Friday, 20 October 2017

Lafayette gives initial approval to yearlong drilling ban

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Lafayette’s City Council approved a yearlong stay on new drilling applications within city limits on Tuesday night.

Merrily Mazza was the sole council member voting against the ordinance.

If officially sanctioned next month — on second reading — the moratorium would preempt new oil and gas development until late 2018, unless officials iron out new regulations before then, they said.

The ordinance would halt the “submission, acceptance, processing, and approval … of all land use applications, including all special use review applications” aimed at the “exploration or extraction, and related operations and activities, of oil and gaseous materials.”

It would also include pending applications and applications to “expand the scope of existing special use review approvals.”

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Thursday, 12 October 2017

APNewsBreak: Few Louisiana doctors seek marijuana permit

Louisiana’s medical marijuana program is edging closer to kickoff, but doctors have been slow to embrace the new medication option.

Only two doctors have applied for the permit required to offer medical-grade pot to patients, according to information The Associated Press obtained from the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners under a Public Records Law request.

One permit application has been approved, while the other is under review.

That’s raising questions about whether patients struggling with chronic pain and suffering will gain access to the drug they sought.

Medical marijuana is a controversial subject in the conservative Southern state. But Sen. Fred Mills, the Republican pharmacist who sponsored the laws, still hopes to see an uptick in permit requests from doctors when the drug is closer to release next summer.

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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

West Lafayette sprints to girls soccer sectional victory

WEST LAFAYETTE – The West Lafayette girls soccer team scored early and often and rolled to a 6-3 victory over Hanover Central in the first round of the West Lafayette sectional Tuesday night.

The Red Devils will face Culver, an 11-0 victor over Benton Central, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the West Lafayette field. Kankakee Valley will take on Twin Lakes in the other semifinal at 7:30.

West Lafayette was coming off a tough loss to Harrison last week. After trailing Harrison 3-0 early, the Red Devils rallied to tie the score before losing 4-3. That loss played a big part in Tuesday’s victory.

“It felt like more of a win for us after coming back from the three goal deficit,” West Lafayette coach Shauna Stapleton said. “I think it showed our players that the game is not over until it is over.”

“I think that was the first game that we stepped it up and went hard for the full 80 minutes,” West Lafayette’s midfielder Madeline Lynam said. “We know how that should feel now.”

The Red Devils did not need to rally to win in their first sectional game. They jumped out to a 4-0 lead and were up 5-1 at halftime behind the play of Lynam and Katy Penquite.

Lynam accounted for two goals and had one assist while Penquite added a goal and had two assists.

“It was very important for us to get off to a fast start,” Lynam said. “We make it a goal to score within the first five minutes of every game. It gets us off to a great start and sets a good tempo for the rest of the game.”

Penquite got things started for West Lafayette by knocking in a goal with 35:36 left in the first half. The Red Devils scored less than two minutes later when Alyson Haehl scored off a scramble in front of the goal after a corner kick from Avery Bartlett.

Caroline Sautter made it 3-0 West Lafayette with 27:45 left. Lynam got her first goal to run the lead to 4-0 with 12:46 remaining.

Hanover Central, which had only three shots on goal in the first 40 minutes, finally got on the scoreboard when Madison Spejewski scored off a corner kick from Breanna Nirtaut.

Lynam got the final goal of the half off of a Sautter assist with 8:45 left to make it 5-1 at the break.

“I thought our offense looked very strong,” Stapleton said. “We played very quick and had a creative attack.”

Things slowed down for the Red Devils in the second half. Alexandra Lynam sent a long shot into the net off another assist by Penquite to give the Red Devils their biggest lead at 6-1. But that would be the final score for the Red Devils.

“We had a couple defensive errors in the second half,” Stapleton said. “I don’t think it was because of the lack of effort. We just have some things we need to sharpen up."

Then Hanover Central mounted a mini-comeback. With many of the West Lafayette starters on the bench, the Wildcats got their second goal when Savannah Ferry scored off a rebound shot to make it 6-2.

Alexis Vera brought the Wildcats to 6-3 when she sailed a penalty kick just outside the box over the West Lafayette goalie with 16 minutes left to play.

“We rested a lot of starters in the second half,” Madeline Lynam said. “I think overall we did what we had to do. There were a couple breakdowns that we will be working on before we play Culver.”

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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Will Louisiana Ever Catch A Break?

Will the state of Louisiana ever catch a break? That’s what many who live here wonder, as do many more who used to live there or know someone that still lives there.

The state was famously thrashed by Hurricane Katrina some years back, which killed many and destroyed entire portions of New Orleans and surrounding parishes. The city has rebounded nicely since then, with much of the rest of the nation contributing all it could to the recovery efforts.

