South Louisiana Community College competing for Aspen Prize

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today named South Louisiana Community College as one of 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges.
Based on strong and improving in student outcomes—including in learning, completion rates, employment rates and earnings, and equity—15 percent of community colleges nationwide have been invited to apply for the Aspen Prize.

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Lucille St. Andre, left, chats with Alexis Gallien, a registrar clerk, right, at the early voting poll in the Eunice Municipal Complex on Tuesday. Early voting continues through Saturday with hours from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Early voting is also available for St. Landry Parish voters at the Registrar of Voters Office, 118 S. Court St., Opelousas. For Acadia Parish voters, early voting is at the Acadia Parish Registrar of Voters Office, 568 NW Court Circle, Crowley. Also in the photo, in red shirts are registrar clerk’s Trovette Martin and Cynthia Martin and voters, Ben Burson and James Sylvester. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Early voting ends Saturday

As of noon Wednesday, 588 people had early-voted at the Eunice Municipal Complex for the Nov. 16 election.
Total votes cast in St. Landry Parish at the end of voting Tuesday were 3,264.
Early voting continues today and ends Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Early voting also is conducted at the Registrar of Voters Office in the St. Landry Parish Courthouse, 118 S. Court St., Opelousas.
Voters can request absentee mail ballots until Nov. 12.
Early voting for Acadia Parish residents will be available at the registrar’s office, 568 NW Court Circle, Crowley.

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Eunice High School students were called to the school’s auditorium for an announcement by Principal Mitch Fontenot that the school had earned an A in the state performance scores released to the public Wednesday. Fontenot, as one of what he said would be several rewards, also announced “free dress” for the week. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

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Eunice High School Principal Mitch Fontenot in 2018 after being named the parish’s Principal of the Year. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Eunice High earns an A

Eunice High School earned its first A in the state’s school performance rating, which were released to the public Wednesday.
Eunice High School Principal Mitch Fontenot said, “We are very excited. We’ve been, especially since last year, we had an 89.7. We were three-tenths away from being an A.”
The Eunice school has increased its score in nine of the past 10 years.
“We gritted our teeth and we were determined that we wanted that A,” Fontenot said before a school assembly at noon Wednesday where he announced the achievement to a cheering student body.

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Democrats may have fueled early voting spike

More than 89,000 Louisiana residents took advantage of Louisiana’s early voting process on Saturday, resulting in the largest day-one turnout state election officials have ever seen.
Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin described the results as “encouraging” and has spent part of this week making media appearances while explaining how the process has grown and new early voting sites have been added in certain locales.
The first day total of 89,623 early voters for this runoff cycle bests the last record of 87,066 early voters for the opening day of the 2016 president election.

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UPDATE: Shooting near Central Middle School leaves one dead

According to Eunice Chief of Police Randy Fontenot, at 11:49 a.m. Monday, the Eunice Police responded to a report of a shooting at the intersection of South Martin L. King, Jr. Drive and East Maple Avenue.
The victim, a 21-year old male, was riding a bicycle east bound on E. Maple Avenue. A vehicle pulled up beside him and, according to witnesses, 7 to 10 shots rang out from the vehicle. The victim was struck once in the side. He was transported to Acadian Medical Center in Eunice where he succumbed to his wounds.


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