Pointe Coupee Hosts Its First Sugarcane Field Day

Joby Beaud and Mark Carriere in front of a seedcane plot of new sugarcane variety HoCp 14-885. <br>(Photo courtesy: American Sugar Cane League)
Joby Beaud and Mark Carriere in front of a seedcane plot of new sugarcane variety HoCp 14-885.
(Photo courtesy: American Sugar Cane League)
Pointe Coupee
Posted 06/18/21 - By Sam Irwin, American Sugar Cane League News Release
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)

50th Anniversary Celebration Mass For Fr. Moroney Set For June 25

Pointe Coupee
Posted 06/18/21
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)

Edwards OKs Trading Higher Unemployment Benefits For Ending Federal Assistance

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Posted 06/17/21 - By Ted O'Neil, The Center Square
(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)

State Launches Giveaway To Encourage COVID-19 Vaccine Participation

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Posted 06/17/21
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)

Plan To Revamp How Louisiana Schools Are Graded Stirs Debate

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Posted 06/17/21 - By Ted O'Neil, The Center Square
(The Center Square) – Discussion that was to begin this week on a plan to overhaul how Louisiana rates its schools has been put on hold after critics spoke out against it.
State Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley introduced the proposal, which would reduce the number of schools that receive grades of D or F.
Academic growth and how students compare with their peers account for 25% of a school’s annual performance score, which is translated to a letter grade. The new plan would bump that to 38%.
Brumley said 54% of schools with a grade of F and 80% of schools with a grade of D would get an A or a B for student growth under his plan. (MORE)

Obituary: Anthony "Tadon" Miletello

Obituary Of Area Interest
Posted 06/17/21
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)

Taylor Frey & Roots Run Deep Close Out 2021 Arts Council of Pointe Coupee's Performing Arts Series

Pointe Coupee
Posted 06/17/21
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)

Blackberries Are Now At Their Peak

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Posted 06/17/21 - Craig Gautreaux, LSU AgCenter Horticulturist

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. To Invest More Than $33 Million In Employee Wages, Raise Minimum Hourly Pay To $11

Around The Area, Pointe Coupee
Posted 06/16/21
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)

Amazon To Invest $200M In Baton Rouge, Build 8th Louisiana Facility

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Posted 06/16/21 - By Jason Schaumburg, The Center Square
(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)

Federal Judge Halts Biden's Moratorium On New Oil And Gas Leases On Federal Lands

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Posted 06/16/21 - By Derek Drapin, The Center Square
(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)

Obituary: Helen J. Sutton

Obituary Of Area Interest
Posted 06/15/21
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)

Gift Ideas For Father's Day Adventures From Bass Pro Shop

Posted 06/15/21 
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

Pointe Coupee
Posted 06/14/21 - from www.fanbuzz.com
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.

The Louisiana Woodstock

Pointe Coupee
Posted 06/14/21 - from www.nola.gambit.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.

Fr. Mike Moroney Celebrates 50th Anniversary In The Priesthood

Photo Courtesy:  St. Alphonsus Catholic Church
Photo Courtesy: St. Alphonsus Catholic Church
Around The Area, Pointe Coupee
Posted 06/13/21 - By Vicki Whittington
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)

Patrick Queen Sets Year 2 Goals After Strong Rookie Season

Pointe Coupee
Posted 06/11/21 - from www.247sports.com
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.

Edwards Likely To Support Louisiana Legislature's Tax Overhaul

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Posted 06/10/21 - By David Jacobs, The Center Square
(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)

Legislature, Edwards Reach Deal On Unemployment Benefits

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Posted 06/10/21 - By David Jacobs, The Center Square
(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)

Legislature Shifts Vehicle Tax Revenue From General Spending To Louisiana Roads

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Posted 06/10/21 - By David Jacobs, The Center Square
(The Center Square) – The Louisiana Legislature voted Thursday to redirect most of the state sales taxes on vehicle sales from general spending to roads and bridges.
The change is expected to raise up to $300 million annually for transportation infrastructure, which would mean those dollars couldn’t be used for other priorities. (MORE)

Louisiana Legislature Approves Rules, Money Distribution For Sports Betting

Pointe Coupee
Posted 06/10/21 - By David Jacobs, The Center Square
(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)

Louisiana Legislature Gives Final Passage To Tax Swap

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Posted 06/10/21 - By David Jacobs, The Center Square
(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)

Louisiana Legislature Poised To Adopt Tax Overhaul; Voter Approval Needed

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Posted 06/09/21 - By David Jacobs, The Center Square
(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)
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