Unfortunately, the state of Louisiana did not go unscathed in the hurricane season of 2017. While Harvey, Irma, and Maria primarily hit places like Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, this particular state was on the outer edges of many of these storms or dealt with their remnants after they made landfall in other places.

Those other places did get hit harder and are deservedly getting most of the attention, but possibly too much so. Louisiana did see a lot of rain and flooding, and there are many structures that took wind damage or are sitting on ground that absorbed too much moisture.

Water is a huge risk to the state, especially in the bayou of the lower state. While the cause of rising sea levels is under serious political dispute, many home- and land-owners on the coast or in the bayou know all too well that water levels are higher than they were a generation ago, and some lots have been abandoned already. A number of towns know they are on a clock, and some have already relocated further inland.

Conversely, the sediment carried into the Gulf of Mexico by the mighty Mississippi River has been increasing the delta at the river mouth for eons, and so that is one part of the state where the amount of land is actually winning against the water.

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Louisiana lawmaker trying to remove state incentives from Saints

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LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – Massive controversy took over the country when more NFL players than ever decided not to stand for the national anthem.

Players, fans, and owners all have their own take on the situation.

For one Louisiana lawmaker, these protests have made their way past the playing field and into state legislature.

The New Orleans Saints were among the teams protesting.

10 players sat on the bench during the national anthem.

This has prompted Louisiana lawmaker Kenny Havard to try to withdraw millions of state tax dollars allocated to the team.

Havard saying in a news release:

“It is a disgrace to the men and women of this nation who have sacrificed so much. Disrespecting our flag in the name of social injustice is the highest form of hypocrisy. It is time the taxpayers quit subsidizing protest on big boy playgrounds.

He goes on to say:

“I believe in the right to protest but, not at a taxpayer subsidized sporting event. Do it on your own time.”

Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Coach Sean Payton both stood for the anthem but say they will not stand for the President’s comments.

“I disagree with what the President said and how he said it. I think it is very unbecoming of the office of the President of the United States. To talk like that. To degrade people like that. Obviously he has diappointed a lot of people,” says Brees

“Disappointed in the comments that were made I think we need a little bit more wisdom in that office. That’s being a little blunt but that’s how I feel. I want that guy to be one of the smarter guys in the room and it seems that everytime he is opening his mouth, it is something that is dividing our country and not pulling us together,” says Payton.

The total value of incentives provided to the Saints by the state is unclear at this point.

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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Villanova overwhelms Lafayette in home opener, 59-0

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Conventional football wisdom is if you win the toss, defer to the second half and put your defense on the field. Real wisdom when you are facing a team that has given up 462 yards per game against lesser opponents is to take the ball and see if they can stop you.

The answer came quickly Saturday night at Villanova Stadium. Lafayette could not stop the Wildcats. Nor could their offense move the ball. This is generally not a good combination – unless, of course, you are Villanova playing its final non-conference game before embarking on the always difficult CAA schedule Saturday at Albany.

Villanova had 20 points before Lafayette had a first down, 49 before the Leopards got a second first down. If there had been a mercy rule, this would have been called early in the second quarter. Alas, they played all 60 minutes and Villanova won, 59-0. It was 49-0 at the half.

First-year Leopards coach John Garrett (brother of the Cowboys’ Jason) might want to call on 1976 Lafayette grad Joe Maddon, the Cubs manager, for some divine intervention for his 0-3 team. First-year Villanova coach Mark Ferrante was bequeathed a very good team, with weapons everywhere, that is ranked No. 7 in FCS for a reason. The schools are 66 miles apart. It felt like 666.

“We did a real good job in all three phases,” said Ferrante, who was also excited that he was able to use players who might be needed later.

At one point, `Nova (2-1) had 260 yards, while Lafayette had 4. It was 340-25 at halftime, 505-77 for the game. Cats reserves played the second half.

Villanova quarterback Zach Bednarczyk had near perfect passing. He threw for two touchdowns, ran for another and did not play after halftime.

“Every single time, it felt like they were going three and out.” Bednarczyk said. “It was great to get back on the field with a chance to score.”

Junior tight end Ryan Bell was borderline unstoppable. The former walk-on turned NFL prospect had two touchdown catches, the second a 37-yard streak down the right sideline worthy of a wideout. He also took a slant 59 yards on the second play from scrimmage. The Cats scored three touchdowns on returns – two on interceptions, another on a punt.

It was a great performance against an overmatched opponent. It is all about the conference now, and the competition will be ratcheted up dramatically.

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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Highlights: Douglass downs Lafayette; Henry Clay gets first win; No. 1 Scott County falls to Ohio power

Frederick Douglass 29, Lafayette 14: A week after beating Tates Creek for the program’s first victory, the Frederick Douglass football team secured a signature win, knocking off Lafayette on the road.

