New Roads clinic opens on hospital campus

The Sisters of St. Joseph Medical Plaza has opened its new clinic on the campus of Pointe Coupee General Hospital in New Roads.

The 11,000-square-foot clinic houses five family practice physicians and a nurse practitioner at 310 Durel Drive, New Roads. The clinic is an Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group facility.

Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is (225) 713-2400.

H Kyle Boutique opens store in Prairieville

H Kyle Boutique has opened at 17188 Airline Highway, Suite C, in Prairieville.

Tia L. Whittington, a former schoolteacher, is the owner of the ladies’ apparel and gift store, which features custom embroidery.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Its 24-hour online store is at www.shophkyle.com.

Kohl’s opens store in Denham Springs

Kohl’s has opened at 10076 Crossing Way, Suite 530, in Denham Springs.

The 56,000-square-foot store is the ninth Kohl’s store to open in Louisiana. The store manager is Jo-Lindsey Whiteside.

Wisconsin-based Kohl’s brand portfolio includes Simply Vera Vera Wang, Rock & Republic, Jennifer Lopez collection, LC Lauren Conrad, Marc Anthony collection, Juicy Couture, Izod, D-Signed, Disney apparel by Jumping Beans, Dana Buchman, Food Network, Elle Contemporary Collection, Candie’s, FILA Sport, Mudd, Tony Hawk, Apt. 9, Chaps, Urban Pipeline, SONOMA life + style and Croft & Barrow. Kohl’s also carries Keurig, KitchenAid, Gaiam, Columbia Sportswear, Champion, Nike, Adidas, Levi’s, Carter’s, FitBit, Jawbone, New Balance and Puma products.

University Hospital opens Infusion Clinic

University Hospital & Clinics in Lafayette has opened its new Infusion Clinic on the fifth-floor wing of the hospital known as “5 East.”

The Infusion Clinic is a newly remodeled space separate from the Oncology Clinic, where it was located previously.

The Infusion Clinic is where patients receive intravenous treatments, such as chemotherapy, pain relief, hydration, nutrition and antibiotic drips. Before this new area was constructed, high patient volume in the Oncology Unit allowed only limited space for infusions on days when the Oncology Clinic was open. The new area is a 14-bed space, capable of handling a larger patient volume.

Firehouse Subs opens restaurant in Gonzales

Firehouse Subs has opened at 2706 S. Cabela’s Parkway, Suite 130, Gonzales.

The fast-casual restaurant chain serves premium meats and cheeses on a toasted sub roll with fresh produce and condiments.

Franchise owners are Adam Ratliff, David Ratliff and Gregg Simon.

Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Saturday.

La. Wealth Advisors opens on Jefferson

Louisiana Wealth Advisors has opened at 8560 Jefferson Highway, Suite B, in the Country Club Business Park office complex.

Donald G. Scully Jr., who serves as chief executive officer of the firm, has more than two decades of investment experience assisting individuals and small-business owners. He previously was general manager for MassMutual Louisiana.

The website is www.louisianawealthadvisors.com and phone number is (225) 778-7600.

LPFA expands project financing programs

The Louisiana Public Facilities Authority has expanded the amount of financing available to governments through its Local Government Bond Bank and Rural Development loan programs.

Since the inception of the LPFA’s low-interest financing programs, governments have borrowed more than $39.3 million, saving more than $2.4 million in interest payments for water and sewer system improvements, fire protection equipment purchases, municipal building repairs, school building construction, facilities upgrades and other critical needs.

“Projects are becoming more expensive, and this change will give local governments even more borrowing power for the communities they serve,” said LPFA board Chairman Guy Campbell III.

Under the Local Government Bond Bank Program, officials work with local banks to obtain the most favorable loan rates, then approach the LPFA. The LPFA provides 25 percent of the total borrowing at a lower interest rate.

The expanded program allows governmental entities to borrow up to $2 million — up from $500,000 in the original program.

Under the Rural Development Loan Program, community projects slated for rural development financing through the U.S. Department of Agriculture can receive interim financing — up to 40 percent of the total amount of the project — with a maximum loan of $5 million, an increase of $3 million from the original program.

LPFA President Jim Parks explained the need for interim financing: “We provide the interim financing so the architects, engineers, surveyors and others can start their work without delay.”

Although the LPFA previously made its Bond Bank and Rural Development program financing available at zero interest, it will offer the expanded loan programs at a reduced interest rate that is half the rate charged by the local banks — with a cap of 2.5 percent.

“We can now more than double the amount of money available to each entity through the revolving loan programs, and we believe this will be a great benefit to local governments and the communities they serve,” Parks said.

The LPFA is a self-supporting public trust and public corporation that issues both taxable and tax-exempt bonds to finance public and private projects throughout the state.

Refresher class planned for lead certification

The LSU AgCenter LaHouse Resource Center will offer a half-day Lead Certified Renovator refresher class from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at 2858 Gourrier Ave. on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge.

Contractors who disturb paint in pre-1978 homes and child-occupied facilities are required to maintain lead-safe certification and follow certain practices according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. Lead-safe certification expires after five or six years, depending on when the contractor was last certified, and must be renewed.

Registration is $125. Participants who pass the test will receive official EPA certificates from EnviroEd, a national EPA-accredited training provider.

The class also counts for four continuing education units for Louisiana residential contractors.

Register at www.lsuagcenter.com/lahouse on the Seminars and Events page. The next initial Lead Certified Renovator training will be Nov. 17.