Amy Smith, of Bucyrus, Missouri, tries her hand at making a capuchon Saturday morning at the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center in Eunice. The event was one of the Mardi Gras events taking place Saturday in Eunice. A children’s run, boucherie and band open up today’s festivities in downtown Eunice. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

By Harlan Kirgan Editor The Eunice Mardi Gras celebration began Friday evening on a chilly note, which is expected to last through the big party on Tuesday. The Eunice Mardi Gras Association makes its run rain or shine and this year it will be doing its ride through the country despite a chill in the air.

Celeste Gomez, right, St. Landry Parish Tourism executive director, hands Coby Clavier, left, information on the tourism commission. At center is Harold Taylor, St. Landry Parish Council chairman. Clavier, of Eunice, was elected chairman of the Parish Council’s Public Works Committee at Wednesday meeting in Opelousas. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

The St. Landry Parish Council appears headed to ending verbatim accounts of its meetings published in its legal notices. Councilman Ken Marks’ proposal to end the practice and replace with a summary of the meeting proceedings goes to the full council after a vote by the Administrative-Finance Committee on Wednesday in Opelousas.
Both North Central teams clinched their respective District 5-1A championships with a sweep over St. Edmund Friday night. The top-ranked Lady Hurricanes (22-2, 9-0) opened the game with a 29-16 and then cruised to a 80-30 win over the No. 29 Lady Jays (10-14, 6-3).

Amy Smith, of Bucyrus, Missouri, tries her hand at making a capuchon Saturday morning at the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center in Eunice. The event was one of the Mardi Gras events taking place Saturday in Eunice. A children’s run, boucherie and band open up today’s festivities in downtown Eunice. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Celeste Gomez, right, St. Landry Parish Tourism executive director, hands Coby Clavier, left, information on the tourism commission. At center is Harold Taylor, St. Landry Parish Council chairman. Clavier, of Eunice, was elected chairman of the Parish Council’s Public Works Committee at Wednesday meeting in Opelousas. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Fired officer reinstated

Talya Fruge, left, was reinstated as a Eunice police patrol officer Thursday at a civil service hearing. The action was taken on the recommendation of Police Chief Randy Fontenot, right. In the background, from left, are civil service board members Donnie Thibodeaux and Germaine West. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Eunice police patrolwoman Talya Fruge, who was fired a year ago, was reinstated during a Eunice Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board hearing Thursday.
“Just happy with the decision,” Fruge said after the hearing.

Chancellor candidate talks to LSUE faculty

Richard Shrubb, one of four candidates for Louisiana State University Eunice chancellor ,speaks with faculty members Thursday. (Photo by Claudette Olivier)

Richard Shrubb, the third of the four Louisiana State University Eunice chancellor candidates, said the current state of higher education in Louisiana presents an opportunity to grasp change during his faculty forum on Thursday.

Mercy Regional Medical Center celebrates National Hospital Week

Mercy Regional Medical Center and its Eunice campus, Acadian Medical Center, will recognize National Hospital Week, an annual commemoration that celebrates the people, organizations and technologies that make trustworthy, reliable health care available in communities nationwide, today through Sat

As new blue trash carts arrived, questions raised

Blue carts have been distributed in Opelouas and in the rural area from Opelousas to Eunice. These carts were Opelousas. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

The new blue trash carts springing up between Eunice and Opelousas, and in Opelousas, are raising concerns about the future of the trash pickup service, said Timmy Lejeune, St. Landry Parish District 11 parish councilman.

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Both North Central teams clinched their respective District 5-1A championships with a sweep over St. Edmund Friday night.

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VFW Post 8971 members held a flag-raising ceremony at East Elementary. Members present were Roger Veillon, quartermaster, Gene Olivier, Don Estillette, chaplain, Terry Matte, commander, and Ray Olivier.

Obituaries

Edward Harry Lowe, of Mowata, Louisiana went home to be with his Savior on Thursday, February 4, 2016. He was 72 years old.

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