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LSU recognized as a top tier national university

In U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 edition of Best Colleges, LSU is ranked in the top tier for “Best National Universities” for the 12th-straight year, and the undergraduate petroleum engineering program ranks 3rd overall.
LSU is ranked 72nd among public universities – ahead of public peers such as Kansas State University, Colorado State University and Oklahoma State University – and is ranked 36th among flagship universities nationwide – ahead of other flagships such as West Virginia University, University of Rhode Island and the University of Nevada.

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On Sept. 11, Ardoin’s Funeral Homes in Eunice, Iota and Basile provide free barbecue plate lunches to all first-responders. Ardoin’s in Eunice had their staff and volunteer cooks on site that prepared barbecue pork steaks and all the trimmings, actually 225 plate lunches. Bill Wimberly is the general manager at Ardoin’s Funeral Home in Eunice. Ardoin’s has provided barbecue plate lunches since 2002. Wimberly added, “We honor those who serve, and we celebrate and remember all who selflessly served. We thank all who continue to serve in all capacities.” One of the volunteer cooks every year, Gary “Goose” Fontenot, paid a visit with his son, Mayor Scott Fontenot. (Photo by Myra Miller)

Sept. 11 heroism celebrated

On Sept. 11, Ardoin’s Funeral Homes in Eunice, Iota and Basile provide free barbecue plate lunches to all first-responders. Ardoin’s in Eunice had their staff and volunteer cooks on site that prepared barbecue pork steaks and all the trimmings, actually 225 plate lunches. Bill Wimberly is the general manager at Ardoin’s Funeral Home in Eunice. Ardoin’s has provided barbecue plate lunches since 2002. Wimberly added, “We honor those who serve, and we celebrate and remember all who selflessly served.

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The family of the late Jean McManus were special guest at a milestone books given for Dolly Parton Imagination Library ceremony at the Acadian Medical Center. From left are Jimmie Francois, Brittany Aguillard, Brenda Francois, Dana Duvall, Tracy Duvall, Mary Johnson, Keith Johnson, Donna Baltakis, Ginger LeCompte and CEO of Acadian Medical Kevin Frank.

Acadian Medical, United Way mark milestone for Imagination Library

Ten years ago, Acadian Medical Center, partnered with St. Landry-Evangeline United Way to distribute Dolly Parton Imagination Library enrollment forms in the hospital’s maternity ward and waiting areas.
The effort helped establish the state’s first Dolly Parton Imagination Library provide books and information to parents of newborns.
After a decade, St. Landry-Evangeline United Way, as the Imagination Library affiliate for St. Landry and Evangeline parishes, has provided over 100,000 free and age-appropriate books to about 3,000 local children.

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Eunice Bulb and Blossom Club members Jeanita Morris and Lynn Pavich work on a plant bed in front of City Hall on Tuesday. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Grammy-award-winning band to be presented free at birthday event

All the music during the city’s 125th birthday celebration Saturday will be outside and free.
Eunice Mayor Scoott Fontenot said the National Park Service is paying for the presentation of the Grammy-award winning band, Pine Leaf Boys, at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Kristy Wallisch, park ranger and public information officer for the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, said the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center opened this week Air conditioning problems had closed the center.

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The Rev. Clinton Sensat with the “Our Lady of Eunice” statute. (Submitted photo)

Statue celebrates Eunice

A statue, “Our Lady of Eunice” is being presented today at the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary at 6 p.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, according to the Rev. Clinton Sensat, pastor.
“Bishop Deshotels, along with the three pastors of Eunice, will be consecrating our city to the Mother of God under her title as Our Lady of Eunice,” Sensat said.

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