PARISH BY PARISH: Spear to retire; Addis oil spill; L'auberge hiring; skate park opening soon

Parish by Parish

POSTED: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 8:08pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 8:28pm

LIVINGSTON PARISH - Superintendent Bill Spear will retire in 2013. He's been with the school district for almost 30 years. His contract expires on January 4, but Spears says he'll stay on until his birthday, February 15. With Spear in charge, the school earned a "B" last year from the Department of Education. The parish board of education says they'd like a replacement named a month before Spear leaves.

WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH - The Department of Environmental Quality looking into an oil spill in Addis. A DEQ spokesman says the spill happened when contractors at the old Barton Chemical Plant didn't check what was inside a tank before they started taking it apart. DEQ says the company is following all the procedures to clean the mess up. In the meantime, residents near the spill say they're outraged. The DEQ says they hope to find out how much damage the spill caused by early next week.

EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH - Dozens of people looking for work at the L'auberge Casino Employment Center Today. The casino is looking to fill about 90 management jobs, along with hundreds of other positions. L'auberge is planning to open this summer. They'll feature a casino, restaurants, bars, and a hotel. Casino officials say they're hoping to fill as many of those positions with people from the capital area. The employment center at 8000 GSRI will be open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

ASCENSION PARISH - The skate park in Gonzales is ready to open. The grand opening is set for February 4. Ground was broken on the $175,000 project back in November. Between planning and building, the project’s been in the works for six years.

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