Nate Gay’s 7-yard TD run late in the first quarter gave the Broncos a 15-7 lead, and they never looked back.

“This feels good, a lot of my kids on this team have never beat these guys so I’m just proud for them,” said Douglass Coach Brian Landis. “But we’ve got a long way to go. We had too many penalties … but we’ll get that cleaned up and we’ve got a chance to be pretty good.”

Aided by interceptions from Jaylin Bybee and Daiyann Perkins and a ruthless run defense, Douglass held the Generals to 282 yards of offense and 12 first downs. The Generals finished with just 76 yards on the ground. Their biggest play of the night was a 93-yard touchdown strike from Dekwan Edwards to Kuantaze Cooper as Lafayette trailed 29-7 with 6:34 left in the game.

“(The defense) played very well, I was happy with the way they responded,” Landis said. “After (Lafayette’s) first touchdown they didn’t get anything until that very last drive, that long bomb.”

Quarterback Montaveon Bean managed the game effectively for Douglass (2-1), completing 12 of 26 passes for 110 yards and avoiding an interception for the second week in a row while rushing for 63 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown that gave the Broncos the lead less than three minutes into the game.

Jefferson Harkless paced the Broncos’ ground game, rushing for 74 yards and a touchdown. Paul Dunbar transfer Gavin Bugg saw some action under center for Douglass as well, completing two passes, including a 44-yard touchdown to Micah Lowe for a 22-7 lead late in the second quarter.

Edwards, who starred at wide receiver last season, passed for 197 yards for Lafayette (1-3). Cooper caught two passes for 134 yards in the loss.

Henry Clay 48, Southwestern 16: Tyree Clarke had a monster night, rushing for 113 yards and three touchdowns and reeling in a 63-yard TD catch as the offense came alive in the second half to give the Blue Devils their first win of the season and the Warriors their first loss.

Clarke’s 1-yard plunge gave Henry Clay (1-3) a 6-0 lead heading into halftime. After the intermission, Zac Berezewitz’s bomb to Clarke kicked off a 28-point third quarter.

Michael McMullen had a pair of touchdown runs and Jordan Kimball returned an interception 48 yards for a score to cap the explosive quarter for the Blue Devils, who outrushed the Warriors 310 yards to 104.

Patric Edwards carried 16 times for 100 yards and a touchdown for Southwestern (3-1).

Tates Creek 37, Paul Dunbar 0: Teontè White celebrated his birthday in a big way on Friday night, rushing for 145 yards and three touchdowns in Tates Creek’s shutout of visiting Dunbar.

The Commodores (3-1) racked up 220 of their 287 yards on the ground.

White, who also intercepted a pass, had short TD runs in the first and second quarters, then broke loose for a 23-yard score in the final minute.

It was the second shutout of the season for Tates Creek’s defense, led by Cam Stewart’s 9 1/2 tackles. The Commodores defeated Henry Clay 48-0 in the season opener.

Paul Dunbar (0-3) has been held scoreless in all three of its games this season.

Moeller (Ohio) 38, Scott County 28: Cincinnati’s Archbishop Moeller took a 14-0 lead over host Scott County in the opening minutes, and the Cardinals couldn’t recover.

Scott County (3-1) lost fumbles on each of its first two possessions, the first on the Moeller 35-yard line and the second near the Moeller goal line. The Crusaders also converted a seven-play, 99-yard drive late in the first half to take a 24-7 lead.

The Cards cut the Moeller lead to 24-14 with Josh Davis’ 52-yard touchdown pass to Glenn Covington in the final minute of the first half, but the Crusaders opened the third quarter with an 11-play, 82-yard drive, and Scott County never got the scoring margin within single digits in the second half.

Senior running back Brice Fryman led the Cards with 16 carries for 187 yards. Covington had nine catches for 149 yards and two touchdowns.

Four-star UK commitment Brenden Bates of Moeller had two receptions for 35 yards and was targeted just three times, though he played a majority of the offensive snaps and was often used as a blocker. Bates will play tight end for the Wildcats next season.

Scott County opened the season with victories over North Bullitt, Lafayette and Highlands.

Moeller was coming off of a 38-30 loss at Trinity last weekend.

Madison Central 37, Madison Southern 13: Madison Central (2-2) rolled up 366 yards on the ground against its county rival thanks to two 100-yard rushers.

Gavin Hulberg had 148 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown run, on 16 carries, and Ethan Hahn added 102 yards on just five carries. Hahn had TD runs of 31 and 42 yards.

The longest score of the day, however, came on a trick play by Madison Southern (2-2) when Tobias Storm connected with fellow receiver Hunter Richardson on an 83-yard touchdown pass.

Madison Southern’s Nathaniel Eads led all players with 12 tackles. He also forced a fumble and had the game’s only interception.

