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Lafayette Diocese establishing new church parish honoring Vietnamese priest

For the first time in 40 years, the Diocese of Lafayette will establish a new Catholic church parish.
St. Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions Parish will be established under the patronage of a Vietnamese priest, martyr and saint who was brutally tortured and beheaded on Dec. 21, 1839, for refusing to renounce his Catholic faith.
In all 117 gave their lives for Christ; 96 were native Vietnamese: 37 priests and 59 lay people (some of whom were catechists). One was a lay woman and mother of six children. Twenty-one were European missionaries (including six bishops).

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Remington Mengel, a senior finance major, presents his investment recommendations Monday to members of the UL Lafayette Foundation’s investment committee. (Photo by Rachel Rafati / University of Louisiana at Lafayette)

Dollars and sense: Finance students offer investment advice to UL Lafayette Foundation

A University of Louisiana at Lafayette Foundation committee received investment advice Monday from students enrolled in a finance course that’s made more than $143,000 for the University in the past five years.
Students enrolled in Finance 485 in the B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration presented end-of-the-semester portfolio recommendations to members of the UL Lafayette Foundation Investment Committee.

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State sales tax holiday scheduled Friday, Saturday

A state sales tax holiday to provide relief for Louisiana residents recovering from hurricanes Laura and Delta, in addition to the COVID-19 public health emergency, will take place Friday and Saturday.
Act 16 of the 2020 Second Extraordinary Session of the Louisiana Legislature exempts the first $2,500 of most consumer purchases from the 4.45% state sales tax. The exemption applies to in-store purchases as well as transactions completed online or by telephone.
Eligible transactions include:
— Buying and accepting delivery of tangible personal property.

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St. Landry Parish School Superintendent Patrick Jenkins, left, and Parish President Jessie Bellard at a news conference at the St. Landry Parish Courthouse on Monday. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Virus safety measures urged

St. Landry Parish President Jessie Bellard urged the public to wear masks, social-distance and avoid large gatherings in the face of a spike in COVID-19 cases.
The positivity test rate in the parish jumped from 4.6% to 6.6% in the week ending Nov. 4, he reported.
Total coronavirus cases in the parish as of the Monday news conference were 4,165 and deaths were at 142 from when the virus was tracked in March.

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Dexter, Holly and Doug Guillory in 2019. Dexter Guillory died Sunday. An obituary is on Page 5 (Photo by Bruce Shultz/Louisiana Farm & Ranch)

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Riceland Crawfish owner Dexter Guillory talks about his company’s expansion in November 2018 at the Sub-Zero plant on U.S. 190 east of Eunice. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Crawfish industry pioneer Dexter Guillory dies

Riceland Crawfish founder, and pioneering crawfish processor and salesman Dexter Guillory died Sunday from COVID-19 complications. He was 70.
Dwight Landreneau said he started working with Guillory in 1985. Landreneau was a LSU AgCenter crawfish agent then and Guillory was selling crawfish out of ponds next to his house.
“I can remember he had an old Borden’s refrigerator truck. The truck didn’t run, but the refrigerator worked and he used it to store crawfish and then sell to the public. It grew from that to what you see today.

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