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Anthony “Lucky” McCraney (white coat, rubber boots), a member of the Ferriday Deacons chapter, surveys his service station after it was firebombed by the Klan in 1965. (Photo courtesy of the Concordia Sentinel)

Threats, bombings marked resistance to civil rights

David Whatley, the first black student to integrate Ferriday High in 1966, returned from tortuous days at school only to face just as many threats outside his home. Come nightfall, he’d study his lessons by a spotlight illuminating his grandmother’s lawn while keeping watch for violent Klansmen enraged over his involvement in the civil rights movement.
In 1965, Klansmen had bombed the home of Whatley’s neighbor, Robert L. “Buck” Lewis Jr., who had raced outside with a shotgun to defend his family against the perpetrators. Minutes later, he, not his attackers, was arrested.

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Bruce Gaudin hands out information on Saint Landry at the St. Landry Parish Council meeting on Wednesday. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Who was Saint Landry?

The Opelousas Rotary Club is asking the St. Landry Parish Council’s permission to place a statue of Saint Landry in front of the parish courthouse.
“Saint Landry was a very important saint to the French people. He was one of the most important saints for the city Paris,” Rotary Club member Bruce Gaudin said in a presentation to the Council on Wednesday.
The statue of Saint Landry is a centennial project for the Rotary Club, which is to celebrate its 100th year in 2022, he said.

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UL Lafayette fall semester calendar changes show COVID-19 impact

LAFAEYTTE — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette will begin its Fall 2020 semester on Aug. 17.
The earlier start date is one of several changes the University has made to its academic calendar as it prepares for the safe resumption of on-campus instruction and housing and residential life in the fall.
The last day of classes is Nov. 20.
Final exams will conclude on Nov. 25.
Fall break, originally scheduled for Oct. 1-2, has been canceled.
Fall 2020 Commencement will be Dec. 8.

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A B-17 waits for the crowd on June 26 at the start of a fly-in at the St. Landry Parish Airport in Opelousas. David Allen, airport manager, told the Parish Council the fly-in was successful with crowds from Friday through Sunday and it turned a profit. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

World War II bomber at fly-in

A B-17 waits for the crowd on June 26 at the start of a fly-in at the St. Landry Parish Airport in Opelousas. David Allen, airport manager, told the Parish Council the fly-in was successful with crowds from Friday through Sunday and it turned a profit. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

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Chataignier experiences a budget shortfall

A budget shortfall is facing the Village of Chataignier in its general fund and sewer fund. The news came during the village council’s meeting Monday where it adopted the budget for the new fiscal year which began July 1.
The village collected $132,916.00 in total revenues last year, which is higher than the budgeted amount of $108,982. However, the village spent $158,829 over the last fiscal year which is higher than the $144,802, which was initially budgeted.

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