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J.D. Soileau stands on the front porch of his truly remarkable bousillage (mud made from a mixture of moss, dirt and water) house in Point Blue. Soileau was given the home, which is roughly 180 years old, by Woodrow Veillon in 1992 and he has since then filled it with antiques he has collected over the years. (Ville Platte Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

Point Blue bousilage house is a living museum

By Elizabeth West
Ville Platte Gazette
POINT BLUE — There is a unique home that brings life to a part of the beloved French history and culture of Evangeline Parish.
Positioned right along Bayou des Cannes in Point Blue is a bousillage (mixture of clay and moss) house that is roughly 180 years old, which through its fine details provides a glimpse into the unbelievable craftmanship of the home’s builders — a Chataignier family.
In 1992, this home fell into the hands of J.D. Soileau — a man who has a passion for collecting antiques.

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Water covers La. 757 (North Bobcat Drive) in Eunice after flooding rains on Aug. 13. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

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Newly elected Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot, center of photo, celebrated his victory at Ruby’s on March 5. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Top stories from 2016

Flooding in August was the top story for the Eunice area.
But there were several other stories that grabbed attention and the front page.
The articles were researched on NewsBank, which contains archives of Eunice News stories since 2008. NewsBank is accessible at

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Allyson Huval performs a pose during an aerial yoga class. (Photos by Allyson Huval)

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Allyson Huval teaches some of her students a pose during an aerial yoga class.

Aerial yoga puts a new spin on poses, dance moves

By William Taylor Potter
Manship School News Service
For Allyson Huval, the closer her head is to the ground the more alive she feels.
Huval, an LSU freshman from Lafayette, is an instructor for aerial and hammock yoga. Aerial yoga is a technique that involves performing yoga poses and dance moves while suspended on a silk hammock.
The studio where Huval teaches, The Yoga Garden in Lafayette, started offering aerial yoga classes in April 2015.

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LSU announces Dean’s List, President’s Honor Roll

LSU has announced the names of the students who have made the Dean’s List and the President’s Honor Roll for the fall 2016 semester.
The Dean’s List is available directly at, and the President’s Honor Roll is available directly at

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The chalice used by the Rev. Verbis Lafleur is on the altar at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Ville Platte. Lafleur, who received the three Sacraments of Initiation at Sacred Heart, died while he was a Japanese prisoner of war in World II. (Photo by Raymond Partsch III/Ville Platte Gazette)

Chalice used by priest who died in WWII returns home

By Tony Marks
Ville Platte Gazette
VILLE PLATTE — A novena published in 2006 with ecclesiastical approbation from Bishop Michael Jarrell of the Diocese of Lafayette begins with the following: “O, God of Goodness, You never tire of sending us examples of Your love. You called Your servant Father Verbis Lafleur to the Priesthood from an early age and kept him in Your sight. In the fulfillment of time, he willingly offered up his life for his God and his country.”


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