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The One Acadiana Building the Region tour group walks through the LSUE campus on Thursday. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Evangeline Parish presenters highlight parish’s strengths

Business leaders from all over the nine parish Acadiana region took a bus tour of St. Landry and Evangeline parishes Thursday with One Acadiana as part of its Building the Region 2017.
According to Ronnie Petree, who serves as senior vice president and Western Division leader for St. Martin Bank and Trust Company in Jennings and as a board member for One Acadiana, the purpose of the tour was to build regionalism.

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Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot is seated at far end of the table on Thursday as Bill Thompson, code enforcement officer, stands and explains property issues to be placed on Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen’s agenda. Clockwise, from left, are Vernon McManus, city attorney; Jason Bertrand, alderman; Fontenot; Thompson; Fire Chief Mike Arnold; Jack Burson, alderman at-large; Connie Thibodeaux, alderwoman; and Police Chief Randy Fontenot. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Eunice Board heads for another Maple Avenue resolution

The Eunice Board of Aldermen will once again try to steer the state Department of Transportation and Development to overlay La. 91 — West Maple Avenue — from La. 13 to the west city limits.
Jack Burson, alderman at-large, said, “This will be about the fifth time I offer a resolution on this.”
Burson contrasted East Maple Avenue, which the city maintains, to West Maple Avenue.
“East Maple Avenue is in pretty good shape,” he said. “That part that we are talking about is in horrible shape.”

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LSUE Chancellor Kimberly Russell speaks to the One Acadiana tour group Building the Region Thursday in the Acadian Center on the LSUE campus. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

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Patrick Jenkins, St. Landry Parish school superintendent speaks to the One Acadiana tour group Building the Region Thursday in the Acadian Center on the LSUE campus.

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Raquella Manuel, left, president and CEO of the St. Landry Chamber of Commerce, and Mike Bertaut, an economist with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, listen as LSUE Chancellor Kimberly Russell speaks Thursday in the Acadian Center. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

One Acadiana tour aims to build regional understanding

One Acadiana began a 12-hour journey through St. Landry and Evangeline parishes Thursday beginning at LSUE for a breakfast meeting.
About 40 people were on the tour intended to introduce members of the nine-parish One Acadiana to the realities of each parish.

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Election turnout still looks bleak

First the bad news. Secretary of State Tom Schedler said in an interview that he fears turnout could be as low as 10 percent for this month’s runoff elections on Nov. 18.
Now for something with more of a positive spin. The early voting process started last Friday — one day earlier than usual, for the first time ever, and will continue through Saturday, Nov. 11
Legislators changed the law a couple of years ago to permit Schedler’s office to add more days when holidays populate the early voting calendar. (Veterans’ Day is Friday, and state offices will be closed.)

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Micah Crader of Eunice retired from the Army as a staff sergeant having served in Iraq. (Photo by Myra Miller)

Veterans Day observance is Saturday

By Myra Miller
Lifestyle Editor
Among the veterans planning to attend Veterans Day ceremonies Saturday at VFW Post 8971 is retired Staff Sgt. Micah Crader of Eunice.
Crader medically retired in 2015 from active army duty due to injuries sustained in Iraq. He served 19 years and 11 months in the military.
Crader, 44, originally of Mermentau, graduated from Jennings High School in 1991. Crader is the son of the late Dupleisse Crader and Lorraine LePrett of Hathaway.

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