St. Ed students named winners at VFW event

St. Edmund Catholic School students participated in the VFW Post 8971 annual essay contest. The theme for the essay was “How I Honor Veterans,” for three fifth-grade students. Avery McGee, a senior, won first place at the local level, first place at district and fifth place at state for “Voice of Democracy essay. Jillian DeVillier, a sixth grader, won the VFW Patriot’s Pen award; and fourth grader Craig Dupre placed third in his category. From left are Vivian Broussard, Preslee Perron, Landen Marcantel, Avery McGee and Jillian DeVillier, and not pictured is Craig Dupre.

Thea Ashford of the Duralde community.

100 and Fabulous: Thea Ashford celebrates

By: Darrel LeJeune
Editor and As shared by Kaylin Fontenot, niece
“100 and Fabulous” were the words printed on the sash that Thea Ashford wore at her 100th birthday party.
A lifelong resident of the Duralde area between Basile and Eunice, Miss Thea has lived her entire life as a single woman, sharing her love with her family and friends.


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