Michelle Haj-Broussard, left, and Stephen Ortego spoke about a French immersion school at a St. Landry Parish School Board meeting Monday. The school was approved and is to open in 2018 in the former Sunset High School. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)
The replacement of the bridge on West Maple Avenue and Bobcat Drive will result in an additional road closing beginning Tuesday.
La. 91, which is Maple Avenue, has been closed for the bridge project since Jan. 16 for Phase 1 of the project.
That phase, bridge removal and replacement, has been completed, according to a news release from the state Department of Transportation and Development.
Phase 2 of the project, reconstruction of the intersection of Maple Avenue and Bobcat Drive and completion of the bridge replacement, is to begin Tuesday.
A proposed change to Louisiana law that would allow district attorneys to seek juvenile life without parole for first-degree murder but not murder in the second-degree passed the Louisiana House Tuesday, 82-3.
For old cases in which the crime was committed prior to Senate Bill 16 becoming law, district attorneys could still seek life without parole for both first and second-degree murder.
A new national Park Service report shows that 473,395 visitors to New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park and to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve in 2016 spent $27.7 million in communities near park sites in Lafayette, Eunice, and Thibodaux and the greater New Orleans area, including Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Bernard parishes.
The spending supported 427 area jobs and had a cumulative benefit to local economies of $36.3 million.
Former Army Sgt. Benton Thames holds a flag that flew over Audie Murphy’s grave in Arlington National Cemetery. Murphy, was one of the most decorated soldiers of World War II. Thames used the back of the flag to keep record of his service as tomb guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The use of a grave flag for the record is a tradition among the guards, he said in speech Wednesday at VFW Post 8791 in Eunice. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)
Former Army Sgt. Benton Thames has a unique story to tell about his service.
About 650 soldiers have served as guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
Thames is one those guards and one of two guards who came from Louisiana.
About 200 people had the opportunity to hear Thames tell his story Wednesday at VFW Post 8971 in a meeting hosted by the Eunice Rotary Club. Also attending were Eunice Kiwanis Club members and guests.
Thames, 30, talked about becoming a guard, facts about the job and some myths.