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Julie Fontenot Landry, right, discusses her mother’s series of Clovis Crawfish books with elementary students Monday at the Liberty Theater. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

Clovis Crawfish celebrated in hometown

About 200 elementary school students listened to Julie Fontenot Landry, daughter of Clovis Crawfish author Mary Alice Fontenot, read “Clovis Crawfish and Batiste Bête Puante” Monday in the Liberty Theater.
The Clovis Crawfish stories came to life when Fontenot was a teacher at St. Edmund Elementary School.
So, Clovis Crawfish is a product of Eunice.
Earlier this year, Alderwoman Connie Thibodeaux moved to make have Eunice designated as “Home of Clovis Crawfish.”

James Bollich displays his Congressional Gold Medal. (Photo credit: Doug Dugas / University of Louisiana at Lafayette)

Eunice native survived Bataan Death March

James Bollich has lived every day, and more than a few nights, of the last 76 years with memories of Bataan.
The Philippine peninsula fell to Japanese forces five months after the United States entered World War II. Bollich was among 76,000 American and Filipino defenders who retreated to Bataan, a finger of land on the western edge of Manila Bay, in a last-ditch effort to hold the islands.

Amendments await voters on Nov. ballot

Voters statewide will be asked to decide yes or no on six proposed amendments to the Louisiana Constitution on Nov. 6.
These amendments address a number of serious issues. In particular, Amendment No. 2 would require unanimous verdicts in all felony cases.
Unlike so many incidental proposals for changes to the Constitution over the years, Amendment No. 2 addresses an issue of historic proportions in that the current non-unanimous jury law is rooted in the 19th century cultural settings and sets the state apart from the rest of the nation.

Beebe, school board finalize settlement

The St. Martin School Board and former Superintendent Dr. Lottie Beebe have agreed to terms of a settlement connected with her abrupt dismissal last month.
Beebe, who had served as superintendent since July 2013, was working on a month-to-month basis following the board’s failure to renew her last contract, which expired on June 30 of this year.

From The Eunice News files

From The Eunice News files
From the October 2004 files of The Eunice News.
Educational grant. A representative from Walmart presents Central Middle School with a $1,000 educational grant on behalf of Walmart Transportation at Walmart Distribution Center in Opelousas. From left a Walmart representative presents a grant to Principal Horace Pickney.

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