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Laura Rougeau of Fire District No. 6 listens to the consultant’s explanation after asking if the block grant money can be used for a new generator or subdivision for her district (yes to the first, probably not to the second). Next to her is St. Landry Parish Attorney Andrea West and Eunice Economic Development Committee Chairman Dr. Tony Baltakis.

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First day of eighth-grade begins. Brianna Jordan, Brittany Sonnier and Shantel Richardson, eighth-graders at Eunice Jr. High School, await for their first day to begin.

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EHS Alumni Tourney begins next Friday. At right, Eunice High assistant softball coach Liz Hebert and alumni tournament organizer Tara Fruge LeBlanc discuss new rules at a captain’s meeting for the 2009 EHS Alumni Softball Tournament, being held Aug. 21-23 at the Eunice Recreation Complex. This year, 40 teams will compete, and a home run derby will be held Saturday, Aug. 22 at 5:45 p.m. Brackets are being finalized.

From The Eunice News files

From the August 2009 files of The Eunice News.
Open House at Central Middle School. Fifth graders and parents attended Central Middle School’s Open House Monday evening. Parents and their children visited teachers and asked questions during the informal meeting. From left are Margaret Lavergne, fifth grade teacher; Mackie Stagg, student; and his mother, Heidi Stagg.
Central Middle fifth grade teacher Cynthia Hollier greets a new student Destiny Lafleur.

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Freda Beatrice Scoggins

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Clippings from the Crowley Daily Signal showing "Acadiana."

Where did 'Acadiana' come from?

Freda was my stepmother.
Her full name was Freda Beatrice Scoggins.
She was of German heritage. A teacher. Strong and strict. She was a disciplinarian. So much so, that my 1956 Crowley High School graduating class, who were mostly of French decent, voted her “the meanest mom” for the yearbook.
Growing up, she would not let me slouch in my chair. I can still hear her tap the kitchen cabinet with a spoon and say, “Assume the proper posture!”

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Looking for the town that never was

It created a mystery and a good bit of fun when a crew from the state highway department showed up in downtown Crowley in early August 1948 to put up a sign reading “Dura 4 miles.” The arrow on the sign pointed to the east, which seemed to place the town midway between Crowley and Rayne.
That caused some head scratching since nobody had heard of Dura until the sign went up. Alden Sonnier, for example, wrote in his “Acadiana” column in the August 12 edition of the Rayne Weekly Acadian, “We have been living here 34 of our 35 years and did not know there was a place called Dura.”

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Mississippi River diversions: Driving land gain or land loss?

River diversions have not created or maintained land, but resulted in more land loss, according to a new paper in the peer-reviewed science journal Restoration Ecology. LSU Boyd Professor R. Eugene Turner and his LSU co-authors Erick Swenson and Michael Layne, and Dr. Yu Mo, University of Maryland, used satellite imagery to study the differences between the percent land before and after a river diversion was opened.

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