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Circle Park in Eunice is about to have new playground equipment, according to Mayor Scott Fontenot. The mayor is also looking at installing splash pads by the summer of 2018. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Circle Park improvements in the works; splash pads likely

The popular Circle Park is about to get new playground equipment and other improvements, Mayor Scott Fontenot said.
The Board of Aldermen gave the mayor the green light to gather bids for the Circle Park equipment along with splash pads at their November meeting.
Fontenot expects the Circle Park equipment is going to cost about $50,000.
“We plan on putting one big piece of equipment,” he said.
“We get can get a big one that can serve all the ages — anywhere from 4 on up to 12....” he said.

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The Riverboat Louis Armstrong is depicted in a painting acquired by Warren Reuther. (Photo courtesy of Hospitality Enterprises)

Conrad to renovate riverboat honoring Louis Armstrong

Staff Report
New Orleans jazz legend Louis Armstrong will be honored on a riverboat that is set to be repurposed and renovated at Conrad Shipyard in Amelia starting later this month.
The riverboat, owned and operated by Tropicana on the Ohio River in Evansville, Indiana, will soon claim the Mississippi River in New Orleans as its new home, a news release said. The riverboat, currently named City of Evansville, has been in operation since 1995. It will be repurposed for a music and entertainment venue and renamed, Riverboat Louis Armstrong.

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From the Files of

The following are from the November 2001 files of The Eunice News.
The Eunice Bulb and Blossom Club was busy decorating Eunice with holiday colors. Included in a decorating party were Alberta Frey, Helen Tanner, Dee Deshotel, Yvonne Perrodin and Anne Lee Fontenot, Ruby Manuel, Yvonne Tujague and Lynn Venable.
Improvements to the St. Edmund gymnasium area were in the news. The sidewalk was being widened along with handicap access.

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Ginesse Listi, far right, is pictured with former LSU FACES Lab Director Mary Manhein, second from left, during the mid-2000s. (Submitted)

LSU lab puts a face to remains found in La.

By Zachary Fitzgerald
Ginesse Listi has spent over two decades working to put a name and face to hundreds of people whose remains have been found throughout Louisiana.
Listi, 45, who grew up in Morgan City, is director of LSU’s Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services Laboratory, commonly known as the FACES lab. The mission of the lab is to identify unidentified human remains in Louisiana.

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Evangeline Parish native to lead Troop I

LAFAYETTE — Capt. Wayne Vidrine was appointed by State Police Superintendent Colonel Kevin Reevesa as the new commander of Troop I based in Lafaytte.
The transfer followed Capt. James Cormier’s retirement from Louisiana State Police.
Vidrine was born and raised in Evangeline Parish where he resides. He is married and has three children, one son and two daughters.


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