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Several graduates were recognized for having achieved magna cum laude and summa cum laude honors and two students were recognized for having served in the U.S. military. Those recognized with Chancellor Kimberly Russell are, front, Raymond Zorn of Opelousas, magna cum laude; Stephanie Cooper of Kaplan, magna cum laude; Mikayla Hollier of Arnaudville, magna cum laude; Chelsea Savoie of Opelousas, magna cum laude; Elizabeth Roberie of Church Point, magna cum laude; Taylor Gary of Lake Charles, magna cum laude; Shelly Romaine of Iota, summa cum laude; Leah Romaine of Iota, summa cum laude; Chasity Wilson, summa cum laude; Pedro Leonard of New Roads, U.S veteran; and Myra Auzenne of Opelousas, magna cum laude. Standing are Kevin Duong of Eunice, magna cum laude; Edward Babineaux, U.S. veteran; Wade Ashford of Baton Rouge, summa cum laude; Caleb Thibodeaux of Church Point; magna cum laude; Russell.(LSUE Photo)

109 degrees awarded at LSUE fall commencement

LSU Eunice awarded 109 degrees during commencement ceremonies in the LSU Eunice Health and Physical Education Building. Fall commencement includes graduates from the summer and fall semesters.
Pete Burney, retired vice president for Hallmark Cards, was the commencement speaker at the ceremony.
Summa Cum Laude students are those who maintain a 3.8 to 4.0 grade point average. Those students with Summa Cum Laude honors are Chastity Wilson of Eunice, Leah Romaine of Iota, Shelly Romaine of Iota, and Wade Ashford of Baton Rouge.

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Pete Burney, a LSUE graduate, was the speaker for the Louisiana State University Eunice commencement ceremony Friday. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

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Shelly Miller Romaine, left, and daughter, Leah Romaine, both graduated from LSU Eunice at the university’s fall commencement ceremonies Friday. The two finished with a summa cum laude honors and with a certificate of technical studies in accounting technology: account clerk. Shelly started the program first and then Leah joined her shortly afterwards. Both plan to use the certificate to help them in their careers. Leah works for JD Bank and Shelly works with Camelot Brookside Nursing Home. (LSUE photo)

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Graduates in the procession for fall commencement at the LSU Eunice Health and Physical Education Building are, from left, Ronald Rogers II of Crowley, Pedro Leonard of New Roads, Wade Ashford of Baton Rouge and Victoria Onebane of Rayne.

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Several graduates were recognized for having achieved magna cum laude and summa cum laude honors and two students were recognized for having served in the U.S. military. Those recognized with Chancellor Kimberly Russell are, front, Raymond Zorn of Opelousas, magna cum laude; Stephanie Cooper of Kaplan, magna cum laude; Mikayla Hollier of Arnaudville, magna cum laude; Chelsea Savoie of Opelousas, magna cum laude; Elizabeth Roberie of Church Point, magna cum laude; Taylor Gary of Lake Charles, magna cum laude; Shelly Romaine of Iota, summa cum laude; Leah Romaine of Iota, summa cum laude; Chasity Wilson, summa cum laude; Pedro Leonard of New Roads, U.S veteran; and Myra Auzenne of Opelousas, magna cum laude. Standing are Kevin Duong of Eunice, magna cum laude; Edward Babineaux, U.S. veteran; Wade Ashford of Baton Rouge, summa cum laude; Caleb Thibodeaux of Church Point; magna cum laude; Russell.(LSUE Photo)

LSUE grad Burney explains 4 fundamentals

LSUE commencement speaker Pete Burney offered what he called “a few nuggets” for the graduates-to-be at Friday’s ceremony in which 109 degrees were awarded.
Burney, an LSUE graduate and Eunice native, took about a dozen minutes to impart some life advice on focus, discipline, results and relationships, which he called “FDR squared.”
Burney retired from Hallmark Cards this year after 25 years with the company famous for its greeting cards. He was senior vice president of supply chain and business establishment and a corporate officer from 2009 to 2016.

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David Cresson, executive director of the Coastal Conservation Association Louisiana, spoke Wednesday at the Eunice Rotary Club meeting. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

CCA chief stresses importance of fishing

Fishermen know the importance of their sport and often that centers on fun, but a serious side of saltwater angling was discussed by the executive director of the Coastal Conservation Association Louisiana.
David Cresson spoke Wednesday at the Eunice Rotary Club meeting. He was in attendance with Randy Young, president of the Tri-Parish chapter of the CCA.
“We like to think we are the voice of the fish and the fishermen here in Louisiana,” Cresson said.
There are 22,000 CCA members in Louisiana and 100,000 in the U.S., he said.

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Steve Linscombe of the LSU AgCenter, far left, received the Rice Industry Award at the USA Rice Outlook Conference in Memphis recently (Dec. 7-9). Linscombe, a rice breeder and director of the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station. Richard Fontenot of Evangeline Parish, far right, received the Rice Farmer of the Year Award, and Arkansas rice farmer Gary Sebree, center, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. (Photos by Bruce Schultz, LSU AgCenter)

Evangeline farmer recognized as Rice Farmer of the Year

Steve Linscombe of the LSU AgCenter received the Rice Industry Award at the 2016 USA Rice Outlook Conference recently (Dec.7-9) for his work as rice breeder and director of the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station.
Richard Fontenot of Evangeline Parish was recognized as Rice Farmer of the Year.
Linscombe has worked for the LSU AgCenter for 34 years, and his breeding work has resulted in 24 new varieties.

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The blue star on top of a rice dryer has returned. (Photo by Myra Miller)

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The star is seen from the G&H parking lot on Tuesday night. The star went up on the 100-foot building on Dec. 9. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Blue star is shining again

The blue star at the towering building between East Street and La. 13 is back.
What was thought to be missing some 30 or 40 years ago from a rice dryer is now shining brightly on another rice dryer.
One of the oldest rice dryers, located on East Street, was recently demolished, but what was not raised, and stored away safely was a large star.
If you grew up in Eunice you will most likely remember seeing a huge bright blue star on top of a rice dryer during the Christmas season. The star is guessed to be some 50 years old and is an angle-iron 15-foot wide one.

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