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Long’s mental saga held the headlines

Sixty years ago Louisiana and the nation watched with a combination of awe, incredulity, and amusement, a political episode that was bizarre even by the standards of Long-era Louisiana.
During the summer of 1959 newspaper front pages were filled daily with the tirades, tantrums, and shenanigans of Gov. Earl Long that caused him to twice be confined in mental institutions, and to briefly act as governor while he was an inmate in one of them.

Sisters thrive on pepper jelly

When most people hear the term “pepper jelly,” they normally first think of cream cheese and crackers to be eaten during parties around Christmas.
However, for two sisters from the Lone Pine area in northern Evangeline Parish, pepper jelly has grown from just being a holiday condiment into a multi-million dollar industry.

Bradley Credeur as Jesus, center, shares a parable with fellow cast members of Godspell during a recent rehearsal. From left, are Hedrick Deshotel, Stacy Prejean, Ignatious Carmouche, Robert Soileau, Taylor LaCalle, Melanie Duplechin, Jeanne Eddins, and Reagan Hill. (Photo by Darrel LeJeune)

Eunice Players’ Theatre presenting ‘Godspell’

The Eunice Players’ Theatre is pleased to announce the cast of this summer’s musical, the revised version of “Godspell,” a masterful retelling of the original sensation, injected with contemporary references and dazzling new arrangements.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the local community theatre, EPT is excited to encore this ever-popular musical, which was originally seen on the Eunice stage 25 years ago. This year’s show is being directed by Angie McBride, who was a cast member in the 1994 presentation.

Kenneth Peart works on a fuse for an 8-inch shell to be used in the July 4th fireworks display at the Eunice Recreation Complex. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Kenneth Peart, Eunice’s expert pyrotechnist (and former mayor) plans another July 4th show

The July 4th fireworks show at the Eunice Recreation Complex would cost up to $50,000 if staged anyplace else.
That’s one reason to put the 9 p.m. fireworks display on your event calendar.
You’ll probably be hard-pressed to find a better display in the area on the Fourth of July.
Another reason, particularly if you’ve seen the show before, is the expert pyrotechnist and former mayor, Kenneth Peart, is promising a surprise to end the show he stages.

Why you should watch your bills

Counterfeit money is being discovered throughout Acadiana, with the city of Eunice seeing an influx of it.
“What they’re doing is taking smaller denomination bills, washing them, bleaching them, whatever their technique is, and reprinting them, making $100 bills with them,” explained Police Chief Randy Fontenot.
In Morse, on the opposite end of Acadia Parish, Police Chief Jason Coates also has reported the influx of a number of bogus bills — those in the $20 denominations.

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