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Sailing the world with strangers

The lucky accident of where I lived gave me at an early age the idea that well past the front door of my home there was a much larger world populated with people and ways and ideas not exactly like the ones I was commonly associated with.
My home was on the lakefront midway between the port of Lake Charles and “town.” Sailors from merchant ships visiting the port regularly walked past our house, and, more important, my grandmother’s home next door.

Crime surveillance cameras coming to Ville Platte

Mayor Jennifer Vidrine told the Ville Platte City Council that additional crime cameras will soon be up around Ville Platte, helping to keep the city safe.
Vidrine announced during the regular monthly meeting that the city has received a $17,595 Louisiana Government Assistance Program grant to purchase the cameras. Although she isn’t sure how many more cameras the grant would fund, Vidrine said it would be “at least three more, bringing our total up to 10 cameras across the city.”

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.

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

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)

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.

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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