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Newly appointed president of the Evangeline Parish Police Jury Ryan “Leday” Williams is pictured here in front of the Evangeline Parish Courthouse on the afternoon after being selected. He made history Monday night as he became the first African-American president of the police jury. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

A new “day” for Evangeline

As the gavel was passed from the outgoing president to the new, history was made as the Evangeline Parish Police Jury named its first African-American president.
“It feels pretty good to be able to just become the first African-American president, and it’s something I saw in the near future being that I served as the vice president under Mr. (Ryan) Ardoin for four years,” said Ryan “Leday” Williams on the day after he got selected.

Fire District #2 approves pay increase for volunteer firefighters

Volunteer firefighters will now start receiving more money per call after the Evangeline Parish Fire District #2 approved the pay increase at its monthly meeting on Tuesday.
During at the meeting, Board Chairman Danny McDaniel requested that volunteer pay increase from $5 to $10 for each call responded to by a firefighter.
All board members agreed that the increase is warranted, and therefore the motion for a pay increase was unanimously approved by the board.
However, a cap was set for how much a volunteer firefighter can make in a month at $599.

THE POST-SIGNAL / Desiray Seaux
The Crowley Rotarians were updated on upcoming events of the Grand Opera House. At the meeting were Suzie Webb, president-elect, left; L.J. Gielen of the Grand, center; and Glen Howie Jr., Rotary board member.

Rotarians hear Grand Opera House update

The Grand Opera House of the South was built in 1901 by David E. Lyons.
The Daily Signal, a parent paper of today’s Crowley Post-Signal, described it as a “beautiful little play house.”
According the Grand’s website, construction costs were $18,000 and the construction was made using virgin Louisiana cypress, pine and oak.
In those days, the Grand was used for vaudeville and minstrel performances and later for silent movies and eventually talkies.

Council OKs 15-year franchise with LAWCO

At its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night, the Crowley City Council adopted an ordinance granting a non-exclusive franchise to LAWCO.
The action affords Louisiana Water Company (or its successors) the right and privilege to provide water to the citizens of Crowley for a period of 15 years beginning Jan. 1. It includes the construction, maintenance and operation of water utilities and/or water transmission and distribution systems in, through and across the city and for the use of streets, alleys and public places within the limits of the municipality.

This note was on the front door of central office. The door was locked.

Vermilion Parish School Board central office goes on lockdown because of threats

The central office of the School Board was on lock down for most of the day on Tuesday. The reason is because Superintendent Jerome Puyau was receiving serious threats on line, in his e-mail and from phone calls.
Starting early Tuesday morning, the phones at central office began ringing from people calling from all over the United States. They all wanted to speak to Puyau about the video they watched on the Vermiliontoday.com website, showing a Vermilion Parish teacher getting arrested by a security guard and being escorted out of the building in handcuffs.

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