Darrel J. Papillion

Darrel J. Papillion, a partner in the Baton Rouge law firm of Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, L.L.C., was installed June 9 as the 76th president of the Louisiana State Bar Association during the association’s annual meeting in Destin, Florida.

Lynn Lejeune

Former Eunice mayor and St. Landry Chamber of Commerce president Lynn Lejeune is poised to become CEO of the Port of Krotz Springs on Friday. Lejeune will succeed Gary Soileau, who has served as the port’s chief executive officer since 1989.
Unemployment rates fell over the past 12 months in seven of Louisiana’s metropolitan statistical areas in May. That’s according to not-seasonally-adjusted data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Darrel J. Papillion

Lynn Lejeune

House panel pauses on fix for town’s water woes

Environmental Quality committee member Rep. Jean Paul Coussan, R-Lafayette, scrutinizes a bottle of the “drinking water” of St. Joseph. Townspeople pleaded Wednesday for help in getting the problem fixed. Credit; Quint Forgey

A band of emotional and frustrated residents from the beleaguered town of St. Joseph in Tensas Parish pleaded with lawmakers Wednesday for help obtaining cleaner, safer water for their children.

REAL ID passes House 90-11

Freshman Jimmy Harris, a New Orleans Democrat, argues his first bill in the House of Representatives Wednesday, a proposal to make federally-created REAL-ID available in Lousiana. It took two hours. Credit: Samuel Carter Karlin

A House bill that would repeal a 2008 ban on the state complying with the federal REAL ID Act was approved, 90-11, Wednesday following a two-hour debate. It now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Bill would alter law governing political activity by police, firefighters

As current Louisiana law stands, any police officer of firefighter who engages in political activity as minute as a retweet or a Facebook post automatically is terminated on the first offense.
Sen. Ryan Gatti, R-Bossier City, believes that is too harsh.

CASA balloon release

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of St. Landry released 73 balloons on April 6 in the parking lot of the Eunice Municipal Complex. The balloons represented children in foster care in the parish. During the program it was noted that 39 children died from abuse or neglect in Louisiana in 2015. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of St. Landry released 73 balloons on April 6 in the parking lot of the Eunice Municipal Complex. The balloons represented children in foster care in the parish.

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Sports

Rebecca Skains

Three Lady Bengals were named to the 2016 National Fastpitch Coaches Association NJCAA Division II All-American teams.

Lifestyle

The Eunice High varsity cheerleaders attended SCA Cheerleader camp the week of June 6 in Destin, Florida. The cheer team received Overall Camp Grand Champion in both Home Cheer and Home Dance, SCA Spirit and Safety Award, first runner-up in Award of Excellence.

Obituaries

EUNICE--It is with heavy hearts that the family of Hilda Fruge Vezina announces her passing on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at Acadian Medical Center at the age of 97.

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