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Secretary of State R. Kyle Ardoin

State’s election chief touts security

The IT program in the Secretary of State’s office is on the cutting edge of any other department in the state, and voter security in Louisiana is among the top in the country.
Those two points were driven home earlier when Secretary of State R. Kyle Ardoin spoke to members of the Crowley Lions Club.
Introduced by Crowley native Allison Clark, external and community affairs representative, Ardoin said the reason his office’s IT has climbed to the top is that his office has remained autonomous.

April 5 final day for Ride Acadiana bus transit

Following a seven-month pilot program, Ride Acadiana’s final day of service will be April 5.
The pilot route began last August to test the feasibility of a commuter bus transit route connecting Acadia Parish and Lafayette for increased access to employment and education opportunities.
With 2,375 boardings during that time, the pilot demonstrated that there is demand for regional transit.

The late Marine Col. Jefferson DeBlanc and the late Air Force Capt. Steven Bennett were fighter pilots who were shot down while protecting the lives of others. DeBlanc served in World War II and Bennett served in the Vietnam War. President Harry Truman presented the Medal of Honor to DeBlanc on Dec. 6, 1946. Vice President Gerald Ford presented the National Medal of Honor to Bennett’s widow, Linda, and 2 ½-year-old daughter, Angela, on Aug. 8, 1974.

UL Lafayette alumni remembered for wartime heroism

LAFAYETTE — Marine Col. Jefferson DeBlanc and the late Air Force Capt. Steven Bennett have much in common.
Both are University of Louisiana at Lafayette alumni. Both were fighter pilots in two of the biggest conflicts in United States history. And both earned the Medal of Honor, the highest award given to U.S. military service members for acts of valor during combat.
Recipients are recognized yearly on Medal of Honor Day. The federal holiday, observed on March 25, has been celebrated since 1991.

Paul Marx in a photo from the KBON studio on 2nd Street in Eunice.

KBON founder Marx, 71, dies

Local musician Travis Matte revisited a song Monday that he recorded five years ago with radio pioneer Paul Marx, who died Sunday at the age of 71.
Marx’s song, “Don’t Cry for Me when I’m Gone,” has a different meaning now than it did in 2014 when Matte recorded it at his studio.
“It kind of gives me goosebumps now,” Matte said in a phone interview Monday afternoon. “We didn’t think much about it at the time, but now that he’s gone, it’s kind of chilling, you know? I had sang harmony with him on the song, and it’s pretty weird to hear us singing it now that he’s not here.”

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