RUSTON — Lincoln Parish shoppers will find they are paying a little more at the checkout as a new quarter-cent sales tax to support the Sheriff's Office went into effect in July.
The Daily Leader reports (http://bit.ly/NkZ8Qw) Sheriff Mike Stone says revenue from the tax would pay for technology, continuation of services and to help offset a $100,000 deficit from the previous fiscal year.
Jerry Smith, the sheriff's chief civil deputy, says the sales tax affects all purchases and is in effect throughout Lincoln Parish.
There are 151,347 trees, more or less, within Mandeville's city limits, and only about 7 percent of them are live oaks.
Those are among the findings of a study done for the city by two graduate students and their professors at the Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center.
Maggie Trenary, an inspector in the city planning department, tells The Times-Picayune (http://bit.ly/NrgLj5) that the low number of live oaks was a surprise. She says the city will have to plant more.
The Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District continues to search for economical ways to keep the Atchafalaya Bar Channel clear of sediment.
The Daily Review reports (http://bit.ly/NlVpSB) dredging is expensive takes three to six months. Ship captains begin reporting new sediment buildup in as little as two weeks after the dredging is completed.
After six to eight weeks, the filling channel becomes a navigational issue, engineer Jonathan Hird of Baton Rouge-based Moffatt & Nichol told the port district this past week.
More than wireless Internet access is free at the Lafourche Parish Public Library System's new Wi-Fi Café. The coffee's free, too.
The Daily Comet reports the cafe is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in the old Thibodaux Library.
Patrons can buy snacks from vending machines or bring their own food. There are tables and easy chairs for individuals and small groups, and larger groups as meeting spaces for groups. And there are places to charge electronics.
The Thibodaux Board of Civil Service has ruled it does not have authority to act on complaints by a police captain who claims Mayor Tommy Eschete and Police Chief Scott Silverii conspired to harass and demote him.
The Daily Comet reports (http://bit.ly/NmD0Fh) the complaint, filed by Calvin Cooks, claims Silverii and other officers spread rumors implicating Cooks in the slashing of tires on police vehicles in 2011.