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Jim Bradshaw

History and a Gulf shipwreck

On Jan. 11, 1784, the Spanish ship El Cazador left Veracruz, Mexico, for New Orleans, under the command of Capt. Gabriel de Campos y Pineda. It was carrying 19 tons of newly minted silver coins.
It was almost to the Crescent City when it ran into a storm and sank not far from the mouth of the Mississippi River. That storm not only changed the course of El Cazador, but some people say it could have changed a big hunk of Louisiana history.

Last named the Eunice Community Medical Center, the former Moosa Memorial Hospital has been vacant since 2006 when Acadian Medical Center was opened. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

A tale of two hospitals: No plan for vacant Moosa Hospital in Eunice

Ten years after the doctors, nurses and patients moved into a brand new hospital, Moosa Hospital remains vacant, boarded up and in a state of decay.
Newton “Chip” Thibodeaux, chairman of the St. Landry Hospital Service District 1 board, said the facility’s future is clouded by the cost of removing asbestos and demolition.
Estimates obtained eight years ago put the combined cost at $700,000, he said.
An audit for the year ending May 31, 2016, reported the hospital district had $92,657 in cash and $200,000 in investments. The building was valued at $151,788.

From The Eunice News files

From the January 1999 files of The Eunice News.
Elizabeth Reed Guillory, of Eunice, was presented the Martin Luther King award at the Liberty Theater as part of the Martin Luther King celebration. She was honored for her work with Parent’s Reach Out.
Gil Young forecast the Mardi Gras crowd to exceed 1,000 people. Carl Olivier was president; Nelson Godeaux, capitaine; Joey Schneider, co-capitaine; Pat Frey, co-capitaine; Lynn LeJeune, secretary; and Greg Savant and Young were board members.

St. Luke Hospital was built in 1967 and has been vacant on and off the past 12 years. The hospital may be renewed as a French Immersion Campus in Arnaudville. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

St. Landry Parish Council Chairman Jerry Red at Wednesday’s meeting. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Mavis Frugé speaks in favor of a French Immersion Campus at Wednesday’s St. Landry Parish Council meeting. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

A tale of two hospitals: Hospital district to be dissolved to clear way for French Immersion Campus

A hospital district that includes portions of St. Landry and St. Martin parishes is to be dissolved with the assets split between the parishes.
An agreement to make the split was approved Wednesday by the St. Landry Parish Council to the delight of a crowd of Arnaudville residents.
They want the hospital district’s vacant 25,000-square-foot St. Luke Hospital to be converted into a French Immersion Campus.
The agreement was almost stopped in its tracks.

Jazz musician Rondi Charleston is to perform at the Liberty Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Eunice on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. (Submitted Photo)

Jazz musician to perform at Liberty

LSU Eunice Performing Arts Series will present jazz musician Rondi Charleston at the Liberty Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Eunice on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Tickets are $2 for students and $4 general admissions and can be purchased at the door or the LSU Eunice Business Office located in the Science Building on the LSUE campus. Tickets are on sale.

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