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The Louisiana National Guard has been clearing snow and debris in order to clear roads in three parishes following the winter storm last week, as well as assisting the Louisiana State Police and DOTD in clearing Interstate 20, moving 260 disabled commercial vehicles in total, Feb. 22. (U.S. Army National Guard courtesy photo)

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The Louisiana National Guard pumps bulk water, following the winter storm last week, to support the Ochsner LSU Health - St Mary Medical Center in Shreveport, La., Feb. 22. (U.S. Army National Guard courtesy photo)

La. National Guard continues winter storm response efforts

At the direction of the governor, the Louisiana National Guard has more than 1,200 Guardsmen supporting current and future operations following the winter storm last week, to include but not limited to: logistical support and water distribution, road and bridge clearance, and generator support.
Since the beginning of this response, the LANG has been providing support to civil authorities as needed to safeguard the population, save lives and protect critical infrastructure.

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Bees enjoy the flowers of the cherry trees in late winter. (Photo provided by Joy Bruce)

Cherry trees symbolize friendship, beauty

Flowering cherry trees are true showstoppers. These trees can be seen blooming around Louisiana in February and March. In the southern part of the state, the first flowers appear in late January. Right now, they are in full bloom on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, and boy are they gorgeous!The attractive flowers are a vibrant, dark pink and are produced on bare branches just before leaves emerge to create a stunning show. These deciduous trees grow up to 20 feet in height and are equally as wide. They are well-suited for USDA plant hardiness zones 7b to 9a.

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From the February 2001 files of The Eunice News

Hudson Joins Hospice Volunteers. Theo Hudson of Eunice, back row, third from left, is among seven persons who recently completed a two-day training program to become a Hospice of Acadiana volunteer. In front from left are Will Boudreaux, Rosetta Galloway, Hospice volunteer coordinator Molly Shealy, and Patricia Castille. In back from left are Donald Rogers, Donna Primeaux, Hudson, and Charlotte Patin.

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A company that partners with DraftKings, which runs fantasy sports games, agreed in December to buy the Belle of Baton Rouge riverboat casino. (Photo by Ryan Nelsen/LSU Manship School News Service)

Legislators to set tax rates, plan for sports betting

Voters in most parishes supported the legalization of sports gambling last Nov. 3, but it may be 2022 by the time bettors are legally allowed to wager in Louisiana on football and other games.
With 55 of the 64 parishes voting in favor of the proposal, legislators will use this spring’s session to set tax rates and create a plan for betting on sporting events.

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Yukon Street is coated coat with ice, snow and sleet after Monday’s winter storm. (Photo by Melissa Reed via Facebook)

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Winston, 5, Isaac, 2, and their father Lyle Guidry of Iota had some snow fun in their backyard on Monday. (Photo by Megan Guidry)

Week of wild weather ends

Sunshine on Friday ended a week where temperatures dipped as low as 12 degrees; and freezing rain, sleet and snow fell on the area and lingered from Monday through Friday.
Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot took time off on Friday from a plumbing issue at his house to remark Eunice has been lucky with a string of serious weather events in the past six to seven months.
The area was hit by hurricanes Laura in August and Delta in October.
Then it was the Lundi Gras storm of freezing rain, sleet and snow.

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