State reopens oyster harvesting grounds

An oyster harvesting area that includes Orleans and St. Bernard parishes reopened on Saturday.

Louisiana Health Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein and State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry on Friday signed the order, which took effect a half an hour before sunrise Saturday.

The oyster season on public seed grounds remains closed.

DHH closed the area May 14 as a precaution due to freshwater intrusion from this spring’s Mississippi flooding.

Sapa plans to add 2nd Delhi facility

MONROE — Sapa Extrusions, one of the northeastern Louisiana Delta’s largest private employers, will create up to 30 new jobs and open a second facility in Delhi early next year.

Plant manager Ron Ballman said Friday the move involves the relocation of a plant from Magnolia, Ark.

Sapa, which extrudes aluminum products such as stadium seats, auto and construction parts and makes aluminum logs for raw material at the Delhi operation, will open a fabrication center in the former boat plant just north of Monroe on La. 17.

Ballman said plans call for the new facility to be operational by the first week of February.

Sapa employs 241 with a $7.4 million annual payroll in Delhi, second in private-sector jobs only to ConAgra’s new sweet potato plant.

Jeff Davis Parish seeks state funding

JENNINGS (AP) — The Jefferson Davis Parish Police Jury is asking the state for more than $7 million in capital outlay funds.

The American Press reported that the five-year state capital outlay request was made this past week.

Police Jury President Donald Woods stressed that the plan is “only a wish list” and there is no guarantee the funding will be approved.

The projects include construction of equipment sheds, a community center in Fenton and water system improvements for the industrial park in Lacassine.

The request includes $293,700 for five equipment sheds for the road maintenance department and $1,250,000 for equipment, under priority one funding.