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U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson, left, held a town hall session at the Eunice Municipal Complex Wednesday morning. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

South Louisiana meets its new congressman

U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson said during a town hall meeting in Eunice that the current House is the most productive in six administrations with 281 substantive bills passed, but only nine to 10 percent of those bills have passed the Senate.
Johnson met for more than 90 minutes with about 40 people at the Eunice Municipal Complex on Wednesday.

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Jeremy Alford

Lawmakers consider reforms

When lawmakers debate taxes and spending during the next session another budget issue should be added to the mix.
And that would be departmental reforms, according to Senate Natural Resources Chairman Norby Chabert, R-Houma.
While the House Appropriations Committee has been shining a bright light on the Louisiana Health Department and its operations and budget, Chabert, an interim Finance member, said he’s taking a closer look at Louisiana Economic Development and the Department of Transportation and Development.

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Lacie Kidder, left, and Ashlynn Tate look at the partial solar eclipse on the Louisiana State University Eunice campus on Monday afternoon. Several students, faculty and employees gathered near the Acadian Center to view the eclipse. Turn to Page 2 for more photos for the eclipse. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

Even a partial solar eclipse thrills at LSUE

Even a partial solar eclipse creates its own brand of excitement as evidenced by the reaction to it on Monday at LSUE.
Near the Acadian Center, an area was situated with a large-looking telescope, pinhole boxes, viewing glasses and some pretty curious and excited people.
Dr. John Hamlin, head of the Division of Sciences and Mathematics, said, “It is one of those things you only see once or twice in your lifetime and it would be a shame to miss. If we live to 2024 we might get a second shot. That will be it for me,” he said.

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The Rev. Richard Vidrine stands in his home holding up a picture of himself that his mother Nazel had made once he had returned from Vietnam. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

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Richard Vidrine sports a mustache just before leaving Vietnam to return home to Ville Platte. He is standing in an area that served as a movie theater. The movie screen was a piece of plywood that was painted white. (Photo courtesy of the Rev. Richard Vidrine)

Retired priest recalls service in Vietnam

As Americans we are called to give of ourselves and to help our fellow countrymen when they are in need. One Ville Platte native has exemplified this idea from serving in the jungles of Vietnam to serving the Lamb of God as a naval chaplain.
This year marks the 50th Commemoration of the Vietnam War, and the Rev. Richard Vidrine recently reflected on his year spent in Vietnam


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