Cheers – Local honors

Monday will be a day of celebration across our nation as we honor the memory of the Rev. Martin Luther King.

Our local communities have a host of events planned for Sunday and Monday to honor the slain civil rights leader.

King remains an important force for positive change in our communities and within ourselves. By challenging the U.S. to better itself by treating everyone equally and seeking a path that is more fair and equitable for all our people.

We have made progress toward achieving his dream for our nation, but there is work left to do.

If you have a chance, check out some of the festivities taking place in the coming days. A full list is available here.

 

Cheers – Going mobile

The Houma Police Department has a new mobile command unit that should give them another tool to use in their tireless attempts to keep the people safe.

“The mobile command post will assist the police department when we have large-scale events, operations, it can assist us in training,” Police Chief Dana Coleman said. “In the event of a storm it can be a mobile communications hub that we can operate out of. There’s an array of things that the mobile command unit can assist us with.”

The police have an awesome responsibility, and anything that helps them do their jobs is welcome news indeed.

And because the department was able to find a used one, it cost the parish’s taxpayers only $100,000 -- far less than the $400,000 a new one would have cost.

This is a new device that should help the police on their vital mission. As such, its arrival provides our local law enforcement team with a step up in their arsenal.

Good job.

 

Cheers – Saluting the best

The Lafourche Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet Thursday night in Thibodaux.

But the banquet wasn’t the big story. Instead, the event was all about shining a spotlight on the many people and organizations involved in the chamber who help to make our communities better places to live.

LOOP LLC was named Business and Industry of the Year. Wynn Management was recognized as the Business Person of the Year. Kristine Strickland, chancellor of Fletcher Technical Community College, was named Educator of the Year. Jim Boulet, for his work with Second Harvest Food Bank, earned the Community Hero of the Year Award. And Toni Aucoin was named Ambassador of the Year.

“This award should go to all of my family and the community who helps me every year to produce turnips and pumpkins, and all of it goes to Second Harvest,” Boulet said.

Congratulations to all the honorees.

 

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