Mike Francis, right, was sworn in as District 4’s Public Service Commissioner by Judge John Trahan, left, Tuesday afternoon at the Acadia Parish Courthouse. Holding the Bible for the ceremony is Francis’ wife Sheila Stevens Francis. Francis, a Republican, was elected in November to the position, defeating fellow Republican Reldon Owens and Democrat Mary Werner by garnering 54 percent of the vote. (Crowley Post-Signal photo by Howell Dennis)


By Howell Dennis
Crowley Post-Signal
CROWLEY — Mike Francis was sworn in by Judge John Trahan as District 4 Public Service Commissioner on Tuesday during a ceremony at the Acadia Parish Courthouse.
Francis, a Republican, is the founder of Francis Drilling Fluids, one of the oldest drilling fluid companies on the Gulf Coast. Francis Drilling Fluids has locations in Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma and Wyoming. The company’s headquarters is located in Crowley.

Rotary requests nominees for Citizen of the Year

The Eunice Rotary Club is accepting nominations for the 2016 Citizen of the Year Award, which recognizes a Eunice citizen who has shown extraordinary community spirit and given outstanding service to the community during 2016.
However, service for other years may be considered in determining an award-winner, a news release from John Pucheu, chairman of the Citizen of the Year Committee of the Eunice Rotary Club.

News notes

Bulb & Blossom Club meeting set Jan. 9
The Bulb and Blossom Garden Club will meet Monday, Jan. 9, 5:30 p.m. at the residence of Thuy Reber.
All members are asked to attend and membership is welcomed to anyone interested.
Information: 603-9528.

Eunice Area Men’s Retreat planned
The Eunice Area Men’s Retreat is scheduled from Feb. 2 to Feb. 5 at Our Lady of Oaks Retreat House in Grand Coteau.
Form room reservations, call Don Mayeux at 337-457-9610 or 337-457-7624.

Jobless rates drop

Tri-Parish unemployment rates in November declined from October rates, but remained mostly unchanged from a year ago.
The number of people working in St. Landry, Evangeline and Acadia parishes dropped nearly 3 percent from November 2015 to the 64,429 people working in November 2016,
The employment rates are from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics and released by the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
The November parish unemployment rates are
— St. Landry Parish: 7.1 percent, unchanged from a year ago; and down from 7.8 percent in October.

John Laudun’s depiction of crawfish boat. The illustration is used to close chapters in his book, “The Amazing Crawfish Boat.”

John Laudun talks about the people and the crawfish boats they created at a Eunice Rotary Club meeting. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Workhorse crawfish boat merits a book

The crawfish boat is a common sight around this area, but that wasn’t always the case.
The boats were developed about 35 years ago to help farmers harvest crawfish.
The boats evolved over the years and merited the attention of John Laudun, a University of Louisiana Lafayette English associate professor and folklorist.
Laudun wrote a book, “The Amazing Crawfish Boat,” that tells the story about the boat and the people who created it.


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