Limelight hydrangeas blooming in summer 2014 in the Piney Woods Garden at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station.

Since the debut of a landscape horticulture research and extension program at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station eight years ago, gardens supporting the research continue to expand.
Police officers, sheriffs’ deputies and State Police troopers from 166 Louisiana law enforcement agencies are working overtime through Sept. 1 to clear the state’s roads of impaired drivers. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is a national effort being coordinated in Louisiana by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.
On Sept. 15, the City of Eunice will be out of debt, redeeming the recreation complex bonds on that date, 10 years ahead of schedule.

Limelight hydrangeas blooming in summer 2014 in the Piney Woods Garden at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station.

Chamber opens Etoufee' Cook-Off poster contest

The Eunice Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a contest for designing a poster for the 29th annual and newly re-emphasized World Championship Crawfish Etouffee’ Cookoff.

Deadline for entering the poster contest is Dec. 2. The winning design will be revealed on Dec. 18. 

The design will become the featured poster promoting the cook-off which will be held on March 30, 2014.

The winning designer will received $100 cash, dinner for two at D.C.’s Sports Bar & Steakhouse and appearances in local media programs.

News Notes

This Week --

Dining with Chefs

scheduled tonight

 Dining with the Chefs, a fund-raising holiday demonstration, will be held at Northwest Community Center today from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

The event benefits MyMissions.

Danielle Bozyone and Melanie Christie (salad), Margaret Fontenot (main meal) and Denise Aguillard (dessert) will be the demontrating chefs.

Radio Logs

Tuesday, October 1
0948 Subject needs police officer in the 300 block of Hill Street.
1254 Hit and Run reported in the area of Bobcat and Hwy. 190.
2258 Simple burglary reported in the 1400 block of West Vine Street.



October 1

Dustin Robert Moreau, 30, 2964 Perchville Road; violation of a protection order.

Acadian Culture Center part of shutdown

By Todd C. Elliott


On Tuesday, the first day of the Federal government shutdown of 2013, it was noticeable that no one had raised the American flag at the Acadian Culture Center: Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve.

Scam working Cleco customers hits Eunice area

Cleco customers, including several reported in Eunice, are again receiving fraudulent calls from individuals claiming to be Cleco representatives demanding people pay bills or face power disconnection.

Cleco reminds all customers -- residential and commerical -- that it will not call customers asking them to wire money for bill payment.  

The company also does not tell customers where to pay their bills or the type of payment method a customer should use.


September 30

Jason Charles Minix, 34, 301 Rodney Street; probation warrant, money warrant.
Charles Edward Jones, 34, 1217 MLK Drive, Ville Platte; three bench warrants.
Edmond Lee Anderson, 64, 1130 Wilson Drive; disturbing the peace, criminal trespass.
Sherlon Alfred Ricketts, 46, 310 East Maple Avenue; domestic abuse battery, resisting an officer.

Radio Logs

Monday, September 30
1050 Subject needs police officer in the 600 block of South 7th Street.
1156 Subject needs police officer in the area of LSUE.
1603 Ungovernable child reported in the 600 block of South East Street.
2336 Disturbance reported in the 1100 block of Perchville Road.

St. Landry arrests

Oct. 1

Jorel Hughes, age 30, 1032 E. South St., Opelousas, LA, distribution of schedule 1 drugs, violation of uniform CDS law, drug free zone.

Brent Shane Adams, age 33, 428 Compress Rd., Opelousas, LA, distribution of schedule II drugs, hold for deputies.

Terrence Jerome Locks, age 22, 729 Augustus St., Opelousas, LA, distribution of schedule II drugs, arrested by Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Man charged with rape, false imprisonment


A Eunice man is charged with hold a woman against her will and sexually assaulting her.

Police said the victim made her complaint at the police station on Sept. 27 and that Duane Ruiz, 27, of 1531 Dudley was subsequently arrested.

His bond was set Monday at $42,500.

Ruiz is charged with Domestic Abuse Battery by strangulation, false imprisonment and simple rape.

The victim told police he refused to let her leave the premises.

Man allegedly slips grandma dope, while he smokes toys in the attic

An Arnaudville man allegedly spiked his grandma’s food with narcotics so she would sleep while he smoked meth in the attic.

St. Landry Sheriff’s Capt. Megan Vizena said Monday that the department received a tip that the 78-year-old woman was being abused.

Investigators learned the woman had given Todd Richard, 34, more than $7,000 since January to pay her bills but discovered recently, when her water was turned off, that he had not done so.

Radio Logs


Friday, September 27

0625 Traffic crash reported in the area of Eunice Poultry.

1117 Disturbance reported in the 100 block of Mamie Street.



Highland Elementary receives school supplies compliments of recent St. Landry-Evangeline United Way school supply drive.

Highland Elementary received three boxes of school supplies (binders, notebooks, folders, scissors, hand sanitizer, rulers, calculators, protractors, paper, copy paper) donated by St.


Jesuit educator
SHREVEPORT – Services for Jesuit educator the Rev. Jacques Weber are pending. He died in Houston, Texas on Aug. 17 at age 94.

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Fax: 337-457-3122

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