St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot, left, and Parish Council Chairman Harold Taylor were at odds during a meeting Wednesday in Opelousas. Topics at issue included an annual audit and the powers of the Road District 1 commission, which was formed when the Smooth Ride Home Program was created. The photo of Fontenot is from Wednesday’s meeting and the one of Taylor is a file photo. (By Harlan Kirgan)

St. Landry Parish Road District 1 commissioners met for a rare meeting and on an 8-4 vote decided they do not need to know the extent of their authority. The vote left Harold Taylor, chairman, in a dither. “I can’t believe this,” he said after gaveling the meeting to a close.

Eunice Police Sgt. Stephanie Myers, left, and Police Chief Randy Fontenot show a website for the 180*: Changing the Course, a youth boot camp. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

With the assistance of the Eunice Police Department and the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office, 180*: Changing the Course, a youth boot camp, has come to life.

Steve Moosa, CPA, of Darnall, Sikes, Gardes & Frederick, discusses the 2015 audit of the St. Landry Parish Government. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

A St. Landry Parish Government audit found nine “signficant” deficiencies in internal controls and reporting and five instances of noncompliance material to statements.

St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot, left, and Parish Council Chairman Harold Taylor were at odds during a meeting Wednesday in Opelousas. Topics at issue included an annual audit and the powers of the Road District 1 commission, which was formed when the Smooth Ride Home Program was created. The photo of Fontenot is from Wednesday’s meeting and the one of Taylor is a file photo. (By Harlan Kirgan)

Eunice Police Sgt. Stephanie Myers, left, and Police Chief Randy Fontenot show a website for the 180*: Changing the Course, a youth boot camp. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Steve Moosa, CPA, of Darnall, Sikes, Gardes & Frederick, discusses the 2015 audit of the St. Landry Parish Government. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

St. Landry Parish School Board rejects new contract for superintendent

Superintendent Edward Brown listens to a board member during St. Landry Parish School Board committee meeting on April 25. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

The St. Landry Parish School Board voted 8-3 to not renew the contract of Superintendent Edward Brown at meeting Thursday.
Brown, a 42-year veteran of the school system, was up for a contract decision in September. His contract ends Dec. 30.

News notes

“Genealogy 101” set May 7
 “Genealogy 101”, a workshop/round table, will be held Saturday, May 7 at 9:30 a.m., at the Lafayette Public Library, downtown location, 301 W. Congress St., Lafayette.  

Parish experiences growth in tourism

From left, attending a St. Landry Parish meeting on tourism hosted by the St. Landry Parish Tourism Commission, are Dwight Jodon, Pat Dossman, Kelly Pitre and Candace Reeves, all of Eunice. The meeting was held in Opelousas Tuesday. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Louisiana experienced a record-breaking number of visitors in 2015 and that tourism success rippled into St. Landry Parish, Celeste Gomez, St. Landry Parish Tourism executive director, said Tuesday to about 40 people attending the St. Landry Parish Tourism Industry Luncheon in Opelousas.

State’s grad rate reaches all-time high

Superintendent Edward D. Brown (File Photo)

Louisiana’s public high school graduation rate reached 77.5 percent in 2015, an all-time high, according to the state Department of Education.
The four-year high school gradation rate increased for the fifth consecutive year in 2015.

Lt. Gov. Nungesser extols benefits of tourism in visit to St. Landry Parish

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser talked about tourism to about 40 people Wednesday morning at the St. Landry Parish Visitors Center off Interstate 49 near Washington. At left is Celeste Gomez, St. Landry Parish Tourism executive director. Nungesser was on a  tour to promote tourism during National Travel and Tourism Week. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser stopped at the St. Landry Parish Visitors Center off Interstate 49 to talk about the benefits of tourism.
State budget cuts show the value of tourism, he said to about 40 people Wednesday morning in the five-year-old center.

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Sports

Since 2011, each Lady Bengal softball player has won a ring during their LSUE career.

Lifestyle

Leah Guempel and Richard Shipley

Dr. Stephen and Mrs. (Martha) Guempel of Eunice are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Miss Leah Guempel to Mr. Richard Shipley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard (Pamela) Shipley of Forest Grove, OR.

Obituaries

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Andrew Glenn Courville announces his passing.
Glenn passed away on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at the age of 60.

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