Ryle 49, Highlands 27: Senior Jake Chisholm was a one-man wrecking crew on Friday, accounting for more than 300 yards of offense and five touchdowns as the Raiders overwhelmed the Bluebirds for their third win in a row.

Chisholm opened the scoring with a 27-yard touchdown run and added a pair of 2-yard TD plunges as Ryle (3-1) built a 28-14 halftime lead. He added touchdown runs of 15 and 7 yards in the second half. Chisholm carried 26 times for 281 yards and caught three passes for 47 yards. His huge night overshadowed a great performance by Raiders quarterback Easton Pilyer, who rushed for 142 yards on 10 carries and completed 12 of 16 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown.

Quarterback Carl Schoellman kept Highlands (2-2) in the game. His 20-yard touchdown pass to Jared Wogan drew the Bluebirds within 28-20 in the third quarter, but Ryle outscored the visitors 21-7 down the stretch. Schoellman completed 34 of 49 passes for 362 yards and four touchdowns as he leaned on senior receivers Wogan and Nick Veneman. Wogan caught nine passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns while Veneman hauled in 14 catches for 155 yards and a pair of scores.

Collins 28, Oldham County 21: Quarterback J.R. Lucas used his arm and his legs to lead the Titans past the host Colonels. Lucas rushed for 240 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries and completed 13 of 25 passes for 221 yards and a 19-yard touchdown to Nikos Klenakis.

Collins (3-1) put up 507 yards of total offense while holding Oldham County (1-2) to 255.

Anderson County 20, Valley 0: Blake Franklin rushed for 213 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries to power host Anderson County (3-1) past Valley (0-4).

Anderson County, which attempted just one pass (it was incomplete), had 228 yards of offense and held Valley to 52. Valley has scored just 14 points in four games this season.

Simon Kenton 59, Dixie Heights 21: Simon Kenton built a 35-0 first-quarter lead thanks in part to three Matt Scherer touchdown passes, and the host Pioneers coasted from there to stay undefeated.

Scherer finished 12-for-21 for 254 yards and four touchdowns, including two to Fisher Hayden (four catches for 97 yards). Brandon Smith caught four passes for 110 yards for Simon Kenton (4-0).

Dixie Heights (0-4) scored its first touchdown on Will Reidmatter’s 93-yard kickoff return.

Boone County 27, Holmes 6: Zach Grau threw two touchdown passes, and visiting Boone County’s defense held Holmes (0-3) to negative yards on the ground as the Rebels notched their first win of the season.

McKeem Robinson’s 1-yard run in the second quarter was Holmes’ first touchdown of the year after two shutout defeats.

Four different players scored touchdowns for Boone County (1-2).

Paris 41, Harrison County 7: Matthew Barber ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns, and Aaron Maggard added three TD runs for host Paris (3-0).

Will Cox had 15 tackles and returned one of his two interceptions 48 yards for a Paris touchdown.

Harrison County (0-4) scored on Ben VanHook’s 24-yard TD pass to Tyler Watts in the second quarter.

Somerset 20, Hazard 9: The Bulldogs struck first on Tyler Collins’ 38-yard field goal but Ty Tevis’ 55-yard TD run gave the Briar Jumpers the lead, and his 15-yard score in the fourth quarter sealed the win for visiting Somerset (2-1). Bailey Blair scored the lone touchdown for Hazard (2-1), a 1-yard plunge that briefly recaptured the lead for the Bulldogs in the third quarter.

Shelby County 35, North Bullitt 26: Caleb Morehead rushed for 123 yards and three touchdowns as Shelby County (3-1) overcame a 20-7 second-half deficit to win on the road for the second time this season.

After Dylan Embry’s 27-yard touchdown run gave North Bullitt (1-3) its biggest lead of the night midway through the third quarter, the Rockets scored four straight touchdowns, including all three of Morehead’s runs, to take control. Abnee Conner had 57 yards rushing and two touchdowns in the loss.

Conner 47, Scott 27: A pair of seniors led the Cougars past Scott (2-2) on Friday. Matt Simpson scored on an 85-yard kickoff return and Trevor Courts rushed for 163 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 12 carries as Conner (2-1) won its first road game of the year.

Union County 28, Madisonville 14: Chris Bledsoe had a 64-yard touchdown run, and Tyran Holmes returned an interception 66 yards for a score as Union County (3-0) stayed undefeated.

Madisonville (2-2) led 7-0 after Jariah Hightower’s 45-yard TD run in the first quarter, but the Maroons didn’t score again until Marquis Parker’s 37-yard punt return in the fourth.

Hightower had 111 of Madisonville’s 142 rushing yards on 14 carries.

Josh Sullivan: 859-231-3225, @sullyjosh

Ben Roberts: 859-231-3216, @BenRobertsHL

Caitlyn Stroh contributed to this report

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