Annie Ferguson, left, and Michelle Revoir talk about their three-month paddling trip down the Mississippi River and into the Atchafalaya during a visit Saturday to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4222 in Morgan City. (The Daily Review/Zachary Fitzgerald)

Healing on the water

Coping with the experiences of serving in combat is a monumental task many veterans face upon returning to civilian life.

Michelle Revoir and Annie Ferguson chose to paddle 2,300 miles in separate canoes down the Mississippi River as a form of therapy.

They stopped Saturday in Morgan City after paddling in the Atchafalaya River near the end of their three-month journey through 10 states that finished in St. Mary Parish.

THE POST-SIGNAL / Howell Dennis
From the left, Crowley Chamber of Commerce President Amy Thibodeaux, Congressman Clay Higgins and District 42 Representative John Stefanski following Higgins’ speech at the Rice Palace Thursday morning.

Congressman Higgins addresses Chamber Breakfast gathering

Third District Representative Clay Higgins was in Crowley on Monday for a day-long series of events that he began with a speaking engagement at the Rice Palace.
Higgins touched on many of the issues facing Americans today and also addressed some of the recent issues that have been discussed on talk radio and the 24/7 news networks.
• On the upcoming tax bill:

Parish, city sales tax collections rebound

St. Landry Parish and Eunice sales tax collections posted increases in September, according to a report from the St. Landry Parish School Board Sales Tax Division.
Eunice sales tax collections have been struggling to reach levels for the previous years, but the September report shows a turnaround.
Eunice sales tax collections from January through September were $4,011,965, up 1.1 percent or $45,130 from the same period in 2016.
That compares to January through August when sales tax collections were down 0.4 percent or $15,125 from the same period in 2016.

The St. Landry Parish School Board learned about the LSUE Academy at its meeting Thurday in Opelousas. From left, are Sondra Cormier, Academy director, with students Sophie Guillory of Port Barre High School, Taylor Johnson of Port Barre High School, Brent Sonnier of Eunice High School, Carson Doyle of Port Barre High School, Natalie Albert of Port Barre High School, and Malik Guillory of Northwest High School. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)


Six of the 64 high school students enrolled in the LSUE Academy were introduced at the St. Landry Parish School Board meeting Thursday.
LSUE Chancellor Kimberly Russell explained that the LSUE Academy is about six weeks old and has 22 students from St. Landry Parish public schools.
The enrollment is open to St. Landry, Acadia and Evangeline parish students, she said. 
“Basically, it provides a collegiate setting for students to receive academic programs that are college level,” she said.


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