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The Eunice High School state 3-A championship football team was honored at Thursday’s St. Landry Parish School Board meeting. The Bobcats defeated Sterlington 59-47 on Dec. 7 at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans to capture the state title. From left, are Lane DeVillier, Avery Lee, Coach Andre Vige, Jordan Ledet, St. Landry Parish School Board member Mary Ellen Donatto, Carlin Vigers, Superintendent Patrick Jenkins, Jordan Ogesby, Zach Joubert, Brodi Walker, Coach Paul Trosclair, Principal Mitch Fontenot and School Board member Albert Hayes Jr. Vige and Donatto hold the state trophy. Trosclair commented that one goal of the team is try to represent the city of Eunice and St. Landry Parish in a first-class way. Trosclair said other team members were involved in other school activities and were unable to attend the meeting. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Mary Ellen Donatto holds the gavel after being elected president of the St. Landry Parish School Board on Thursday. At right is Superintendent Patrick Jenkins.

St. Landry Parish School Board members completed their election process by reciting oaths and signing documents presented by the St. Landry Parish Clerk at Thursday’s meeting in Opelousas. From left, are Lisa Doyle, chief clerk; newly-elected Board member Myron Guillory; St. Landry Parish Clerk of Court Charles Jagneaux; and School Board member Mary Ellen Donatto. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

St. Landry Parish Council member Ken Marks speaks a St. Landry Parish School Board committee of the whole meeting Thursday in Opelousas about a lease for a Head Start center in Opelousas. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Eunice Elementary bid approved; Eunice High championship year celebrated

Mary Ellen Donatto was elected president of the St. Landry Parish School Board without opposition at Thursday’s Board meeting.
Donatto, who retired as principal at East Elementary, is in her second year on the School Board. She was elected without opposition in qualifying July 2018.
Donatto thanked the Board members after her election and praised the district for raising its state School Performance Score by 13 points last year. She called it a “remarkable feat.”

UL Lafayette students named on Fall 2018 President’s, Dean’s lists

LAFAYETTE — At the end of each regular semester, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette recognizes those students named to the President’s List and Dean’s List. Eligible students must be enrolled full time.
To be included on the Dean’s List, students must earn at 3.5 GPA or better and to be included on the President’s List, students must earn a 3.8 GPA or better.
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Dean’s List: Evan Paul Mire, Cody Richard and Madison C. Thibodeaux.

Sen. Bill Cassidy in Opelousas in 2015. (File photo)

Senator supports president’s shutdown strategy

With the partial shutdown of the federal government now entering its third week, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy said in an interview that he’s following the lead of President Donald Trump.
In this particular case, that means supporting the president’s decision to temporarily close some government agencies rather than back away from his pledge to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
“The issue is do we secure our southern border or not,” Cassidy told LaPolitics. “The president, and I agree with him, feels as if that is what is necessary to keep Americans safer and more secure.”

Marion “Nootsie” Sattler took his seat at alderman at-large at Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen’s meeting. Sattler was elected without opposition. He succeeds 24-year-veteran alderman at-large Jack Burson. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Radio tower approved

Eunice aldermen authorized the lease of city property declared surplus for a radio tower that will solve a problem with first responder communications.
City Marshal Terry Darbonne said the communication problem dates back to 2008.
“Communication in Eunice as far as law enforcement first responders is horrible,” Darbonne said at Tuesday’s city meeting. “We sit in a bowl just like New Orleans does during a flood.”
Darbonne provided the aldermen with map showing the radio coverage area in Eunice and much of it is nonexistent.

Marion “Nootsie” Sattler took his seat at alderman at-large at Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen’s meeting. Sattler was elected without opposition. He succeeds 24-year-veteran alderman at-large Jack Burson. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Radio tower approved

Eunice aldermen authorized the lease of city property declared surplus for a radio tower that will solve a problem with first responder communications.
City Marshal Terry Darbonne said the communication problem dates back to 2008.
“Communication in Eunice as far as law enforcement first responders is horrible,” Darbonne said at Tuesday’s city meeting. “We sit in a bowl just like New Orleans does during a flood.”
Darbonne provided the aldermen with map showing the radio coverage area in Eunice and much of it is nonexistent.

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