Gov. John Bel Edwards in the well of the House chamber during happier times. Credit: Samuel Carter Karlin

Some House Republicans, wary of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ budget figures and reluctant to raise more taxes, are questioning whether the state truly has a $600 million shortfall, with one legislator estimating the shortfall could be up to half that figure.

St. Landry School Board members, from left, Mary Ellen Donatto, Raymond Cassimere and Randy Wagley confer during the board's May 19 special meeting. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

State budget cuts dipped into the pockets of St. Landry Parish public school teachers to reduce a $542 supplemental paycheck to $433 this month. Tressa Miller, the school system’s finance director, told the School Board Thursday about a reduction in state funding that lightened the May lagniappe pay.

Leading the LSUE faculty at the commencement ceremony Friday were, from right, Chancellor Kimberly Russell; Scott Angelle, a member of the LSU Board of Supervisors and Public Service Commission; and State Rep. Phillip DeVillier, R-Eunice, who was the commencement speaker. See more photos from the LSUE graduation at eunicetoday.com. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

LSUE awarded 193 degrees to students from across the state Friday morning. LSUE Chancellor Kimberly Russell said, “I would like to congratulate you. It takes hard work and dedication to complete an academic credential, and you have persevered.”

Gov. John Bel Edwards in the well of the House chamber during happier times. Credit: Samuel Carter Karlin

St. Landry School Board members, from left, Mary Ellen Donatto, Raymond Cassimere and Randy Wagley confer during the board's May 19 special meeting. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Leading the LSUE faculty at the commencement ceremony Friday were, from right, Chancellor Kimberly Russell; Scott Angelle, a member of the LSU Board of Supervisors and Public Service Commission; and State Rep. Phillip DeVillier, R-Eunice, who was the commencement speaker. See more photos from the LSUE graduation at eunicetoday.com. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

Polls show grim political outlook for state government

Jeremy Alford

Two new polls out from the University of New Orleans’ Survey Research Center and LSU’s Public Policy Research Lab reveal that the public has serious concerns about the budget and the direction the state is heading as the Legislature launches into its second session of the year.

Area law enforcement, risk management specialists train for violent intruder events

ALICE Institute instructor training participants barricade a door during a practical scenario situation. The training event was hosted by the Eunice Police Department. (Photos by Claudette Olivier)

A violent intruder has entered your workplace, school or church, and help is on the way.
What can be done to survive in the time between the aggressor is noticed and the police arrive?
Plenty.

News notes

FBC Chataignier presents Musical
The church choir of First Baptist Church in Chataignier will present an Easter Musical “The Mercy Tree” on Sunday at 10 a.m.
The public is invited to attend.

Railroad warning light knocked down

Two Acadiana Railway warnings lights at South East Street and East Maple Avenue were taken down sometime Friday probably by a truck. One of the lights was stolen after it was knocked down, said David Burleson, of Acadiana Railway. Trucks are not supposed to use the street, Mayor Scott Fontenot said. Burleson said each light is valued at about $2,000. From left, are Eunice Police Chief Randy Fontenot, Burleson and Mayor Fontenot. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Two Acadiana Railway warnings lights at South East Street and East Maple Avenue were taken down sometime Friday probably by a truck. One of the lights was stolen after it was knocked down, said David Burleson, of Acadiana Railway.

Etouffee Cook-off greeted with sunshine, cool breeze

The St. Landry Homestead tent comes down on a windy Sunday for the 31st Annual World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cook-off. Winners are pictured on Pages 2 and 7. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

If the crawfish etouffee was a little too spicy for you Sunday, there was instant relief in the form of 60-degree temperatures and a cool wind. 
Mayor Scott Fontenot was stirring etouffee as he remarked, “It is  great turnout. It ended up a beautiful day.”

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Sports

CLINTON, Mississippi - With their backs against the wall, the Lady Bengals came out swinging.

Lifestyle

Highland Elementary Pre-k students Shone Ceaser, left, Eden Colonagosta, Cameron Freeman, Kayleigh Fuselier, Wesley Guillory and Kamri Johnwell performed on stage for an audience of family and friends during their end-of-the-year school celebration. Pre-k teachers are Jaimie Lavergne and Mary Frank. (Photo by Myra Miller)

Highland Elementary held its end-of-the-year pre-kindergarten celebration Wednesday.
The students performed on-stage for parents and family members.

Obituaries

CHATAIGNIER – It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Suzanne Johnson Aguillard, 95, announces her passing on Friday, May 20, 2016 at Prairie Manor Nursing Home in Pine Prairie

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