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Maj. Eddie Thibodeaux, left, of the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office and Eunice Police Chief Randy Fontenot talked about social media at the Eunice Kiwanis Club meeting Thursday. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Social media is a tool, trouble for law enforcement

Social media is a tool and a source of trouble for law enforcement, said two top law enforcement officers.
Eunice Police Chief Randy Fontenot said, “I hate social media,” in a talk at the Eunice Kiwanis Club Thursday.
Fontenot would qualify that remark later, but said, “I have problems at work, at the office, and it causes us problems when we have these school bomb threats ... we have parents showing up at the schools because somebody posted on social media.”
The problem with parents showing up at schools is police are busy evacuating students, he said.

Dr. John Rainey, right, asked the St. Landry Parish Council for a solution to a neighbor’s horses and donkeys invading his property. Rainey was at Wednesday’s meeting in Opelousas. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Horse problem aired at Council

There were no quick solutions for the loose horses and donkeys plaguing Dr. John Rainey’s property when he asked the St. Landry Parish Council for help.
“For the the past four months I’ve had my neighbor’s horses and donkeys come in on my property,” Rainey said at Wednesday’s Council meeting.
“During the winter that wasn’t a big problem. I would go to talk to him and he would promise to fix the fence,” he said.
But when spring arrived the animals, among other things, ate the peaches off his peach trees and defecated on his patio, he said.

From The Eunice News files

The following are from the April 1997 files of The Eunice. News.
Mayor Kenneth Peart called a meeting of Eunice organizations to discuss creating a retirement community.
Ira Richard was in a photo making a donation to help with advertising about a tax proposal to fund the police department. With Richard was Lt. Bruce Vige.
Joe Bertrand, past president of the Acadian Shrine Club, handed over the gavel to new president, Gerald Bergeron.

A team of researchers from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette worked to count the crowd at the Lafayette Mardi Gras. (Photo by Doug Dugas/University of Louisiana at Lafayette)

Mardi Gras math: UL Lafayette researchers tally parade crowd size

A team of researchers from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette who attended the city’s recent Mardi Gras King’s Parade wasn’t interested in catching beads or doubloons.
It was after data.
The group of four, which included students and postdoctoral researchers, fanned out along the parade route. The floats rolled from near the intersection of Jefferson, Surrey and Simcoe streets, and ended near Cajun Field. The researchers walked along the entire 4-mile route.

Dr. J. Bret Becton

Becton named UL Lafayette Moody College business dean

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette announced Thursday that Dr. J. Bret Becton will serve as the next dean of the B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration. His appointment is effective July 1, pending approval of the UL System Board of Supervisors.
“Dr. Becton has an accomplished career and we are looking forward to his strategic leadership of the Moody College of Business,” said University President Dr. E. Joseph Savoie.

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