Road work narrows U.S. 90 to one lane

YOUNGSVILLE — U.S. 90 eastbound between Petroleum Parkway and Ailler Road in Youngsville will be reduced to one lane from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Tuesday for road work, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced Tuesday.

Crews will be paving the road shoulder, according to DOTD. The work is related to a $4.9 million project to install J-turns on U.S. 90 between the Billeaud overpass and Wall Road.

J-turns replace left turns at main intersections by requiring motorists to turn right and then make a U-turn at a median away from the main intersection.

Press Club forumon crime slated

LAFAYETTE — Two law enforcement officers will discuss crime coverage during the Acadiana Press Club’s newsmaker forum at 11:45 a.m. May 20 at South Louisiana Community College’s Ardoin building, 1101 Bertrand Drive.

Lafayette police Cpl. Paul Mouton and Louisiana State Police Trooper Stephen Hammons will discuss the challenges of high-profile cases, such as the Michaela “Mickey” Shunick murder investigation in Lafayette and the Jan. 26 fatal shooting of Chitimacha Tribal Police Sgt. Rick Riggenbach in St. Mary Parish.

A question-and-answer session open to working journalists and Acadiana Press Club members will follow the discussion.

Reservations are required by Thursday and must be sent to: Payment of $10 for members and $15 for non-members will be accepted in cash or check only.

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Sheriff awards scholarships to 2

LAFAYETTE — Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mike Neustrom recently awarded two high school seniors $500 scholarships through the Louisiana Sheriff’s Scholarship Program and the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Recipients are Garrett Steven Lavergne, of Scott, who attends Carencro High, and Hannah Richard, of Lafayette, who attends Lafayette Christian Academy.

Garrett is the son of Greg and Lorie Lavergne and plans to attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to study industrial technology.

Richard, daughter of Ravis and Brenda Richard, plans to attend UL Lafayette to study criminal justice.

Escheduled in June

ducation campLAFAYETTE — The Center for Gifted Education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is offering academic and arts courses for academically talented and creative students this summer.

The Summer Enrichment Program for students in preschool through sixth grade is available in two sessions from June 10-13 and June 17-20. Registration will remain open through the first day of each session, but students are encouraged to register early.

A Summer Scholars Residential and Commuter program is also available for students in grades seven through nine from June 24-28. The registration deadline is May 31.

To qualify, a student must present satisfactory scores on a standardized test of mental ability or academic achievement. Younger students may also be tested through the Center for Gifted Education. Students classified as gifted or talented by state standards automatically qualify for the scholars program.

Limited scholarship tuition funds are available for students based on financial need.

For more information call (337) 482-6701 or visit

Compiled from Acadiana bureau staff reports and news releases