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Kevin Frank, CEO of Acadian Medical Center in Eunice, said as of Wednesday the hospital began operating under its own license. Frank has been CEO at the hospital since 2018. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Acadian Medical Center takes a new turn

By Harlan Kirgan
Editor
Acadian Medical Center this week is embarking on a new course as it begins operating under its own license.
The Eunice hospital has operated as a campus of Mercy Regional Medical Center in Ville Platte, but as of Wednesday the two facilities, both owned by Allegiance Health Management, of Shreveport, began operating with their own licenses.
Kevin Frank, hospital CEO, said the only difference the public may notice is Acadian Medical Center will lose the Mercy tagline on its signage.

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St. Landry may reboot on virtual start (school plan pdf)

The St. Landry Parish School Board may do a reboot on its plan to start school on Aug. 20 and do so virtually.
At least that seemed to be direction the Board was being steered by public comments and doubts among its members during more than six hours of meeting Tuesday.
The Board met in special session, but as a committee so its official action would have be taken at the Aug. 6 Board meeting.

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Free COVID 19 testing at the north side campus of Eunice High School was administered from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday. The Louisiana National Guard personnel out of Lafayette were on hand for the curbside testing. Another COVID 19 free testing will be performed at Eunice High School from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Other free COVID 19 testings will be available in Opelousas at the Opelousas Civic Center, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. National Guardsman Cody Scarborough administers a test to Khalil Anderson of Crowley. (Photo by Myra Miller)

Covid-19 testing

Free COVID 19 testing at the north side campus of Eunice High School was administered from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday. The Louisiana National Guard personnel out of Lafayette were on hand for the curbside testing. Another COVID 19 free testing will be performed at Eunice High School from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Other free COVID 19 testings will be available in Opelousas at the Opelousas Civic Center, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. National Guardsman Cody Scarborough administers a test to Khalil Anderson of Crowley. (Photo by Myra Miller)

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3-way race for Eunice marshal develops

At the end of qualifying Friday, a three-way race for Eunice city marshal developed.
Incumbent marshal Terry Darbonne is being challenged by Marcus Bergeron and Gerald Watley.
The deadline to register to vote in person or by mail is Oct. 5.
The deadline to register to vote through the GeauxVote Online Registration System is Oct. 13.
Early voting is Oct. 20-27 (excluding Sunday, Oct. 25) from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Tri-Parish workforce shrinks 4.9% from a year ago

The Tri-Parish workforce in June was down 4.9% compared to a year ago even as coronavirus-battered unemployment numbers improved from May.
The total workforce in June was 65,577, down 3,346 from the June 2019 workforce, according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
The total workforce counts the employed and those looking for a job.
St. Landry Parish’s workforce numbered 31,046 in June, down 4..6% from June 2019.
Evangeline Parish’s June workforce was 11,312, down 7.5% from the June 2019 workforce.

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