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John Laudun’s depiction of crawfish boat. The illustration is used to close chapters in his book, “The Amazing Crawfish Boat.”

John Laudun talks about the people and the crawfish boats they created at a Eunice Rotary Club meeting. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Workhorse crawfish boat merits a book

The crawfish boat is a common sight around this area, but that wasn’t always the case.
The boats were developed about 35 years ago to help farmers harvest crawfish.
The boats evolved over the years and merited the attention of John Laudun, a University of Louisiana Lafayette English associate professor and folklorist.
Laudun wrote a book, “The Amazing Crawfish Boat,” that tells the story about the boat and the people who created it.

Flood insurance policy count increases

Four months after devastating flooding ravaged South Louisiana, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has released figures showing an increase in flood policies in the affected areas.
The NFIP releases a policy count by state, parish and incorporated city once a month and October numbers have just been released. As of July 30, the total number of NFIP policies (residential and commercial) was 451,377. By Oct. 31, the policy count had risen to 480,086.
In St. Landry Parish the number of policies rose 9.5 percent from July’s 1,742 policies to 1,907 policies on Oct. 31.

News notes

Eunice Area Men’s Retreat planned
The Eunice Area Men’s Retreat is scheduled from Feb. 2 to Feb. 5 at Our Lady of Oaks Retreat House in Grand Coteau.
Form room reservations, call Don Mayeux at 337-457-9610 or 337-457-7624.

New Year’s service planned at GGLBC
There will be a New Year’s day service at 9 a.m. at the Greater Golden Light Baptist Church in Basile. Pastor Gregory Fontenot invite the public to attend.

Blood drive at Eunice Manor Wednesday
There will be a blood drive at Eunice Manor on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

News notes

Eunice Area Men’s Retreat planned
The Eunice Area Men’s Retreat is scheduled from Feb. 2 to Feb. 5 at Our Lady of Oaks Retreat House in Grand Coteau.
Form room reservations, call Don Mayeux at 337-457-9610 or 337-457-7624.

Author and newspaper editor Stanley Nelson at a recent book signing for his new book, “Devils Walking” on the KKK violence in east central Louisiana and southwestern Mississippi during the 1960s. (Photo by Greta Jines)

‘Devils Walking’ recalls KKK violence

By Kayla Hampton
Manship School News Service
Weekly newspaper editor and now author Stanley Nelson of the Concordia Sentinel in Ferriday has dedicated nearly a decade to telling the stories of eight black murder victims of the Ku Klux Klan.
He has written nearly 200 accounts of those killings, becoming a finalist for a 2011 Pulitzer Prize in the process. In October, LSU Press published “Devils Walking: Klan Murders along the Mississippi in the 1960.” The title comes from a code phrase African Americans used to warn their communities that Klansmen were on the move.

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