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The annual Eunice Food Bank Food Drive is set for 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 5 food bank, 251 W. Park Ave., Eunice. Director Mary Ann Guillory says the Eunice Food Bank is in need of everything. (Photos by Myra Miller)

Residents are thankful for Food Bank’s help

By Myra Miller
Lifestyle Editor
The season to give is now and the season to pay it forward is now. Two Eunice residents know the feeling very well of receiving.
The Eunice Food Bank has been a tremendous help for Dorsey Janice Jr., 60, and Eva Cushman, 54, both of Eunice.
Both agreed that if it would not be for Eunice having the Food Bank, it would harder to get by each month.

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Larry Fontenot, right, is seen sifting through cleaned sweet potatoes before they were boxed and sold to local consumers on Nov. 2. (Ville Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Sweet potato farmer survives industry changes

By Elizabeth West
Ville Platte Gazette
With sweet potato harvest nearing its end, farmer Larry Fontenot compares the business during this time of year to “running a crawfish plant during Holy Week.”
Larry said, “Everybody wants a sack of crawfish during the Lenten season. For us, everybody wants their box of potatoes before Thanksgiving.”
Before the potatoes are ready for any dinner table though, Larry and his team of locally employed farm hands spend months practicing a trade that the Faubourg resident learned from his late father Earl Fontenot, Jr.

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EWE: Harassment claims a ‘serious problem’

By Jeremy Alford
The former Louisiana governor who’s fond of saying, “You’re only as young as the woman you feel,” offered up some unexpected remarks recently about the growing number of sexual harassment claims grabbing headlines around the nation.
Edwin Edwards transitioned into the issue earlier this month while addressing a reunion of the 1973 constitutional convention at Juban’s restaurant in Baton Rouge.

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Acadia Police Jury upholds ambulance permit denial

It’s simple, according to Acadia Parish Police Juror Richard Faul, when you compare Acadian Ambulance and St. Landry EMS, there is no comparison.
“Acadian is a full-service provider with ground ambulances and air service,” he said Tuesday night in justifying the jury’s September denial of a permit for St. Landry EMS. “All they have are ground units.”

Rayne Council eyes fees for public records requests

During an otherwise routine meeting Monday night, the Rayne City Council proposed an ordinance which would establish an intricate fee schedule for public records requests.
“All this is based on the fee schedules used by the state,” explained Mayor Charles “Chuck” Robichaux.
According to state law, a public records request must be responded to within 72 hours, which often requires employees to abandon their routine daily duties to fulfill the requests.


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