Dr. Sammie W. Cosper, a former vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Southwestern Louisiana who later served as the state’s higher education commissioner, died Sept. 19. He was 83. (Submitted Photo)

St. Landry Parish Council members and others discuss a hotel-motel occupancy tax at the Council’s meeting on Wednesday at the Old City Market in Opelousas. From left, are Chad Pitre, Council legal counsel, Buddy Helton, chairman of the Central St. Landry Economic Development District, Councilman Alvin Stelly, back to camera; James Moffett, attorney for the development district; Councilman Ken Marks; Councilman Timmy Lejeune; and Council Chairman Jerry Red. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)




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