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Experience Louisiana Festival discontinued

The Experience Louisiana Festival announced on its website and Facebook page that the four-year-old event held at LSUE has been discontinued.
The festival, first held in 2015, offered an expansive vision of what a community festival could be. With the National Park Service as a partner, the festival offered venues to highlight life in Louisiana.
The festival was organized and staffed primarily by members of the Eunice Rotary Club.

$4.3M spent on activity funds in parish public schools

The St. Landry Parish School Board was cited for failing to provide proper oversight of school activity funds from which $4,252,231 was spent in the year ending June 30, 2018.
The 33 schools in the system collected $315.86 per student and spent $322.56 per student in the audited period. The per student figures are from the audit’s report of 13,183 students in the schools as of June 30, 2018.
The activity fees have long been a target of Eunice School Board member Albert Hayes Jr.
“My push was to eliminate it all together,” he said of the fees.

St. Landry Parish School Board committee assignments

St. Landry Parish School Board committee assignments for the newly elected members have been announced.
One of the members, John Miller, died Monday.
Chairmen of the Academic and Personnel committees were to be elected at meetings Tuesday.
The assignments are:
Executive Committee: Mary Ellen Donatto, president; Donnie Perron, vice-president; Hazel Sias; and Albert Hayes.
Buildings, Lands and sites Committee: Randy Wagley, chairman; Kyle Boss; Albert Hayes; Joyce Haynes; Donnie Perron; and Myron Guillory.

Newly elected St. Landry Parish School Board member dies; Was guilty in bribery case

Newly elected St. Landry Parish School Board member John Miller died Monday.
Miller was re-elected to the Board on Dec. 8, 2018, as the District 3 representative.
He was 77 years old.
Miller pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery on July 1, 2013. Miller was sentenced on November 19, 2013, to home detention for 10 months and ordered to pay a $15,000 fine.
Also guilty in the case was former St. Landry Parish School Board member Quincy Richard Sr., 51, of Opelousas.
His death was announced in a news release from the School Board office.

Opelousas General Health System selectsHall of Fame inductees

Gina Bradley Tuttle, chairman of the Board of Trustees, has announced that five individuals have been selected to be inducted into the Opelousas General Health System Hall of Fame.
The legacy of these individuals exemplify service and dedication and will be recognized and honored during the second annual Hall of Fame Gala scheduled at 6 p.m. Thursday, at the Opelousas Civic Center.
The following posthumous individuals have been selected as inductees:
Sidney Sandoz, chairman of the Board of Trustees;
Stella Thomas, OGHS Board member;

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