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Not quite the Super Bowl

Super Bowl Sunday, we are told, is the pinnacle of the football season, the day on which the Game to End all Debate is played. But a long time ago, in south Louisiana, the biggest game of the year was when Crowley High School clashed with the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute. In its first days, when the school that would become UL-Lafayette was little more than a glorified high school, Crowley was one of its biggest rivals in all sports.

Debbie LaGrange, of Arnaudville, speaks the St. Landry Parish Council at a special meeting Wednesday in Opelousas. LaGrange threw a white cloth in the air as she criticized council members over a plan to turn the vacant St. Luke Hospital into a French Immersion Campus. “I wave the white flag of surrender. Eight years of this lunacy is enough,” she said. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Arnaudville residents fear AG opinion will lead to delay in hospital action

A request for an Attorney General’s opinion on the use of money from the district governing St. Luke Hospital raised fears among some Arnaudville residents that it was a tactic to delay an agreement to disband the district.
The item was on a special meeting of the St. Landry Parish Council on Wednesday.
On a 7-6 vote on Jan. 18 council approved an agreement with the St. Martin Parish Council to dissolve the First Hospital District of the Parishes of St. Landry and St. Martin.

St. Landry Parish School Board President Randy Wagley, left, congratulates Candace Gerace after she was elected board vice president at Thursday's School Board meeting. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

School job changes approved

St. Landry Parish School Superintendent Patrick Jenkins won approval from the School Board for an administrative reorganization.
“Once the job descriptions are approved we would immediately start the process between now and August,” he said at Thursday’s meeting of the St. Landry Parish School Board.
In a best case scenario, Jenkins estimated the changes may save the school system $139,000.
Jenkins vowed the changes would not add to the school system’s expenses.
Jenkins first presented the plan in public at the Board’s Executive Committee meeting on Jan. 23.

Taster’s Choice returns

The seventh annual Taster’s Choice fundraiser for the Eunice Community Health Center is scheduled 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 22 at the LSUE Acadian Center.
Yancy Fontenot, center director, said, “This is very important to keep the doors open and continue to provide assistance to the people in need.”
Last year Eunice Community Health Center filled 236,941 prescriptions, Fontenot said. The center served about 1,700 patients, she said.
Patients include the uninsured, under-insured and the elderly, she said.

Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot

Mayor rethinking economic development

A four-day course has Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot rethinking economic development.
“This program opened my eyes that we may not be on an interstate, but we are very close enough to benefit from them,” he said of the Jan. 23 to 26 LSU Executive Education’s Basic Economic Development Certification Course.
Fontenot said his first task is share with the council what he learned.
In 2016, there was push to have city government create a strategic plan, but it faltered as aldermen eyed costs.

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