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Evangeline Parish School Board President Wayne Dardeau shakes hands with Darwan Lazard after Lazard was chose by the School Board as the district’s new superintendent. (Photo by Elizabeth West/Ville Platte Gazette)

Evangeline Parish hires new school superintendent

The Evangeline Parish School District will be welcoming Darwan Lazard as their new superintendent in January after the school board unanimously voted to hire the Ville Platte native to fill the position on Monday.
Lazard, who is currently the school district’s assistant superintendent, wasn’t the only individual hoping to become the main man on campus in Evangeline Parish, though.

Eli Smith, left, takes a selfie with Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot on Thursday at City Hall. Smith plans to walk the four corners of the nation to raise awareness of post traumatic stress disorder. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Army vet walks to raise awareness for PTSD 

Eli Smith, a 36-year-old Army veteran, estimates he will walk about three and half years to each corner of the United States to raise awareness for post traumatic stress disorder. 
On Thursday, Smith was in the Eunice City Hall where he spoke about his journey that begin Nov. 22 at Fort Pickens in Pensacola, Florida. 

Randy Miller with a Guatemalan woman and her daughter during a mission trip. (Submitted Photo)

Former ag teacher says Guatemala mission encourages self-sufficiency

Want to provide a needy family in Guatemala with a way to provide food and income for their family?
Former Church Point and Iota high school agricultural teacher Randy Miller has found a calling in retirement, working on the Animal Project, a part of Mission Housing Ministries.
Miller has traveled to Guatemala four times in the past year, doing mission work in the rural area of Comitancillo and its surrounding villages.

Move on to bring early voting to Eunice

Early voting for the next election involving Eunice voters may be held in Eunice.
Early voting for all of St. Landry Parish now occurs in the registrar of voters office at the courthouse in Opelousas.
Eunice Alderman Dale Soileau said Eunice voters don’t want to go to Opelousas. “They can’t even park at the courthouse,” he said.
Soileau brought up the possibility of having voting machines in Eunice to accommodate early voting a few months ago at a city meeting.

The 30th annual Eunice Food Bank Food Drive Tuesday collected 8 tons of food. Volunteers were on hand at the Eunice Food Bank to unload, sort and stack food items. From left, are Ron Driggs, volunteer; Angie Guillory giving her donations; Linus Cormier and Harry Reed, volunteers. (Photos by Myra Miller)

Parade, concert today

Eight tons of food and other items were collected Tuesday during the 30th annual Eunice Food Bank Food Drive.
Last year’s annual food drive Eunice Food Bank collected a little over five tons of food items and goods.
Deacon David Guillory, The Greater Eunice Ministerial Alliance president, said, “As always, the support from our community, its citizens, churches, businesses, schools, was tremendous. We are grateful for all donations received. The food bank will continue to feed those in need and with your continued support many families will be fed.”

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