What’s Hot and What’s Not in Louisiana Right Now

 Jaguars Return!

The recently opened Land of the Jaguar Exhibit at the Alexandria Zoo has two energetic new inhabitants: a male jaguar, Bebu, from Panama; and a female, Madares, from the San Diego Zoo. Moving into their snazzy new habitat with them will be a spectacled bear, Chilean flamingo, giant anteater, sloth, caiman, American crocodile, coati, howler monkey and ocelot. Visit thealexandriazoo.com for more information.


Art Blooms In Pumpkin Center

Rebecca Bankston Willoughby of Pumpkin Center has been chosen as featured artist at the Yellow Daisy Festival in Stone Mountain, Ga., said the Hammond Daily Star.  Billed as one of the largest arts-and-crafts events in the country, the festival is free to Stone Mountain visitors and celebrates the blooming of the yellow flowers on the mountain’s granite out-croppings.


From Kaplan to Rome

Rev. Joshua Guillory, a native of Kaplan and the pastor at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ville Platte, is moving to Rome, where he has been appointed to help Cardinal Raymond Burke, the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, which functions as a supreme court in legal affairs of the Catholic Church. Fr. Guillory is the son of Joe and Eileen Guillory of Kaplan, according to the Advertiser.


Garbage Under Cover

Twenty acres of garbage at the Tangipahoa Parish Solid Waste Facility is getting a $2.4 million covering of artificial turf. The turf will prevent further erosion at the facility. Landfill Director Terrance Stewart said this facility would be in use for 20 more years. Funds from people and businesses using the landfill go toward the cost, the Hammond Daily Star reported.


Truck Stop Tiger Gets Tanked

Mike Sandlin, owner of Tony, a 550-pound Bengal tiger who lives at Sandlin’s Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete in Iberville Parish, has added a pool for his prized tenant, the Baton Rouge Advocate reported. Sandlin’s keeping of Tony at the truck stop is the subject of an appeal before the Louisiana State Supreme Court, since a lower court has ruled he must give up the animal. The pool was donated by Joe “Joe Exotic” Schreibvogel, who raised the money from viewers of his daily web series, “Exotic Animal TV Starring Joe Exotic,” and says he has 173 tigers at his exotic animal ranch in Wynnewood, Okla. Sandlin said he will move Tony to Oklahoma if he loses his appeal. Matthew Liebman, attorney for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the nonprofit group that wants Tony removed from the truck stop, noted, “You still have a tiger in a truck stop. Legally speaking, the pool doesn’t change anything.”


 Faster than a Speeding … Bike?

Soldiers Nathaniel Sanders and Carlton Jamison, both currently stationed at Fort Polk, face multiple charges after allegedly trying to outrun State Police on their motorcycles, a 2012 and a 2013 Yamaha. According to acadiaparishtoday.com, Sanders was clocked at 159 miles per hour and Jamison at 142 miles per hour. Both were booked at the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office.


Wheeled Away

St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne is warning ATV owners to be careful with their four-wheelers after seven of them were stolen in the last few months, reported the St. Charles Herald Guide. Champagne said that most of the stolen ATVs are being taken outside of the parish or state and sold on the black market.


QUOTABLE
“I’ve heard that old people live in the past, and I certainly hope that isn’t true in my case, but it is lovely to look back and remember those happy times from the past, especially when photos are there to jog the memory.”
“Old Photos Bring the Past Back to Life,”

Bob Ann Breland, Bogalusa Daily News
 

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