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Benjamin Joseph Faulk

Rice Fest’s Junior Farmer of the Year attends LSUE

The 82nd International Rice Festival will recognize Benjamin Joseph Faulk as the 2018 Junior Farmer of the Year. He is the 19-year-old son of Thomas and Gretchen Leonards Faulk.
Faulk has four sisters, Jennifer Kidder (Shiloh), Andrea Guidry (Chris), Hannah Katira (Kris) and Anne Catherine. His brothers are Luke and Jack. His nephews and niece are Matthew, Joseph, Raj and Olive. Benjamin is the grandson of Leonard L. “Buck” Leonards and the late Bobbie Link Leonards and the late Chester Faulk and Dolores Walton Faulk McKellar, all of Crowley.

American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars members gathered at the Eunice Board of Aldermen’s meeting Tuesday for a presentation declaring VFW Buddy Poppy Days through Nov. 11, Veterans Day. Proceeds from the sale of the poppies are used for the benefit of disabled and needy veterans, and widows and orphans of veterans. From left, are Jasper Manuel, Alvin Wilson, Bill Parrie, Mayor Scott Fontenot, Don Reber and Roland Miller. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Buddy Poppy Days

American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars members gathered at the Eunice Board of Aldermen’s meeting Tuesday for a presentation declaring VFW Buddy Poppy Days through Nov. 11, Veterans Day. Proceeds from the sale of the poppies are used for the benefit of disabled and needy veterans, and widows and orphans of veterans. From left, are Jasper Manuel, Alvin Wilson, Bill Parrie, Mayor Scott Fontenot, Don Reber and Roland Miller. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Kennedy activates campaign team

An actual announcement may or may not be forthcoming, but various bits and pieces for a gubernatorial bid by U.S. Sen. John Kennedy are being put together.
According to senior campaign staffers, Kennedy met with advisors late last month and has since cleared media consultant Fred Davis to begin work on the 2019 cycle, indicating to some that the junior senator at least wants to be ready should he actually reach for the brass ring of Louisiana politics.
The California-based Davis, who has worked with Kennedy in the past, confirmed his marching orders.

Lisa Vidrine, St. Landry Parish director of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

Hurricane season still very much a danger

Hurricane Florence is the first major hurricane of the 2018 and most likely it will not be last in a season that ends Nov. 30.
Lisa Vidrine, St. Landry Parish director of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said, “We are at the peak of the season. We go until Nov. 30 so this is the most intense time.”
September is prime time for hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico.

Robert Johnson

Splash pads are a hit

The two splash pads opened at Fairgrounds and Amy parks were hit, Robert Johnson, city recreation director, said at a Kiwanis meeting Thursday.
“We definitely had a lot of visitors, not only from the Eunice area, but from the surrounding towns,” he said.
The splash pads became a focus for family outings, he said.
The splash pads ran almost constantly until schools started.
“Families bring in lawn chairs, pizza and make it outing. They definitely created some opportunities for our local families,” he said.

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