced plans to opt out before the scheduled end of the enhancement Sept. 6. (MORE)
(The Center Square) – The Louisiana Legislature has decided how legal sports betting will work in Louisiana and how state government will spend the resulting revenue.
Voters in 55 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes voted last year to legalize betting on sporting events. The practice remains illegal in the other nine.
Lawmakers were tasked with setting up the rules during this year’s regular session, which ended Thursday. Gov. John Bel Edwards is expected to sign the bills, clearing the way for state residents to begin betting legally as early as this fall. (MORE)
(The Center Square) – On the last day of the 2021 regular session, the Louisiana Senate gave final passage to a complex tax overhaul that supporters hope will make the state more attractive to businesses and residents.
The package now heads to the governor's desk, though voters will have the final say in October.
“We’ve been working on this for over a year,” said Sen. Bret Allain, who chairs his chamber’s tax committee. (MORE)
(The Center Square) – Louisiana legislators will enter the last day of their session Thursday poised to adopt a tax overhaul package many lawmakers consider this year’s top priority.
The House gave final passage Wednesday to four bills, eliminating some tax breaks, making another permanent and lowering income tax rates. Supporters hope the changes will make the state more attractive to businesses and residents while still collecting close to the same amount of money. (MORE)