Educational Awards were presented during the VFW annual Service Awards banquet. From left, are Susan Synborski of Eunice High; Aimie Fontenot of East Elementary; and Shelsy Williams of Highland Elementary.

VFW Post 8971 honors many at annual awards banquet

VFW Post 8971 in Eunice held its annual Service Awards banquet Monday evening to honor people who give every day to the community.
District 7 Commander Gene Olivier welcomed guests and honorees and added, “It’s this post’s 66th birthday this month, and therefore, we always enjoy giving awards during this month to those of you who give back .”
Emcees for the evening were Alvin Wilson, VFW senior vice president; Donald Estilette, Post chaplain; and Roger Veillon, quartermaster. Terry Matte, commander, was not present due to medical reasons.

Albert Hayes Jr., a Eunice member of the St. Landry Parish School Board, listens to Superintendent Patrick Jenkins talk about a plan to raise salaries and make capital improvements. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

School Board mulling tax vote

By Harlan Kirgan
OPELOUSAS — The St. Landry Parish School Board will continue a discussion about a plan to raise employee salaries and make capital improvements funded by a property tax.
Superintendent Patrick Jenkins presented a proposal to the Board’s Executive Committee meeting Monday. Because a special meeting had been held prior to the committee meeting, the full board was present.
The proposal also had been presented at the School Board’s retreat on Jan. 28.
“I’m just asking for approval so we can move forward,” Jenkins said Monday.

Heather Lanclos, event coordinator for the city of Eunice, holds one of 100 posters printed for the city to be sold during Mardi Gras. The posters are numbered and signed by artist Hannah Thibodeaux. The first poster will be auction after Steve Riley performs. The other posters will be sold for $40 each Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Eunice’s big party starting

Wednesday night’s Taster’s Choice signaled the start of Mardi Gas festivities in Eunice.
But the party kicks into high gear at 7 p.m. Friday when Wayne Toups launches the live bands on 2nd Street that continue through Tuesday evening.
Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot said the event showcases the city’s hospitality and unique culture.
“That’s the best thing about it,” he said of Mardi Gras.
“Just looking at the weather forecast today for the rest of the week up until Mardi Gras it looks perfect,” he said. “I can tell you we are anticipating record crowds.”

News notes

French Table discussion set Friday
The LSUE OLLI will have a French Table at 9 a.m. Friday in the Community Education Building, Room 117 at LSUE.
The topic of discussion will be celebrate Mardi Gras by wearing or showing costumes. And also a discussion of how Mardi Gras was celebrated years ago.
Bring a friend, have a cup of coffee, listen and speak French in a relaxed atmosphere. Admission is free.
Information, details: call Ching Wasmuth at 457 4645.


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