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Opelousas General Health System presented LSU Eunice with a gift to support the university’s new surgical technology degree program. Presenting the check were, from left, Tim Marks, Chief Population Health & Integration Officer at Opelousas General; Jackie Simien, Chief Nursing Officer; and Ken Cochran, CEO Opelousas General Health System.Receiving the gift for LSU Eunice were Carey Lawson, Executive Director of the LSUE Foundation; Dr. Kimberly Russell, Chancellor of LSUE; Dotty McDonald, Dean of the Division of Health Sciences and Business Technology; and Renee Guillory, Program Director of LSUE’s Surgical Technology program.

Opelousas General supports LSUE Surg Tech program

OPELOUSAS – A gift from Opelousas General Health System will support Louisiana State University Eunice’s new surgical technology degree program, which welcomed its first class earlier this month.
Ken Cochran, President and CEO of Opelousas General Health System, Jackie Simien, OGHS’s Chief Nursing Officer and Tim Marks, OGHS’s Chief Population Health & Integration Officer presented the gift to the LSU Eunice Foundation and LSUE Chancellor Kimberly Russell.

Sprint car driver Jason Johnson dies

BEAVER DAM, Wis.-Sprint car racer Jason Johnson died Sunday from injuries suffered after a crash at Saturday night’s World of Outlaws race at Beaver Dam Raceway. He was 41.
Johnson crashed on the 18th lap of the race at the Wisconsin track. Johnson, of Eunice, Louisiana, was racing for the lead in the dirt-track race with eventual winner Daryn Pitman when his car flipped and crashed through the billboards near Turn 3.
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Johnson was airlifted to a hospital in Summit, Wisconsin, where he died, the newspaper reported.

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Acadiana Wind Symphony concert
The Acadian Wind Symphony under the direction of Gerald Guilbeaux will present “Raise The Roof” at 7:30 p.m. June 29 in the Ducrest/Gilfry Auditorium at Angelle Hall on the UL Campus. Admission is free.
The concert celebrates the 100th birthday of legendary conductor and composer, Leonard Bernstein.

Flooding at the Eunice City Lake in May 2017. A move is underway to address flooding issues from a watershed perspective in the state. The approach, which was once prevalent decades ago according to St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot, is returning aided by a push from Gov. John Bel Edwards. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Watershed management is seen as one avenue to mitigate flooding

By Harlan Kirgan
Editor
Seemingly frequent and devastating flooding the past two years is prompting leaders in the state and locally to look back to an old idea of watershed management.
St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot said his father worked for the U.S. Soil Conservation Service and growing up he heard constant talk about watershed issues.
That talk has returned in response flooding.
In May, Gov. John Bel Edwards created the Council on Watershed Management to focus on regional solutions to flood mitigation and drainage planning.

News notes

Acadiana Wind Symphony concert
The Acadian Wind Symphony under the direction of Gerald Guilbeaux will present “Raise The Roof” at 7:30 p.m. June 29 in the Ducrest/Gilfry Auditorium at Angelle Hall on the UL Campus. Admission is free.
The concert celebrates the 100th birthday of legendary conductor and composer, Leonard Bernstein.

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