The City of Eunice completed the 2013-14 fiscal year one-half percent short of breaking even. According to the operating statement for the year ending June 30, the city had revenues of $15.64 million and expenses of $15.71, creating an operating deficit of $67,000.
By Tom
Donna Baltakis, director of Keep Eunice Beautiful, has announced she will run in the Nov. 4 primary for the St. Landry Parish School Board in District 12, a seat being vacated by Josie Frank. Baltakis is co-chair of the LSU Eunice Performing Arts Series and a board member of the St. Landry-Evangeline United Way.

State drops charges in 2nd Street invasion case

Courthouse sources asserted months ago that Dwight Hampton would never be tried on charges related to the 2010 armed invasion of a South 2nd Street home. They were right.
Pre-trial motions were due to be heard in Judge James Doherty’s court last Wednesday.
Only one was made. The state moved to dismiss the four-year-old case based on communication with law enforcement.
Hampton was charged with aggravated battery, aggravated assault and criminal damage after he allegedly broke into the house.
Police theorized the bandit thought the house was empty.

AMC a Safe Sleep Champion Hospital

Acadian Medical Center, a campus of Mercy Regional Medical Center, was recently named a Safe Sleep Champion Hospital with the Department of Health and Hospitals, Bureau of Family Health.
Chris Cornell, RN, with Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Bureau of Family Health Maternal Child Health Coordinator Region 4 awarded Acadian Medical Center with a Certificate of completion on Wednesday, March 26, 2014.
The purpose of this initiative is to reduce unexpected infant deaths in Louisiana.

Phi Kappa Phi picks three from Eunice area

The following area residents recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.
Ashly Perkins of Eunice, initiated at University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Courtney LeJeune of Iota, initiated at University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Crystal Berzas of Mamou, initiated at University of Louisiana at Lafayette
These students are among approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year.

St. Landry arrests

April 4
Daniel Hipps, age 53, 3478 St. Landry Highway, St. Landry, La, driving while intoxicated, careless operation, arrested by Louisiana State Police.
Erica Van Chisley, age 21, 315 Dargin Rd., Sunset, LA, 2 counts of resisting arrest.
Kenneth Ray Cart, age 54, 256 Acadia St., Eunice, LA, unauthorized entry of inhabited dwelling, hold for outside agencies.
Stephen Paul Godeaux, age 25, 112 Martin Dr., Washington, LA, simple battery involving domestic violence.

Community Day at LSU Eunice still on..inside Acadian Center

LSUE Community Day set for Saturday inside the campus Acadian Center

Community Day 2014 will be held 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, on the LSU Eunice campus featuring games, contests, exhibits, live entertainment and many other activities.
All events are free to the public. Craft items by local artist will be for sale.
Children’s activities planned for the day will include inflatable jumps and slides, airbrush tattoos, caricature portraits and face painting. Bingo and a Magic Show will also be held.

Radio Logs

Wednesday, April 2
1206 Traffic crash reported in the area of MLK and 190.
1333 Traffic crash reported in the area of 100 block of East Street.
1749 Drug violation reported in the 1000 block of West Peach.

St. Landry arrests

April 3
Terry James Simien, age 53, 1407 Garland Ave., #11, Opelousas, LA, issuing worthless checks, arrested by Opelousas City Marshall.
Randy Taylor, age 39, 235 Fontenot Rd., Opelousas, LA, no driver’s license, open container, possession of schedule I drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia.
Percy Anthony Duplechain, age 49, 1000 Lashuval Rd., Arnaudville, LA, possession of schedule II drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, no seat belt.

Evangeline arrests

The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office reported 11 recent bookings into the parish jail.
Arrested were the following persons:
•Marco Rene France, 23, 441 Acadia St., Eunice, was charged March 26, with forgery. France was being held in jail on a $7,500 bond at press time.
•Donald Lee James, 42, 119 Armand St., Ville Platte, was charged March 26, with theft. James was being held in jail on a $10,000 bond at press time.

Seven young women compete for Miss Eunice/Teen Miss Eunice Saturday

Miss Eunice Nicholette Thibodeaux

The annual Miss Eunice and Miss Teen Eunice pageant, sponsored by Junior Auxiliary of Eunice, is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 at the LSU Eunice Health & Technologies Auditorium.
The reigning queens Nicholette Thibodeaux, Miss Eunice; and Sadie Fontenot, Teen Miss Eunice, will relinquish their titles on Saturday evening.
Junior Bergeron will be Master of Ceremonies. Seven women will be competing for two crowns, Miss Eunice and Teen Miss Eunice.
Admission is $8 at the door.
The following are competing for the Miss Eunice title:

Driver booked after allegedly attacking officer; 2 other officers suspended for allegedly standing by

A Tuesday traffic crash led to the driver in jail on three counts of battery on a police officer and two Eunice police officers suspended pending an investigation.
Following the report of a truck that plowed into Bertrand’s Printing on North 8th St., a scuffle ensued between the first officer on the scene after the driver of the truck allegedly spit in the officer’s face.

St. Landry arrests

April 2
Scotty James Guilbeaux, age 37, 394 Longwood Dr., Opelousas, LA, illegal carrying of weapons, aggravated assault.

Corey Mitchell Lanclos, age 25, 3714 Prairie Rhonde Hwy., Opelousas, LA, interfering with duties of State Police, arrested by Louisiana State Police.

Dwayne Landry, age 41, 401 Venus Dr., Lafayette, LA, hold for deputies, sexual battery.

Duane Myers, age 48, 2668 Hwy. 93, Sunset, LA, simple assault.

Radio Logs

Tuesday, April 1
1613 Subject removal reported in the 200 block of South 9th Street; subject wants her father removed from her house.
1626 Disturbance reported in the 600 block of North 11th Street.
2108 Traffic crash reported at Bertrand’s Printing; resulted in arrest.
2312 Suspicious person reported at Joyce’s.



Creating Moon Dough

A handful of children attended a Moon Dough workshop held at Eunice Public Library Thursday, July 17.


Daniel “Dan” Vezina died on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at Riverview Care Center in Bossier City at the age of 80.

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Eunice, LA 70535
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